Designer Candice Olson gives a '70s-style basement a modern redesign.
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As Lori grew and changed over the years, most of the house grew and changed with her--with the exception of the basement. While it was a hip and happening room when it was decorated in the 1970s, the room's "roller disco-platform shoes-fondue party" aura was not what Lori had in mind moving forward.
This cluttered den of darkness had danced its last hustle. It was time for a modern makeover. I gathered together my crew and told them to get down to work, and help this basement move away from its dark past and into a bright future.
The challenge was to lighten up a space that contained no natural light and make it a comfortable space where Lori and her husband could relax and entertain guests. The room had a support post in the middle that naturally divided the room. Using this to my advantage, I decided the renovation would focus on two distinct, yet complementary zones: a lounge area with a reading nook and a media space with an entertainment center.