Monday, July 21, 2008

My Country Den Is No More ~ Before And After

This is the old den, loved it but, my little country den was in need of a change.

The fireplace surrounded with the things I love. I have transfer most of it to our grand kids room I'll show it in a later post.

Well all my thrift store finds have been put away and there are no remnants of the country past. Now for the new and hopefully improved updated den.

As you can tell I love earth tones, I used Bittersweet on the walls which is brown, and used Old Mill on the trim which is a green, the trim paint was used on the fireplace mantel as well. Oh, and I did all the painting myself, I love to paint. Kandace my daughter, picked out the coffee at Mazer's furniture store. It's a close-out store and they have beautiful furnishings at discounted prices. I love it too, I'm glad she brought it to my attention!

The picture above the couch I found at Hobby Lobby, they had 50% off all their wall art. As you can see I went on a shopping spree around the house and brought in my monkeys from the screened porch area and they now have a place on the inside along with just about all the other things that were out there.

The clock I moved from the dining room and replaced it with a metal art piece that I found at JC Penney. I was planning to use the metal piece in this spot but, I didn't like it here but I love it in the dinning room. Great swap and JC Penney was having a wall art sale too, so I got a 100.00 piece at 60% off plus an additional 15% so I ended paying only 39.23. I'll show it later too. The clock I've had for a few years, I purchased it at Kirkland's for about 69.00.

New drapes from Burlington's, I got 3 panels and used the third to add to the length since I wanted to raise the height of the rod to a few inches below the crown molding. The throw on the couch is the valance that was on the third drapery panel. The Roman Shades are from Wal-Mart and we used two. We had price them custom at Lowes but they would be over 400.00, and we thought not. So these are wider than the windows and can be cut but we didn't cut them. The two meet in the center and go pass the window casings about 41/2 inches on each side but the drapes hide that. The chairs and the couch came from Rooms To Go. My husband wanted a leather couch but I didn't like the chairs that came with the couch they were too huge for this small room. So I browsed around until I found these, I had the guy that was helping us to place the chair with the couch so I could see how they looked together and I was hooked. That's my same end table I used in the country room. It fits in perfectly.

This is just the view from the couch. The monkey holds a plate of decorative balls. I didn't have to buy any table accessories so I only purchased the picture, mirror, and the urn you see on the fireplace over to the left.

The fireplace is country no more. I wasn't to sure what to place on the mantel but this will do for the time being, I have ordered sconces to go on each side of the mirror. There's my other monkey holding the fern. Here you can also see the green trim and mantel. I got the mirror at Hobby Lobby too, at the same time I bought the picture. So it was 50% off too.

Just a different shot of the fireplace.

My little desk area is still in this spot but I did change out the chair. I borrowed it from downstairs. So this is still where I visit with you.

Just the clock up close, the shot also shows the true paint color as my camera is on the blinks and I have such a hard time getting it to perform. Well this concludes the tour of my new den my husband loves it, he never felt comfortable in the room with the teddy bears. :O)


Jan Parrish said...

What an improvement - bold and soothing! And I love, love that clock. :)

Monday through Sunday said...

Looks awesome! Great job! LOVE it!

Connie said...

My sweet girly chick, you have simply astounded me with your creativity, thriftiness and loveliness in the midst of all the tragedy you've been through. I simply LOVE/ADORE it, sweetpea!! I LOVE leather and bought hubs a leather chair 3 years ago for our small family room. Now, I want you to just guess who sits in/uses that chair! Yep, moi!! I love it - cushy, soft and the feel of true leather is luxurious beyond words. Love Bunny is pretty good about me usurping HIS chair, but he loves me beyond reason!!

The prayer in my little heart this morning is that you're doing better now, so are you??? Plus you've got to read my blog on "Dudette"?? Check it out and squeeeeeeal along with me. I need serious help!!!!!! :-)


DeNiece Barnes said...

Wow! Its beautful, you did a wonderful job.

KKJD1 said...

Looks great and feels homey, makes me just want to sit and chat! Love the colors. Karen

Picket said...

Wow deb!!!! I love this...I love country but this looks is so warm and beautiful and 'grown up' and yet to me still whispers soft country undertones and Ohhhhhh I love that area with the 2 chairs and the drapes..I could so live with that look...This is a complete turn around and girl you wear it well!!!!!!! lol Love this! Have a great day sweetie!

Deb said...

Thank you, everyone, I forgot to add that the Roman Shades only cost me, 59.00 and some change. A big difference from over 400.00 custom at Lowes.

Wendy said...

Wow totally different then country thats for sure!!! I love the earth tones, very soothing!!! Great job!! Take care!~Wendy

Ruthie said...

Deb, The new look is beautiful! So soothing and relaxing - just makes you want to sit there with a good book and enjoy the day. Good job decorating.
Hugs and best wishes to you!

Pearl said...

Hi Deb... I really loved your country room, but I'm really loving this new look, too! Amazing transformation... your color choices are wonderful... very inviting. I think you were very clever with your window treatment, as well... the monkies make me smile!

I'm glad that you think you'll be able to come to the UnBirthday Party! I'll be getting a photo of the Give~Away goodies posted soon! I hope and pray that you're sleeping better and that your heart is mending. I think of you often... God bless...

~hugs 'n love~

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

This room is gorgeous! It was pretty before, but this remodel is amazing! You did a wonderful job! I have the same monkey as yours on the table! Never thought of putting carpet balls in it! Neat idea! I love your furniture! ...and the green moulding is really pretty! Oh, I just love it all! :) Where did you find the little table in the corner, next to the fireplace? I could use one like it!

Hope you are doing well! :)

Hugs, Rhonda

Donna said...

Hi Deb! I am total stranger (A friend of French's) I think your livingroom looks terrific! Great job! I hope you dont mind my barging in!


Shanda said...

Wow! What a change, and I love the new wall color. I have a similar paint color going up my stair case as well. I love your new drapery. I love bold plaid in those colors. You simplified it yet it is so eloquent.

Scooterblu's Whimsy said...

I came back for another look! You did a wonderful job! The drapes are fabulous! ~Rhonda

sheila said...


I love the room before and I love the room after too! so different but equally just have an eye for decorating :)

and, not to make you sad, but I have a poem that was read at my Dad's funeral and I have to say, as cliqued as it sounds, it helped a I thought I would share it with you...


I cannot say, and I will not say
That he is dead. He is just away

With a cheery smile, and a wave of the hand,
He has wandered into an unknown land.

And left us dreaming of how very fair
It needs must be since he lingers there.

And you-O you, who the wildest yearn
For the old-time step and the glad return-

Think of him faring on, as dear
In the love there as the love of here;

Think of him still as the same, I say;
He is not dead-he is just away!

--James Whitcomb Riley

I hope you don't mind me posting it here...I wanted to post it sooner but had to dig through & find my copy...

Don said...

Very nice, Deb. Both the before and after are nice. Meaning, I could find myself being comfortable in both rooms if my den looked like either. I agree, Kirkland's (relative works there) has some very nice items.

French said...

Deb LOVE the changes! My you have been busy! Hoping your days get easier! Hugs French;)

PAT said...

Wow, Deb...this is a fabulous makeover! Great work!

I've been thinking of you. Hope you are okay!


Rue said...

Hi Deb :)

You did a beautiful job! It's so different, but it looks great :)


Carolyn said...

I like it! Very elegant! Love that clock too!

Donna said...

Hi Deb, thanks for the warm welcome! :)


This Country Girl said...

Hey Deb,

I'm glad to see you back! I'm so sorry about your dad!

You asked about the magazine cover. The way I did mine, when I was all through was to just hit save at the bottom of it and saved it to my pictures, then I just hit add image like I would any other photo and it uploaded. Have you tried it that way?

I'm headed out to a hair appt. in just a minute, but I'll check back here later to see how you did!

Good luck with it!

Kindra said...

I love your new room, Deb! The furniture looks soooo good in there!! You put a lot of work in there and it really shows. May I ask how much you paid for the shades. I'm looking into ones to replace the white blinds that came with the house. Thanks!

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

I actually really liked your country living room, but you've transformed it into something so elegant and lovely! I especially love the window treatments.


The Cozy Parsonage said...

I just love your family room-its sooo beautiful-you are sucha wonderful decorator!
Praying for you and your heart these das. Blessings to you my friend!

twintoo10292 said...

What a wonderful transformation. I think the room is so soothing and comfortable now. I think less in a room gives it more of a relaxing feel. Love the colors you chose too. Great job Deb. Twin

Katy said...

WOW! It looks nice!! Very crisp and clean!!! Simple is best sometimes! :) I think it looks really nice!!! :)

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

I love those warm colors, too, Deb! What a classy room.


Bella said...

What brand of paint is that...we are doing our living room over and we have similar colors in there...and I am really wanting to stay with the same tones...I LOVE the bamboo shades...and WALMART??? Hello!!! What a great idea!!! That will save us so much money, too...I am so copying that idea!!! :)

As you can see, I am enjoying your blog immensely :)

Bella said...

Good morning, Deb...I just showed your window treatments to my husband and he loves them, I think it is a "go".

If you could tell me where you got your curtains from, that would be wonderful. How many shades did you need for your window? We have a HUGE window, too, so it'll be interesting to see how the measurements work out.

I googled Bittersweet and Old Mill paints....but didn't come up with a brand...could you tell me what brand of paint they are?

So early in the morning for so many questions, lol, sorry!

I just love your design style, you really have 'it' :)

Have a great day,

Cathy said...

OMG! I love what you've done... it's absolutely gorgeous! {Sorry, I forgot to introduce myself... this is my first visit to your blog and I forget exactly how I got here, LOL!} But I couldn't leave without posting you a compliment...