Lake Country Cottage Den Update

Is Staging Only for Selling?

In late January, I was sent a lead from a friend who came across a lady looking for staging.  When I made contact with the homeowner, she made me aware that she wasn't currently preparing to sell her home, she wanted it to be staged for her enjoyment.  I was super excited!  The prospect of "decorating" a home that she was planning to stay in was a tiny bit scary, though.  Often, staging is about making a home less personal, but this would be the exact opposite.  I'm all about growing, changing, learning, so I dove in headfirst.  I thought that the outcome was perfect!  I wanted to move right into her den and never leave.  I'll share with you the details of what I added and the sources for all of the beautiful pieces.

Meeting the Client

When I first met with the Lake County cottage owner, I knew that I would love working with her.  She is a hard-working businesswoman who knows exactly what she wants.  My kind of girl!  I made her aware that this wasn't my typical direction, but she trusted in me completely.  After touring the home and talking about possible projects, we decided to start her update in the den, which she used often for entertaining and relaxing. 

The Den Before

The den is located directly off of the kitchen, on the back side of the house.  It has tons of natural light and a staircase leading upstairs to a bunk room and play area for grandchildren.  The furniture was comfortable and relaxed, but it needed to be all tied together.  We decided to replace all of the seating, save the curtains, and work to keep the current wall color.

The Finds

If you're in the Atlanta Area, you've probably heard of Scott Antique Markets.  Scott's is a monthly antiques show that has been around for years and I can just never get enough.  I invited my sweet friend, Leanne, to go with me and peruse the market for something special to define the den space.  Our first stop was a tent vendor out by the interstate off-ramp who was selling chalk-paint furniture and a few pieces of burlap covered seating.  I purchased this burlap chair and knew that it was going to be a day full of treasures.  (Cue the silly girl high-five and order up two large coffees!)  Also pictured are a few finds from my favorite store, Home Goods.  The bird print lumbar pillow, woven throw, florals, and the metallic accent table were all purchased at Home Goods stores in the area.


The second great Scott's find of the day was this vintage French grape crate.  The vendor added legs and the top to create a storage or coffee table.  It was the perfect size for a den, not too bulky.  I wish that she'd had 10 of these to sell!


The loveseat was purchased at my hometown furniture store, Peters and Foster.  After trying to get just the right size and fabric from a larger furniture retailer with several order mishaps, I purchased this loveseat at a lower price and it included these pillows!  It really does pay to shop local and put money back into your neighbor's businesses.


Meanwhile, back at Home Goods, I find this amazing reclining club chair in the perfect shade.  The pillow is also from Home Goods.

The chalk paint end table was purchased from a vendor at the Davis Street Antiques Mall in Monroe.  The mercury glass lamp is from Tuesday Mornings.


So, let's take a look at it all put together.  The den is now perfect for relaxing with soft colors and a laid-back Lake Country vibe.  I'm a lover of throw pillows.  I think that they're a fun way to add color that can easily be changed out and you can't beat the added comfort from a ton of pillows. 

These pillows were purchased at Home Goods and TJ Maxx.  The cotton arrangement is from Hobby Lobby (vase and cotton sold individually).  The ladder shelf was purchased at Kirkland's and the accoutrements were gathered at Home Goods, Beall's, and the Apparel Mart.  The gorgeous 8x11 rug was purchased at OHCO in Covington, GA.


I hope that you enjoyed this tour of a Lake Country Cottage Den.  The client was pleased with the transformation and I can't wait to work with her on her next project.  More updates from this home are coming soon!  Please feel free to leave questions in the comments for more information.


Donna Peters

Front Porch Design Studio, Monroe, GA 30656, USA