dark and sad blue and brown with little thought put into it (it's all I could do to keep it from being a mail collecting station!).
Doesn't it look so much fresher?! All of that brown on top of brown was really weighing the space down! I made the runner out of this tablecloth (along with 2 throw pillows). The pink rose is from the backyard. No matter how hard I try I can't kill that rose bush.
The tray was on clearance at HomeGoods. I got the "books" from there also. I usually think those fake books are super cheesy but I love the pattern on these and the hidden storage. I also got rid of the speakers. Our living room is flanked on either side by a 10 month old and a 2 1/2 year old; who am I kidding? We will not be using our surround sound any time soon!
Are we the only people on the planet that still use a million remotes? I love that I can hide a couple of them in this box!
Here it is with a different bud from the backyard. I would like to think I would have thought of using the creamer container for a bud vase on my own but I have to say this post might have had something to do with it! [For the record I had already purchased the tablecloth before reading the aforementioned post. However, I must say the fact that Young House Love picked out the runner and lampshades made me feel even better about my purchase. What can I say? I'm impressionable. And a YHL groupie.
I still need a tea light for that little bark tea light holder in the back....but overall I love it (especially with the white flowers). It does scream different ethnic regions to me (the books and the runner remind me of Morocco, the tray of Africa in general, and the cow of India (they're sacred there right?). I'm not sure if that's breaking some design rule but I love the look of it so I can't say I care too much. Although apparently I care enough to mention it.
So there it is. As Nate Berkus says, I felt like I created a "moment" in that space which I love! And it's amazing that now that I like how it looks I'm super motivated to keep it junk free. It's crazy how that works.
This change up only cost me: Tray: $12 + Cow: $5 + tea light holder: free + trinket boxes: $13 + runner: $6* = $36. Considering I hadn't done anything in that space in the last...I don't know...5 years, $36 was very easy to justify!
*I took the cost of the tablecloth and divided it by 3 for the 3 items I made from it. Not that you care. Or are even still reading. ;)