With the red-hot Washington Capitals off to their best start in franchise history, support for the National Hockey League team is at an all-time high. Recently, team leader Alex Ovechkin became only the second player in NHL history to be immortalized as a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.
One area fan created her own tribute to the Capitals by transforming her basement to the coolest hang out for Caps fans outside of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex. Tina Seltzer, an avid hockey fan and Caps loyalist, hired interior designer June Shea of Shea Studio to redecorate her entire Fairfax Station house.
Designed in stages, Seltzer's home is colorful, contemporary and laced with personal touches.
"June was my vision," Seltzer said. "There weren't many things that she brought to the table that I didn't like."
Shea captured Seltzer's love for bright colors and penchant for whimsy in the living room and family room. But no room reflects Seltzer’s personality like the hockey-themed basement.
Seltzer has the ultimate place to watch the Capitals. A glass door frosted with figure eights leads from the kitchen to basement stairs. At foot of the stairs is a larger-than-life wall graphic of former Capitals goalie Olaf Kölzig. In this photograph, Kölzig wears the blue, black and bronze colors the team donned from the late 1990s until they changed back to red, white and blue in 2007.
Blue, black and gold serve as the color scheme in the basement and the Capital’s old logo, which features an American bald eagle with five stars, is featured throughout the room.
“We received permission from the Washington Capitals organization to replicate the team logo,” said Seltzer.
Mitchell Layton, the official photographer for the Capitals, allowed Shea to use a blown-up photograph of Section 112 in the Verizon Center on the wall to create a cheering section. Plexiglas lines the photograph, adding an authentic arena feel.
Shea designed two rolling ottomans to look like large hockey bucks that can be pushed around on the carpet -- which in turn looks like the Capitals' home ice.
“The project got a lot bigger than we anticipated,” Seltzer said. “But it’s fun for parties.”
A custom-made foosball table with Capitals figures and an air hockey table are just part of the fun in this room. Shea also added a bar area for food and drinks.
Shea is gradually helping Seltzer update the room to reflect the more vibrant red color theme the Capitals sport today.
“Every now and then I add pictures,“ Shea said.
The room continues to transform, getting brighter, bolder and better.
Just like the Caps.