This rustic retreat hosts the dad's hobby miscellany, but the entire family has caught on to the appeal
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When a devoted muskie fisherman needed a place for his trophies, photos and gear, his loving wife suggested he create a log cabin in their basement. Using pine half logs, copper rust slate, comfortable furnishings and generous lighting, interior designer Melissa Bovee transformed a dingy, unfinished underground lair into an inviting retreat. Take a tour and you’ll see why it has become a favorite getaway for the family and their friends.
Who lives here: A couple with two teen boys. An out-of-town daughter uses the lower level as a private apartment when she visits.
Location: Waukesha, Wisconsin
Size: 1,000 square feet
“While the rest of their house is more traditional, our inspiration down here was an ‘up North’ cabin,” Bovee says. “He is a big-time fisherman and wanted it to feel rustic and outdoorsy.”The pale wood walls contrast with the dark slate fireplace at the end of the room, drawing the eye to the latter. There are two separate seating areas defined by the furniture: one alongside the fireplace and one for watching TV and playing video games. The leather armchairs are arranged around a playful coffee table featuring a recumbent black bear topped with a sheet of glass. It’s a great example of the basement’s relaxed design.
The bathroom is a great place to warm up and clean up after a long day of fishing, and also serves guests who are staying on the lower level. Knotty pine overhead and on the walls, and coppery slate tile underfoot and in the shower, create a rustic jewel box of a bathroom.
The frameless glass shower stall allows a clear view of all of the slate tile in the shower, which features both a rain showerhead and a handheld showerhead.