Female-Friendly Retreat for Dad

Candice Olson turns an outdated basement into a masculine room that the man (and the women) of the house can enjoy.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis basement makeover is off to a decent start. No mounds of storage here, but not a lot of style or function either.
Neil knows a thing or two about females. He should as he lives with five of them! Neil and his wife, Lolet, live with daughter Kristina and his mother, Brenda, and two dogs (both female, of course) in their cozy, two-story house in the suburbs. Yet, while all of the feminine energy was generally a positive force in the home, Neil was feeling a bit outnumbered when it came to the decor.

Living in a house full of pink shades and delicate touches, Neil longed for a space of his own where he could get away and relax, watch sports on television and just be a man, doing manly things! He wanted to turn the home’s dingy basement (complete with dusty-rose carpeting and dog-chewed furniture) into a room with a publike atmosphere, but Lolet had other ideas. She wanted the space to be stylish and multifunctional – a room the whole family could enjoy.

So I gathered my crew together to create a masculine retreat for Neil, and to blend in some sleek and stylish touches for Lolet. No battle of the sexes here! I wanted to make a room that had something for everyone.

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