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We love designing for our seven children, so the Everett family basement makeover was a blast! Even though the logistics of creating a bright and fun entertaining space for three kids and two adults is challenging enough, but we wanted to make this basement extra special with an emphasis on art and family memories.

Ultimate Art Space for Kids

Scott and Elyse’s kids are very creative, and they had accumulated loads of their art work with no place to hang it all, so we knew this had to be a focus of our design. Their new ultimate art space for kids now includes a wall stacked with pull-out craft paper, a wall covered in chalkboard paint and a cork board covered wall perfect for displaying art. And because it can be heartbreaking to part with our children’s art but eventually it can become cumbersome to keep it all, we went with the “shrink art” solution for the Everett family (something we’ve done with our own kids’ art.) Our friend and artist Jan Eleni makes wonderful archival solutions for displaying and enjoying your prolific young artists’ work forever.

Black and White Family Photos Wallpaper

We wanted mom and dad’s area of the basement to be full of personal keepsakes, just like the kids’ space. So we designed a focal wall covered in beautiful black-and-white wallpaper made from their family photos. This is a super easy project you can create online using one photo or a collage of photos for about $10/sq.ft. Adjacent to the family photo wall hangs an Ann Carrington original made with some help from our kids. The backing on the flag art is magnet boards that can be found at most home improvement stores.

Slide Staircase

Last week, we created a flirty pink-striped staircase for two surfing sisters. Well, clearly we can’t get enough funky staircases, because we did a playground style one this time — complete with a slide! In the show, wasn’t it fun to see the kids and parents can slide down to their new basement?

101 Responses

  1. Shelley Haganman says:

    What company did you use for the photo wallpaper? I am interested in doing this. Also, did you create a certain sized collage that you then had printed? THanks!

  2. CAS says:

    If they are going to be doing the American Flag they ought to research it and do it right.
    there are only 13 stripes on the American Flag and the eighth strip under the blue stars should
    be white not red or whaterver color they were using. The American Flag should be done right, no matter
    what kind of artist you are.

  3. Alyssa G says:

    I love the shrink art project with the kids art projects. Where can I get this done?

    • Anna@HGTV says:

      Alyssa – the artist who created that is Jan Eleni <a href="http://(http://janeleni.com/)” target=”_blank”>(http://janeleni.com/). You can read on her website about the shrink art. (I'm wondering if there might be a DIY way to do it using companies like zazzle or moo who print business cards.)

    • Michelle says:

      Hi! I too am looking where I can go to get this done. Unfortunately, I went on Jan Eleni's website and for a 40-image print, prices start @ $950. I can't afford that. Does anyone know where you can get this done for much less?


      • Jennifer says:

        Go to Canvaspress.com You can decide whether you want a wall collage on wall paper or a canvas collage. Either way, it's WAY WAY cheaper than almost $1000! You can choose the size that works perfectly for your area as well. The employees are so nice about helping you too.

    • Karli_HGTV says:

      We've created a product page for this episode: http://marketplace.hgtv.com/Search.aspx?episode=H

    • Judy says:

      I am going to experiment with taking photos of my kids' art, then emailing the photos to myself as jpg files. Then putting them into a document or PowerPoint and manipulating the size. Lastly, I'll convert to PDF and take it to a Kinko's to be reprinted on fine art paper. Cost of Kinko's printing is under $150.

  4. Kyrie says:

    Loved the photo wallpaper. Would love some info on what company did it for you. Love the show!

  5. greylady46 says:

    Fabulous…….now this is how to decorate. Wonderful in every way.

  6. MommaBee says:

    Loved the episode but would love info on the art supply organizer that was featured and how to get the wallpaper and the shrink art pictures done!

  7. Michelle says:

    They said in an interview with FOX News that they use a company called Duggal in New York City. I googled it and came up with http://duggal.com/

  8. Tara says:

    Also loved the photo wallpaper and would like to know about the art supply organizer too!

  9. Karen says:

    Found The art supply organizer here! http://www.mossonline.com/product-exec/product_id

  10. Kristi says:

    A 425.00 art organizer. The every day family cannot afford that! Where can i get one that is affordable?

    • ELC says:

      Try Ikea for something similar. Also Storables, if in your area

    • Suzy says:

      Would love to know what the entire room cost…most families would not be able to afford.

      • Anna@HGTV says:

        Not sure on a total cost, but as they are in NYC, it will cost more than most cities in the US. What I think is awesome are all the tips Cortney shares in each episode and keeping those in mind while using ELC's suggestion of IKEA and cool "Fast Fix HGTV DIY projects like these: http://www.hgtv.com/kids_rooms/kids-photo-wall-mu

    • America says:

      I saw the episode and also thought it was a great idea! just scan your pictures, print small versions of the art work /photo and glue and past to your poster board – or scan, arrange and take to kinkos to print in poster size paper…

    • Barbara says:

      Kristi, I loved the organizer as well, but choked when I saw the price. Check out <a href="http://www.landofnod.com” target=”_blank”>www.landofnod.com. They have a similar one for 49.00. A bit smaller, but you can always buy two….

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