Monday, June 29, 2015

Den Redesign: The Reveal

Well, it’s finally time!  This months-long redecorating effort is (for now) complete and ready for its internet debut.  If you’ve been following along for the past couple of months, this is just a summary wrapping up the projects you've read about already and showing the room as a whole.  If you’re new here, though, grab a snack or a drink (or both!) and get comfortable – there’s plenty to catch up on!  

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Media Stand made from Old Nightstand

For some time, I've been halfheartedly looking for a new piece of furniture to serve as a small 'media stand' for the den.  I couldn't find anything I liked in thrift stores, so after a few months, I sort of stopped looking.

Then, one day last month, I was in the last mile of a 14-mile run in an historic neighborhood downtown, when up ahead of me I saw what appeared to be a piece of furniture on the side of the road.  As I got closer, I saw that it wasn't just my glucose-depleted state causing my imagination to run wild or a trick of the light; it was, in fact, an upside-down, three-legged nightstand that had seen better days.  It was the perfect size and had the exact design I envisioned for my little media stand - a large opening for the cable box and DVD player and a drawer for small items (matches for the fireplace, extra extension cords, etc.) to be hidden.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Den Redesign: New Couch and Custom Pillows


It's a cool rainy afternoon here, so I've opened up the windows to listen to nature's soundtrack as I work.  It's quite peaceful and a nice change.  But - let's move on to the new couch and pillows!  Our couch was delivered in early March, so some of the new-ness has worn off (and Pipsqueek broke it in quickly by throwing up on it the day we got it...but I cleaned it right away and you can't even see a stain!), but we're both still very excited about it and the changes we've made in the den so far.