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Makeover Update: Den

Well, I knew it. I knew if I did not paint the den right when we moved in, it would not get done. I lied to myself prior to getting the sofa, thinking I would paint before it was delivered. I didn’t paint. I’m pretty sure I’m not going to anytime soon or ever. I just don’t feel like. It’s just too messy.

The walls do not look as warm in person. They are warmer than I would like, but they aren’t lime green so I don’t feel like if I do not paint, I will go crazy. The space has turned into an eclectic mix of Asian, traditional, and rustic decor. Most everything is from family members or homemade.

The sofa turned out great. It is aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. We have spent a lot of time in the den watching TV and taking naps (well, Matt takes naps).

If the decor wasn’t given to me by a family member, it most likely came from TJMaxx or Homegoods. The media cabinet, floor lamp, and baskets came from Target .

The mirror and footstool came from Target. The horse came from ZGallery and the other items are from my aunt and grandmother. I want new lamps eventually but these still work so they are fine for now.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with the room. It’s nice having a place to sit around and watch TV. Yeah, I would like wood floor too but right now, everything seems to work pretty well together.

Silver and Gold: Dining Room Christmas Decor

Well I am missing a couple of little gold Christmas trees (Target has failed me), but I think I’m done with the dining room. I found these little gold deer back in October on TJMaxx online. The silver antler candlesticks are from TJMaxx (about three years ago) and the table runner (that needs to be ironed) and napkins are from Target.

All the mercury glass trees came from TJMaxx and Homegoods (from different years) and I purchased more of the mercury glass votives from West Elm. I found four silver hammered napkin rings and four silver shiny napkin rings so I just used them together. I am not crazy about the plates because they are too casual but I can easily use them since they are stoneware and they coordinate well with the gold on the table.

I had some magnolias sitting around so I decided to use them as a centerpiece. I found this floral arrangement for $600 and attempted to recreate it. My mom had some budding stems and I need more but I haven’t been able to find them. The large blooms are grouped together on this side of the arrangement and the stems don’t stretch wide enough. I know it still needs a lot of work but I just had to walk away.

I am definitely not happy with this tree. I started from almost scratch. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars to fill it. I am planning to do a little after Christmas shopping to find more gold ornaments and filler for half price.

Some of the ornaments were old ones my grandmother used to use and the rest were purchased at Hobby Lobby, Homegoods, World Market, and Michael’s. I need some green stems, some big gold balls, and a few more gold picks.

My mom bought this wrapping paper from TJMaxx last year and I used it to wrap the presents they sent home with me while I was visiting over Thanksgiving. I used some floral stems that I had sitting around (I had used them as door swags a few years ago and then dismantled) and purchased some gold wired ribbon to finish the packages.

In October I was perusing the Ballard Designs website and found these pine and gold glittered trees and wreath on clearance. I got them for almost 80% off. The wreath is much heavier than I anticipated so I was unable to hang it on the gold mirror in the dining room. I just had to hang it on the study doors. I may figure out a different way to use it next year.


I am not totally happy with this area of the house but it’s December 21st. I’ll do better next year.

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Red & Silver: Christmas Decor

My mom found this Hearth & Hand eucalyptus garland at Dirt Cheap. I wanted something to put around the window behind the sink and this light weight garland worked well. I found this cute Christmas towel at a local hardware store. They had a lot of chinoiserie Christmas decor. I need to go back and see if they have gotten in anything new.


My grandmother gave me these glittery red balls in different sizes. I decided to add a little color and texture to the stairwell garland which leads you upstairs to the red and silver themed den.



I am liking this eclectic den. It has turned into a mix of Asian, traditional, rustic, and bohemian decor, mixing old and a few new items. My brother pointed out that the art on the left side of the window look like two women (left and center) in traditional Japanese kimono, which I thought was neat because that wasn’t my plan when painting but makes me like the paintings more.

We finally got the sofa! It is deeper than I had originally thought but it is very comfortable and seems to be well made. It is the product of compromise. Matt wanted leather in some shade of brown and I wanted something with good structure (no squishy, over sized cushions or armrests).

As you can see, I have failed to paint the den. I just really do not feel like painting.

Here is the big red and silver tree. Added this year are the red and silver ornaments that my mom and I bought last year, tons of green stems and picks, red berries, red ribbon, and a silver star on top.

A few years ago we were making big bows to top off the tree. Then we started sticking glitter picks on top, then we shoved the picks up toward the top from the bottom, and this year I noticed tree toppers were more readily available. I found a silver beaded star at TJMaxx for $9.99.

I think next year I will have more fun decorating for Christmas because this year was the experiment year in our new house. Last year I just threw garland and trees around without much effort. This year I did a lot of shopping, trying to figure out what looked good where. But I didn’t want to spends tons of money on decor when after Christmas I will be able to find a lot of things on sale.

I really want some Christmas plates for the dining room place settings. I need more gold ornaments, gold picks, and definitely need timers. I am tired of having to physically plug and unplug lights. Since we have a sofa now, I may also try to find some Christmas pillows.

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