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February 24, 2014

The Den is Done

Last August I did a post explaining how we had helped our daughter with moving into her new rental house.  She was moving into a home that was large enough to be able to use her bedroom furniture so this room got emptied.  That post can be seen "here".
I had updated the bedroom in 2012 and posted about "here" .
You can see where all this furniture came from in this post "here" that 
included pictures of the family room.

 Our bedrooms are small.  It was a tight fight but we did it!  The feet had to come off and we had to carefully (persuade) maneuver the sections through the door opening and they were heavy.

The tv also came from the family room. We ended up mounting it on the wall even though I had a cabinet for it, but we couldn't fit it in.
I want to remove the little chair rail  piece we added about 20 yrs. ago, but when we did it in the other bedroom it took a lot of drywall patching and I wasn't prepared to go to that length just yet.  We can't run the cable through the wall because below this room is a finished basement area with drywall.  

My handy husband found these flexible plastic strips to cover up the cable and electric cord and then painted them to match the wall.  (They are found in the electrical section at the stores)  He pre-painted them before he put them up. 
Thank goodness we saved the leftover paint!

This storage box was part of my nautical room downstairs and I thought I'd give it a try as base for a coffee table.  I had a round piece of glass I was going to put on top but I never got around to it.

This coffee table is actually a bench.  It's low and fits well next to the sectional. 
Eventually we hope to replace this old carpet too.

The storage box ended up in this little spot by the closet.  I have an inflatable bed for extra guests and it fit nicely in the box except it was too tall so I draped the 
afghan over it.  We used it once already.  I just slid the coffee table over to the closet and the bed fit next to the sectional  perfectly.

The afghan and the two inner pillows were part of the bedroom setup before.

The aqua striped pillows were on 
clearance at Pier 1

The jellyfish and coral pillows were from One King's Lane

I lucked out on this picture from Pier 1-  marked down 70%
last year

 This picture was a find at a store going out of business about 3 to 4  yrs. ago and was still wrapped in the paper I brought it home in.  I hadn't been able to find a spot for it until I converted this room.  The color of the 2nd matting nearly matches the wall color which I found interesting.   
There was no name or info so I did some lighthouse research and figured out it is the Pemaquid Point Lighthouse located in Pemaquid Point, ME
It's not a normal perspective that you see of that lighthouse so it took me a bit to figure it out.

 I had recently taken these sconces down that were by my china cabinet and I decided to give them a try next to this picture.  I found some dried grasses I had in storage to add to them.  I thought about antiquing them in white but I chickened out in case I ever want to use them in a different setting and the white might not be what I'd want.

This pillow is from Pottery Barn from several years back.  I think it's one of those indoor/outdoor ones.  I always liked the scene on it.

This table also came up from the downstairs family room.  The two bronze cranes came from Bombay back in the day before they closed.  I made up the glass hurricane with the seashells and rope and blogged about it "here"
The lamp stayed with the room after we moved the bedroom furniture out.

 I posted about this lantern I put together "here" 
It ended up in this tray below as a tabletop accent. The kitty and the textured candle holder were part of the old bedroom set up too!
It's hard to get a full picture of this room.  I'm in  the hallway taking these.  It's only about 11'6" in length by 9' wide

My goal was to use as many things that I already had.   A couple of things 
were purchased but overall I did achieve my goal.  
So there you have it- The Den is Done!

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  1. These final pictures of your lovely den looks like something from Better Homes and Garden! So put together! Sounds like you had lots of fun putting this together with wonderful memories of how each item was acquired. Well done, Liz!

  2. Great job, Liz! Great colors and nautical themed accessories, and what a smart idea to put the cover on the cable wire. Your den turned out so well and you didn't have to buy a lot of things to get the look. Gotta love that.

  3. LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. The pillows and all the accent pieces are lovely. You did an amazing job on this room. I am now wishing it was summer. :) Thanks for sharing! xoi, Liz

  4. It came out terrific. I love the coastal tone of the room, Liz!

  5. Looks cozy and I love that you used all the things you had on hand :-)

  6. I like the Coastal Theme for a Den... it adds to the getting-away-from-all feeling, I guess.
    Looks cosy and I like that it is on the small side... better for you to play around ahahahah

  7. You have definitely been on the move again. Isn't winter the best time to get these things done! Your room looks fabulous and I know you'll enjoy it!!! Now you have a nearly empty room downstairs - are the wheels turning yet about what to do with that??? LOL you amaze me. Wonderful job!!!

  8. How exciting to have a room completely done! It looks wonderful and you managed to do it without spending a fortune. Beautiful job!

  9. You are simultaneously one of the most persistent AND patient people I know!!! You have really done a great job in transforming this room over time, and I'm amazed how you were able to do it with minimal additional $$$ spent. Amazing job!!!

    I know you don't want to keep those chair rails, but I think they'd be freshened up if you just added a thicker, more decorative piece above and/or beneath the existing one. Or to do that judge's panel molding. That may be more time and money than you want to put into it, though, if your ultimate goal is to get rid of them altogether. Oooohhhh...I think I just thought of a solution for my dining room! Ha! That was a fluke!

    The den is beautiful, Miss Liz, and I think I would be spending a great deal of time in there lounging and snoozing. Enjoy it!!

  10. I love this cozy place you've carved out, Liz! Beautiful!

  11. Found you through the Inspire Me Tuesday linkup. Your room looks great and I can imagine a lot of lounging happening in here. I really like the lighthouse art. This room is the perfect fit for it.


  12. Liz, your den looks fabulous! I love the fun accent pillows on your sofa, as well as your touches of blue throughout the room. So pretty!

  13. Liz,
    Not only is the Den Done...but done nicely, indeed, dear friend!!!
    I love it when a plan comes together!!!
    Great use of things you already had, a few purchased items and intriquing creativity!!!
    I LOVE it!!!

  14. Wow Liz your makeover is stunning! I love all the nautical touches. Bravo!

    Have a lovely week.

  15. What a wonderfully cozy retreat, Liz! I really like all of your touches of coastal charm.

  16. You have turned your den into a nice cozy room. The nautical touches make it so warm and a retreat for sure. Love the pillows and your prints look wonderful in there. Ok, where's the craft room?

  17. What a wonderfully cozy den! Exactly how den's are supposed to be!!~~Angela

  18. That looks like a wonderful place to relax, Liz. I'd love to curl up with a book on that big sectional. You've accessorized it beautifully. The nautical theme almost makes it feel like a vacation home. How relaxing to have a place in your home where you can feel like you're on vacation. laurie

  19. Beautiful Liz! You have created a very cozy area and I know you are enjoying it.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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