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Every so often, a project will land in our laps that gives us the opportunity to help our family and friends. They’re our very favorite projects to complete, because it’s one bitty way that we can show our appreciation and gratitude for having them in our lives. Recently, we were lucky enough to team up with IKEA and give Lucy’s nanny Katherine (we call her KK) and family a mini makeover for their den-slash-play-area-slash-family-nook. And guys, you know we absolutely love a nook!
KK, her husband Peter and their son Wallace definitely fall into Lucy’s favorite people category. Wallace is her best buddy and daytime playmate, and the love and care that KK and Peter show our baby girl is something we cherish. They play a large role in allowing us to do what we do every day, and we feel incredibly grateful to have them in our lives!
Den | Before
So let’s talk about this ‘den’ – if you can call it that? We asked KK what they call this space, and she couldn’t tell us, so den it is! In reality, they have a large landing at the top of their staircase, and it quickly became an infrequently used room where they plopped down a sofa, hand-me-down furniture and their television. They watch movies here, they play games with Wallace, but it was never comfortable enough for long stretches of time. There were no systems in place, so to speak. Also? It’s small. Like, a 5′ x 7′ rug filled the entire room (albeit, a super cute 5′ x 7′ rug). But what it lacked in amenities, it more than makes up for with natural light and an adorable pitched nook!
KK requested that the reveal be a complete surprise. We asked her questions – what are your favorite colors? (blues and greens), and do you prefer bright or neutral? (bright, but not overwhelming) – and we filled our IKEA shopping cart with her answers in mind. We promised her a room where she and Peter could play with Wallace, read books before bed or snuggle up to a Netflix marathon. We wanted them to want to use the room, and we wanted it to reflect their fun personalities. We wanted it to be a true family room, a room where they could simply enjoy each others’ company.
Den | After
Den | Before
Den | After
Maybe you notice that the couch is the same? We used the couch as our starting point, playing off of the textured dark blue fabric and opting to go for a layered tone-on-tone look, which in turn would give the appearance of a much, much larger room! To accentuate the ceiling height, we utilized two tricks:
- The MERETE curtains were mounted all the way to the ceiling gently puddle onto the floor, and…
- We used MOSSLANDA picture ledges above the sofa and added an assortment of frame sizes.
We nixed their too-tall coffee table and too-large pouf in favor of the GAMLEHULT storage ottoman! Not only does it do the same job as the former two pieces, but it’s also a great place to stash books and small toys. While we were styling the room, Scott and I agreed that it would also make for the cutest kitty hideout! Please, someone do this and send us a photo. Please, please.
The den receives a fair amount of natural light in addition to the recessed lights in the room, but we think every room can use at least two, if not three, layers of light. With this in mind, we tucked the handsome HALKIP wall lamp (complete with its thick, pretty cloth cord!) into the corner for a soft evening glow. And to keep things feeling cozy, we piled pillows and a throw onto the sofa, too!
The deep navy walls serve two purposes; not only does it make the room feel larger than it actually is (dark paint makes the walls recede; give it a try!), but it also helps to disguise the television! Their old media cabinet was too shallow and overflowing with DVDs, so we replaced it with the cool, casual IKEA PS credenza and gave them this homework: Tuck all the DVDs into a storage binder! (Remember these?!) The new cabinet is deep enough to contain the binder – and a bin full of remotes and their Wii and there was so much room to spare!
The cabinet (which is also adorable in blue) had a lock and key, which was 100% an intentional decision. Since this will serve as a low-key play and reading area, we wanted KK and Peter to keep their electronics and small parts away from the hands of a little one! Eventually, we also imagine the television being mounted to the wall, which will give them more surface space for whatever their heart desires.
I think it’s time for another before and after, right?
Den | Before
Den | After
When we showed them the room for the first time, Wallace scrambled over to the URSPRUNGLIG floor cushions, laid them into a bed and grabbed a book. I’m not going to admit that I cried, but… well, anyway. Within the first 5 seconds, the room had already served it’s purpose!
We are so, so honored to have created this room for KK, Peter and Wallace. The power of paint, textiles and thoughtful decisions completely transformed this room. We’re thankful to IKEA for allowing us to make this happen, and we hope that this mini makeover inspires you in some way!
IKEA Items Used In This Makeover:
LÖNHOLT rug | IKEA PS media cabinet | GAMLEHULT storage ottoman | MERETE curtains | HALKIP wall lamp | KONSTANSE + BLÅGRAN pillows | URSPRUNGLIG floor cushions | MOSSLANDA picture ledges | HOVSTA + SILVERHÖJDEN wall frames | JOHANNE throw blanket