Saturday, September 27, 2014

Little Changes

From the time we first saw our house I knew that we needed to put a console table on the wall to the right as you came through the entry way.  Here's that wall back in the spring before we moved in.

It seemed only natural that you would come in the front door, hang up your coat in the entry closet, maybe kick off your shoes, and then dump your purse or glasses or wallet on a table conveniently located right there.  

A mirror over the table would be nice and we had the perfect one, the tiled mosaic mirror that used to hang in our downstairs bath, so we hung it a few months ago.  We didn't have the perfect table, and couldn't find one right away so we put a chair under the mirror while we checked out the area stores.   You can see it in the left of this photo.

But finally last week I did find the perfect table and yesterday we brought it home and set it under the mirror.  It looked so good that I was kind of sorry to junk it up with my purse and Ben's things.

When Lotus, our interior designer friend, came over this morning she suggested putting all the "things" on the top shelf, leaving the bottom mirrored shelf to hold something pretty.  It looks better, yes?

Now we have a place to set our things when we come into the house.  I love how light and airy the table looks, how the ironwork echoes the metal in the door window, the ceiling light, and the stairway, and how the mirrored bottom shelf echoes the mirror above the table.

It's the Clara Console table from Pier 1 in case you also love it, and it was on sale when I bought it last week.


One of the things we loved about this house when we first walked through it was the big windows in the living room.   Here's the realtor's photograph.  

We bought energy saving woven blinds and had them installed but otherwise left the windows bare.  

But as autumn arrived and thoughts turned to winter, I began to think that the windows needed some sort of covering the make them feel more cozy.  Generally around here people have no window treatments or very simple ones but I felt we needed something more.   

Lotus had an idea and one day a beautiful curtain rod appeared above the window.  

This morning she and I pleated and shortened a pair of lovely lined linen-like curtains that had been ordered for one of Lotus's projects but not used.  Aren't they pretty?

I love the finished treatment; just enough fabric to soften the edges of the window, but not enough to hide the window or view or to weigh down the room. 

I think they look nice with the blinds up or down.

It's amazing how little changes can make such a big difference.


  1. I did the same thing with my windows--I left them bare but put up pleated shades. I like the clean look, but I'm pretty sure I'll eventually put up a rod and some drapes to soften a bit--makes a huge difference. Love the mirror and console table! We go in and out of the laundry room, so I keep my purse inside one of the cabinets. Keys hang on a little hook-thingy by the door. It's a work in progress isn't it...are we ever really done?

  2. amazing how much better putting the flowers on the lower shelf looked! Leeanna


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