Friday, January 22, 2010

The Process

I truly enjoyed your comments on yesterdays post! You made me laugh, and you motivated me to keep cleaning. You are awesome. Thank you! I would show you the finished closet. . .if it were finished. I only cleaned my side. Hubby's side still is a crazy mess. Which brings me to question, am I the only wife who's husband owns at least twice as many clothes and about five times as many shoes as she does?!?!
Since I won't show you our closet, I thought I'd at least include you in the process I go through while trying to change up an area that's a bit more visible in our home.
Not too long ago I showed you the top of the vintage dresser that sits in my living room. Even
though I am a gal who loves her layers, I'm ready to lighten things up a bit.I start the process by removing almost everything, keeping only a few items that I love and I'm not tired of. Then I think about the feeling that I want to have when I see this area. Right now I would enjoy light colors with a tiny hint of spring. Although I'm not ready for nests, eggs, and frilly flowers. Those can wait a month or two.
I grab a few things that are close by to see if a small change is all I need.Nope, I'm craving a little more. It's time to search in the storage room! I noticed beautiful orchids in the store the other day so when I discovered three faux orchids in my basement (yes, I do tend to forget what I have down there) I knew I was on the right track. I added the big book for layers but when I stood back to take it all in, it still seemed a bit too heavy visually.I love the lighter look of the silver tray and the way it contains the orchids so they have more importance. You know I can't stop there though.I added these elegant candle holders for height. It's almost there, but do you see what's wrong? The balance is off. I make a few minor adjustments so it isn't lopsided. Then add the small decorative ball and a ceiling tin replica to incorporate yet another layer and a few more touches of green.
Now, it's perfect!

23 comments:

Reid said...

I LOVE doing this in a few areas of my house!!!

Daisy Chick said...

I love hearing that it is a process of trial and error. Too many times I look at what I see and think they got there on the first try and get frustrated because I go through sometime a days long process of trying different things. I loved your post and love your blog. It is the first one I check.

Frenchy chick said...

Love this ...I am LDS too. Let's be blog Buddies. Love your blog!

Bonnie the Boss said...

I think the orchids are my favorite part. A great way to add lightness and hope to a room.

Lynn from For Love or Funny said...

Where's the chicken???????

the thrifty ba said...

please come on over to my home and do your magic...

Carmen said...

I love this post! It helps me so much! Thanks! I really love that lamp!!!

Amanda Lou said...

Beautiful!

I just recently found your blog and love it. Your home is amazing.

CosmoGirl Carla said...

Yep . . . totally liking the final outcome. You got it - perfect. And also YEP to Hubby owning more clothes and shoes than me. He's the shopper in the family. He even used (and still does a bit) for all the boys' clothes - at least when the two big ones were little! I hate shopping. Unless it's at thrift stores, Walmart, craft stores or Lowes!

Thanks for sharing. I really enjoyed seeing the evolution of your tablescape.

Jenglamgirl said...

You nailed it on the final look! I love the balance the touch of gold and those candle pillars are amazing! ;) JGG

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

You have a gift!!! That is beautiful.

Spencer said...

I agree. The finished one looks the best out of all the other tries.It's like I always say"If all else fails try again, If that doesn't work, Keep on trying." I also wanted to thank you for the comment you left on my blog. It really means a lot to me.

Barntiques said...

As always you have a great way of showing AND telling as you work through it. Thanx for the inspiration. I must layer more!

Cyn said...

So pretty! I also love that you have a moss ball included in one of the displays. I put up three little urns with moss balls in them on my mantel and my boyfriend wanted to know why I was keeping Chia pets in the living room. Sigh.

Gayle said...

I love that you have a 'store' in your storage room Joy! I have a fabric store in my studio - I can get the bug to start a new sewing project at midnight and find everything I need to complete it in my own stash! And the price is right! LOL Your new look is very refreshing - love it!

Carol said...

I had so much trouble decorating on an antique dresser like this, so I removed the hardware on the back of the dresser to disattach the mirror. Then I hung the mirror on the wall above the dresser, but put it sideways. Loved it! Made the whole thing wider and not so tall!!! It was my dad's dresser so it is special to me! Love to read what you are doing with all your rearranging~!

Juicy Christians said...

Thanks for sharing all the photos as you went through the process. I really like layers..which I am discovering right now. I like the orchids too...it does feel light and airy..very nice!

Richella said...

I love this post! It's great to see how your tablescape evolved. And it's nice to know that even someone as talented as you might have to give it a few tries to get it just right!

Kim said...

I think that I have a similar decorating process as you...fiddle with it until it looks right!

Erikita said...

Very nice arrangement. I have the same orchid plant - got it at Goodwill for a buck. Lucky you who has more than one..orchids really do liven up any room.

~Hurricane B~ said...

Thanks for taking us through the actual steps of your decorating, seeing where your mind is going. You are so very creative. I love looking at your lil projects/=)

Summer said...

Beautiful! Where can I get me some of those orchids?

Rdekko said...

Hallo, first time in your blog. Loved this post, totally agree with the time thinking and i love the objects. I have a house like this. Full of objects.

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