Den Before & After

(Updated 7/8/12)
As y’all well know, we’ve been working on a few updates in the den (painted mirror, repaired fire place, hung oyster plates, un-hung oyster plates when my decorating demons took over, updated corbels on bar) and it’s finally all wrapped up!

Just for kicks, here’s the before before.  Loads of room for improvement, no?

April 2009 080

April 2009 081
…and, after a WHOLE lot of paint, too many sewing projects, furniture and accessories, here’s where we are today!

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July 2012 282
Paint – Benjamin Moore Stone Hearth (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Curtains – Basha Dot (sadly, it’s been discontinued), made by me
Bamboo shades – JC Penney in pecan
Floor – unstained white oak
Rug – Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs
And for the close ups…

February 2012 281

January 2012 340

January 2012 341
Custom mantle designed by me and built by contractors we hired to renovate house.  Plates Butler’s Pantry by Lenox.  Antique girandoles from my grandmother, arrangements by bestie R.  Fire place screen from Love Street.  Gas logs by Real Fyre.  Kid table from Michael’s, chairs from Pottery Barn Kids and no-sew cloth cut by yours truly.

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January 2012 293
Chairs by Rowe.  Pillows made by Mother and myself from the little’s silhouettes.  White throws from Ikea.  On the table in front of windows – lamp from G. Scott Interiors, alphabet tray by John Derian, oyster plate by Alison Evans, antique books and pie crust table from Mother.

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July 2012 064 copySmall table next to door holds reproduction vintage phone from Pottery Barn, collection of books by Savannah authors, cloche with picture of littles and one bronzed baby shoe from each. Oyster painting by Bellamy Murphy of Savannah.

January 2012 304
Bar with updated corbels.  I painted the bar height stools in the trim color and recovered them with a pleated skirt.  Toile fabric is Chatelet Breeze.

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DIY chalk paint mirror in Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue.  Alison Evans oyster plates.

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Antique curio holds collection of pictures and overflow from dining room china cabinet.  Lamp from Stein Mart.  Staffordshire dogs from Scott Antique Market, collection of vintage Nancy Drew books, silhouettes of myself and Sister as children and my littles and cousin Bird.

May 2011 1362
Atelier antlers from Ballard Designs.  Antique buffet retrofitted to hold t.v. components.  Aiden Gray candle holders.
February 2012 322

Antiqued mirrored coffee table from Horchow.  Lantern from DC2 in Savannah, arrangement from Scott Antique Market, oyster plate by Alison Evans, antique rice bowl from Paris Market, large clam shell from Pottery Barn, antique books from Mother, New Orleans Toile coasters from Hazelnut.

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January 2012 342
Banquette designed by me and built by contractors that renovated our home before moving in.  Anne Hathaway able custom made for us with salvaged wood from Georgia plantation home.  Lamp shades from Restoration Hardware, oyster plates by Alison Evans, pillows made by myself and Mother and purchased from Ballard Designs and Love Street, baskets from Pottery Barn, signed print by Ray Ellis, other items collected.

So that’s a tour of every inch of our den.  I couldn’t be happier with where we are…and for a type-A kinda gal, it sure feels good to cross that room off the list!

Flattered for the features at  Stardust, Corner House, Belclaire House, DIY by Design, House of Turquoise, My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Southern Lovely, The Artsy Girl, Bacon Time, Stuff and Nonsense, French Country Cottage, Remodelaholic, Twigg Studios and The 36th Avenue!

110 thoughts on “Den Before & After

  1. Beautifully done! I enjoy your blog so much with decor and party ideas, recipes, and family stories. I hope you win the party contest. You got my vote!

  2. Girl give me those oyster plates. I mean it. ;)

    I love it and all your heart and soul you put in it! It shows!

  3. The room looks amazing! I am quite impressed with all the things you designed and made yourself! I love the frame with "the boys" written on it. I have the same one in red that says "family" that I bought in a little boutique in Vermont. I wonder if it is made by the same artist?…

  4. Where oh where do I begin? :-) This room is absolutely exquisite! I love every single detail and think you have seamlessly created a classic room with modern sensibility. Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing it with us at Inspiration Friday and now I must go look at your pics again. LOL!

  5. Mother of Mercy this is FABULOUS!!!!!!!! Just drop dead gorgeous! It is hard to belive it is the same room. THANK you for providing the sources too, I have GOT to have that pagoda shaped lantern!!!! I hope they still have it. Every inch of this room is fantastic. LOVE the stool and pillow fabric!!!!!!! I have got to pull my jaw back up off the floor now:):) XO, Pinky

  6. Pinky – Unfortunately, I've had the lantern for a couple of years. BUT it's worth giving them a buzz to see if they still carry it or could get you one! Thanks for your sweet comments!!! xo

  7. GORGEOUS!!!!!! i am so inspired. love the beautiful soft colors (esp the blues!) the oyster shells and the alphabet tray. absolutely beautiful. i would SO hire you to decorate my house! hehe. VOTED FOR YOU! (twice so far :) )

  8. What an absolutely beautiful space! I had to study each picture to take in all of the fabulous elements. I especially love the corbels, silhouette pillows, and you antlers. Very nice work!

  9. Love all the little details and the big statement pieces! That chandelier is fabulous – love a big light in the living room! Love the silhouettes and the banquette … everything right down to the oyster plates. GFC and Linky follower.

  10. Amazing difference!! Also–thanks so much for posting the wall paint colors you used! I can't tell you how frustrating it is when you love a room but have no idea what the paint is…so thank you!

    Found you through TT&J :)

  11. WOW WOW WOW it looks like something you would see in a magazine i love it, it would be great if you could link up at

    thankyou xxx

  12. Wow wow wow! It's gorgeous and what a drastic difference with the before and after! I'm inspired…now to get motivated.

  13. Absolutely lovely–you did a great job! I love the fireplace: it's a great inspiration to work on ours!
    Thanks for all the beautiful photos.

  14. This is absolutely stunning! I can't believe the difference. We painted our fireplace last year and it was the best decision!

    I'm a new follower via GFC! I hope you'll follow me back!

  15. This is so worth a comment because of how much was transformed and it looks fantastic. So easy on the eyes, beautiful, creative and functional for family living.

  16. WOW! Truly inspiring. So much work, but worth it because it is now a stunning, light filled place with so many living spaces. Great details. Thanks for the inspiration. CJ

  17. Great transformation! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via:

    PS: I am your newest follower.

    Mrs. Delightful

  18. Found you over on Tip Junkie. There are so many things I LOVE in your space from the retro-fitted buffet to your nook area. Every detail was so well thought out. That was great seeing the transformation!

  19. Wow!! What an incredible transformation. I can't get over the before and after. I LOVE everything. The color scheme is amazing, the softness of the colors is perfect. The chandelier is gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  20. This is an absolutely fantastic redos! I can't recognize if this is the same room.

    TY for sharing the inspiration. I have an on-going project. We are re-doing our open porch entrance to be a foyér (sort of) and hope we manage…

    Greetings from a freezing and icy Stockholm,

  21. Out of this world LOVELY re-do.. I adore it.. I featured you today via Pin'Inspirational Thursday.. Hope you can stop in and snag a button.. Thanks SO much for linking.. Hope you are back again today.. : )))

  22. Out of this world LOVELY re-do.. I adore it.. I featured you today via Pin'Inspirational Thursday.. Hope you can stop in and snag a button.. Thanks SO much for linking.. Hope you are back again today.. : )))

  23. Wow!!! That looks amazing! What a difference it makes painting those bricks around the fireplace! I love those silhouetter pillows too. Great work!! Thanks for sharing at Shine on Fridays; can't wait to see what you have to link up tomorrow!

  24. Gorgeous transformation. I love the muted tones and neutrals. The fireplace is so gorgeous. I love it all. Every detail works perfectly in their spaces!!

  25. Love this. I will be featuring it tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks so much.

  26. WOW! I saw your den as a result of your post being featured at DIY by Design blog party. You did SO much to your den…a true transformation. Thanks so much for listing your sources. Everything is just beautiful.

  27. Susie M – I'm so sorry it took so long to respond! I lucked out with the chandelier on sale for $250 at a warehouse clearance sale about seven years ago. I wish I had better news for you :-) Thank you so much for reading!! Amanda

  28. I am so inspired by your blog! We, too, live in an older home in Atlanta. I have been searching for fresh, traditional ideas for our home and have found it in your blog. I love your drapes. Do you have any tips or tutorials on making these? They are gorgeous!

    Thank you for sharing your southern style.

  29. KAB – Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I haven't done a tutorial on sewing drapery panels. I simply measure the finished length that I want them and add 2" for hems. I then cut my lining fabric the same length. Sew them facing sides together all the way around the rectangle, leaving a small part to flip it inside out. Then sew up your opening and hang! Clip rings are the easiest. Hope that helps…at least a little bit. xo

  30. Stephanie – the curtain rods were closeout at JC Penney three years ago. I love them too! I tried to get more when I did my bedroom but they don't have any like them any more. Thanks for reading :-)

  31. Truly lovely. I have a question, are you satisfied with your bamboo blinds? Do you get a lot of bright light? I would love to have them but I don't know living in Arizona if they would block out enough hot sunlight. Any ideas?

  32. JMD – The bamboo blinds work great for us and they filter out enough light but we don't really have it blazing in like you might in AZ. My sister purchased lined bamboo shades that do filter out all the light. I'm not sure where she got them but it might be worth googling! Hope that helps…Amanda :-)

  33. I love all of your rooms! We recently purchased an older home (same age), apparently near you! We shop at the Marietta Square and Love Street! My home is very similar to yours. I have a question…our den is very similar to yours and I'm having a difficult time deciding where to place our huge tv. I'd thought about above fireplace, not sure. Is your room rectangular and where, in relation to your fireplace, have you placed your tv??? Thanks in advance! Kim

  34. I need an outdoor rug for my mudroom. The ikea sisal rugs with canvas border keep curling in the corners. Do you like this room's rug from Ballard? I was looking at them today and would like your feedback.


  35. LOVE your room!! I'm painting my family room / kitchen Stone Hearth in the next couple weeks. Can you tell me what color the drapes and wingback chairs are? Thanks, Angela!

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