The Delightful Home {Den}


It’s hard to believe, but it’s been FOUR whole years since I did an updated tour on our den. No lived in room is every truly complete, and I’ve tweaked things here and there over the years.  If you’re anything like me, you realize things like this as the days go by…  I really need a stool here, I need more light there, I have a new family photo I HAVE to display, I don’t actually like that, or that light is so bright it’s blinding to name a few.  

Before we get going, I’d love to remind you where I started…  a spacious, well lit and totally out-dated room.  Things could definitely be worse!

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With gallons of paint, furniture and lot of family heirlooms, this is now the place we relax, watch TV, have family movie nights, work on puzzles, drink our coffee, spend our sick days, open birthday gifts and entertain.  It’s the heart of our home.

Paint – Benjamin Moore Pale Oak (walls) and Benjamin Moore Alabaster (trim)
Curtains – Basha Dot (discontinued), made by me
Bamboo shades – JC Penney in pecan
Floor – unstained white oak
Rug – Indoor/Outdoor French Leopard by Ballard Designs (discountined)
Chandelier – Shades of Light Fretwork Lantern

Honey and I tend to claim the chairs by the fireplace, while boys crash on the sofa.  I claim the chair on the left with a wonderful view of all the goings-on in the outside word and a vantage point clear across the house.

The custom mantle, using the same dental molding found throughout the house, was designed by me and built by contractors we hired to renovate house.  We added the gas logs by Real Fyre.

I have used the same plates, Butler’s Pantry by Lenox, in most every downstairs room.  The antique girandoles are from my grandmother and the antique books were Mother’s.    The foo dogs are from The Enchanted Home.

The chairs are by Rowe Furniture and are VERY well made.  I can’t recall where the bench was from as was in my attic for ages before I brought it down and recovered it.

The pie crust table is an antique from Mother’s house.  The lamp was from G. Scott Interiors, the alphabet tray by John Derian for Target and the oyster plate by Alison Evans.

Moving right around the room, next up is the sofa.  It is Monterey by Ethan Allen covered in an indoor/outdoor fabric.  It is the worst piece of furniture I have EVER purchased in my life.  Something as little as a drop of water leaves a mark and the fabric started drooping on the waterfall skirt a few years in.  

All complaints aside, Elsa Belle is quite comfy on it.

The gorgeous velvet and linen pillows are by Tabby Home. Mother made the toile pillows for me 11 years ago.

The marble coffee table is from Pottery Barn. My old mirrored coffee table met an untimely death a few years ago.

I try to keep things simple and functional on the coffee table. The clam shell is from Pottery Barn and usually holds a family photo, small vase of flowers and remote controls. I love to have a nice candle and a stack of magazines.

The little stools were a repurpose during our kitchen renovation project. We use them both as foot stools and extra seating. You’ll sometimes find them here, and other times tucked under the sideboard and record player.

Over by the door to the porch is my DIY chalk paint mirror in Annie Sloan’s duck egg blue and more Alison Evans oyster plates.  The oyster painting is by Bellamy Murphy of Savannah and was a 10th anniversary gift from Honey. The record player was a Christmas gift a few years ago.

Here’s the view of the den from the porch door.

We cut down the peninsula bar height counter last year and have three stools here between the den and kitchen.

The antique curio on the little wall next to the kitchen holds collection of pictures and overflow from dining room china cabinet.  The lamp was from Stein Mart and the Staffordshire dogs were from Scott Antique Market.  I have Mother’s collection of vintage Nancy Drew books here – they were favorites for both of us as little girls. The family silhouettes include myself and Sister as children in Disney World.   Over the years I’ve added my littles and cousins Bird and CeeCee, all done by Clay Howard.

Let’s continue the tour on the last wall of the room.

Mother gave us the antique sideboard right after we were married to use in our dining room.  It was just a hair too long for the dining room in this house, so we retrofitted it to hold TV components – the perfect solution for my traditional style.

Finally, in the space that was a wet bar for a previous family, I designed the banquette and had it built by the contractors that renovated our home before moving in.  The table was custom made for our space by Anne Hathaway out of salvaged wood from the small Georgia town where Daddy-O’s family is originally from.  Honey made the bench and I had it upholstered in a full skirt. The little sheep skin throw is from Ikea.

The lamp shades from Restoration Hardware and the signed print is by Ray Ellis, a favorite Savannah artist.  The decoupage trays and gold turtle shells were my souvenir from New Orleans. The picture frames were collected, primarily from the Magnolia line at Target. This is the best little spot for reading, homework and puzzling.  Most weeks of the year you will find one here!

Sister and I found the Chatham County Approved Signs in a little shop in Savannah. We don’t actually know what they are!

Every single day I marvel over how our kitchen reno made these two rooms, the heart of our home, to so seamlessly flow together!

I hope you enjoyed this little tour! Thanks for coming along!

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6 thoughts on “The Delightful Home {Den}

  1. Amanda,
    Your home tours are always so much fun! I love the way you blend family vintage pieces with modern pieces like you do in all your homes rooms. The vintage pieces give the room character but yet it never looks too stuffy and still looks inviting and comfortable for family. Hope you will also be doing a Halloween house tour again this year.

  2. I DID enjoy the tour and adore every detail – but you already knew that. 🙂

    One of my favorite things about your home itself and your classic style is that you use actual wood and wood tones throughout, instead of *everything* being painted.

    Thank you for continuing to share! xo

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