Decorating a Neutral Sitting Room5:30:00 AM
Today I'm finally finished decorating the den.
This is the room we gave up several years ago to create a bedroom for one of our daughters. After my daughter moved to an apartment, the room is finally back in business as the much missed TV room. You can read about the wall color here.
This is a small, cozy room and taking photos with all these windows was not too easy. The room is extremely bright when the sun is coming through the window.
The love seat is an Ektorp love seat from IKEA. We have the sofa and chairs in the living room and I highly recommend this furniture. It is not overly large and has slipcovers in many colors that can be easily removed for cleaning. I wash them in my washing machine then into the dryer. When the slipcovers are dry I put them back onto the furniture and that's it.
The vintage door in the corner was a DIY project done by my daughter. She used an inexpensive full length mirror and framed it out with stained wood. It hangs on a hook on the old door. It's another easy project that looks great!
Hanging from the door I'm using the end of an old forked garden hoe to hold a hanging light to give task lighting over the love seat.
I made DIY grain sack pillow covers using inexpensive store bought linen covers and painted them myself which saved a lot of money.
The harvest centerpiece that's being changed up as we speak for Christmas, sits in the center of the perfect round coffee table I found at the thrift store.
The beautiful chalkboard was another DIY project using an antique frame and
pre-made chalkboard from Home Depot.
This white canvas chair was another lucky thrift store find. Sometimes the perfect pieces just find me.
The tab topped curtains are another IKEA find. I'm using matchstick roll up blinds from Home Depot with a vintage veteran's photo as a window topper.
The extra large IKEA closet in the corner was left here by my daughter. I'm disguising it as a vintage piece for the short term by painting it with chalky paint and adding decorative knobs. As soon as I find the perfect vintage cabinet this one will be history.
The television sits on top of a heavy lattice shelving piece I found at a garage sale and painted. I found seagrass baskets to fit the shelves and hold extra pillows because you can never have enough pillows. Hooks on the side of the shelves hang throws for cooler nights.
The only thing you can't see from the views I shot of the room is the elephant in the corner...
On the fourth wall of this room is my elliptical machine. There was nowhere else in my house for this piece so it's "hiding" in the corner of the den.
Honestly, I use it all the time and there's no way I will forget to exercise because it's staring me in the face on a daily basis. It faces the TV too which is an added bonus.
The holiday tray is my latest obsession. I've made several of them using stencils from Funky Junk Interiors.
See where this room began and the paint colors we used
to create a warm, cozy TV room in neutral colors that doubles as an exercise room.
Update: Someone saw my chalkboard on the blog and offered to buy it so now I replaced it with a large duck egg sorter with a wreath.
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