Such a dilemma!! What to do?! I want to make it my own… I want to paint it, create it, make it unique and fabulous!! I just can’t find “it”.
It’s simple!! I want a dresser. I want drawers. I want unique hardware. I want legs. I want a pretty shape. Want, want, WANT!!! I seriously DON’T want to spend a fortune on something I’m gonna paint.
I want this
I’d even take one of these
Why can’t I find one of these
I’ve scoured antique stores and craigslist (even though my husband told me never ever ever again since our creepy mirror incident). I’ll keep looking with fingers crossed. One fine day I’ll find one to call my own! 🙂
I’m getting inspired!!! I’m so excited!! I’m back!!
After Thanksgiving and Christmas and New Years we had a few birthday’s. Let’s just say I was occupied. My creative mind was blocked by all the “real world” happenings around me.
I’m sure this happens to you….I’d look at certain areas around the house and think “ugh” and roll my eyes. My self said to me, “Self, no time to worry about that Ernest Hemingway situation right now…. WE have presents to wrap and turkeys to roast and dinner parties to attend and throw, after Christmas un-decorating to attend to and new years outfits to squeeze into.. put down that cookie!” Oh Yeah…. how could I forget Mardi gras??? Yep, I’ve been busy.
Back to my Ernest Hemingway situations…. my hubby’s home was decorated in this style. It’s very dark wood, bamboo, wicker, heavy. Pretty in previous eras but not me at all. Since our wedding last year I have been feverishly trying to remove all traces of “Papa”. It has been a slow process because as I have said before I. Must. be. Inspired.
The holi-daze got me off track….. must get back!
So fast forward 3 months and here I am meandering through my most favorite place to get some hands on inspiration, Tuesday Morning. I take things off the shelf, put them back, hover, rearrange, inspect, all the typical obsessive things we do when we are trying to visualize something in our home. I walk slowly around the store with my phone out taking pictures of anything that sparks my fancy. Yes, I carry a tape measure too. I’m THAT lady. I have been looking for inspiration for one particular area of my home. The entryway. This has been a MAJOR eye rolling sore spot for me. It has all the correct design elements. Entry table, mirror, matching lamps. Unfortunately it screams Ernest Hemingway. No offense, I’m just more of a French Country gal.
Back to the point… I found it!!! IT being the perfect mirror!! The perfect focal point to transform this wicker and bamboo no-no zone into something fabulous.
This is perfection!! This is the beginning of something beautiful and very “Ashley”:)
It’s the simple things right?! I am so excited that I have a mantle! This means other things to me too. Like now we have a fireplace! We LOVE making a big fire on a cold night. The kids usually see who can sit on the hearth the longest with out spontaneously combusting. A game I remember from my childhood. I just love a fireplace. It screams “cozy” to me. Secondly but almost as important, I enjoy changing out the decor through-out the year. My favorite is decorating it for fall and Christmas. Halloween too! It’s always fun to change around the decor in your home from time to time. This does NOT mean you have to go out and spend a fortune on new things. Ask my husband, I am forever pulling items from other spots in our home and using them in new ways. He has a joke with the kids to see who can spot the changes first 🙂
Here are some mantles with different decor ideas from good ol’ Pinterest. I felt like I had found gold when I came across this “formula” pin! Haleluja!! I do not think you have to have symmetry in decor but if that floats your boat then so be it… Otherwise this works!
A mirror on the mantle adds so much depth and interest to an otherwise flat space. Greenery is my second fav. I’m not crazy about the white mantle in this pic but you get the idea.
The way the different elements work in this arrangement are just about perfect. Not too much and it looks balanced.
I think putting something personal in the mix is like icing on the cake. This is a wonderful idea to do just that. Simple, unique and personal.
All these ideas could work for decorating a bookcase, too… Just sayin’! Have a great time making a shelf or your mantle pretty!!
What’s a Duncan Phyfe? I really had no idea but I was a LOT younger when it was given to me. It was a love/hat relationship. But it did what it needed to do: Hold things I deemed special or things my toddlers couldn’t reach or grab or break!
I always dreamed of painting it. I never thought I could acheive the finished project i dreamed in my head. I knew nothing of chalk paint. Let’s just say I was very pleased with the results. This was my first chalk paint project! Here it is after the first coat.
I decided to remove the strips that gave the illusion of panes and painted the hardware. Better pictures to come!!
We used Rust-Oleum in Oiled Broze to give new “light to our lights!” hee hee
I didn’t take any before pictures because I was so frustrated at the time it took to tape off every glass pane. It was literally a pain! After the first light (there were 3) I figured out I could just haphazardly tape over the glass and then use a razor knife to cut around the panels. Yep, blonde moment. It was a tedious project but overall it went pretty quickly. It took about an hour for them to dry and we had them back up on the wall in no time. Pictures to come soon.