8.30.2010

Tweaking Around The House

Tired of shopping, don't want to spend money, but want to make things feel fresh and interesting around your house? Me, too! Let's put the wallet away, the cell phone down (step AWAY from the computer) and move some things around. If you've got the strength and energy to move major furniture, be my guest, but I'm sticking to the little things.

First stop, this desk I bought from Urban Market a while back.


Love everything about it and am proud to say it's my one genuine antique furniture piece from France (I just try to make everything else in my house look old and French!).

Before:


{pardon the bad and blurry photo}

Just fine, but safe and predictable. {Which is very "me" by the way, but safe isn't always where we need to be. I'm trying to let God teach me that more these days.}

So...I ditched the "safe" botanical, reframed a print my sister made for me a decade or so ago, hung it with a wooden key from Target (that I lime waxed myself) and an Anthropologie zinc letter "H." Then took the lamp off my game table and tweaked and re-tweaked the little accessories.

Enough words, how about a close up! {I've got to talk less, show more...or we'll be here all day!}


But the botanical is a keeper, and there are others like it around the house, so I regrouped it to give the front entry/hall space more height and presence.

{Here is what it looked like before.}

And while in the front/entry area, I decided I was tired of looking at my faux three-ball topiary by the front door.  I always wanted a little table up front but have very little space. The powder room table! Perfect! The little bathroom was too crowded anyway!


My back door table is full of junk, but the front door...cute for now! And because the tweaking process brings out the A.D.D. in all of us, I got distracted while in the powder room. Get the table, Linsey! Or walk some loops around the house again...this time looking for new bathroom shelf things!


Then back to the game table where I was missing a lamp (because I moved it to the French desk). I moved a lampshade from across the room and LOVE it here:


The funny thing is that I pulled the lamp base from the garage where it's been since the Mini Design Flea. I'm so glad it didn't sell!

Then I remembered the empty shadow box I bought THREE YEARS ago (that's how long it can take me to execute things!). I didn't want to spend a lot of time overthinking what went in the box, so a quick loop around the house and here's what I added:



And in case you're wondering, that's a trivet on the wall. Found it in Maine this summer and am amazed it found a home so fast (weeks instead of months or years!). I ran out of steam before finding a home for these things:


With card season right around the corner, the reality is...they may sit there a while. And that's okay.

In the name of imperfection (and for the sake of keeping it real), I've got three things to reveal:
  1. I hung everything about five times before getting it right. Lots of extra holes in the walls, but I'm the only one who will ever see them. I had no desire to measure and plan. Didn't want to spoil the fun!
  2. My husband laughs at me for moving something just a touch and thinking it makes all the difference in the world...then moving it back! Tweak should be my middle name!
  3. I hide the imperfections with my camera (zoom in) or in Photoshop (crop). Here's what you'd see if you were standing inside my front door for REAL today:

...all the boring stuff! I'd much rather be creative
than deal with this mess!


Happy Monday!


P.S. If you need to be reminded of something meaningful and true and delightful today, read this post titled Twirl. What a great reminder that God delights in me not because I can tweak my house to death or create beautiful cards or use my camera and words well. He delights in me because I AM HIS. Now that's something to twirl about today! {I can't believe I've never told you about the "Captivating" retreat I went to in April. Amazing...and I'm not even a retreat girl!}

9 comments:

  1. How adorable is that lamp on your game table?! Your home is SO pretty!

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  2. Your house is so pretty. You have a stair basket! my mom has one of those and people always made fun of it, but it came in quite handy with 7 kids. She would throw our stuff in there that we needed to take upstairs.

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  3. P.S. I posted on John E.'s book this morning! :) Those Eldredges are a good read!

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  4. Well, my 1st comment did not show. I LOVE your tweaking - you do it so well - and like you, I nail many times before I find the right spot. Terrific Tuesday to you!

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  5. What fun changes! Sometimes that's all it takes to see things in a fresh new way :)
    And love all the wonderful finds you got at Urban Market!
    Jackie

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  6. I love to tweak things now and then. Finding the free time to do it is so rare. Major tweaking is usually reserved for when the MR. goes away for business. But then it usually involves a trip to Lowes. That's not really tweaking though is it? That's more like a full on project.
    I wonder if I will ever have a day to pitter-patter. Seems like you have to have a great deal of time alone to pitter-patter. I'm not so sure I'm ready for that. Your tweaks, like everything you do, are refreshing. Thanks for showing us around.
    xo

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  7. I always love seeing pictures of your beautiful home. The wall arrangement of botanicals is my favorite. Hugs, Sherry

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  8. Looking good my friend! Where did you find those little blue/tan diamond lamp shades? Too cute.

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  9. Moving things around is the cheapest way to redecorate. Maybe in that respect you are a little like your mom!

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