Sunday, March 18, 2012

Our Cozy Den

Happy Monday!!

First of all, a special thanks to Debbie at Debbiedoos, for hosting her wonderful Newbie Party.  This is my first venture into a Newbie Party and I already goofed it up.  Lesson learned - need to read the directions first! After going back & reading Debbie's tutorial on how to hook up to a party, I realize I am not even close to doing it correctly, but I also don't know how to change it after the fact. I promise I will get better at this! Really!  Guess that's why it's called a Newbie Party - right?  Again, my apologies! 

Crickets..............and time to take a deep breath. 

 Ok, let's move on, shall we?
Today I want to share with you one of the coziest spots in our home - the den!  This room has served many functions for our family since we built our home ten years ago.  It started out as a tv room for my daughter and her friends, then it became an office.  A short time later, we agreed to clear out all of the furniture and turn it into a dance room for our daughter, complete with mirrored walls, velvet curtains and photo after photo of her dance costumes and shows.  Once she went off to college for a year or so, we decided to re-claim it and furnished it into the cozy den/study it is today.
It is such a sunny day today (and I have a basic point & shoot camera!), but the color on the wall is very washed out looking.  In "real life" it is a beautiful caramel apple color with a pumpkin colored ceiling (hmmm, what's up with the food analogies?  I must be hungry!).  The furniture is super easy to move and re-configure - the desk is in two parts and I often have it facing toward the door way.  Right now we are enjoying the view out the two front windows!

I am in love! love! love! with this chair.  I spent months looking for it... either they were two pricey, the wrong color, style, etc., etc.  I lucked out one day when I was shopping at a chain furniture store called Steinhafels.  Ta da!  There it was in all it's glory!  I had a coupon for $50 off, plus it was on a deeply discounted sale and I think in the end it came in at about $400. The fabric isn't showing well, but it is kind of 60's inspired floral/paisley type deal.  A little out of my comfort zone, but I do love it and I think it works perfectly! The picture next to it is a collage of some of the dance photos that used to hang in the space when it was a dance room - gotta have a few pictures of my one and only doing what she loves the most!!!  (I have an upcoming post about a gallery wall that I recently finished in her "honor" - proud mama I am.)

This wall is the future home of a small flat screen tv and possibly  a fireplace - awaiting Mr. Bluebird's handyman skills to run the cable/electrical up to the appropriate spot on the wall.  With the warm weather approaching, I think this project will be put on hold until fall. 

Well, there you have it friends!  My cozy, reading, computing, hot chocolate drinking corner of the world - thanks for taking the tour!

Wishing you a happy day,


  1. Hi! I arrived via Debbie Doo's and wondered why I landed on your cow posting. Ha! I made that mistake linking up to a party once too, all is forgiven. Love your cow and I know that feeling of passing something up and not being able to get it out of my mind. It's great that you went back and the little cow was still there. Love your den! It does look VERY cozy. It's good to see some color. Now I don't feel all alone because everyone is going white these days. The walls of my den are painted pumpkin and our room is very small and cozy. I'm a new follower. Gotta get ready for work now. Love your warm friendly style of writing.

  2. See, I made a mistake too! I joined your site twice!

  3. Hi Jane,

    Thanks for stopping my place. I hope you liked it and will come back for more visits. Have a lovely weekend.