27 November 2012

House Tour, November 2012 { The Den }

     I hope that you all had a relaxing Thanksgiving weekend! It was our first one spent at home, and not by ourselves, since we got married, so that was nice. Last week, I started showing you pictures of the progress we've made on our house. Keep in mind that these are not "after" photos, but behind-the-scenes updates on the work we've done so far. We're hoping to start moving in in the next month! So naturally, my calendar is jam-packed for the next couple weeks, between appointments at the house and the usual holiday festivities!

     The next room I'm going to show you is the den. I feel funny calling it "the den," because I've never lived in a house with a den and don't know if I even know what it refers to, but it sounds better than "living room # 2," right? The kitchen and the den are probably my favorite rooms in our house right now. They've both already seen major transformations, which are always fun to watch! First, we had inset can lights added, since there was no overhead lighting. But the biggest change we've made in the den so far is painting all the wood paneling our wall color, "Timid White." Although the wood was beautiful, the look just wasn't for us. I felt that leaving it would look dated, and I just couldn't stand the thought of picturing it next to our (different colored) wood floors. I absolutely love the way the paneling looks painted white, and I can't get over how much it lightened up the room! In the pictures, you really don't get the full effect of the visual texture the paneling adds to the room, even when painted. I just love it. And once we painted the paneling, I instantly fell in love with the ceiling beams and the stone fireplace. I'm envisioning this room with a big comfy couch, a TV, and not much else. It will be such a cozy place to relax and watch movies!

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In the dining area, we removed the mirrored tiles. (My brother actually popped them off with a knife, scaaaary!) We also added two sconces to the wall. (Well, I actually haven't found the right ones to put there yet, but there are spots to hook them up, and once I do find some, I'm envisioning a mirror hung in between them.) We also removed the wrought iron railing and will be extending the lower step, to achieve a more open layout. Our little dining table and chairs will be in this area.

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I'm so glad you guys are enjoying our house tour so far. I can't wait to show you the house in December, when it looks move-in ready! xoxo, bri

Catch up on our house tour here: The Before PicturesThe Living Room (Nov. 2012), The Kitchen (Nov. 2012)



9 comments:

  1. I really like the painted shelves beside the fireplace, it really brightens up the whole space!

    p.s. we always called the informal living room the "family room" since it is where our family spent most of the time, sounds better to me than Den haha, I'm not a bear!

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  2. Hi Bri! I LOVING your house updates (you definitely took on a project, but I agree with your first instincts that the house has amazing bones and is a great foundation). I'm also blown away by the difference it made to paint the shelving in the living room! WOW! Can't wait to see more :)

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  3. Painting that wood paneling makes such a difference in those rooms!

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  4. Wow, I love that room! And the updates you've made so far are fantastic!

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  5. Katie: Thanks! Also, I looked up "den" on Wikipedia, and it says "...a comfortable, usually secluded room in a house. While living rooms tend to be used for entertaining company on formal occasions, dens, like other family rooms, tend toward the more informal." So technically, it does refer to our room, but I agree, it does sound quite masculine and bear-like! My parents' house actually has two living rooms, but I think we always called them both "living rooms." Sometimes we called the more casual one "the TV room", but I hate for a whole room to revolve around a TV.

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  6. It looks amazing!!! Love what you've done with it so far! Except, I am a bit disappointed that the mirrored wall is gone... I was already planing karaoke night on that stage! LOL! Great JOB!

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  7. Cassie: You're still welcome to come over and sing karaoke in our dining area whenever you'd like, mirrored wall or no mirrored wall.

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  8. Your house is looking really great!!! You guys have been working hard!

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  9. Painting the wood paneling was a great idea - I would have done the same thing! And I love that it's an easy solution :)

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