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Before & After: Villa Blanca Den
September 08, 2017 in Before & After | 4 comments

For the past few weeks we have toured this bright and happy home remodel. This week we will share the ‘Before & After’ photos of the home’s cozy den. The den had the same dated feel as the other spaces in the home and needed a fresh look to match the homeowner’s tastes and style. With a full-scale remodel throughout the main spaces of the home, this casual living space needed the same dash of youthful accents for a cohesive flow.


The den, which is right off the kitchen, is the more casual living space of Villa Blanca. It had a pair of mismatched built-ins and a standard limestone fireplace, which is a staple of many central Texas homes.

The den is also intended to be used for casual lounging and TV watching, but the current furniture placement did very little for the overall function of the space.


The den now feels light, bright, and California cool.

We added new open shelving to flank either side of the fireplace. The matching built-ins bring symmetry and visual harmony to the den. The new shelving is just as functional as it is aesthetically appealing. Cabinets and drawers beneath the open shelves hide away clutter and provide ample storage.

We also added a new rustic mantle to match the new beams. It makes the fireplace look modern and new, without changing any other detail of the fireplace.

With the fireplace serving as the focal point of the room, it made sense to mount the TV here. It makes for optimal viewing for guests in the den and kitchen/breakfast room. This is ideal for a family that plans to entertain!

The den needed plenty of seating. We placed our L-shape Monterey sectional against the wall to ensure no space was wasted. The sectional is extra deep and has clean transitional lines. The space still feels tailored, without sacrificing comfort. The light sofa is accented with deep blue for contrast and color.

Three rustic wood mirrors fill the only full wall in the den. Mirrors make the room appear and feel larger than it is.

A leather tufted ottoman in a caramel brown leather brings in more seating, plus an ottoman has soft edges. It is a safe option for young children as the homeowner’s plan to start their family in the next few years. It also gives a comfy spot for their cute pets to lounge on, too.

The signature orange Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin tray gives a fun pop of color to the ottoman. We styled it with books and florals, but the homeowners can also use the tray to place and serve drinks when they entertain.

We added a pair of swivel chairs from the same Monterey collection to the space. Antique brass nesting tables and a thin iron floor lamp keep the conversational seating stylish and functional.

We brought in more of the rich blue accents with the rug and draperies. The dipped blue draperies in an ombre design add a youthful detail to the windows. The jute rug with indigo and brown hues is soft and plush. It also brings in the warm elements of the rustic wood detailing and the blue tones throughout the casual den.

Styling the new built-ins was another fun away to freshen up the space. A mix of textures, styles, colors and heights can help you achieve flawless built-in styling.

A mix of travel and style books and picture frames give the space personal touches. It is a fun project to stack and mix collected books. They can stand alone or give your favorite accent a lift and add some height.

Large framed prints, vases, decorative objects, and boxes fill the proportion of the shelves. Larger statement accessories will keep your shelves from looking modern and clean (too many small accents can look disorganized and cluttered).

Next week will conclude our Villa Blanca series by sharing the entry with you and quick recap of the other spaces we have shared over the last few weeks. This was such a fun project to work on. It is just as fun to share it with you!