One Room Challenge Week 2 | Den Design Plan

Welcome to week 2 of the One Room Challenge! Last week I shared our den and how the ORC is motivating me to get this room finished in time for the holidays. If my little sugarplums want a place to hang their stockings, then we’re going to need to get our fireplace done by Christmas!

Today I’ll show you a rough layout of the room and talk about some of the challenges I’m facing. I’ll also share a little of my den design plan. We’ve already done a fair amount of renovation in our new home so I’m starting with a blank slate but not bare bones.

3D den design

I decided to try out Homestyler.com, a free online room design program to create a simple layout of our den. The program itself has some limitations and I got this grand idea at about 9pm on Saturday so I didn’t have the patience to figure it out as much as I probably could. That being said, at least this gives you an idea of what I’m working with in this space.

Design Challenges

Our house was built in 1976, which means that we have some interesting elements going on here. For one, this room is a sunken room. Where you see “Stairs,” there are just two steps leading up into the adjoining kitchen. Where it says “railing,” what looks like a wall in the picture is actually completely open to the kitchen and has a railing running from the wall to the stairway. It’s about 12 inch drop from the kitchen floor to the den floor.

Side note: A lot of houses in our neighborhood have sunken living rooms and ours happens to have TWO. We have the sunken den AND a sunken living room. Some neighbors raised the floors in these sunken rooms, but this also entails adjusting the height of windows. We avoided making structural changes due to budget constraints.

The other awesome aspect of 70s design is a complete and total disregard for symmetry. My New England roots struggle with this, but I’m doing my best to tolerate appreciate it. The asymmetrical design explains why two windows are pushed to either end of the wall rather than evenly spaced. It’s also to blame for the (currently nonexistent) fireplace that is not remotely centered along that wall.

Den Design Plan

den design plan

Our fireplace is going to get a big makeover! After staring at a cement hole in the wall for nine months, I’m more than ready. We’re doing a slim stacked stone similar to the pic above. Our fireplace is a lot smaller so it won’t be quite as dramatic, but the smaller-sized stacked stone gives us a stone option that doesn’t look too bulky for the space.

The cabinet will sit next to the fireplace. I’m hoping it will balance the lopsided feeling of this wall. I also like that it has room for the media components but also room to display some more decorative items so your eye isn’t immediately drawn to the cable box.

I’m really liking the striped drapes to help soften the windows and bridge the space a little. I’m thinking maybe a small gallery wall between the two windows. The color looks similar to the damask-pattern on the curtains in our dining room at the other end of the living area so I’m ordering now and crossing my fingers.

The rug is a maybe, but it’s a lot more of a light gray in person so I think it might work with the striped drapes. We’ll see. Other plans are still in the works and I’m really excited to see it come together. I hope you’ll stick around to see the finished product!

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