Sep 11, 2012

Big Reveal : the Den

I've dropped lots of hints, and showed off corners here and there, but never have I been brave enough to show you our den in its entirety (with furnishings). Until now. Feast your eyes (Max did some pretty awesome photo-bombing!) ... and prepare to offer me advice, because I am befuddled by this space. Check out this post and this post to see how far we've come, though! Fresh walls and floors = huge improvement.

Even though its vaulted ceilings with wood beams, wood-burning fireplace and brick built-ins were some of my favorite features when we bought our house, decorating this room has proved to be maddening very hard. Read more about my den struggles and inspirations here.

After moving some furniture around last week and hanging a new picture on the wall, I decided I finally could see things moving in a positive direction. I realized that maybe if I keep plugging away, I'll eventually find a way to love this room.

One thing I love right now? This new teal map art, which was snagged from One Kings Lane for just $25, and it's handmade! That frame will get an upgrade one of these days, but the art makes me happy, so I wanted to get it up on the wall to enjoy, no matter how cheapo the frame.

The sofa and chair are screaming for some bright, happy, graphic pillows with blues and aquas to better match my overall color scheme. And I'm realizing that you may be seeing that huge hutch for the first time. We inherited it with the house, and it's been an awesome place to store linens, fine china and wine glasses. One day it will get the diy treatment {a few coats of paint and new hardware should modernize it right up}. And of course that fan has to go. It's moving to the top of the priority list!

The rug, which was inherited from my grandparents, really cozies up this large room, and I pulled that white chair out of Max's room. I like that it defines the sitting area from the walk-through area (which leads from the hallway to the kitchen). The coffee table has been hiding out in the basement ever since we moved in. But after I designated the living room as Max's play room, I decided to go ahead and fill in the floor space I'd previously left empty for toddler play. That table's been with us for a while; Ben and I found it at the Nashville Flea Market years ago (maybe eight years?!) for the first place we ever rented together, before we were married - and crazier yet, before we adopted Bosco!

I'd like to get a proper media stand for the TV - a wide one that would fill the space better. I'm picturing a sort of French blue buffet stand for some reason. Something kind of like this, but wider:

image via Vintage Ground blog

And of course, I'm still strongly leaning toward painting that brick fireplace. There's just so darn much of it that it's overwhelming in person. And really dark. Which does nothing to help the lack of natural sunlight in this room.

All those tweaks aside, I've been enjoying my time in the den. The lack of natural sunlight actually makes it an excellent movie-watching room, and the brick feels super cozy at night. This room is where we huddle under a blanket with Max to read bedtime stories, where Ben and I snuggle up to chat and unwind after Max goes to bed, and where Bosco is allowed to climb onto the couch and snuggle right along with us ... so I suppose in the end, the den is actually fulfilling its job pretty darn well.

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