Friday, January 15, 2010

It's the Little Things

Yesterday morning I reminded a friend and later another friend reminded me, we determine our own happiness---it's our CHOICE (thanks "grandma"!). So I counted my change and went thrifting. There is something about walking down the aisles of the thrift store that
soothes my soul. Perhaps it's because I can let my mind wander and be creative and occasionally I can find a pretty little something, like a vintage vase for $1.50, that makes me smile. Add some tulips that are on sale and
life feels good again. thrifting+nature=smiles

Months ago I made the choice to finally make my master bedroom feel more relaxing and pretty. T
he task seemed overwhelming because there was so much to do and so little money. I started with a little corner of the room---taking one bite out of the elephant. I liked the look, but I didn't love it. I decided to break down the design elements to determine what was wrong.
*I loved having a comfortable chair.
*I liked the accessories
*I adored the authentic antique tin shelves but,
*I hated the color of the shelves!
They were a part of my spray-paint-everything-black phase. Black is a classic look, but it was too visually heavy for me in this room. I wanted something classic and clean, something that blended well with the rest of the room. I achieved that look with the magic of paint, of course.
Now I love to wake up and see this little corner. Isn't it amazing how
one simple change
can make a big difference!

18 comments:

Mandy said...

You are such an inspiration. This post in particular is helping me to recognize that changes don't have to be big to be happy with them. Thank you for your response to my email. I am tackling painting tomorrow and trying my hand at winning the battle against laminate!

Frippery said...

Beautiful! What color is the room? So soothing.

Sarah said...

The shelves look beautiful white!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yup! They look even better white! Good way to decide what it is about an area of a room that is bothering you ~ break it down.

Still Learning said...

I love it! It looks wonderful.

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

LOVE it! And you are so correct that it IS a choice to BE happy!

The Bunnell Fam said...

You are an inspiration! I love to walk to DI as well and just go to a place without the kids noise, or mundane chores...my creative zone!

great finds and Great space!

The McGraths said...

I NEED to know where you purchased those tin shelves. I NEED THEM!

cindi.mcgrath@gmail.com

Darlene said...

I loved it before but it really looks so soothing painted in the white with your wonderful thrift finds! I bet you are loving it! Hope you have a soothing weekend.♥

Grandma said...

Good Job! Glad you are feeling better! Nothing like a little change to perk things up. I LOVE the changes!

Ashley Schott said...

Aw the white looks much more calming and serene:) There's nothing better than having a relaxing color palate and soothing accessories. You did a fantastic job in your corner! Thrift store shopping has always felt like hunting for treasure to me... You never know what beautiful riches you will find and at what bargains you may find them!

CosmoGirl Carla said...

The black was nice, and the white's even nicer. Sometimes a little change is good, right? As usual, I'm inspired by you, Joy. I sooo want to change our bedroom. It's so "stale". It's not had a change in 16 years, but just like you the "task seems overwhelming because of so little money" for a new, big decorating change. Guess I should do like you and take "small bites".

Oh, and I LOVE that vase. It looks like Candlewick, is it? I have a small collection of Candlewick. It started with inheriting my Grandmother's luncheonette plates.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Spencer said...

It looks really cozy. You did a good job. You should be really proud of youself. "Do the best you can with what you've got."

Tommie Jo said...

So pretty!

Tracey said...

I love spray paint.. it can change the entire mood and so easy!! I love this corner.. and I really like the shelves white!! Great choice!

Autumn Mist said...

Just found your blog by chance, and stayed for quite a while, so it must be good! I will certainly be back, your creations are very inspiring.

stephanie said...

I just have to say I love your blog! And your daughter! I enjoy having her out here with us! She is such a wonderful girl!

Londen @ Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

Hi
I just found your blog...I like the white better too. Your first little corner looks great! Keep going....

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