Excuse the glare from the TV. I should've turned off the flash.
This is the view into our den from our kitchen. We have a great open downstairs. It's really nice. The playroom (really, a sun room) is off of the den. The boys' spend the majority of their time playing with their toys from the playroom in the den. I love it because even if I can't be sitting right there while I'm cooking dinner for instance, I can still talk to them and see what they're doing. Plus, they love to drive their cars and trucks in the kitchen which means I sometimes get to dodge those while cooking. Love our boys!
Our den looks entirely different than it did a few months ago. I've talked about our built ins, but haven't ever gotten around to posting a photo of them until now. Prior to the built ins, we had a chair on the far wall along with an armoire for our television and an end table.
I love bookcases and my husband wanted a larger tv, so the perfect solution was to add in built ins. They really change the whole look of the room.
When designing our built ins and finding a contractor to do it, my number one request was that the shelves were large enough to easily store our 12x12 photo books. If you've been around here any amount of time, you know I love to make Blurb photo books and I make the coffee table size. Kevin's request was to have a space for a large tv. I think we both got what we wanted.
We chose to do cabinets on below the shelves. These hold DVD's, other games like the Playstation and some regular photo albums. We used to keep our Wii in our room, but we moved it to the den.
The shelves hold books, obviously. While I could have filled them up completely with books, I chose not to. The boys have bookcases in their rooms that hold most of their books, we have another bookcase in our living room and there's a place for books in our office/workout room/upstairs play room. I also have some sentimental things and pictures displayed on the shelves. I don't really like to buy knick knacks that don't have meaning, so most of the things you see, have meaning behind them. The oyster shells were found on our honeymoon. I brought them back knowing I wanted to keep them, but I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with them. I think they look nice. The lighthouse is a replica of one we saw on our first anniversary getaway to Sapelo Island. There's a conch we found on our honeymoon as well as several Kevin and his grandmother found. Things like these are special to us. (And if you can't tell, we like the coast!)
If you were to sit on our couch, this is what you'd see. I'm just keeping it real with the toys in the background. The playroom/sun room stays clean, but there are toys in there and I'm not one for hiding everything in bins. I will admit that we need to have a major purge though. A big one.
I redid the arrangements on either side of the mirror a few weeks ago. I picked up some hydrangeas, peacock accents, a few other things that I don't know the name of and peacock feathers at Hobby Lobby. I am not a florist by any stretch of the imagination. My SIL had made these originally and I just took out a few things and replaced them with a few new things. She is the go-to person for everything artistic!
This is the view from the corner of the room. I should've zoomed out. I ordered the Chevron pillows from Joss & Main and picked up the seaweed ones at TJMaxx.
This chair is my all-time favorite piece of furniture. It's so comfortable. I love to curl up in it. I love blues as well and this just adds a new pop to our den.