Den

Guess what? We finished baseboards in our den years after we put the wood floors down because sometimes doing everything yourself takes a long time pat on the back anyways and to commemorate the accomplishment, I figured an updated room tour was in order. I seem to share this space yearly during holidays (last year and year before), but guess I haven’t really given a full look in a long time. This post and this post do a thorough job showing and explaining its evolution so I won’t go into all the details today, you are welcome. (Sources at end, though most is vintage)

Not too long ago, we moved out the bookshelf (which I LOVED in here so much ouch) and made way for a desk to give my husband a dedicated and quieter space on days he works from home, which has provided us with slightly more purpose in here. And a much needed pop of orange. We call this room the den, but it’s really our extra space where we would cut square footage if we could. Not that it’s a bad space at all. It opens up to the backyard with big sliding doors and offers great light and is, currently, wonderfully weird. We just aren’t exactly sure how the room can serve us best. We have considered making this the dining room (which creates more problems – what to do with our current one) or opening it up to the kitchen, but neither are compelling enough to act on. Maybe when our kids reach teenage years we will be thankful for the additional living space, but our living room turned family room is our main hang place, so for now this room is confusing. At least it is cute and cheerful while being confusing!

 

SOURCES

vintage fireplace – more info here
mirror
white rug
yellow jute doormat
desk – DIY
desk chair
hanging screen – old Ikea
wicker light – old Ikea
macrame lamp cord DIY
faux sheepskin pillow
wall color – Behr Lime Light
everything else – vintage

 

Thanks for reading!! xoxo

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Macrame Pendant Lamp Cord DIY

I’m sharing a super simple way to beef up plain or ugly pendant electrical cords today! I have and love this old wicker IKEA lamp, but the plain white cord was an eyesore and I finally, years later, had enough and decided to just something about it. The best solution seemed to be a 100 ft of string plus a bunch of hippie knots in the form of this chunky macrame rope. I am so happy with the little bit of warmth and texture it adds to our den!I used this string and watched this video, using the lamp cord in place of the middle two strands.I roughly halved my string and looped it around the light cage inside the shade.The knot is so easy to make. Use the left string to make a 4 shape over the cord, then take the right string and go over the left strand, under the intersection of the left and middle, and then up through the triangle of the 4.  The whole project took about 2 hours and 100 ft of string yielded approximately 10 ft of macrame. The only troubleshooting I had to do was take care that my string wasn’t twisting and warping my knots, and also that my knot tightness was consistent through the whole project for a uniform look. I did a snug, but not too tight knot.I want to macrame all the lights now!

On a personal note, our family was devastated to say goodbye to our beloved dog Jackson last week. It was unexpected and sudden and not at all what we had hoped this year would bring. His absence has been hugely felt in our home, like I could never imagine. I want to thank you all so much for the love on IG. You are such an uplifting and decent community and you truly add value to my life so THANK YOU. If you have a doggie, do their favorite things with them as much as you can because you never know when that last walk, wrestle, or eating out of the trash may be…

Christmassy Den

I never would have thought that my blue room would be one of the most Christmassy, but every year it is! This room always gets the most basic of decorations (2016 and 2015) and nevertheless, it is always ready to party. All I did this year was add a tinsel wreath to the fireplace screen and hang a vintage mini aluminum tree and BOOM it’s Christmas. The colors in here just lend themselves to lots of shiny silver and bright colors, I guess. Whatever the reason, thank you den for your enthusiastic participation! Most everything in here is vintage except for the rug and mirror. Family room Christmas right here!

Praying for California today. All the firefighters, residents and animals. None of the big fires are in our county, but could so easily be. The neighborhoods burning in Ventura look just like ours. I clearly have a soft spot for shelter and “home”, and the safety and comfort they represent. I can’t imagine the pain and workload facing the many who have lost so much. And the horses. The horses! It’s so heartbreaking. God bless firefighters. Here’s how to help. xoxo