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Den Rescue Needed!

Den Rescue Needed!

My dark den really needs your help. I’ve been looking at it for ten years, and almost nothing has changed.

  We moved into our present home ten years ago. I love it. Our previous house was so small, but this one has room for guests to have their room, for us to have small group meetings for our church, and to have larger gatherings spread out through the den, kitchen, dining room, and living room. The walls are white with a lavender undertone throughout the house. We put wood or tile laminate in the kitchen, den, hallways and bathrooms. The living room, dining room, and the three bedrooms all have light beige carpet.

The den is the usual gathering place for my husband and me, and our nearby family and friends.  We definitely want everything to be comfortable. But we would like it to be more attractive. However, hubby says no new seating, no really fancy pillows because we have two young granddaughters who often have messy hands, and he wants to wait until next May to get nice drapes. I bought a gorgeous peacock pillow from Overstock.com, but it sat one day in the den before he moved it to the living room so it wouldn’t get dirty!

The fireplace is a true architectural feature. It has a nice rounded hearth, a lovely mantle of light colored oak, then runs all the way to the ceiling.  We have a drawing of the scriptures that tell of the crucifiction of Jesus and the words form a picture of Jesus on the cross. This was done by our son Kevin, and it’s not going anywhere.  Right now I have a set of Chinese vases and urns given to me by my sister Sue on the mantel. I will probably have a big ceramic nativity scene there for Christmas.

So my situation is this: I can’t change much in my husband’s favorite room, but I really want something to class up the joint. I hope you laughed, because I did. I promised not to spent more than $40. I really would like your input.  (And I am a novice blogger, and inserting photos still has me flummoxed.) Please feel free to be creative, but be gentle in your criticism.

Silk flowers? Silk ficus trees?  Cat tails or peacock feathers?  More or graphic pillows? A new husband?

Dark blue-gray upholstery; mixed wood stains on floor and furniture; reddish mixed-brick fireplace from hearth to 14' ceiling.
Dark blue-gray upholstery; mixed wood stains on floor and furniture; reddish mixed-brick fireplace from hearth to 14′ ceiling.
We are thrilled with our fireplace, from hearth to ceiling.
We are thrilled with our fireplace, from hearth to ceiling.