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Teen Hangout Makeover for $1,800

Updated: May 31, 2022

My sister's twins were born on the same day as my oldest, Blake. The SAME DAY. So-- we currently have 3, 13 year olds between us. When I recently visited her in Charlotte she asked for my help to makeover a basement area for a teen hangout during the upcoming season of what we anticipated would be more homeschooling and LOTS of time spent at home. Thanks, COVID!

Her budget was to stay under $1,800, and we spent 2 full days buying and styling at three places only: Homegoods, World Market, and Target. We also shopped her house for items that she was not currently using to finish styling out the space. A new TV is on its way to install above the console, but everything else is in place. Here's the Before & After:

What was a cold and uninviting basement area has now turned into a hip and colorful teen hangout that anyone would be happy to spend time playing games and relaxing. I wish I had a space this cool when I was growing up! The Rattan Cocoon Chair was a hit with Elle, and she loves snuggling up to read and play games on her phone.

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Wood Side Table next to Cocoon Chair (HomeGoods)

Yellow Throw- already owned

Logan loves the swivel chairs so he can (someday!) have his buddy over to play video games again after COVID. One super creative idea that just happened to be the perfect fit for the space was the poster sized artwork that we found at Target and hung as a pair. We found these in the frame section and the "artwork" is the actual cover images they used to sell the frames. These were $26 each!! What luck we had in finding those!

TIP: We had to purchase a smaller than ideal size rug for the space due to budget-- but placing it on an angle makes it appear to fit the space better and look purposeful. (Interested in booking a virtual design consult with me?)

We shopped her home for lamps, artwork, baskets and additional small accessories. The table lamp below we rescued from a "donation" pile in her garage and the metal table it sits on had previously been shoved into a corner in her outdoor patio. TIP: We all have items in our homes that can be repurposed, and I always spend time shopping the house to utilize items in a better way.

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All other artwork we shopped her house

Our finds at HomeGoods (Sorry I can't link these as every store is different!):

$300 QTY 2, swivel chairs with blue fabric ($150 each)

$150 Wood & metal console

$80 Midcentury look bench with wooden legs (in front of swivel chairs)

$30 Small round wood side table next to Cocoon Chair

$30 Globe accessory on back table

$10 "Hello" sign on console

$40 3 Faux Succulents on console and back table

$60 Woven stool under dog & llama artwork in the back

$30 Painted Zebra head at foot of stairs

With some creativity and smart shopping, you can pull off a similar look. An inspiring space really can change your mood and your motivations. Here's to creating a space you love! Need help? Click HERE to book a virtual design consult with me. You might also be interested in my HGTV Home Tour.

XO, JuJu

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