Welcome to the basement family room.... this is where Dave's drums and rocks live, as well as our desktop computer. We sometimes watch movies or Netflix shows down here, and I also work on our bills, adoption, and sometimes blog from this room. The kids' floor puzzles live down here, along with umbrellas and other non-toy toys. From an organizational standpoint, it is great to have infrequently used toys like the puzzles here, since we aren't in this room as much as the rest of the house (the upstairs level)... keeps the toys novel and special when the kids do come down to play.
This overall shot is mine... the difference between this photo and the rest, which my friend Sarah took, is pretty clear.
The desk, with a corner of the drumset on the far right (and btw, the paint color is Sherwin Williams Warm Stone) ::
From the desk top... a Sarah Cook photo of my kids and my neice from 2010, the satellite box, modem, a couple of cat figurines, remotes, the TV/monitor.
A few of the rocks featured on the Ikea shelving above the desk (oooh, and a Sarah Cook photo of Tucker from a year ago ::
Oh, I love the snapshot of Tucker and my dad from our big Thanksgiving trip to NYC last year... also a shot of our family of three when Tucker was about 6 months old...
A full shot of Dave's electronic drum set... his non-electronic set lives in the garage so he can easily load it for playing at church.
On the wall behind the drumset are a row of photos Dave has taken of his drumset, special gigs, and his former band from New York, Hundred Monkey Theory.
Beneath some of those photos is a welcome sign that my son Tucker made, about a year ago, welcoming friends and family to our guest area. See, the guest bedroom is nearby, and when people come to stay, we pretty much steer clear of the basement so they can have privacy and space. It is interesting to me that Tucker realized that this was a good place to use the painter's tape to welcome people here. I can't bear to tear it down... in fact, I think it is now a permanent installation.
Also, barely visible on the far right in the photo above is the trunk where I keep all those aforementioned floor puzzles.
Continuing clockwise, there is the most comfortable couch I have ever sat on... it is directly across from the desk. So, the computer monitor is also a TV screen, ready for movie viewing. Its not like its a huge screen for a TV, but it is a huge screen for a computer! (See desk photo above.)
The map is a geological map of the Hudson region of New York state. It is mounted (decoupaged) on a piece of wood and screwed into the wall.
Next to the couch is a small side table that holds a vintage radio, a glass ball lamp and a framed post card. Oh, and a Leap Frog keyboard.
To the right of the stairs (not pictured) is a closet door, and then the shoe bench. Most of our frequently worn shoes are kept here, because we go out the garage and van through the door pictured on the far right.
Above the bench is an old mirror (not pictured), found in an abandoned house years ago. To the right of mirror are two rows of hooks for hats, bags, scarves, coats, and so on. I just really, really love this photo!
That's it for the family room. Anyone want to come play on the drums? My kids' friends love to come over and hack around. I love having them all play... seems to be a glimpse of what is to come when the kids are older and want more instruments, amps and space.