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It’s Week 2 of my den makeover!  It was so hard to choose which furniture to place in this room, but I made my choices after much deliberation.  Today I’m going to share with you all of my choices and my very long list of to-dos to get this room where I want it.

If you missed week 1, read the story of how this all started!

One of the things I love about being a home decor blogger and stylist is that I get to look at beautiful decor and working with my clients is like getting to decorate over and over again without having to pay all of those mortgages!  Helping my readers and clients turn their home into a place they love and that brings them joy and peace is the best feeling.  Honestly, I get just as excited as they do.  When you are working with someone on something so personal, you can’t help but feel as if you have a new family member!

I get just as excited when I am working on my home, especially when I need to makeover a room or in this case, style a room.

Formal Den

The plan for the den

As I mentioned in week 1, the den is going to be an overflow entertainment area for guests and for E and myself since we spend a good amount of time there playing games, etc.

I’m going to keep the wall color the same, which is a blue-gray color.  I love grays because they are neutral colors and as much as I like to change up a room, I have to have a neutral color.  Beige, tans, and off-whites work great too, but we like something with a bit more pizazz.  Honestly, if it was just up to me, I would have every room a different color, or at least have each room with a different accent color wall!

I mentioned that to E in this house and he just gave me the side-eye.  Ya can’t blame a girl for trying, right?


The first thing I want to share with you is my moodboard for the den.  Y’all know I like color so of course, there is going to be a lot of color!

I’ll be working with the neutral gray color of the walls and incorporating burgundy, orange, green, white, and wood.

A mood what?  You’re probably wondering what’s a moodboard and why I created one.  A moodboard allows you to pull together the items you want in a room.  It’s a wonderful visual to see how a room will come together.  Does it mean that everything you choose for your moodboard has to go into the room?  No.

Use a moodboard as a guide to keep yourself focused and not go off to the left from your original plan.  Here’s why.  When we first moved into our home, I was working on styling the living room.  I was at HomeGoods and saw this cowhide bench.  It was fabulous (that was probably also the Texan in me coming out)!  I sent a picture to E and called him right after, full of excitement.  This is how the conversation went.

E: “What is that for?”  

Me: “The living room.”

E (long pause):  “What are you going to do with it and where is it going?”

Me: “Isn’t it great!”

E:  “Well…yeah.  I guess.  But where are you going to put it?  What does it go with?”

Me:  “I don’t know and nothing.”

E: laughs

See.  This is why you need a moodboard!  It keeps you from making those odd purchases that go with nothing in your home!

Den Makeover Moodboard


  1. I want either a bookshelf or a glass door cabinet to use for the bottles of liquor as well as bar accessories and glasses.  I’ve found several, but haven’t narrowed down “the one.”
  2. In week 1, I talked about the one thing that is in this room that actually belongs, which is this elephant art.
  3. Side table.  I love this side table because of the stand and base.  This isn’t necessarily “the one” either, but I know I want wood.
  4. In week I of this makeover series, I shared some fabulous finds.  
  5. These chairs are from a dining room table that we no longer use.  They are solid wood and in great condition.  Instead of purchasing new chairs, I decided to reupholster them.  These chairs are a good 15 years old, but rather than spending money on new ones, I decided to give them a fresh look!
  6. Not pictured on the moodboard is E’s Grandmother’s 1950 Singer sewing machine.  I’m going to be refurbishing the machine and fingers crossed I can get it in working condition.  It will be a display piece.  It’s too beautiful to use!

Chair reupholstery

Reupholstering chairs is no joke y’all and I’ve got 4 of them to do, 2 with arms and 2 without arms!  I found some beautiful fabric at a local fabric store in Wake Forest about an hour away.  

Yes, I am mixing prints.  If you’ve never mixed prints before, you’re missing out!  The prints will be on either side of the top panel of the chairs and then I will have a different color for the seats that pull a color from the top panel since it has so many colors.

It’s going to take me a good amount of time to get these done because I will strip each chair and then add the fabric.  The stripping is where the work comes in!

Chair reupholstery

Chair reupholstery

My To-Do List For the Den

  1. Decide on room purpose and what I want to do
  2. Create moodboard
  3. Find fabric for the chairs
  4. Reupholster the chairs
  5. Decide and purchase a shelf or cabinet
  6. Decide and purchase a side table
  7. Purchase parts for Singer sewing machine

While this seems like a shortlist it’s going to take some time, especially numbers 4 and 7.

So this is the look of the room.  What do you think?

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