Home gym turned cozy den.

When we first looked at our house before buying, there were a lot of questionable decor elements that really threw us off. Luckily we could see past the minimalist furniture and workout equipment to the potential beyond!

One room that we loved when we saw the house was the “den”, which the previous owner had used as a home gym. It housed several treadmills, weights, mats, etc. topped off by some Asian-inspired lanterns and curtains. And, as I lamented in one of my first posts, it was a shade of pea green accented by deep red doors in the back of the house.

The den was one of the most drastic changes to the house, and also one of the first to be completed. The painting we hired a team to do before moving in took care of a lot of it! Getting rid of the green and opting for a greige (and going from red doors to white) was a breath of fresh air. We chose Benjamin Moore’s ever-popular Revere Pewter for the walls. Almost all of the decor and furniture in the den was brought from our San Francisco apartment, which is why this room came together so quickly. Thanks, World Market! Check out some before and after shots:

Swapping bulky fitness machines for small furniture really helped open it up.

Not to mention the beautiful beams on the ceiling can really shine now that the ceiling is fresh white instead of green!

And the den gave me my favorite corner of the house so far: the bar area 🙂

The bar cabinet was a Homegoods find that was so worth it. I just felt bad for the poor guy who had to drag it out of the store for me…that thing must be pushing 300lbs. The glass racks were from Pottery Barn and were on our wedding registry. They were an MVP gift since we probably got a solid 30 or so wine glasses off our registry as well, so the storage was very welcome!

You can check out all the den photos below. DSCN2077DSCN2078DSCN2079DSCN2080DSCN2081DSCN2082

A taste of home

…but just a taste. As I mentioned in my first post, we traveled back to the east coast a couple weeks ago to close on our new house, which was a breeze! It was a great day all around and I finally got to check out the house in person. The only down side is that we were leaving 2 days later and wouldn’t see it again for another couple weeks. Still, smiles all around.

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We went back this past weekend for our niece’s baptism and squeezed in a trip back to the house to meet with painters (very questionable paint choices by previous owners – as evidenced by the pea green on the kitchen walls in the above photo) and have my parents come see the place. All went well! The downstairs will be painted by mid-May, whole house cleaned at the end of May, and ready for us to roll on in by June 1.

After spending somewhere between 9 and 9,472 hours browsing the internet and Pinterest, I’ve nailed down the paint colors for the downstairs. Don’t worry, I tested them on the walls in the house too. The open concept living/dining room walls will be Benjamin Moore Silver Mink – a very muted blue green that I think looks great in any light, the “den” and laundry area will be the ever-popular Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter, and the kitchen will go from pea green to a cool-undertoned light gray with Sherwin Williams Olympus White.

Besides the kitchen being that medium green shade, the den and laundry room downstairs were also a lighter green, but green nonetheless. To add insult to injury, all of the doors in the laundry room (which leads out to the back yard) were a deep red. Deep red…next to green walls. If you know me well, you know that it made my skin crawl. Revere Pewter with fresh white doors will be a very welcome adjustment to come home to 🙂

It’s pretty torturous to only get a glimpse of the house for a couple hours each time we go back and not be able to do anything productive in it, but luckily we have friends back east who will help get things going while we’re wrapping up life on the west coast. Can’t wait to walk in to some clean coastal colors in the downstairs when we get back!

I’ll probably write another 18 posts about paint colors so… you’re welcome in advance.

– Lauren