Before: Basement BluesDesigner James Koster meets the Brandeis family: parents Kate and Charlie and the kids, nine-year-old Hank and six-year-old Emma. The kids tell James that their basement play space is so cluttered with old furniture that they have no place to play. Both kids wish for a stage in their new room. Here's how designer James Koster designs a colorful space with a stage, an art station and a media center.
Before the makeover, the basement was primarily an old furniture graveyard, where mismatched pieces took up most of the play space.
After: Cluttered to ColorfulThe room is given a healthy dose of color and divided into zones to maximize the large room. The bar at the far end is converted into an art station and colorful squares are mimicked on the front of the it. Daybeds give Emma the sleepover space she asked for and a stage at the opposite end (not pictured) gives both Hank and Emma a place to act out their scenes.
Expedit bookcase - Ikea
fabrics, theater curtains - JoAnn Fabrics
paint - Home Depot, Behr, Moss Landing, 410D-6; Exotic Bloom, 680B-6; Fire Island, 190B-7; Shoreline Green, 480B-4
Super StorageShelving units are quickly customized with color by stapling fabric squares to the back.
Emma's RestaurantEmma gets her own restaurant, complete with menu and a great table by the window.
Theater DistrictThe corner becomes the theather district, complete with stage, curtains and scenery. A pull-down screen turns the space into a movie theater. James incorporated a hinged top in the stage for costume storage.