Adding a Pop of Coral in the Den

When in doubt, add a pop of color!

My den is the last spot in the house that I still had things to finish up and I’ve been working on it for the last few months.  I’m having my old recliner covered right now and should be getting that back very soon, but in the meantime, I’ve been figuring out what to do with the Billy bookcase corner.  It’s so fun to see this corner finally come to life with my vision in place.  I’ve been very fortunate to develop some wonderful relationships with some companies and brands who have helped me with this project and I’ll be giving them all a big shout-out today.  I know that as a blogger, we do get some perks of products for our homes and I’m still very grateful for all the help I do get, because I’ve had to shell out plenty of money on other large things like front porches, painting the exterior, and new AC unit.  Those will eat up the dollars fast.

So, I wanted to show you all where I am now in this den space.  Things will still be changing along the way, because my carpenter guys are coming back soon and we are going to add 2 big windows in this den which will bring in a lot more light and make it even nicer.  That means, that I will have to add new drapes and it will give me less wall space for furniture and artwork, but I think it will be such a great addition to get those windows in here, so I’m going for it.

I took a little bit of a risk in this corner and added a bold color that I had to really think about, but after it’s all in place, I do love it!  This pretty coral velvet chair from Ballard Designs is the focal point in the corner now.

coral chair

I wanted to bring an accent color in the den that I can spread around the room and this one will be so pretty, I think.  My next plan will be to add doses of this pretty coral on the other side of the den.  Since I’m moving out the darker fabrics in here, I can add back in some color with this coral and hopefully get a nice eclectic mix of textures and fabrics.  I’ll be changing out most of my pillows over on the sofa side of the room and that’s to be determined.

You can see Part 1 and Part 2 of building in the Billy bookcases and how my dad and I did that project. 

coral chair black and white rug

I couldn’t wait to share this corner with y’all, since I knew you’d enjoy seeing the changes.  The big French map art piece is a long ago yardsale find that I got for $25 and have hung onto.  I like it here, but after the windows go in, it will probably have to move.

A HUGE thanks goes out to Ballard Designs for sending me this Travis chair and ottoman.  The fabric is Queens Velvet Coral and I really did a lot of thinking over this color before I committed to it, but now that it’s all in place, I love it.  Hoping my vision can transport to the other part of the room in mixing this color in there too.  I think it will all come together!

This bold black and white houndstooth rug was a sale find from Rugs USA.  I love how black and white really grounds a space and have long loved the addition of black to a space.

coral velvet Ballard Designs chair

This beautiful chair from Ballards is definitely a focal point all on its own.   The lamp is from Kirklands.  Metal side table is a Joss and Main find.  Cone boxwood is from Birch Lane.

coral velvet

So soft and luxurious and girly, this coral is all that!  The pillow is a Homegoods find.

coral velvet chair with nail head

I love, love the big antique brass nailhead trim that outlines the chair and ottoman.

billy bookcases built in

And here’s a new look at the Billy bookcases that we built in a few months ago.  I LOVE how this project turned out and transformed this bland corner of the room.  It certainly not boring anymore!

billy bookcase

I’ve been working on styling the shelves, using some yardsale finds, mixed in with some items that were sent to me from Birch Lane.  You can also see I’m adding in family pics, especially that new baby girl of ours.  Scalloped Picture frames from Birch Lane,  aqua bottle from Birch Lane, coral box was a Joss and Main find. Those black and white dogs are a yardsale find from Birmingham that I have held onto.  So glad I did!  Blue vase on top was a yardsale find, as well as the white vintage vase below.  Those cute shell bottles are from Birch Lane and they come in a set of 6.  The driftwood piece was a Homegoods find.

Billy bookcase middle

Middle shelf holds more yardsale finds.  Most of these books are yardsale finds, as is the coral piece.

billy bookcase right

Blue bottle from Birch Lane, as well as the boxwood planter.  Coral box is part of the Joss and Main set.  Scalloped Picture frames were in a set from Birch Lane.  The Rejoice sign is from a local artist, Beyond the Mossy Tree.  Everything else is yardsale finds. I also got an ampersand from Birch Lane that I’ll be showing in another post.

coral Ballard designs chair and bookcases

So, that’s a recap of the corner in the den and how it’s all coming together.  If I backed the camera up and you could still see the mess in here, you would have to  laugh.  But, as soon as that chair comes back in and I get myself in gear to finish up in here and clean up my final mess, I’ll show you the whole room!  It’s been so rewarding to take my time and get this room together with one thing at a time.  I’m loving how it’s all coming together and I hope you  enjoyed seeing it too!

Think about adding a fresh bold color to a space to liven it up.  I think this coral color I chose will be a very fun addition in here.

- Rhoda


  1. Love this chair, it is fabulous. I love the color. I have been adding a darker shade in tangerine, and it is sensational. This corner looks amazing.

  2. Helena Dias says

    You did a wonderful job. More power to you. Can’t wait to see what you do next. You are n inspiration.

  3. Love, love, LOVE that chair! What a good choice!

  4. I love coral. I have aqua and coral accents in my living room. I see you have a dropped ceiling. Will you be getting rid of that?

    • No, Kristina, it will stay. I did replace the tiles with new ones so it is fresh and clean. It’s just not feasible to redo the ceiling to something else, so it stays.

  5. Love the chair & ottoman……the color really adds a pop to that corner! Like the coral boxes & blue bottles too! Can’t wait to see what you do with the rest of the room. Great makeover!

  6. Sharon Avinger says

    What a good job you did in styling your bookcases! Love the pop of color in the chair. You’ll have fun finding other coral accents to spread around the room. Looking good, Rhoda!

  7. Marianne A. says

    Looks gorgeous! The coral was a brave and excellent choice! And your bookcases are beautifully styled.

  8. Love the chair and love the color!!

  9. I love love love that chair. The color and fabric is perfect!

  10. Wonderful choice in the chair and ottoman.

  11. Sandra white says

    Love this room and that coral chair is fabulous. What is the blue that you used at the back of the bookshelves? I just love that shade of blue. Love everything about your home.

  12. The chair is beautiful!! I can picture being curled up with a good book and a cup of coffee/tea. You and your dad did a wonderful job on the bookshelves.

  13. Fabulous choice!! Love the color, the style and it look comfy, cozy. 🙂 May I borrow your parents for a month or two? I promise to return them!!

  14. Love the chair and the color! Great choice! I’m also loving the rug. Can you tell me where you got it?

    • Hi, Kay, the rug is from Rugs USA. They do great sales around the holidays, so check out their website. I got it on a good sale.

  15. Rhoda,
    What a fun addition of color in your room. It is the perfect touch and you did a wonderful job with the bookcase and the accessories. Your home is totally YOU!!
    xo Kathysue

  16. Hey Rhoda I love it. Adorable and the chair is wonderful. I couldn’t believe all the
    fabric choices. I hope to get this chair.

    God bless you day

  17. Absolutely gorgeous room!!! Will you come do mine now? hehehe jk 🙂

  18. It is light years away from boring! Very cozy space.

  19. The den is coming together wonderfully, I love the chair you chose, the colour is the perfect contrast and adds a ‘gentle’ pop of colour. I love your choice of side table and lamp, mixing textures such as glass and metal and the velvet beside, I love it all. Lucky you…I am heading over to look at that chair but unfortunately we don’t have that company in NZ. Most of the US companies are shipping to NZ now but only on small items not furnishing 🙁

    My office is almost complete too and I am updating images on my blog this week. I have only one more chair to get, would love someone to give me one too, but bloggers are only just being seen in NZ as influential.


  20. Great job! Love the pop of color but really love the houndstooth rug (ROLL TIDE).

Speak Your Mind


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.