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Gail’s Design Dilemma

Gail’s den is a long & skinny decorating challenge (one of our toughest yet- especially because it has to do so many things). Here’s her letter:

I’m so glad our den is in your talented hands! It’s where we watch TV, where our two kids play, and it’s also our office. If we had a place where the kids could also do their crafts that would be the icing on the cake. We’re really looking forward to getting our family pictures and some of our books into this room. I’m struggling with how to join the various “sections” of this long, skinny space (it’s 9 feet wide by 23′ long with a bump-out which accommodates a fireplace in the next room). The only thing that must stay is the TV, everything else can go. We love the new wall color (BM Hancock Green) and off-white window trim, so that stays. Oh and we’re desperate for toy & game storage. I love the large bay window and it would be nice to have some kind of seating over there (it’s a bit drafty and lacks privacy so we’d love to deal with those issues as well). My style is traditional and cozy with a hint of pattern and boldness (I love your makeover for Stacie). Patterns and durable easy-to-clean fabrics are our friends! One small plea regarding pillows: not too many. I’m always picking them up from the floor. Thanks and congrats on your excellent news! – Gail

Here’s the plan:

And in honor of this room posing the biggest design challenge we’ve encountered to date (it’s 9′ wide by 23′ long and has to serve three purposes!) we actually whipped up a floor plan to show Gail how the new layout will work:

And now for the mood board breakdown.

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Reader Redesign: Cottage Charm

When Sarah sent over her dramatic sitting room makeover we couldn’t wait to share it. Here’s her letter:

I gotta tell you I was in a makeover blip with our old cottage here Down Under but you’ve given me back my zing! Here’s our transformation of the worst sitting room eva! We snapped the before photos of this delightful room at the open house when we bought our beach cottage a year ago, complete with wall art and two tv’s. Now it’s a lot more cozy and current. To see more you can check out my blog. Keep up the good work. Here’s to DIY!  -Sarah in Australia

Here’s the crazy and cluttered before:

And the serene and soothing after:

Isn’t that a breath of fresh air? We love everything from the white on white palette with pops of tan and chocolate to the casual vibe that feels effortless and welcoming. Didn’t Sarah work miracles in a formerly chaotic and crazy space? Love it!