Den v. 2014 {Before & After}

It seems no room is every truly complete.  And as much as I love to cross something off of my countless to-do lists, I also love evolving a room to suit our loves and needs.  Since I last shared our den in 2012, we’ve finally found a “forever sofa”, have moved the littles’ table and chair set out and have made a few tweaks to the accessories. 

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

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

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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…

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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

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Chairs by Rowe.  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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Small table next to door holds reproduction vintage phone from Pottery Barn, collection of books by Savannah authors (and one by my son), cloche with picture of littles and one bronzed baby shoe from each. Oyster painting by Bellamy Murphy of Savannah.

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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.

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Atelier antlers from Ballard Designs.  Antique buffet retrofitted to hold t.v. components.  Aiden Gray candle holders.

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The sofa is Monterey by Ethan Allen covered in an indoor/outdoor fabric.  The throw was a lucky Home Goods find, and the lumbars were custom made.

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Antiqued mirrored coffee table from Horchow.  Lantern from DC2 in Savannah, antique rice bowl from Paris Market, large clam shell from Pottery Barn, antique books from Mother, New Orleans Toile coasters from Hazelnut, vase from Target. 

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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. Bench made by Honey and professionally upholstered.

So that’s a tour of every inch of our den as it stands today.  As for tomorrow, well, who knows what changes might happen :-) 

Take the rest of the house tour HERE!

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30 thoughts on “Den v. 2014 {Before & After}

  1. Absolutely gorgeous!! What a change – it looks like it's straight out of a magazine. I love the little nook you created, and could imagine myself tucked away in there, working or reading. And those bronzed baby shoes are beyond adorable. Where did you get that done? I have a pair of shoes like that from my oldest, and love that idea!

  2. Love the Coastal style. Where oh where did you get those lovely arrangements on your mantle? Do tell. xo

  3. Stop the insanity!! It is all perfectly lucious!

    Is the fabric on the stools and pillows the same "dreams are made of" drape fabric in your formal living room? I've always wanted to see that up close.

    Your lumbar pillows turned about darling and look so fresh with the new coral print throw!

    Do you ever sleep, Amanda?! You are such an inspiration, that I'm curious how you manage your time.

    Beautifully done and thank you for sharing!

    Jane, SD

  4. I totally adore that room and how you have styled it. Gorgeous. Love the sofa and I really like those wing chairs too. Stunning. – – –
    I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me Tues. party. – – - –Hope to see you there. Hugs, Marty

  5. gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and did i say gorgeous?! i love every single room that i've seen in your home…i picked up the BHG magazine yesterday and loved seeing your cute little self in your outdoor room.

    happy spring (finally)!

  6. Amanda, it is beautiful! I see that you and Ron Carrier have a love for coastal decor! This should be submitted to Southern Living or some other coastal magazine. :)

  7. Must tell you "Thank You" for the April Fool's Day ideas. My 12 year old grandson was on he floor laughing over the "meatloaf and potatoes with gravy". I also made meatloaf "cupcakes" with potato "icing". What fun we had! Barbara from NJ

  8. As always, inspirational! Your rooms are always magazine worthy… how do you have time for all the shopping? And how do you manage all this with a budget?

    As a side note, I realized yesterday that I hadn't received your posts in my inbox for several days… gasp! I finally checked my "spam" box and there you where. How on earth did you end up in there? You are certainly not spam! Keep it up!

  9. Sorry, late to the party! But, agree…STUNNING! And, Ron…too funny. I really need to get him to do a few arrangements for me. The lumbar pillows are perfect. I was actually eyeing that same fabric for our family room. A bit pricey, but for one pillow not too bad! LOL So glad to know who you used for the bronzed baby shoes. I have mine, hubby's and both of the girls and would LOVE to have them done. I smell a Mother's Day present in the making!

  10. Breathtakingly beautiful. I'd like to take little snippets and totally copy…I'd really like to copy it all, but my room and budget are too small…
    Really appreciate all the sources…I like to see how you pull it all together.

  11. Gorgeous room! I love so many aspects of it I don't think I can pinpoint any one thing. The chandelier is fantastic. I love the colors you brought in. The fabrics are great and I love the fireplace area. Great job! I'll bet you just love being in this room.

  12. WOW! What a transformation! You did a fabulous job. I love all your vignettes and the gorgeous colors you chose. I'm so glad you linked up with us at Twirl and Take a Bow…I sure hope you'll join us again any Tuesday! ~Tammy

  13. It is just beautiful! I am finding that rooms that I thought were complete are not either and am now wanting to change them. Thanx for partying at THT!

  14. This is a beautiful room – not too casual but family-friendly! Thanks for posting all your sources, but I can't seem to find one for that lovely chandelier. Do you recall where you found it? Thanks so much!

    1. I brought it from our old house – purchased about 10 years ago. I can't recall if it came from one of those sites in the back of a magazine or if it was found on ebay. So sorry!

  15. Hi Amanda!
    What a beautiful room! I was wondering if you could recommend curtains (already made) that come close to the color you have (you mentioned that the Basha Dot fabric is no longer available.) Also, it is hard to get a good idea on the exact color via the computer. I am not much of a sewer but would greatly appreciate any suggestions you may have! Thanks so much :)

  16. Hi, did you paint your fire place the same color as the walls in BM stone hearth? Thanks!

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