Sunday, October 31, 2010

the mommy den

Once upon a time in a cottage in Fairhope there lived a sad little pass through room. This room was originally a formal dining room, but the family that lived in the house used the eat in space in the kitchen… This sad little room became a catch all for all the castoffs of the house… A huge armoire… A tacky sofa….a borrowed chair. This room was sad. So sad. She deserved better. One day the mommy in the house got tired of the pass through room. She decided that she would make this room HER space. It would be a place for her to sew, read a book, or just enjoy some mommy time. It would become a mommy den and live happily ever after….

In fairytale land the mommy would have snapped her fingers, and the change would magically occur. In the real world of mommyness we know these things take time and effort… I KNEW what I wanted this room to be, but I didn’t have much money to make changes. I decided to dive in and just use what I had……


This is the only before shot I could find… This room wasn’t very picture worthy!

I was so excited when I read about the mom cave contest over at Susan’s blog! Although I am happy overall with my transformation there are still several things that I would like to do for this room to better serve it’s purpose. I can’t think of a better place than HomeGoods to find the things I need to make this room perfect for me. Now, come on in my mommy den!

I knew I wanted a a terra cotta color to warm the space up and chose Miami Spice by Behr. I love the blues, greens, and my new terra cotta all together.


I redid an old console I had to house my new little bitty flat screen…. I love the way the halcyon green and terra cotta compliment each other. I used a shelf I had sitting around to house my favorite blue tray and some ironstone….



My sweet hubby and I had just gotten back from renewing our wedding vows in Jamaica. I chose this nontraditional shot for a portrait… This picture is SO us…. I love looking at it everyday in my special space.


I repainted an old desk for my sewing space…. I bought the memo board above my desk from Hobby Lobby and painted my monogram letters I ordered online. That mirror was found in an old thrift store… I painted and distressed it for my space.


I love having a place to hang my pattern for easy reading while I sew… I wouldn’t mind finding a larger one though….


These little magnetic containers from Homegoods would be PERFECT for pins and needles…


Here’s where the problems with the room start. I don’t have enough storage for all my sewing materials… Things get thrown in that one little basket on the floor. The desk doesn’t really work for my sewing needs. Andrew is going to build me a BIG sewing table for this wall, and I’m going to need some major storage solutions….


I saw this wall cabinet on the Homegoods page. I would love to find something like this to hang around my new sewing table to hide some sewing supplies. Something like this would be fantastic for housing patterns and monogramming materials. Those bottom cubbies would be PERFECT for other smaller notions.


This desk doesn’t provide enough “moving around space”. I move a lot in between my machines when I sew….


I think a little cabinet like this one from Homegoods would work really well with the sewing table Andrew’s going to build for me. It would be a fantastic option for fabric storage. I love that you would be able to see the gorgeous fabrics behind the glass doors.


Storage containers like these would be a huge help for the extra parts for my machines:


This spinner is PERFECT for a sewer like me!


I relocated this hutch from my dining area when I decided to redo this room. I LOVE all my Great grandmother’s china and crystal, but I NEED more sewing storage on these shelves. I NEED some places to CUTELY hide and house my notions, patterns, and fabric I’m working on.


My plan is to keep one shelf for my lovelies and use the bottom 2 shelves for storage.


I love all the storage solutions on these bookshelves that were found at Homegoods. I would LOVE to find some things similar to these for my hutch.


I had this antique couch in storage, and I knew it would be perfect for the look I was going for…. See those sad pillows? That’s one thing that I NEED to replace. My grandmother embroidered those birds hanging above the couch. They are some of my favorite possessions….


Sad pillows….


My favorite bird…


If I won this contest I would definitely use part of the money for new pillows to go all the way across my sofa like this Homegoods shopper did.


This gorgeous table belonged to my grandmother… I love it, but let’s be truthful… I need more pretties to go on top. I’m not thrilled with anything I have placed here.


I would love to replace the tired things on my table with items like these shown here….


This table was the deal of the century! I found it on Craigslist and paid $90 for it AND an antique lamp… I know. I felt like I was robbing them! It has the most gorgeous details EVER!


Look at the top… I swooned when I saw it.


Isn’t it DIVINE??


I love the hardwood floors in my house, but this room is screaming for a rug to warm things up…. That’s one thing I would LOVE to search HomeGoods for….


Another view of the room…. That doorway leads to my sons bedrooms and bath.


This hallway leads to the master bed and bath and the girlies’ room and bathroom… See. It really IS a pass through! I hope that now it encourages you to stop for a while instead of passing on through. I have enjoyed having my own space so much. I’ve always wanted a sewing/craft room. This isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but I think it can really work once I get all my storage and organization figured out.


Winning one of the Homegoods gift cards would be amazing and would allow me to finish this room and have it the way I WANT it to be. Even though it’s not completely finished I am enjoying my space… I know that it’ll take time to finish, but all that’s part of the fun!

Thanks for looking! I’m headed to my mommy den to hang out and watch a little TV before bed :)

Linking to:

The DIY Show Off

Furniture Feature Fridays


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Great looking wall color in your MOM CAVE!!!


Karie's Chic Creations said...

Great look and great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Prior said...

What a great mom cave, much more useful than a formal dining room. I love that picture of y'all. Lezlee

Natasha said...

Your mom cave is fabulous but I just LOVE that picture from your vow renewal! What fun you must have had.

Best wishes and good luck with the contest.

Best wishes,

Dining Delight said...

It is wonderful when you can find a use for the "un-used" places in a home and what a great job you did in transforming yours! I love that table you got on CL! Your ideas on how to spend the HG $ would really add to your space!


Julie Harward said...

Thanks for the great tour, loved it..very nice! :D

Amanda said...

I just popped over from BNOTP to see your mom nice! I was surprised to read in your profile that you have a pacemaker...I do to! I have been told that there are women my age with pacemakers but I've never actually talked to anyone under the age of 75 who has one! I too, do my best to forget about it...and usually succeed ;) Stop by and visit me at when you have a spare moment! I'd love to hear from you. Blessings! Amanda

Jane said...

What a great warm and comfortable!


Connie said...

You have a wonderful beginning and I hope you are a winner because your finishing ideas sound great. That antique furniture is fabulous. The craig's list table
so pretty. You are some savy shopper.

kathie said...

I love your room ~ You've made it so functional for *you* and all the things you do! It would be awesome for you to win the contest!

Nancy said...

Gorgeous wood floors, wall color and the table is stunning!

ButterYum said...

I love your colorful room. The pillows that you describe as "sad" are my favorite decorative touch. And that table - delish!


Roberta said...

Just love your new wall color and it goes well with white, black and the green that you've painted your desk. Great big space for your Mom Cave...I'm definitly jealous {wink} Best of luck in the giveaway, fondly, Roberta


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