See how I transformed my good friend, Adrienne’s traditional den into her own little reading room.
Today is a special post because I get to not only share this reading room with you but talk about my client who also happens to be my next door neighbor. I consider Adrienne one of my closest friends and she is like a spiritual older sister to me. I can’t tell you how blessed I am to have her right next door especially when I need prayer, advice or spiritual counsel. It was God’s divine plan to have us so close and for that I’m eternally grateful. That’s why I’m so excited to share her new little reading room with you all.
Before buying our home, Adrienne’s husband, Greg invited Jimmy inside when he saw him outside for one of our inspections. They have an almost identical floor plan with ours so Jimmy went in and that first meeting turned into an hour. It was that first impression that immediately helped to solidify our decision in buying our home.
For years, Adrienne has been wanting to do something with the formal den space. Since it didn’t serve any purpose, it just housed some old furniture and a mixture of decor. She had been wanting to fix up that space for a long time and decided it was finally time. I thought it fitting especially with her recent retirement and because she looooves reading more than anyone I know. This woman has a gazillion bibles and studying God’s word is her biggest passion.
Adrienne wanted to share a little note so I’ve added it below.
Here’s the BEFORE because I know how much you all love a good Before and After.
The furniture wasn’t doing anything for the pretty paint color and I really wanted that wall color to shine. It’s a lovely mix between plum, gray and blue. She gave her chairs away to her daughter’s boyfriend and we went to work in the room. We also kept the cream armoire and gold mirror but I came up with a mental plan and went to work.
The old furniture made the paint color look dull but all the textiles including the rug, pillows and drapes really softened and brightened the walls. The best part is it was all very budget friendly.
Adrienne can be seen here every morning, bible and coffee in hand with her sweet dog, Addie.
The velvet plum chairs were such a good deal and the furry ottoman gives her feet a place to rest. The coffee table was also a clearance find. Plants add color and life to this area.
Oh that rug is so good! When I sourced it online, I knew the splash of colors would be the perfect amount of drama in this room.
I had Adrienne change out the old country style knobs for these brass lucite ones and they gave a simple, cheap update to the armoire.
Honestly, my favorite part is the gallery wall I installed with photos that mean a lot to Adrienne.
I love a good gallery wall and this one does not disappoint!
I love all the colorful photos that each tell a story. The gold modern frames keep it consistent and clean. It’s the first thing you see when you enter through the front door. I love that the photos tell a story of travel, food, ministry and the love of nature.
We bought the bench together and the curved lines help soften the angles from the gallery wall.
I kept it simple on top of the armoire with a trio of baskets. They add texture and height to the space. The armoire holds all of Adrienne’s reading materials. It’s safely tucked away with lots of storage for her gazillion bibles. 😀
Another basket on the floor holds a bunch of magazines and reading materials.
I think someone else approves!
What a model!
These two can be seen in this room hanging out together every day.