Thank you guys so much for the sweet comments and feedback on my ‘Vintage-Coastal Den Reveal’ last week! I’m so glad to have given some of you new ideas and inspiration. I know I shared some sources that went into decorating the den in my last POST, but there was so much that went into this space, I want to share even more of the sources and details.
Let’s break down what we did in here
I’m going to source as much as I can and explain why I made the choices that I did.
Diving into COLOR
As I mentioned in my FIRST POST, the rug came first. I had been drooling over this thing for months and months! It’s made by Pottery Barn and is still currently on sale HERE. For once, I bit the bullet and invested in a big piece that wasn’t neutral! It’s a huge step for this girl, as silly as that sounds. I haven’t regretted it for one second either. It set the tone for the whole space, it’s cozy to the touch, creates a mood and brings in a healthy dose of pattern. I did feel a little guilty hiding our beautiful hardwoods but figured that we’re lucky enough to have them everywhere, one room wouldn’t be a crime.
Why the rug works
• The COLOR sets the tone for the room, while providing
a healthy dose of PATTERN.
• It’s a bit of a STATEMENT in itself because it’s so rich but it’s still a color that is
in my wheelhouse. Blues have always spoken to me.
• SIZE is functional and versatile because it also fits in our living room
if I ever decide I’d like to move it.
• It’s COMFORTABLE to sit on and soft underfoot.
Bring the outdoors in!
Let me take a quick step back. I had created a mood board for this room, once it was decided that it would be a den. I picked out two large prints online of banana leaf palms because I loved the coastal vibe that they created. But when I saw THIS baby at IKEA for only $30 I absolutely had to have it. The real thing was so much better than a print! I’m all about house plants, as you probably know if you’ve been reading my blog for awhile. However, I didn’t think I’d be able to find the plant locally, so it was a very welcome surprise. I later found a beautiful planter from HomeGoods that added height and created more of a statement. Similar basket planter OPTION ONE and OPTION TWO.
Comfort is key
Hence the gorgeous pair of ARMCHAIRS with accompanying OTTOMANS from Raymour & Flanigan. I went into a lot of detail about these bad boys in my previous post. If you haven’t read that yet, you should now! 😉
Keep these things in mind when choosing an upholstered piece:
• Consider HOW MUCH the pieces will be used. This may dictate
what fabric you choose. You may want to get the protected fabrics
that are easy to clean if it’s in a space you will be eating or playing.
Since this is in a living space that will be used for entertaining, we went
with a dark toned fabric that has a high polyester content
for durability. We also opted for the protection plan
that is offered by Raymour & Flanigan.
• COMFORT: You’ll also want to make sure it’s comfortable!
If they’re too soft in the beginning they’ll only get worse!
• SIZE: I love the scale of these chairs because they’re generous
to sit in but don’t overwhelm our small den.
• EXTRAS: Don’t forget to ask if pillows come with what you are purchasing.
[Similar END TABLE by Broyhill in stained wood]
[These ottomans are available HERE]
Finding the right layout
One of the things I love most about this room, is how many windows it has for such a small space. This also presented the biggest challenge when figuring out the layout. I wanted it to feel cozy but not crowded and comfortable but still elegant. So figuring out what to do in the space so it still felt cozy was challenge.
Right as you walk in, there is the only wall that doesn’t have a window or door on it. So it’s the perfect spot to put the armoire but I was concerned about it blocking the window light from the hallway so we had to be strategic about how far away it was from the door. I also considered putting the chairs against this wall, as it was appealing to see a seating area when walking by the room, instead of the armoire. However, I much preferred the look of the chairs from their current angle when you walk into the room. Thank God for these furniture movers! If you read my recent post about rearranging our living room, then you know about my love for these [eafl id=3264 name=”FURNITURE MOVERS” text=”FURNITURE MOVERS”].
[Large floor BASKET]
[Our hutch is discontinued but I found this [eafl id=3267 name=”LOUVER DOOR ARMOIRE” text=”SIMILAR LOUVER DOOR ARMOIRE”]]
If you haven’t jumped on this bandwagon yet… you should definitely consider it! The two dune grass prints in here are 24″x36″ and cost a whopping $7 to have printed. Yes, you read that right, SEVEN DOLLARS. One of the photos was taken on my phone and the other is from a camera. I highly recommend running this FREE Photoshop Action on the photos before getting them printed (“Select B&W Beauty”). It will help simplify the images in a really graphic and beautiful way. Engineer prints are not high-quality photos. They’re not meant to be, so keep that in mind when you try this. They’ll be a little grainy and a little imperfect. One of mine has a ink blob in the sky. But I honestly don’t mind one bit! I think they’re charming and add such a wonderful personal touch to this room.
Here is one of the original images (straight from my iphone!), next to the one I sent to the printer:
I finished them off with inexpensive poster frames that were on clearance! (You KNOW how much I love me a bargain…) Sadly, the ones I’m featuring here are no longer available, but I did some hunting for you guys… here is a SIMILAR OPTION!
Adding a few vintage touches
[Exact SWING ARM LAMP here.]
The decanters were inexpensive flea market finds, but I wanted to give you a few options to shop from:
[Pheasant tail feathers HERE.]
[Similar floating shelf OPTION 1 and ]
[Alternative Spindle Leg SIDE TABLE]
[Another beautiful Spindle Leg SIDE TABLE ON One Kings Lane]
[Another gorgeous OPTION! AND it has a drawer.]
Final touch: add softness
The room was almost complete, but the windows were needing a little attention. To keep our coastal theme going, we went with some pretty ivory sheers. I was concerned, at first, that they might lean too feminine, but they weren’t. They just added a welcoming softness to the room and filtered the window light so beautifully! THE RODS also have a subtle nod to ‘coastal’ because of the finnials. They’re pineapple-inspired! Like the RODS we hung in our living room (in THIS POST), these are such great quality! I’m very pleased with how it all turned out.
[Here is a super close [eafl id=3272 name=”pineapple rod dupe” text=”OPTION”] for the pineapple rods]
I have had the best time working on this room and sharing it with you all. Thank you again for your kind words–it’s always my hope to inspire people to create spaces that they love. If you have any questions, feel free to leave them below!
This was a sponsored post by Raymour & Flanigan, and even though I received product for this makeover, all opinions are my 100% own.
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