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The key to lower-level living is keeping it comfortable, relaxing and functional. In this inviting room by Kathy Flack of Flack Interior Design Associates, a division of Simpson Furniture, an architectural sectional tweed sofa and club chairs in subtle print maximize seating and lend a classic but casual air to the surroundings. A suede-covered ottoman serves as a coffee table, foot rest and hidden storage.

Fine quality, maple custom-built bookcases and low-slung entertainment/storage center stained in light cinnamon wrap around the main space. An electric fireplace insert adds warmth, and soft light filters through plantation shutters. With the addition of decorated ripped glass above for privacy, there is no feeling of being below ground level.

Dizdarevic Construction did the work.

Previously, the homeowners dreaded going downstairs — low, acoustical-tile suspended ceiling, uncomfortable cast-off furniture, fluorescent lighting. “It was hard to relax because we were staring at everything that needed to be done. We had a laundry list of things that seemed impossible,” the homeowners said.

Now the couple lives downstairs. “It’s such a thrill to walk into this space now that we never want to leave it!”

“The homeowners wanted a classic, neutral look. Everything was measured for the floor plan, so conceptually we knew what was happening and where everything was going to fit. Everything had to be scaled to fit the room. There’s not a lot of room, but visually it appears larger. Traffic flow is better. The bookcases add visual height, too.”

Measurements had to be concise, Flack pointed out, “to make sure furniture would actually fit through the door!”

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Arts/Special Sections Editor

Special Sections Editor for the Courier

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