I know some people don’t get along with their in-laws, but I have to say that I really lucked out in the in-law department. They are pretty awesome. Funny, kind, thoughtful…
And did I mention that they have really good taste? (Not a necessity, but kinda cool.) And not just great taste in the daughter-in-law department…
I’ve given you a little tour of some of their home (which is fabulous and magazine-worthy.
(And hilarious enough, all those curtains and the light fixture in the photos above are now living with us.)
But, I’ve been holding out on you on one of the greatest projects ever.
They are renovating their walk-out basement. And while it isn’t done yet, I had to share some of my favorite details. You better believe I’ll be taking photos of the finished room. And in true awesome in-laws fashion, they were totally cool with me snapping pictures (and actually read our blog, too).
It all began with this fabulous fireplace re-do.
They had it redone with stone and an amazing real barn beam.
I love it, because it’s kinda Northwoodsy, but also has a modern cottage feel. Don’t you think? Then they added the floor-to-ceiling beadboard and a new ceiling with tons of can lights. (Doesn’t even feel like a basement anymore.)
Then they thought, why not blow Kim’s world and make some barn doors?
They spotted this awesome television console at American, which is perfect in the space.
Are you loving where this is going? I am. And not just because this basement re-do meant that we got to fill up a few vehicles of hand-me-downs. (But that certainly didn’t hurt.) I’ve addressed the fact that Ryan and I snap up hand-me-downs faster than someone can get the entire question out. (Ask my mother-in-law, she’ll tell you.)
So, it should come as no surprise that – oops, we did it again.
Since Ryan’s folks are getting some new furniture for the basement and had been holding some curtains/furniture/accessories for us, we went out to their house to load up a vehicle or two (or maybe three). They let us snoop through their “staging area,” as I like to call it. They have an area in their basement that I think some people would be jealous. *Raising my hand.*
Here are a few of our scores.
We also scooped up a rug, a couple bags of curtains and accessories and a couple foot stools. Ryan thinks I’m a hoarder, but I just know an awesome offer when I see it.
And he is pretty darn excited about his new addition. No, not the Neil Diamond record (although that’s pretty awesome, too).
It’s a stereo/record player that his grandpa built years ago (60s/70s?). My husband is downright giddy about this. He’ll be listening to his Cubs on this puppy, just like his grandpa did. Some habits die hard.
And in case you are wondering (Papa Bear), Ryan has informed me that I cannot paint it.
I’ll share more of what we brought home on Thursday. We already set up some of the furniture in the living room of the new house. I think it’s going to look great. Much better suited to our new home.
What do you think?