One Shelf at a Time
How do you approach a room makeover? Sometimes before I redo a room I can see the after picture before one wall is painted or piece of furniture is moved. (Sometimes) This is not the case with our great room. It feels like a large room because of the tall walls and vaulted ceiling. In reality it's not that large but for the last few years it has looked like an "unanchored" room that we float through on the way to the den, kitchen and master bedroom. I am very guilty of not putting something somewhere just to fill the open space. I'm okay with that...no need to have things we don't particularly like in our home just to fill space. But I am also guilty of letting that theory lead to...so just do nothing.
Well, blogging has been the nudge I need to say, "No...the areas you can improve now, do now even if it's just one area or one piece that can be restyled." Which brings me to our bookshelf. I don't think I have even looked at it except to dust it the last few years. I need something to go over and on it but haven't been able to find what I want... so I've just averted my eyes away from the bookshelf as I pass through the room...until yesterday.
Here is a picture of what the bookshelf looked like before:
Books and pictures... and books and pictures...
And here is the first step to warming up our great room by refeathering the bookshelf:
Ivory dishes, like the McCoy piece above and the flea market finds below were added to the bookshelf.
Some pieces were given added height by being placed on books that were grouped by color.
The ivory theme was continued by turning the books page forward and adding hydrangeas to a wicker basket on top of the bookshelf.
The wicker boxes were placed to add height to the bookshelf and to complement a wicker try on the coffee table. I think an architectural piece would look good behind the boxes maybe leaning against the tall wall. My eyes are always scanning for something when I am shopping, especially in antique and flea markets.
So there it is... a first step (or shelf) in the direction of addressing the great room dilemma. They don't all have to be giant reveals, right? At least that's what I'm telling myself. It's about progress not perfection.
Here's to progress! Thanks so much for the visit!