The Den AKA, My Office

I recently went to a pre-market event at the Norwalk Furniture factory where they released 125 new fabrics for spring and unveiled their new designs before High Point Market later this month.  I must say it was quite an affirming experience! Tartan and plaid are in.  Go glamorous, grunge or mix them all together… it’s in. And good thing too, because my refusal to strip the wallpaper in my den finally makes sense!

Here’s an example of a plaid chair and throw with a tartan pillow:  Click the photo to view the original photo / post and learn about the difference between tartan vs plaid. tartan and plaid The photos below were taken at our inspection before closing on the house. I knew, especially after de-wallpapering almost every other room in the house, there was no way I was touching this one. I figured I’d make it work! Maybe a Ralph Lauren lodge-inspired look or something.

updating a brick fireplace plaid wallpaper

 I haven’t shared any updates on this room before, partly because it’s still largely a work in progress.  Since we are still waist deep in the master bath project I thought, why not talk about this space a bit? So here it goes.

So far we painted the fireplace a glossy white. This immediately took the room from 1988 to at least 2008 😉 IMG_0817 IMG_0821 After sealing it with some danish oil, we placed a old barn beam we picked up at The Bomb Shelter as the new mantle.  I fell in love with the reclaimed wood and slate tile roof bird houses from Arhaus and decided to display them here, randomly. The family room on the other side of this fireplace is more formal so I wanted this room to feel relaxed, comfortable and like we brought the beautiful view you see outside, inside. The den has three walls of windows, so while sitting in this space you really feel one with nature- especially when rabbits, squirrels or a family of deer wander by! I just love this space. barn beams make great mantles The hair-on-hide and leather chairs are from Arhaus Furniture, the art is from World Market and the new ceiling fan from Lowes. We need a new area rug. This one is not only too small, but happens to be the same color as the wall to wall carpet- that’s just silly.   I had this one in the basement and brought it up to help better define the sitting area until I get a new one 🙂 We could also use a round coffee table and maybe a few new/ more pillows!

chesterfield sofaThe classic tufted Chesterfield sofa is vintage, courtesy of my father in law! 🙂

To the left between the front windows: The token vanity wall. I feel like every newly wed (under 5 years) has a collection of wedding photos displayed somewhere. I mean, after spending all that money (and the lovely day of memories!) who can blame them?

Certainly not I.


To the right between the back windows: a small display. A faux deer bust (Arhaus) and a pillow from Buffalovely on Etsy (I guess they closed their shop!?) made to look like a Buffalo, NY street sign.  They’re custom made and our first home we bought together as a couple was on Chatham Avenue.  I loved that house and smile whenever I see this little pillow!

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Every room needs a little greenery. Succulents in milk glass? Oh, just two of my favorite things brought together!

We’ll that’s all there is to share for now. I’ll update again when it’s a bit more put together!

Riley is supervising as I write today. What a cutie.



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