As one of our most-used rooms, the den has had a few more changes since the first progress report. Because the loveseat sits halfway onto the rug, I decided to look for end tables that could slide under the rug instead of sitting half-on/half-off and tilting. I searched a lot of online stores, but ended up getting the Almada laptop tables from World Market. The bases do cause the rug to bump up, but I have beds for Buddy under each table to cover it up.
In what can only be described as a miracle, I came upon a matching crystal lamp at Home Goods to the one I bought nearly a year ago. I would still like to have wall lamps (like these) in this room, but it is an unnecessary expense right now. I added a floor lamp next to the television, because the room has very little natural light. Maybe someday we can update the fireplace wall with built-ins on either side and add small windows for more light (like this and this).
One of the biggest changes is that we let Buddy stay out in the den during the day instead of being crated. I love that he has a little more room to stretch out and that we don’t lose an entire corner to a crate anymore. And he has been so good (not getting into anything he shouldn’t). That change made more room to bring in an extra chair to give us comfortable seating for three people if we need it. I still haven’t done anything with the bookcases or mantle – that is the kind of staging I like the least.