Thursday, September 20, 2018

Auditioning Replacement Furniture & Art

When you are used to seeing a room a certain way and then you change things up, you're not always thrilled with the results.  Now there may be nothing wrong with your changes, it just is hard to get used to.  I am in the process of auditioning some pieces as possible replacements for things that I want to replace.

If you follow along then you know that I have had a huge mirror in my living room for the last two houses.  Now it looked totally different in each house.

This is how it looked in the previous house.  This was a rather small room so I loved how the mirror opened the space up and made it look twice as large.  In this room the ceilings were 9 ft. tall and the mirror was framed with windows and drapes on each side. 

This is how it looked in this new home.  This room has 2 story ceilings, so the mirror is definitely more of a focal point. 


The mirror is gone to a friend for her staging business.  Now I need to figure out what is going to take it's place.  First thing I notice is how the mirror use to bounce light around the room.  It is so much harder to get a good picture now.  There is either too much light or not enough.  

My daughter had these two paintings that she loaned me to try out in this space.


 They are in shades of beige/cream/cocoa.  As you can see in the picture, depending on the light they have shades of gold and mint green too.   I used two cocoa pillows to keep a neutral pallet.  The width is a good size, but I think I need something with more height on this huge 2 story wall.


  The second audition is a replacement for my more traditional coffee table that I have been using.  (you can see it in the above picture with the mirror.)  This is the round brass and glass one that I have had in the family room.  I like the style but think this one is a little too small for this space.  

It's a luxury to be able to try out different things.  I am such a visual person that it is hard for me to envision change.  Having the luxury of switching a few things around is a huge help.  I think I also need to lighten up some of the end tables.   Now I think I have a better idea of what I am looking for.

I might try to find one large painting, or I could do a gallery wall.  I have been looking through pinterest for ideas.  I like the simplicity of one painting.

I really loved the way the mirror reflected light in the room, so another mirror might be what I want.  This was interesting. 

I also love the idea of a paned mirror if I can find one big enough that doesn't cost the same as my house.  When it runs up to $$$$ then that is not in my budget.


I like the idea of the glass coffee table since this is a small room, but I don't think the round one is right.  I saw a few that were square, so I might try that route.  This is like my round one but I love it for it's simplicity. 


So what do you think?  What would you do.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

439th Inspire Me Tuesday

Welcome to the 439th Inspire Me Tuesday.  We didn't have Inspire Me Tuesday last week because we had our fabulous 
2018 Fall Home Tours - 30 homes over 5 days.
If you missed any you can catch up with all 30 of them here

Today I thought we would share a few DIY Pumpkin ideas since the 438th Inspire Me Tuesday was filled with them.

Artful Homemaking shared her super easy tutotial for how to make Velvet Pumpkins.

Pink Fortitude has another great tutorial on how to make some fabulous pumpkins using your old shirts and sweaters.

If you want to give your pumpkin display a little extra punch.  How about adding some lights.  Clean and Scentisble shows us how.

There are still more pumpkin ideas.  A Life Unfolding used some pumpkins as planters for her succulents.  I love this idea.  Check out her how-to. 

Ok, let's see what you have for this week.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

My Small Powder Room Gets An Uptown Makeover

It seems like one change involves another change doesn't it.  It is kind of a snowball effect, just one thing after the other.  With the big mirror gone in the living room, there was a need for something on that big two story wall.  I borrowed a couple of paintings from my daughter for the time being.  That meant that I didn't need another painting on the entrance wall, so that needed to change.  After shopping the house, I decided that the mirror I had in the powder room would be perfect for the entrance table vignette. (You can see that here.) So now what about the powder room?

A fast shop at Ross and I came up with a solution for very little money.  The living room started to take on a more transitional vibe with the new art work, so maybe something a little more upscale for the bathroom.


I always like a good before, so here is what the powder room looked like before.  I love this look, it is super elegant and the mirror did reflect light in the space.  Time to shake things up a bit and go a little out of my comfort zone.

I was fascinated by this abstract New York Skyline and it had a ton of glitz.  That is a real departure for me. I love me some glitz but wasn't sure if this was way over the top.  Then for only $29.99 I thought why not give it a try, I could always return it if it was tooooooooo much.  Now I kind of love it.  It just looks like fun.   I replaced the gold tray on the back of the toilet with a marble one.   I added a horn that was a dramatic as the painting, so I thought they belonged together.  I finished the tray off with a tiny plant and a candle.

The nude etching is classic, so that had to come home with me too.  I found it at Home Goods for $29.99 also.  Seems like that was the magic number for my makeover.  


A fun new look for the powder room and it didn't break the bank.


So does one decor change in your home become a domino effect and a slide down a rabbit hole?

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