day 206: open for business

When our basement flooded in 2008 we spent March through May rebuilding and deciding the best way to spend our insurance money, plus some savings.  We recarpeted the whole house, got some new appliances in the kitchen, bought new furniture, and generally spruced up this old house.

One of the by-products of all of the hullaballoo was that our den became a storage room, holding onto all of the stuff that had been displaced.  There were boxes of books, card tables, folding chairs, and a mess of cables, mics, and other equipment that belonged to my missionary son.  

During the last week Geo and I spent every free (ha) moment working on the den.  We painted, we designed the layout, we put together furniture.  We are happy with the final product and are glad to have living square footage again.

Minor tragedy to waste space.
To give up room for living.
To store everything up in a closed room
and say "later".

Opened blinds.
Room to walk.
To study.
To reinvent.
Freed.

Feels good.

10 comments

Dona | March 13, 2010 at 3:19 AM

I love it. It looks fantastic. I just finished posting my blog about how much I want to redo my basement. Weird.

LisAway | March 13, 2010 at 7:50 AM

It looks great, Kazzy! It probably feels like Christmas, this "extension" of your house! Enjoy!

Joanie | March 13, 2010 at 9:42 AM

How exciting to have a usable room again. You are a superwoman to accomplish this while being so busy with your life.

Lola Sharp | March 13, 2010 at 10:16 AM

Gorgeous! How exciting.

Will this be the room in which you will now write?

I hope your weekend is full of awesome.

Love,
Lola

Kimberly | March 13, 2010 at 1:16 PM

What a warm and inviting looking room! Lovely!

wendy | March 13, 2010 at 2:31 PM

YAY, I bet you love it. but WHERE did you put the "stuff"

Kazzy | March 13, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Some stuff was assimilated into the house, some thrown out, some stored in upcoming missionary son's bedroom, and an antique desk for sale.

Don't you love getting rid of stuff?

Connie | March 13, 2010 at 10:25 PM

You have been freed! Beautiful room. Love the panels on the window. It looks very inviting.

Heidi Ashworth | March 14, 2010 at 3:51 PM

Ooh, I loved seeing these photos and the ones you linked to which I clearly missed back when you originally posted it. I am sure you know that your style is miles from mine but I LOVE every speck of your house. It has so much style!

Heather | March 28, 2010 at 9:31 AM

I remember seeing this. I LOVE how clean and open it is! It feels so good, no?