Keri and Patrick McGinness, who have two sons, ages 5 and 2, say they wanted a space where they could entertain guests without feeling like children and adults were on top of each other. The ideal location, the large basement in their Manhasset home, was strewn with toys and lacked a cohesive design. "We were so spread out that we felt like we constantly had to go over and check on them," says Keri McGinness, who left the family's 49-by-24-foot basement only minimally furnished for three years as the two accountants pondered just how they wanted to use the space. Finally, they turned to designer Frances Herrera of Interiors by Francesca, a design firm in Forest Hills. Herrera's design divided the space into three zones with play areas on each end and an adult-friendly space in the middle. -- SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN
STUDY AND PLAY AREA.
Cost for this part of the room: About $14,020 (includes $4,000 design fee from Herrera, which covers the entire basement).
CUSTOM BUILT-IN DESKS AND SHELVES, $6,500 (for two). Designed and fabricated by Sergio Guyzueta Woodwork, Westbury
GREEN DESK LAMPS, $84 (for two). From Zodax, a trade-only resource.
MODEL AIRPLANES, $45 (for three). From HomeGoods, Port Washington.
MOLDING, existing. Herrera painted the molding a different color to give definition to the room.
PAINT, done by clients. Includes Benjamin Moore 1465 Nimbus for the walls and Benjamin Moore HC-167 Amherst Gray for the molding.
FOOSBALL TABLE, existing.
TRAIN TABLE, existing.
CARPET, existing. (April 2012)
EAMES LIME-COLORED CHAIRS, $498 (for two).
Herrera wanted chairs that were durable but also offered a fun touch to the room. From Design Within Reach, Manhattan.
STORAGE BINS, $240 (for six). From The Container Store, Manhattan. (April 2012)
WINDOW SEAT CUSHION and BACK, $250.
Materials and fabrication through Interiors by Francesca.
FLAT, ROMAN SHADE WINDOW TREATMENTS, $818 (for two). Designed by Herrera, fabricated by Herrera’s workroom. (April 2012)
BEAN BAG CHAIRS and PILLOWS, $578.
Includes two chairs ($378) from pbteen.com; and four geometric pillows ($200) from Interiors by Francesca.
ACCENT RUG, $149. From Ikea, Hicksville.
VESPA GICLEE PRINTS, $400 (for two). From Art Classics, a trade-only source. (April 2012)
ADULT SEATING AREA.
Total cost for this section of the makeover: About $12,500.
CHILD-SIZE CHAIR, existing.
BRUSHED-STEEL DISC LAMP, $229. From Arteriors, a trade-only source, in Manhattan.
OPEN-STORAGE SIDE TABLE, $900. From Lillian August, Manhattan.
LEATHER COUCH, existing.
ACCENT PILLOWS, $800 (for eight). From Interiors by Francesca. (April 2012)
BUTTERFLY LEATHER CHAIR, $450.
MADELINE WEINRIB DHURRIE RUG, $800. From ABC Carpet & Home, Manhattan. (April 2012)
SWIVEL CHAIRS, $3,220 (for two). From Mitchell Gold, Manhattan. (April 2012)
TREE STUMP ACCENT TABLE, $199. From westelm.com. (April 2012)
COLOR-BLOCK PRINT, $650. From artaddiction.com. (April 2012)
MONDRIAN IRON SCULPTURE, $149. From Arteriors, a trade-only source, in Manhattan. (April 2012)
GRASS FABRIC STORAGE OTTOMAN, $449. From cb2.com.
CHILDREN’S CRAFT AREA.
TOTAL: About $4,700.
SLATE GRAY CRAFT TABLE, $499. From Crate & Barrel, Manhasset.
EAMES CHAIRS, $996 (for four). From DWR, Manhattan.
SPORTS PRINTS with PLEXI FRAMES, $1,403 (for four). From Art Addiction, Manhattan. (April 2012)
ALPHABET STORAGE CHEST, $850. This chest has both large and small drawers to help keeps the boys’ activities organized. From atwestend.com. (April 2012)
TUMBLING BLOCKS ARTWORK, $445 (for five). From Global Views, Manhattan. (April 2012)