Rustic, Modern Multipurpose Basement
Candice Olson transforms an unfinished basement with reclaimed wood, a rustic limestone fireplace, modern furniture and workout equipment.
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Rising NHL star Alex Steen and his wife, Sofie, recently moved into a big home in the suburbs with their infant son and two dogs. With a hectic hockey schedule, busy home life and frequent trips to their native Sweden, the couple didn't have much time to decorate their new house. They managed to get things organized upstairs but had a huge, unfinished basement that was in desperate need of attention. While I can't say I know much about pucks or power plays, I did know I couldn't "pass" on the opportunity to redesign this space.
The couple wanted their basement to work on three different levels: as a relaxing family room; as a workout area for Alex; and as a space where Alex could hold meetings for his charity, the Amadeus Steen Foundation (created in his brother's memory to enhance young lives). Oh, and they wanted all of these areas to coexist in a "warm, yet modern" atmosphere that had absolutely nothing to do with hockey!
Designer Candice Olson makes room for a rock band, family game night and a wet bar in this earthy, contemporary basement.