Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
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Bright Family Basement transitional-basement

Bright Family Basement

This space was inspired from a bright multi-color graphic fabric. Black was used throughout as a grounding force. It helps frame the space and gives it a 
sophisticated feel, providing a place for your eye to rest between the hits of color. The playful pops of color give the space some life - perfect for an energetic family. Given the low ceilings and lack of natural light, it was essential to make the space feel as bright and airy as possible - mirrors and strategic lighting help to achieve this feel. Built-ins help to give the space a custom high-end feel while providing much needed storage and functionality.

By Cathy Zaeske

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December 14, 2013
Melissa Amadio wrote:
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Your Favorite Room By Cathy Zaeske
Thanks for your question, it's Benjamin Moore Great Blue Green AC 149
    Bookmark   December 14, 2013 at 6:58AM
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September 28, 2013
Realtor, Coldwell Banker Real Estate Services wrote:
Bamboo window treatment? - Is the wood-looking piece on the window a bamboo blind? Love it! I have a tiny window in my basement and this look make it appear so much larger - I have to have it. How was it installed? Thanks! Awesome room.
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It looks to be a Woven Wood Shade with the Top/Down/Bottom/Up feature. I also believe that fabric is a pattern distributed by Timber Blinds & Shades ( Manufacturer ) or Hunter Douglas ( Manufacturer ). It also looks to have a room darkening liner on the back. Good luck with your search.
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Lori, thank you for your comments! Yes, it is a bamboo woven blind. A top down bottom up would absolutely work for this application however this client was on a major budget! So we converted a shade that we had cut to size at a big box store...first disassembled it and then mounted the top portion to the ceiling and the bottom portion was mounted on the sides behind the panels. Took a couple of pictures during it.
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Typical of a basement, the windows were small and didn't let in much natural light."There are only two small windows in the room, so we needed to keep the space as bright as possible," Zaeske says. "The light carpeting was in good shape, so we were able to utilize that but freshen it up with layered area rugs." To create the illusion of a full window, Zaeske purchased an off-the-shelf woven Roman shade; separated the top valance portion and installed it at ceiling height; hung the bottom portion of the shade beneath the window, simulating a top-down window shade; and framed the windows with her inspiration fabric"This window is my favorite feature in the room. It gives the impression the room is taller and brighter," Zaeske says.

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