Sporty Kid-Friendly Basement

Try as they might, the homeowners' basement just wasn't shaping up to be a comfortable hangout. A rookie designer takes over and creates a kid-friendly, sporty playroom.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe old built-in cabinets offer little in storage and style. The cabinet and trim wood is too dark and dominates the space with a heavy, awkward presence.
Anthony and Kristie Faletra's basement has been riddled with challenges, from the closing day flood to a last-minute, disastrous paint choice. The couple is ready to turn the room over to rookie designer Allison Couture. Incorporating the Faletras' love of baseball into the design, Couture transforms the room into a sophisticated, sporty room with areas for child's play and adult recreation.

The Faletras have never liked their paint choice, but they were too worn out from the painting project to try again and are stuck with what they call "the horrible blue."