IT’S DEN REVEAL DAY! I’m so excited to share our coastal den reveal with you today, so I’m just going to get right to it! You can read more about our original den ideas & design plans and our updated design plans and progress for a little background on this project. Today we’ll just get right to the pretty pictures and details!
A huge thank you to my friends at Serena & Lily for providing me with several of the products I chose for this reveal. As always, all thoughts and opinions of products are my own. This post also contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
We moved into our home in December of 2014, and by April, this is essentially how the room looked. It was a collection zone for fabric, pillow, and random cast-offs that weren’t be used elsewhere in the house.
The space has undergone a number of makeovers as my craft room (the two most notable ones here and here). But as time evolved, it was apparent that I was no longer doing crafts. The room was becoming dumping grounds for all my home decor crap. We also quickly realized that being a one-TV home wasn’t going to cut it after we moved the craft room TV to the living room.
So, we talked it over quite a bit for the last year, and ultimately decided the room would be best served as a den. Since it’s actually a bedroom, it felt weird calling it a family room so the “den” term stuck. We took our time to think through the possibilities and what we needed in the space, and in January I ordered the sectional to get the ball rolling on our makeover.
And here’s how that same view looks now! We chose items that are beautiful but also very durable and comfortable so they can stand the test of time. Let’s dig into the details!
One of my favorite details in the new space is the board and batten grid wall that Kurtis and I added. It gives this relatively neutral room some major visual impact! I went with four rows of squares (which is one more row than we used in our guest bedroom and office). Since it’s the same color as the other walls in the room (Benjamin Moore Simply White), I wanted the graphic detail to stand out a bit more. I love how it turned out! We have a board and batten grid tutorial if you’re interested in how we install these types of walls. Getting the boards up typically only takes half a day. It’s the caulking and sanding and painting that ends up being much more involved. But to me, it’s totally worth all the work!
The sectional is still too short in the middle section (new legs arrived yesterday and haven’t been attached yet) but we’re really happy with it so far! I’ll plan to do a more thorough review once we’ve had it several months. You can see the specifics on what we ordered here.
And here’s a quick look from another angle. Initially, I hadn’t even considered leaving the hats on the wall. But when I saw how they looked above the TV, I actually loved it! I had to do a little rearranging (and leave some space for more) but the hats are perfect yet again in this space! Especially since each one was purchased on or for a specific vacation we took! I can’t wait to see the collection grow over the years.
The TV stand is a budget buy but I actually love how it looks in the space! It’s just the right size and stores everything we need in the den. I do still need to find a way to hide our cords and powerstrip, but I think a piece of white card board behind the DVD player cut to size will do the trick!
The Market Coffee Table is actually intended for outdoors, so I knew it would be durable enough for our den! I love the removable white enamel tray and all the interior storage available. It may or may not be perfect for hiding more throw pillows 😉 The wood tones also add some much needed warmth to the space!
I’m obsessing over this pillow pattern combo. The wide stripe pillow, tassel stripe pillow and palm print pillow are now three of my favorites ever! Two of the three are actually indoor/outdoor pillows so I know they’ll be durable while also looking super cute!
I found this cute little side table for the lamp, and I love that it coordinates so well with the coffee table. I wasn’t actually planning on adding a lamp in the room, until I realized how much better the space functions with one. We’ve gotten so used to our Lutron outlets in our living room and other areas in our home, that I plan to add one to the lamp so we can turn it on and off with our phones! It will be perfect when I use the space for reading, as well.
The beach artwork is a piece I’ve had for years and used to be in our living room. I think it looks perfect in the den now! I was originally going to hang it above the sectional, but ultimately decided I didn’t want to cover all of our hard work and the cool board and batten pattern! The ribbon-trimmed roman shades have also hung in the space for as long as I can remember, and I think they still look great with the new design! Plus, they’re black-out lined making them perfect for watching movies! They no longer come in this light blue trim version, but they do still carry gray and navy blue – both of which I also love!
You’ll notice we didn’t change the overhead light. I actually still really like this one, so it hasn’t been a priority to swap it out. The rug completely changes the vibe in the room. As you know, I hate our carpet in our upstairs. It’s all buckling and the color is just off. So this indoor/outdoor diamond rug with loads of texture hides the carpet, but is also durable and adds to the beachy vibe in the space! I’ve had the little jute poufs for years and they’re mostly here for the cats. If you think there’s no way they’ll get used, Henley very intently watch Win A Date With Tad Hamilton on one earlier this week. I think she really wanted to find out how she could win that date 😉
I actually bought this striped gauze blanket for our guest bedroom but then decided to steal it for the den. It’s actually a king size bed blanket, but I love how thin the gauze is so I can fold it to make it heavier as needed. It’s been perfect for movie nights, especially on warmer days!
I still need to have the window trim and interior doors painted white, but that’s a project for another day (or year)! It’s also the reason you’re not seeing other angles of the room. The makeover doesn’t have quite the same impact with two almond colored doors 😉
Following are links to all the sources in the space. Simply click any of the images below to learn more about each item in the carousel.
I hope you enjoyed this makeover! We’ve certainly enjoyed having this extra space in our home! And another huge thank you to Serena & Lily for providing me with some of the beautiful products in this room makeover!
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