• Thu. Sep 16th, 2021

The Den…before and after….


Nov 21, 2010
Thank you guys so much for all the wonderful comments about the foyer.  I really can’t wait to get the right mirror and accessorize the area.  I wish I had a foyer bigger than a postage stamp.  I shouldn’t complain…at least I have a house 🙂

OK…on to the den.  I am going to start with a few before shots, then with just the furniture [before all accessories] and then the fun part.  I know I have said this before but that is what makes the room so personal.  Nancy and Don, the homeowners, are pretty traditional.  This home is located in East Lake, which is a historic neighborhood in Atlanta.  It was part of a plantation owned by Civil War Col. Robert A. Alston.  The Antebellum home is the 2nd oldest home in Atlanta and is right next to this property.  
Here are a few starting pictures of the den:

Decisions…where to put the TV???  Over the mantel or to the right.  I think my preference would be the mantel only because it just seems more balanced to me.  Everyone has pretty strong opinions about this issue but I  decided to let the homeowners make the decision.  I am not going to living there!

This is before we started, just getting the furniture placement first.  To me this is the first step, no tables or lamps.  The pillows are there because we had originally thought they were going to be in the chairs, but you will see later one we changed that up.

Here is the final shot after we decided what went where!  The tobacco basket from Scott’s.  The bookends and books belonged to the homeowner.  Throw from Homegoods and small bench from a flea market in Atlanta.  Since it is such a small room they can use it for extra seating and end tables.  I love when furniture can do double duty!

We purchased the shutters at the same flea market.  They help to fill up the space a little.  The TV can go in either space and the basket or shutters are versatile enough to be used in other areas.

On to another area….

The sofa before we started.

Mixed up the pillows a little with a few from Pottery Barn.  The bird prints are reproductions from Scott’s and the frames are from Michaels.  The pharmacy lamp is Homegoods and the small table is Pottery Barn also.

We picked up the ottoman at the same flea market as the other things.  Once again for a small room, more seating.  It really is the “pow” for the room.

Another angle.

This is the chair we had at first.  It belonged to the homeowner.  We switched it out for another one they had.

It just fit the space better and I did not like the leather with the ottoman.

Here is a view of the room from the kitchen.  The door on the left leads to the foyer.  The door on the right leads to a small vestibule that we set up as a  reading room.  I am saving those pictures for another time!  Gotta stretch it out right!

A few up close shots….

I know what you’re thinking….their kids are grown so no one is going to pull off the books and jar 🙂

The homeowner had the mirror and we just sprayed it black.  Had a bird picture left over…more layering.

OK…so check this out…. A before shot of the kitchen cabinets.

And after…

Painted the cabinet black.  One on each side of the stove.  I LOVE this!!!  Where else can I do it???? It really made a big difference.  “Screech”…I know that is the sound that your chairs are making as you RUN into your kitchen to see if you can do it 🙂

Cafe curtains out of burlap.

The black leather barstools we ordered from Overstock.  They are so comfortable and I think all 3 were 550.00 maybe?

So later this week…..the reading room.  I also have that nursery almost completed and an update from the house with the blue doors.

AND….the Christmas House opens the Nov 26th.  Sponsored by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles it is at the Mansion on Peachtree.  AND…..Denise and I are giving a presentation on Dec. 4th at 12:30 on table setting..using what you have in your home.  I am hoping to fill the room with just my friends so I won’t be skeared!!!  This is SO not my thing [talking in front of a crowd].  I got talked into it after a few too many glasses of wine.  When I woke up the next morning I was hoping it was all a bad dream.  Nope.  Reality.  I am going to pass out alcohol to the crowd so they will be drunk and then I can wow them with cheap crap from Big Lots.  In fact I think I will make it so tacky they won’t know whether I am for real or not..hee haw!

Hope you all had a great weekend.