Just a year and a half ago I redecorated our den. I went from cozy dark colors to light airy beach colors…
I had so much fun doing this project! The Husband and I did lots of little DIY projects after we lightened up the dark wainscoting…we made a coffee table out of a dinning room table!
Like I said, I loved this room! Then we had a few parties with 30 family members! Soooo crowded!
The Husband decided we’d either have to move or knock out a few walls to make a great room from the den and the library room! Knocking out walls was the logical choice…
For the record…when I plan a project, I paint…when The Husband plans a project he takes out walls…
Anyhoo, my first question was: will we need new furniture?
In the interest of keeping the space more open, we couldn’t really incorporate the sectional. Sooooo, new furniture was in fact was a priority in this project! And with new furniture, I had to decide if I wanted to keep things in the exact color scheme or change it up a bit. I decided to have fun and bring in a few darker pieces of furniture while keeping the overall feel of the room light and airy.
Everyone has a process when decorating a new space…here’s mine!
I did a lot of my research for furniture online, which saved lots of time! The one thing we knew for sure was that the sofas had to be a similar color to Ollie and Reba-the-Cat.
Out of our 5 animals, only 2 of them shed, but boy do they shed! When we had the light colored sectional, we had to vacuum it every week!
Our friends Todd & Darlene from Woodstock Outlet helped us find the perfect color sofas- (and chairs!)
The Husband wanted a recliner. He picked out this really huge marshmallow looking puffy chair that resembled Frazier’s dad’s chair. (Do you remember that ugly chair?)
This one was our compromise! We both got one and I gotta say, I love it.
I wanted our coffee table to be a statement piece. One with character. In my search, I first fell in love with this one from Pottery Barn…
But some of the reviews said that within a week or two of getting the table home, it split right down the middle. Not just a little split, a big gaping split. I was really disappointed until…
I found this one from World Market!
It was $200.00 cheaper and the metal is wrapped all the way around the table which I think will make it difficult for the wood to split! I absolutely LOVE this table and as a bonus I discovered World Market! I’m not sure that I’ve ever actually purchased anything from World Market, but when we were there, I looked around and found a few other things, like…
This tobacco blue side table! I needed 2 smallish tables and these worked perfectly and allowed me to add a splash of painted furniture to the space, you know I love painted furniture! (I did distress it just an itty bitty bit with some sand paper:) )
And to go on the tables…this mercury glass lamp which is significantly less gold in person! I added a burlap shade(lighter than this one) and it’s (they are) lovely.
And did you know that World Market has some really great curtain panels and curtain rods!?I left my curtains in the back of the room (the ones I made) and replaced the curtains in the front with these (they are a more muted … not nearly as bright in person)
The curtain rods were silver so I replaced them with these, the bleached wood is similar to the color of the coffee table…
At Home Goods I found a bench/table with baskets for the baby’s toys that is similar to this one:
This project was really different than the ones The Husband and I usually do. I mean, The Husband didn’t have to do any of the tearing down or rebuilding. Maybe it’s because I don’t quite have my energy back that I couldn’t get enthusiastic about sewing, painting or re-purposing. Yes, it’s been different but it’s been a wonderfully creative process just the same and we’re almost done! Mr. Max (the contractor) is installing built-in shelves around the fireplace in the next few days and then I’ll snap a few “after” photos!
I can see the light at the end of this tunnel my friends!
~One way or another…have a creative day~