I am so excited to share our new den with all of you today!! I can’t even tell you the sigh of relief I’m taking as I write this! This project has been in the works for what feels like forever! Not because it was hard to do or that we had any troubles, but it took time to not only collect the pieces and decide on the vibe of the room, but to decide on WHAT this space was going to be! It was an evolution and we took breaks and came back to it. Now that it has come together, I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you all! I hope you enjoy our vintage-coastal den reveal!
I find when I decorate any space in our house, I go for a collected look, and sometimes those take time to put together. There is waiting involved as you gather pieces and inspiration. I will be sharing more details next week on how I put the den together, but for now lets just enjoy the completed room!
Why a den?
You may remember me sharing this room as a dining room in this tour and this tour! Even though the space worked fine as a dining space, we knew that the room was being completely under-utilized. When we decided to make a change, my first thought was to create an office space that would include at least one extra comfy chair. I went as far as browsing desks online and mapping out what the room could look like as an office. I soon realized that if the room were used as an office, I would probably be the only one using it. Again, that would not maximize the functionality of this room. So we moved on!
That’s when the idea of a den came in. We thought it would be great to have a room that was comfortable for us to hang out in together and watch TV but stylish enough to entertain guests in too. I wanted it to be a multi-functional space too. During the day I could even cozy up in here with my laptop and get some work done. At night the two ottomans would easily double as seating and we’d have room for 4 people for a little happy hour!
(Wondering where we eat now? Check out where we put our dining room here!)
Design tip: Don’t neglect the inside of your cabinets/hutches. If you’ll be looking at them open, then decorate away! I like to keep things simple around a TV though. Steer clear of really reflective surfaces or busy patterns.
Design tip: Don’t limit yourself to just one layout. Like I said, this space will not only be used for my husband and me, but also to entertain guests! Ottomans are so flexible and make a cozy extra seat.
Coming up with the right aesthetic
AKA: The fun part! Two items that you might not think of, that completely defined the style of this space, were the rug and the giant banana-leaf palm. Though neither are furniture or paint color, the items you might initially think of when defining a space’s style, they were the most noteworthy! I wanted the room to have a modern masculine feel but with a coastal vibe and vintage accents. Voila! Our “vintage-coastal den” was born.
There are lots of theories of where you should start when you’re ‘building a room’. Choose the layout first, the function, the color scheme, etc. I don’t think that there is a wrong way to start! For me, the function of this room came first and then it was all about making sure that Greg and I both LOVED it. It was really that simple!
Creating the “Vintage-Coastal” style
Once that dreamy blue rug and statement-making banana leaf palm were in the room, the style was formed. It totally came to life for me at the point! I knew the direction I wanted to go in. Once I had a focus, it was so easy to make decisions about what would work in here and what wouldn’t.
Like I mentioned, this room has been put together over time. When I took a large group of these photos, our curtains were not yet installed. Sorry if there is any confusion about that! I will provide sources for the rods and sheers in my post next week.
What makes it coastal:
- Louver door accents on side table and armoire
- Dune grass prints
- Muted blue pillows
- Blue glass jugs full of sand
- Sea grass baskets
- Driftwood frames
- Banana palm
What makes it vintage:
- Antique brass hardware and fixtures
- Vintage crystal decanters
- Wood tones
- Vintage floating shelf
- Cotton quilts
- Antique fly rod
- Neutral tones
Let’s talk seating, shall we?
Once we knew it was going to be a den, we moved quickly and planning out the furniture. It’s a pretty small room and I didn’t want it to be completely overwhelmed with furniture. I also didn’t want it fill it with a bunch of tiny pieces.
Design tip: Finding the right scale furniture can definitely be a challenge but it is well-worth the effort. It can really make or break a room.
We shopped around a little before deciding on Raymour & Flanigan. I’m all about weighing my options, but I also like to know what I’m getting. If you’ve read my blog for a bit now or seen my house tour, you’ve seen our beloved RF sofa. We wanted to mimic the qualities of that piece in our den–as in, comfy, well-made, and super easy on the eyes. But I have to be honest with you guys…
These Bellina chairs might be even better than our sofa 😉 Wow. They are exactly what we were looking for. I thought that two chairs with two ottomans would be such a good look!
Design tip: A little symmetry in a room layout goes a long way. It looks complete and well thought-out. It leans formal but it can be made more casual by the elements you bring in.
We went with a custom order for the chairs
They’re part of Raymour’s Thomasville collection which means that we had a whole slew of swatches to choose from. We liked this tweedy-woven texture in the taupe shade and felt that it was the most practical for our life and future life (with kids and pets). It looks beautiful, is substantial to the touch and it won’t show wear as quickly as a lighter color. I’m beyond impressed with these pieces. The chairs and the ottomans are both exceptionally well made. It’s evident immediately–they’re built to last.
The ottomans are a luxury in themselves because of their scale. They make lounging so easy and great. I wanted to break them up a little visually which is why I went with a throw blanket on the edge. The blankets will also help keep them looking great longer–though we DID go for the protection plan from Raymour and Flanigan so we’re covered no matter what!
Design tip: I layered a soft gray throw over each one to help marry the differing tones of the chairs and ottomans. Bonus: They’re full of texture and so super soft to the touch!
[Buy ottomans here]
A few finishing touches
My husband loves fishing. No.. he really LOVES it. When my stepdad spotted this antique fly rod at the flea market a couple weeks ago I was thrilled. I love tucking in nods to Greg around the house. It brings me joy to see him happy and thought of–and it creates a more authentic home. This rod was in such good condition and adds great interest to the top of the armoire. This goes for the beautiful antler art too. They speak to Greg’s love for the Adirondacks. These nods to him and his passions are just as important to me as the cozy pillows and throws.
I will talk more to the other art in this room, but I have to tell you about this wall hanging today (because she’s having a flash sale right NOW.) This beautiful canvas hanging came from my new friend, Jess, from Vol. 25. Her work is all done by hand, down to the assembly. Her collection of botanic, insect and antler studies are favorite to many talented bloggers. I’m thrilled that she was willing to work with me on this post! A flash sale is happening RIGHT NOW. You can get 15% off your order if you order today or tomorrow–and that can be layered on top of the 20% VIP discount! (VIP means you give her your email address and sign up for her newsletter. Click HERE to do that.)
[Antler Study Vol. 3 Moose can be purchased in other sizes and finishes HERE.]
This is easily our favorite room to be in now. Over the past few weeks we have far surpassed the amount of time we ever spent in this room as a dining room. There are so many beautiful design elements that went into creating this space, so I will be highlighting those next week, along with going into more detail on the ones I shared today. For now I was just too excited, I couldn’t wait to show you our den! Have a wonderful weekend!
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