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Seeking Your Help with Den

11 years ago

We moved into our 1905 Italianate 5 years ago. We remodeled the kitchen last year with amazing assistance from the Kitchen Forum community. Now it's on to decorating the first floor and we're hoping you all can help.

The entire first floor needs to be decorated but we're starting with the den where we primarily watch TV and spend most of our time during the week. The grad school sectional will finally see its final days (happy dance), the dingy sheers will come down and the rug will find a new home in a guest bedroom. So the only things staying are the cedar chest (my favorite CL find and where we store our blankets), FP surround/mantel and built-in entertainment center.

We're a small family (2 adults, 2 large dogs) but we often have friends over and would like to seat at least 5 in the den. The room isn't large so I think the most sensible layout is a long sofa against the wall opposite the window (where grad school sectional currently sits), two chairs flanking the FP and a large ottoman for additional seating. I'd like a few small end tables to sit drinks, additional lighting (I prefer floor lamps) and some cool accessories for the mantel and top of entertainment center. We need some sort of roller shade (long story but it has to do with our dogs) but would like something more attractive than our current vinyl ones.

I'd describe our style as transitional. I've included pics of 2 fabrics below. The one on the right is my inspiration fabric. I've fallen in love with the London Sofa from MGBW and would likley order it in 97" upholstered in the fabric on the right.

So here's where we would really like your input.

- Will the proposed layout work? I've included a blank layout if someone has an alternative layout suggestions.

- Any thoughts on upholstery for the two chairs, window treatments, rug, accessories? We're on a tight budget and this is an old large house so we have plenty of space to fill. No custom window treatments or high end rugs this time around.

- How about paint colors? The center hall and kitchen are painted Golden Ecru (4th down on the paint strip) from Porter Paints so I'd like the den to flow. Should we stick to the same paint strip for the entire first floor? What about gray walls?

- We need an accent color to go with the inspiration fabric. Suggestions?

- How do we make the FP more special? It doesn't work but it's pretty and I think should be the focal point. I'm not a huge fan of the surround, but it's not going anywhere (quote from DH).

Den (from center hall)

From corner (looking at built-in)

Here's the center hall (den on left)


inspiration fabrics

London Sofa:

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