For the Love of Navy

Happy Memorial Day Weekend Everyone!   Sort of a cloudy Sunday so it’s giving me a chance to catch up on some work- some fun, some not so fun:(   However, I am very excited to share with  you the most recent install we completed of a gorgeous home on Lake Norman.   A current client asked us to transform their underutilized and cold basement into a living space that everyone could use.  It’s a large space that is located right off the pool and the lake so the concrete floors were not ideal when kids come running through to use the restroom or run to the game room.  My first priority was to tackle the floor – my solution, an indoor/outdoor natural fiber rug that spanned the entire living space.

Here is a before picture of the basement… a little cold right?!  concrete floor, white walls, but what potential!  I immediately saw a darker color on the walls with all that gorgeous trim work.

and the after:


All the furniture is from my Simplicity Furniture Line and the greatest part… it’s all indoor/outdoor fabric- Yes, that’s right folks, the sectional, sofa, and swivel chairs will all stand up to stains and damp swimsuits!

The important part of designing this space was to break it up into a few seating areas so the kids could have their own space and the adults could have their own cozy sitting area.  The 2 white chairs are swivel chairs so when everyone wants to watch a movie together, it’s like stadium seating!





Another before/after:



I just loved this project and absolutely adore this family.  They are fun, down to earth and so open when it comes to my design ideas and trusting me with their home!  A few more of my favorite shots:



Still waiting on some artwork to arrive for the right of the fireplace, but almost complete!

Now, I can’t write this post without thanking this guy, my husband Scott, my rock, the strength and muscle behind every install and my biggest cheerleader!  Ally Whalen Design would not have the success it has had without him.

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We hope everyone has a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend and a huge thank you to all the Veterans out there- you truly are appreciated!