Today I am bringing you through the den. We have moved a lot over the years. Like 9 times (if you count the two temporary stints in an apartment in between houses) in our almost 15 years of marriage!
One thing I have always had on my radar since having children is two living areas. It is so nice to have separate spaces if possible. I like the kids to have a place they can gather together, that is their own. Why? Not because I don’t want to hang with my kids. We spend many an evening cuddled up in the den watching movies. More because they are rough on stuff. I don’t have much in my house that is off limits or not kid friendly…but still my little people can do a number on some furniture. It just happens over time. So I like that my husband and I have a space that is not quite as annihilated as theirs. And smells better.
This is their room. It is right off the kitchen so we are usually all close together since we hang out in the kitchen so much.
This is the view when you walk in from the kitchen. We opened up the doorway into this room. It was a regular size door opening when we bought the house and it just felt cramped.
This bank of built ins houses all the kid’s things…hidden away but easy to reach. All their electronics and art supplies. The coat closet has been made into the backpack/school stuff closet.
There were originally shutters over all the openings. They were broken and very busy so we just had cabinet doors made. It is an inexpensive way to give cabinetry a facelift. Some of my favorite treasures are tucked in these bookshelves.
Part of my Stetson hat box collection. An old drawing my uncle did of me as a young girl. A picture of my mom with her siblings and mother as a child. I’m also a scrapbooker and those are just a few of my scrapbooks in the shelves. My kids love pulling them down and pouring through them.
This area makes me happy. It is a collection of junkin’ finds curated over the years. The chair was my great grandmothers. The table from a junk store. The wreath from round top. The picture is really a framed tea towel I got for $2 at a thrift store. Another Stetson.
We have two fireplaces in the house. This one and one in the master. The tile floor is original and we were able to save money during renovations by keeping it. Plus I love it. The dog is another of my collection items. I love carnival chalkware, specifically dogs.
Out this wall of windows that run across the back of the room is a view of the back yard and pool. Easy access for the kids to run and play. And leave the door wide open…
In this picture you can see the original doors that lead to the other living area in the house. They are amazing. So glad we were able to keep them. Overall this room needed the least amount of love during the remodel. It had so much goodness going on all on it’s own! You can see more of our home here.
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Katy King says
Gorgeous space! I love how light and airy it is! I desperately want to paint our space but have no idea where to start!
Kim Jones says
You should go for it! Paint is such an inexpensive way to transform a space! I love paint. Happy to help if I can!
Stephanie Leatherwood says
Love how you have little things that represent your childhood, your likes, and your family. Love it. I can’t say the same thing about my house. Maybe I should refocus my decorating.
Kim Jones says
Thanks Stephanie, I really do decorate with things that are personal and that I love. It makes me happy. But everyone has a different style and I am sure yours is perfectly fabulous for you!
Raising Clovers says
Beautiful job! It looks so welcoming and cozy! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you join us again next week! The door opens Friday EST.
Kim Jones says
Thanks! Love the party. Will see you again soon!