You may remember we converted our third garage into a den/playroom/wresting pin last year. Since then, several of you have asked about what’s going on in there. I think you probably meant decorating-wise, but either way, here’s your answer:
This room has become the main hangout. And, while I’m happy there’s a space in our house for wild Nerf basketball games, gymnastics, American Idol auditions, chase, and anything else you might feel like doing, it is making me a little crazy that it’s not decorated—at all. I’m so eager to add some personal touches, but just can’t quite get going knowing how this room usually looks most days.
But, I do have plans. This is what’s for sure, so far:
A few main pieces are in place. We bought the navy sectional at an outlet and the rug was a Craigslist find. The recliner—technically a Father’s day present—was our splurge for the room, but I figured we’d get our money’s worth out of it in the long run. (It’s made by Bradington Young.) So far, I’m finding the leather and velvet to be pretty “wipeable” and the Persian rug is great for disguising spills. We technically don’t eat in this room, but isn’t it funny how that happens?
So, moving forward, here’s a rundown of what’s on the potential to-do list when I finally get started. . .
-Hang two lanterns for overhead lighting. I have these still sitting in my garage waiting to be spray painted.
-Have bookcases built around the door opening. You know I love the feel of a wall covered in bookshelves. I considered an option similar to this one, but think I ultimately want to hold out—and save up—for custom ones.
-Put something on the big window—soon. This will probably be my next project. I’m leaning toward a combo of a natural shade and curtains (fabric still to be decided. . . ). The window in the room is extra wide and would require a custom shade if I go with one all the way across. I may split up it up and hang two shades like this photo:
-Hang art. The walls are a big, white, blank slate right now. I definitely want this room to feel personal to us and am thinking of using more of the kids’ art behind the sofa.
-Bring in task lighting. I haven’t quite decided on the specifics yet, but I think this is an interesting look:
-Add a couple more upholstery pieces. Instead of a coffee table, I’m using a tufted ottoman. I have one sitting in my garage that I ordered from here. I just haven’t had the heart to bring it in the house yet, knowing it will be used as a leap pad by the babies.
I also bookmarked this page from the PB catalog. I think the brown chair we had in our old family room would be great covered in a navy pin stripe someday. . .
Although all of the details aren’t worked out, I have a good idea of the overall feel I want for this room. A few more general inspiration photos for the space:
Find more on my “den ideas” Pinterest board.