#HomeByOakley | Basement Inspiration

I don't know why but I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to do with our basement rec room. Justin wanted it to be more of a "man cave," displaying sports memorabilia and OU Sooner gear. I wanted it to be more of a family-friendly space and have it not look like a frat house.

There has to be a way to incorporate some sports stuff and keep it looking like actual grown-ups live here, right?! We might still be working towards that goal but here is what we've come up with so far!

Originally, we had big plans to get a sectional. First for upstairs, but quickly realized it probably wasn't the best way to go. We then thought we could get one for the basement (this one? swoon!) but after shuffling furniture around and measuring, we decided maybe we're just not sectional people. I think the room is just a little too narrow to have a big 'ol piece of furniture and still incorporate a recliner and some end tables like we wanted.

So, plan B! We already have a decent leather recliner that was Justin's dad's before he passed away and we found this TV console last weekend at NFM so that's our starting off point. Our current microfiber couches are looking a little sad (tan microfiber + kids = the worst...) and I'm ready for a different style altogether so we're trying to sell the couch/loveseat combo to make room for a new sofa.

We have plenty of bedrooms but we actually found a sleeper sofa on sale (and yes, it came from Nebraska Furniture Mart, where else?!) which will make even more sleeping space when company comes to visit us! ;)

And P.S. That's an open invitation for our friends and family to come to KC and hang out. :)

I'm kind of loving this printed chair from Target. It's a little wild but I want it. This chair is a little more spendy and maybe a little too formal so I might need to find something less frilly (?). I'm DYING to get my hands on the Kansas City pennant and a few other KC items. Neither one of us is from here but we definitely consider it home since both our girls were born in Kansas.

It should also be noted that I'm totally against spending $100 on a single floor lamp so while I love the style of this one, I will be keeping an eye out for a cheaper version! Throw in a few Jojo-inspired accessories and I feel like we're on the right track!

I hope to share a home tour here soon once a few more rooms come together. I really love seeing other bloggers' spaces and how they make things work for their families. In my case, we're on a budget so that makes it even more challenging (and kinda fun, actually!) to make our house a home. Over time, I'm hopeful it'll become exactly what we want in terms of function and style!


  1. Have you checked out furniture and accessories at Cost Plus World Market? You can get some great deals on cute stuff with their coupons!

  2. I really love that target chair. But I also have absolutely no place to put it in my house.

  3. Neither Craig nor myself grew up here either, but it is definitely our HOME and I don't foresee us ever leaving this amazing place! Love, love, love everything this basement!!

  4. You have a good eye! Love the Bernstein chair too, maybe for your bedroom someday? Can't wait to see all the changes! :)

  5. Sorry! I'm so behind on blog reading, but I totally agree on the target chair! So cute....I like it way better than the formal one in this space.