HOUSE TOUR: Basement + Bar Cart

Guess what’s baaaaaack??? Our house tour! It’s been a hot sec since a room has been revealed, and honestly, it’s because sodangmuch has been happening around these rosy parts (like BossPitch), and sodangmuch has been happening for us personally, so it’s been hard to keep a house photo-ready, ya feel? But today, I’m stoked to be unveiling one of our family favorites – our basement.

I am OBSESSED with our basement. TBH, this was what sold us on our house. The guy who owned it before us has his own audio/video company, so he swanked the place out with an awesome projector setup – it’s like our own lil’ movie theater! Our vision is just a total fiesta space – a hub for everything from the big game to board games, sips to singalongs.

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

My parents recently delivered my digital piano from their house to ours, which has me on cloud nine. ICYMI, I play piano – for 17 years now – so not having 88 keys under my roof for a time was *hard*. But we’re reunited (and it feels so good), and J has already started planning Christmas singalongs…Lord, help us all. 😉

Especially since not a lot of natural light comes into the basement, I knew right from the start I wanted very upbeat mini-decor to brighten up the darker, larger pieces. First we grabbed the sectional, then our blanket was from street fair in Mexico on our honeymoon (similar here), and then I picked up a bunch of fun, lively throw pillows to keep the party going. One final touch is still en route: hot pink pillows. I wanted two pinkish red, textured pillows as a final touch; I used the blanket as the staple piece and worked around that!

The gold pouf doesn’t typically live down here – it actually calls my office home. 😉 But until I find a nice container for my piano books that can live in that opening, it did the trick for tour purposes. Ha! And for the record, my exact pouf was on clearance at HomeGoods for $49. This is by FAR the cheapest I’ve seen these suckers come…everything else online is more expensive! But scout out your HomeGoods – I just about flipped upon finding this gem.

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right? Every hour is happy hour at our house! At our place, you will never be without a good glass o’ wine or a yummy cocktail – it’s just how we roll. I lovelovelove our bar cart from Mintwood Home (c/0). Actually…I love everything from Mintwood Home, and I wish I could fill my entire house with goodies from this shop. I swear EVERYTHING is cute! But Mintwood has an *awesome* bar cart selection. I chose the Lavinia bar cart – I love that it’s two levels, so I can change and fancy up the upstairs part, while bottles call downstairs home. It was the easier thing to put together and it’s so well made – this lil’ corner in the basement is just one of my favorites! You can use code COMINGUPHOME to score 15% off *anything* from Mintwood, whether it’s your own bar cart or some fun decor. I’d recommend a custom-made pillow, this beautiful ginger jar, or any of their gift guide items for the holidays ahead!

The “Happy Hour” light up sign was from Target a bit ago (unavailable online now), and the two gold-trimmed pieces were from HomeGoods last week and were $15 each.

What fun would a bar cart be without a lil’ cocktail???

A few weeks ago, the team at Bai sent over an amazing assortment of their drinks for J and I to taste test. We did that on Snapchat (follow me @ erica_lig), and holy moly were we impressed. We both had had Bai before, because it was something we’d just frequently grab n’ go at Wawa or any other convenience store. But we’re both now 100% #addicted. We’ve got a bunch of tropical flavors, so I whipped up a cocktail concoction for us from a recipe on Bai’s website – I made a few alteration for us given our current fridge state (in that Turkey Day prep mode!), and it still ended up being so delish!

Castaway Cocktail

  • 3 oz Bai Molokai Coconut
  • 2 oz Peru Pineapple Bai Bubbles*
  • 1 oz White Rum of Your Choice
  • Garnish of Lime
  • * Substitute pineapple juice if Bai Bubbles is not available

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

YUMMERS. I threw some Mango Daiquiri mixer in there too justbecause, and it was BUENO. Now let’s swing back around to the rest of the room, shall we? We knew we wanted a biiiiiiig sectional to just hang out on and watch movies, so this one was lovelovelove at first sight. It has the chaise on one side and a recliner on the other, but my personal favorite spot is smackdab in the center. 😉

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

My “spot” is *always* the middle of the L shape, and J always takes the chaise (the part that’s a bit longer so you can lay down on it). We’re so spoiled with the projector screen, so we’re lucky to be total homebodies, too. Our ideal date nights are being in comfy clothes at home, watching a movie with Chinese takeout from this amazing place up the street and a bottle of wine. #dreams.

Next up is the final corner – we’ve just got a card table set up there, and it’s perfect for game night or for holding food if we’re hosting guests and people are hanging out downstairs. When we threw a few summer bashes, it worked out perfectly to host food here indoors while people chilled outside by the grill! These games are two of our favorites. Scrabble has been our thing for years, and Speak Out just came out actually…it’s on our Thanksgiving agenda and I’m SO READY. If you need a laugh, watch this ASAP – it’s what sold me on the game in a heartbeat. 😉

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

Raise your hand if you also lovelovelove the Bath & Body Works “Autumn” candle?? I bought the Scrabble wall tile pieces from this Etsy shop as part of a Christmas gift last year…definitely super fun for your Scrabble lover’s game space!

Aaaaaand that’s a wrap! The cats hang out in the basement quite a bit, too, and they follow us around wherever we go…they’re definitely our movie buddies. Pumpkin was MIA for this family photo, but LOOK AT MOOSE THO. Reason #2387 to follow along on Snapchat: Moose + Pumpkin.

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

House Tour: Basement + Bar Cart, on Coming Up Roses

PHEW. I’m tired now. Ha! Time for some cat snuggles + a cocktail amiright??? Remember to use code COMINGUPHOME to save some $$$ on whatever your heart desires from Mintwood – because nothing beats a lil’ shopping, especially this weekend. 😉

What do you think of our basement decor + bar cart?

I’d lovelovelove to hear your thoughts + see/hear how you’ve decorated your own basement and/or downstairs area, so let me know in the comments below!

AND AND AND…the doors to BossPitch are still open, but not for long. If you’ve been on the fence about enrolling, read this and this and then decide – once the doors close, they close! Start 2017 off on your best boss foot.

You’ll also lovelovelove:

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