Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Renovations

Ryan was at work all weekend, leaving me with lots of spare time on my hands. I've been getting a little antsy with our downstairs space, so I decided to move some stuff around to see what I could come up with. Exactly $0 later (trust me, I had lofty ideas of perusing Ikea for some fun new stuff, but chose to not leave the house today), I had a fun new layout that I'm pretty thrilled with.

Remember the big dining room reveal from the fall? Here's what I started out with today:
Some an hour and some heavy pushing later, I ended up with a fancy little book nook and much better traffic flow:

And look at my new fancy candle holder! The hurricane is leftover from our wedding, and the rice came from our kitchen cabinet. That sweet little H votive holder is from Yankee Candle - purchased at half off during an after-Christmas sale. And here's the new and improved dining room:
I happened to have a bookcase in our den that matches our table, so I pulled that in and switched out the red console table (it ended up in my book nook). Now I can store my cookbooks near my kitchen (instead of upstairs in the den) and I have some extra spece to display our wedding album and my glass pitcher of wine corks.

That brown accent wall still looks a bit bare to me, though, and I'm thinking I want to hang something there to really pull the room together. A large print? Another big mirror? Some shelves? What do you think? Do I need something on that wall - and if you think I do, what did you have in mind? I'm stumped!


Mrs. Newlywed Giggles said...

A large print would look great on the accent wall in the dining room.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I agree that a large print or collection of smaller prints would look great on that wall. If you have an Ikea near you, I would think you could find something that wasn't too expensive.


Anonymous said...

Check out Pier 1 website under mirrors and wall decor...lots of interesting stuff....good luck!

Southern Auntie

Victor | UPrinting said...

What you did with the candle holder was awesome. I love the classy look of it. I think the wall could use a little decoration, not really sure what to put though.