Monday, September 24, 2012

The Finished Den: A Place for Inspiration

This is the Den.  Also known as:  The art gallery, the music room, the office, the library, the retreat, the reading room, world traveler room, etc.

It is our favorite room in the house.

It wasn't such a pretty room.  Here's a reminder.

But now, even for a small room, which it is, it performs a lot of functions, even becoming a guest room at times.  Because we can open both of the french doors, the room can become an extention of the living room when needed.

My brother gave us an old pair of french doors.  They were stained wood, and it took many months of sanding, scraping, priming, and painting to get the finish right.  I LOVE the white! They are my favorite feature, and the white is in beautiful contrast to the barn red walls.

It is also the messiest room in our house.  Usually there are piles of books, sheet music, art supplies, and art easels everywhere.  Not to mention all of the musical instruments.  Just how we like it.

We are fortunate to have lots of interesting original artwork.  And my Grandma's piano, evoking oh so many wonderful memories of the music we created together!

I love the light fixture Eric chose.  This room was definitely his design project.
We have lots of books.  Eric and I had always dreamed of having a library in our house.  But we never thought it possible at first, with our bunch and a 1400 square foot little house.  Even though we could have done other things with this space, having this room has become a sanctuary for us all. 

And this is where we find our kids.  Cuddled up in an old velvet chair, piling through the books.  Life is good :)
Here's a reminder of all that we've been through, on this journey of making this old house into a home!
The real truth about fixing up a cute old house
Eric, I love you so much.  With everything we have been through together:  the good, the bad, the ugly, and the messy, you have managed to make me laugh through it all!

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