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New House Progress | Den

June 25, 2014

Continuing along with our room swap, I wanted to show you the den today.  I hesitated sharing this space today because it's the least complete of the four rooms.  The new den (located where our old dining room used to be) is already the most used the space in the house.  Our home has a very traditional floor plan with a small kitchen.  This doesn't leave any room for lounging or hanging out in the kitchen.  So it's nice to have a little spot to sit right off the kitchen.

This room has the most of amount of design tweaking before Matthew or I will love it.  But the footprint alone has won us over.  Remember, his dream was to have a cozy little men's study and now he has one. We've moved the leather sofa in here along with all of our darker and more masculine furniture and art.  Rounding it up into one space has let the pieces shine.  They were a bit forced scattered in other rooms but now they feel cohesive and well placed.  The bookshelves are new to this house, taken from our old house in Pawleys that we just sold.  You can't really tell in the pictures, but there are two identical tower bookcases placed on either side of the leather sofa.  Matthew wants to eventually turn them into built-ins and place to library lights facing in towards each other for more soft lighting.


Room color.  We're bouncing around the idea of painting this room something bold.  Like a dark and saturated navy blue.  I think that would really help with the feel of the room.  What do you think?  Have you gone bold in  your house?  Would that totally kill the flow of our downstairs to have something so distinct right off the entry?

Fabrics.  This is going to be a struggle.  I get really overwhelmed with all the choices.  Pillows and Window Panels are going to be the biggest decision we make in this room and will make the most impact.  I need them to really help the space feel young.  It's reading a bit older than Matthew or I would prefer right now and I think some well chosen fabrics could really help with that.


 Again, these pictures are literally showing the before so we can all be in the same place mentally when I give updates and talk about choices. I just don't want anyone to think that these changes take place over night.  Even when you're shopping your own house like we've done.  It still takes a while to make each decision.  If anyone has any ideas for pillows or wall colors, please let me know!  I'm not a sewer so it's off to etsy I go to start my search!


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16 comments:

  1. I would do navy walls in a heartbeat!! Look for fabrics with some coral in it. I think that will brighten it up a little and make it feel younger. I love the coral/navy/leather combo.

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  2. Julia - go for the Navy! We have it in our bedroom and I love it! I've always had light, airy bedrooms but when we got married, I had the opportunity to have a dark bedroom because of my husband's schedule. Sometimes he works nights or til 2am, so its important to have a dark space for him to sleep when he's working those weird hours. We just LOVE it. We have white linens with slate gray and just a pop of green for accents. So glad we did it!

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  3. I love the navy walls I painted in my son's room. I used SW Naval which is seriously saturated. It plays nicely with grays and browns too.

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  4. Navy is such a classic color and pairs so well with white trim. Another great option is BM's Kendall Charcoal. I just painted my living room this color - with a little hesitation - but the dark hue, situated next to white trim and crown moulding looks so sophisticated.

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  5. We painted our bedroom and the nursery dark. I love these rooms because they are unique from the rest of the house. Go for it!

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  6. I think you are off to a great start! And I like the idea of painting this room a dark color. I would pick a color that you find in every other room on that level as your dark paint color. That way it will read as cohesive with the rest of the floor.

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  7. I am a sewer and sell my pillows locally here in New England. I would happily trade you pillows (with down inserts) for a small painting if you are interested. I love your work. Sincerely, Michelle

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  8. I think that a dark color would make it feel nice and cozy! What great ideas. :)

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  9. I think the navy would look great! It's still a classic color, so that would work with the other rooms that have lighter colors. Can't wait to see what y'all do in here.

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  10. I agree with Elizabeth about using a paint in a darker hue of the overall color scheme of your home....perhaps, as Kendal suggests, a charcoal. My personal preference is I do not like to see rooms that look as if they were an afterthought. At the end of the day, though, it is about your taste and what you find pleasing...no right or wrong answer, just personal preferences.

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  11. A dark charcoal would be nice and cozy but still young and fresh- also I love using stripes as a little pick me up in a space. I used wide stripes in our dining area and love it. Some cool, colorful pillows (Celadon is my go to) and the space would def get a younger vibe. Love the layout!

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  12. You know I love it! That first bedroom is gorgeous! and I'm crazy about that window treatment with the roman shades.
    lovely-children-bedrooms

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  13. Go for the navy blue! Our office is right off of the foyer behind french doors and I chose Sherwin Williams Indigo Batik. The classic white trim pops off of the blue and the combo looks awesome with our dark, more masculine furniture. I'm using tartan and herringbone fabrics. Also, SW naval is such a pretty color. I'm using that for a stripes wall in our nursery but I felt like it was too dark for the whole office. Have fun! You're off to a great start!

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  14. I love those pillows you posted…in the event that you found fabric and wanted to have pillows (and/or drapes) made, I could dig up the names of two (very reasonably priced) seamstresses in Richmond. I also like the idea of a darker cozier wall color in the mix. Granted, I'm not super familiar with your house layout.

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  15. I agree that a deep charcoal would give you the coziness but would read younger than navy.

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  16. Very good and usable post. Thank's to share your experience with us. business for sale by owner

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