Basements aren’t usually pretty places. Often they’re brimming with boxes of Christmas decorations, half-empty paint cans and discarded exercise equipment. But when you’ve got seven kids all under the age of nine, making the most of every square inch of space is essential. Find out how designer, productivity coach and YouTuber Lisa Canning transformed her rental home’s basement into an office, playroom and potting area. Plus, get her need-to-know tips on decorating with dark and moody colors.

Video and photography: James Bombales

Producer and editor: Kelsey Pudloski

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