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“Oh my gosh, it was horrific. It had low drop ceilings, asbestos linoleum floors, and the whole thing was mostly storage," says architect and interior designer Terri Crittenden, recalling her first impressions of this suburban Chicago basement.

The basement family room is one of the couple's favorite rooms in their home. Designwise, it initially presented some dilemmas, and the budget was tight. The walls in this room were an unattractive knotty pine that the couple couldn't afford to completely replace, so they decided to paint them navy and keep the grooves white for a pin-striped look.

Likewise, the dining room aligns with an opening to beautifully frame the trees outside.