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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Hanging on a ledge

Our bedroom has seen some serious changes since we moved in. First it looked like this:


 Then we painted it gray and lived like that for a while. Then we decided to paint the trim. Which brought the entire room together. Like Sonny and Cher or Burt and Ernie or Tom and Jerry. Take your pick. But I'm not here to talk about partners, not when I can talk about paint! So here's what it looked like after the paint job:

Anyways,  Then there was a realization. One wall was COMEPLETELY blank. I would stare at it at night thinking, what the heck can I put there.
So I was in Marshalls not too long ago and came across some awesome display shelves. There was my inspiration. Staring back at me. I knew I. Had. To. Have. Them. There were only 2 left and they didn't match. I dug, searched and made people stare at me like a frantic crazy lady. I think it worked because one lady was beginning to eye my shelves so I lept in front of her, and had a look in my eye that made her do a complete 180, I grabbed my shelves and put them in my cart. Did I feel bad about it? I did. Then I asked for forgiveness and headed on my happy little way down the next isle.

Next I spied this!

Normally I would NEVER spent $11.00 on a single letter, but I felt this space really needed some umph, so I told myself it needed a home.
Who could refrain? Oh my. In the buggy it went too.

So I went up to the counter to check out. Ended up only spending:
Shelf 1: $6.99
Shelf 2: 7.99
Metal Letter: 11.00
Total: $28.73

Not bad considering if I had bought all these items in Pottery Barn or Ballard Designs it would have easily cost me triple that. I call it a success.

So I trotted home with my goodies and ran to the bedroom to get started.

My thoughts for this room were to make it a retreat. I wanted tones of gray, silver, champagne and white. So far I think we're getting there. I still have a few tricks up my sleeve, but that's for another post. Since I was starting with a blank wall I practically had my imagination running outside my head. In an effort to calm myself down I talked John into grabbing the drill and the level to help me hang our new shelves. He wasn't very excited about them not matching, but we worked through it. Ans ended up with this:

I had some picture frames from our wedding that I knew I wanted to use in this space.
Along with some glittery birds from Michaels I found on sale a few weeks ago (waiting on inspiration to use them in our bedroom) I call them our love birds. hehe. After printing out some pictures from our wedding and filling the frames, the ledges started coming together. But it still needed something...

So I started running around our house throwing open drawers and closets and plunging into boxes looking for Anything that could possibly work for this space....

Enter Grandma's silver candlesticks.

Which at the right price of *free* were going to work perfectly. I used candles left over from our wedding witch were also *free*. Score!  
After many different tries at arranging this is the final product. What do you think?

Do you have any suggestions for me? Any changes you would make? Do you have a place in your home that drives you crazy to put your stamp on? I love to hear about it!


  1. Anonymous1/13/2010

    I am always so jealous of people that find great things at Marshalls, TJ Maxx, etc. I do not have that kind of luck there!

    I like what you've done! You don't even notice the shelves not matching with all the great things on them!

  2. Looks great Elizabeth-- I love the "E". I also like Home Goods and Ross for some different and reasonable "must haves". Although, I'm to the point where I have sooooo many things stored away, I have to be really careful about bringing something new into the house (but that rarely comes to mind when I'm in the throws of I. HAVE. TO. HAVE. THIS.) HA!

    I think I'm going to have to get out all my stored away stuff anf have you come over and help me give this place a face lift!! You have such good ideas!

  3. Thanks Carla! I Loooooove Home Goods. I would live in that store if they would let me. I'd be happy to come over and help you figure something out one day :)


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