The Den...before and after....

Thank you guys so much for all the wonderful comments about the foyer.  I really can't wait to get the right mirror and accessorize the area.  I wish I had a foyer bigger than a postage stamp.  I shouldn't least I have a house :)

OK...on to the den.  I am going to start with a few before shots, then with just the furniture [before all accessories] and then the fun part.  I know I have said this before but that is what makes the room so personal.  Nancy and Don, the homeowners, are pretty traditional.  This home is located in East Lake, which is a historic neighborhood in Atlanta.  It was part of a plantation owned by Civil War Col. Robert A. Alston.  The Antebellum home is the 2nd oldest home in Atlanta and is right next to this property.  

Here are a few starting pictures of the den:

Decisions...where to put the TV???  Over the mantel or to the right.  I think my preference would be the mantel only because it just seems more balanced to me.  Everyone has pretty strong opinions about this issue but I  decided to let the homeowners make the decision.  I am not going to living there!

This is before we started, just getting the furniture placement first.  To me this is the first step, no tables or lamps.  The pillows are there because we had originally thought they were going to be in the chairs, but you will see later one we changed that up.

Here is the final shot after we decided what went where!  The tobacco basket from Scott's.  The bookends and books belonged to the homeowner.  Throw from Homegoods and small bench from a flea market in Atlanta.  Since it is such a small room they can use it for extra seating and end tables.  I love when furniture can do double duty!

We purchased the shutters at the same flea market.  They help to fill up the space a little.  The TV can go in either space and the basket or shutters are versatile enough to be used in other areas.
On to another area....
The sofa before we started.
Mixed up the pillows a little with a few from Pottery Barn.  The bird prints are reproductions from Scott's and the frames are from Michaels.  The pharmacy lamp is Homegoods and the small table is Pottery Barn also.

We picked up the ottoman at the same flea market as the other things.  Once again for a small room, more seating.  It really is the "pow" for the room.

Another angle.
This is the chair we had at first.  It belonged to the homeowner.  We switched it out for another one they had.
It just fit the space better and I did not like the leather with the ottoman.
Here is a view of the room from the kitchen.  The door on the left leads to the foyer.  The door on the right leads to a small vestibule that we set up as a  reading room.  I am saving those pictures for another time!  Gotta stretch it out right!
A few up close shots....
I know what you're thinking....their kids are grown so no one is going to pull off the books and jar :)
The homeowner had the mirror and we just sprayed it black.  Had a bird picture left over...more layering. check this out.... A before shot of the kitchen cabinets.

And after...
Painted the cabinet black.  One on each side of the stove.  I LOVE this!!!  Where else can I do it???? It really made a big difference.  "Screech"...I know that is the sound that your chairs are making as you RUN into your kitchen to see if you can do it :)
Cafe curtains out of burlap.
The black leather barstools we ordered from Overstock.  They are so comfortable and I think all 3 were 550.00 maybe?

So later this week.....the reading room.  I also have that nursery almost completed and an update from the house with the blue doors.

AND....the Christmas House opens the Nov 26th.  Sponsored by Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles it is at the Mansion on Peachtree.  AND.....Denise and I are giving a presentation on Dec. 4th at 12:30 on table setting..using what you have in your home.  I am hoping to fill the room with just my friends so I won't be skeared!!!  This is SO not my thing [talking in front of a crowd].  I got talked into it after a few too many glasses of wine.  When I woke up the next morning I was hoping it was all a bad dream.  Nope.  Reality.  I am going to pass out alcohol to the crowd so they will be drunk and then I can wow them with cheap crap from Big Lots.  In fact I think I will make it so tacky they won't know whether I am for real or not..hee haw!

Hope you all had a great weekend.


A Perfect Gray said...

Girl, you are not right! Just wish I could be there for your table setting demo...!

You did a great job in that den. My favorite thing is the propped shutters. They had such character and depth. Looking forward to the rest...Donna

Angie said...

Ha! That last paragraph cracked me up! Great job on the house and your right- my chair did screach ;)

The Life of the Chous said...

This room looks great!!! Which flea market did you get the bench and shutters from? I'm so excited to find your blog bc I'm in the ATL area and love hearing about the local places! I love Scotts just as much as you do!

Is the table with the black mirror on it from Scotts?

Deserae said...

This is such a gorgeous room....seriously! I love those shutters and the pillows and well....everything! LOL..And yes I did go running into my kitchen to see if I could do the black painted door on my cabinets!!!! I am thinking this might look pretty fab on my cabinet in the corner with the white ironstone dishes :o) I wish I could be there for your table setting demo....I'm sure you will do fine and everyone will LOVE YOU!!!!! Have a wondeful Thanksgiving!!!!!

My Interior Life said...

That den set-up (with the fireplace and built-in cabinet) looks a lot like my den. We decided to put the flatscreen over the mantle for the same reason - balance. I don't love my little built-in, but oh well, what can you do? I just accessorized it as best I could!

Interior Design Musings said...

I love your mix of furnishings. So refreshing to see a GREAT room with items from Scotts(which I have not attended in way too long), Overstock, etc. Also, love the cabinet fronts painted black - Totally makes the barstools work. BTW, I am shocked that those are from Overstock.

Dwellings by DeVore said...

Looks great! Love the black cabinet, I've been wanting to do this in my kitchen for a while, just don't have the guts yet ;)

Abby M. Interiors said...

Inspiration as far as the eye can see! I love that you aren't afraid to mix high and low end materials. xoxo

René said...

I agree with Abby. Love the way you mix pieces of all prices together. Beautiful!


Unknown said...

Great post! Every room looks great and the house flows together wonderfully. LOVE the black cabinets in the kitchen. I love the warmth of the color scheme, the pops of black, the bird prints and those shutters. I like the challenge of working with a client and their own ideas where something should go (the TV) - it is what makes everything real. Great job!

Leah said...

OH I am in love with your kitchen!! Gorgeous!


Emily A. Clark said...

The cabinet idea is brilliant! Room looks great.

EZ said...

Fab the ottoman!

Sarah, Three Boys said...

Awesome! And yes, I am repainting my kitchen as we speak so yes I totally went to look, maybe a possibility!!! Wohoo


The room looks great! (Love that white jar! I've scattered mine all around the house.) ;) You're going to do great at the Christmas house. I wish I were going to be in town for it!

Bravehearted Beauty {formerly LLH Designs} said...

I especially love the chairs by the fireplace and the arched shutters! Great job!

Luciane at said...


I am impressed! It's a room that is stylish, comfortable and really beautiful.



Luciane at

Privet and Holly said...

Love everything
you have done here,
Sherry! And don't
worry, when you are
speaking about something
that you are knowledgeable
about, the words will
flow naturally and your
nerves will fly away.
Good luck!
xx Suzanne

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

I LOVE everything about these rooms! You did an amazing job! The black cabinets are fabulous. I was the same way everytime I painted with chalkboard paint...brush in hand looking for something else to paint with it.


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