Monday, January 19, 2009

The black architectural piece has landed

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We have a lower level den which I told you all about here, and it has a long wall right around the corner from the stairs coming into this room. You can see my office nook there through that little doorway.

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So, I added 3 pretty blue botanicals that I found on Ebay, had them framed in black frames with white mats and also added 2 shelves underneath to hold a few of my seashell collection. I love the way it looks on this wall, but always felt it needed something underneath. I figured I add a piece of furniture one of these days. Turns out my sweet hubby really did not like that plan, since he is a big guy and needs plenty of room to walk and hates it when the traffic flow is impeded. And since that door to the left goes out to our garage, this is a well-used corridor and needed to stay open. Of course, a small little console table wouldn’t have made much difference, but to him it was ALL the difference in the world. You know the old saying, you need to pick your battles…well, this wasn’t one of them. So, my brilliant solution was to add something to the wall to balance out this space and ground this end of the room.

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It did exactly as I hoped it would, it really balances out the wall and adds a grounding effect to that space, don’t you think? (Wallcolor is Believeable Buff by Sherwin Williams). My carpet is not really pink like it looks here.


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It was a perfect solution and at only $55, a lot cheaper than buying a piece of furniture. IMG_3835

And it keeps my hubby happy. Of course, he doesn’t “get” the whole shabby old piece of architecture thing, but he indulges me anyway. His reaction: "It looks stupid, but at least it's not in my way...." IMG_3839

And I just laughed. I happen to love old and shabby, so that's fine with me. We both got our way. IMG_3840

Vintage mixed with new and fresh.IMG_3841

An unbeatable combo!

I got out my stud finder, found the studs and just hung it with 3 long nails, making sure it was level with my trusty little level. Easy! I’d love to add more of these things around my house, so I’ll be on the lookout for other ideas I can use. Every room needs something old, don't you agree?

For more before and after projects today, go by Susan's blog, Between Naps on the Porch. She's hosting a Mr. Linky party with more fun things to see.

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Kristi said...

So, I'm the first to comment... :)Wow - that is so beautiful. I just love things like that!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Perfect piece for that arrangement, Rhoda.

I really should try to find places that sell architectural salvage in our area. J just happened upon the shutters for the back porch folding screen, out in the country. Surely, St Louis has such a place. I see some research ahead, for me!

PS, I saw your note about Kelly and dropped by to let her know we are praying for her precious baby.

Lynne said...

I think it looks great! Fills the space and doesn't take away any "walking" room.

The Bliss Journey said...

It looks great. I love to use unusual things. Believable buff is one of my favs.
Kathleen

Montee said...

Great idea and looks very nice. My husband used to question why I wanted old, shabby looking things. He has finally figured it out.

Stacey said...

I really like that look! I have two places in my house that seem ungrounded but there isn't room for furniture. Hmmm. Thanks for the great idea!

Terri and Bob said...

Loved that hubby's wishes were important to you. Creativity comes from having a little adversity in our lives... a problem to be solved... and I think it is fabulous. Guys just don't get it. Bob's comment about my new lamps: the old ones were fine!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

I think it looks fabulous!

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Brilliant! I love it! Oh the ideas that burst forth from you are incrediable!

Janet said...

Ha ha! Men. You should have seen my husbands face when I hung picture frames on the wall with no picutures in them.

SophieMae said...

LOL, they so often don't get it. It is absolutely perfect! As one who is totally lacking in this area, I am in awe of your talent, Miss Rhoda. Thanks ever so for sharing your wondermous vignettes and makeovers.

Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

Judy said...

Girl, it looks great! Of course, I've yet to get my stuff hung! They are all still on my dining room floor....oh, well. I did get a pretty mirror at a flea market last week that I put in my kitchen, pictures of that soon.

Today I'm off to the dentist then shopping for clothes for the cruise which is about 4 weeks away!

Talk to you soon!
Judy

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

I had to read that out loud to Bill...We are both Laughing Out Loud!
He is glad to have a vote on his side. Soups, decorations blocking doorways, pillows; we are fighting an uphill battle!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Oh~ I think it looks fabulous!!

Jess said...

I have to disagree with your husband! That doesn't look stupid. That was a great idea!! It looks great!

marty39 said...

That piece looks amazing, and just the right size. The wall really looks finished now. I agree with you to pick your battles. haha Hugs, Marty

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage said...

Rhoda, it's perfect! Absolutely perfect! Hubbies don't always understand these things, but we bloggers do! Especially the "junkers" among us! It is the perfect weight and scale for that vignette. Wonderful!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

I guffawed when I read what your hubby had to say...glad I'm not the only one who got one of "those"! ;o) I think it looks great!

I'm headed over to Kelly's to offer my prayers.

Jen r. said...

I love it! I think it's perfect and a little shabby is good for what ails ya!

coco said...

Looks great...the perfect thing to anchor that space without using a big bulky piece of furniture!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

What a great compromise! And I totally agree: every room needs something old in it. :-)

Shannon said...

I always love your designs! Keep up the good work and keep sharing them with us!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Very nice Rhonda!

An Accomplished Woman said...

It is beautiful. Your husband sounds like my husband. But at least, you get to put up your architectural piece. Love it and your blog.

Anonymous said...

Rhoda-I was really laughing when I read this. That is my husband to a "T"! He cannot understand why I buy things that are brand new but made to look old or my decorating style. He would totally decorate for function and not just style if he had it his way. I guess most men are very much alike. Now I don't feel so bad after reading your post. By the way, the wall looks really good!

Pat in Chicago

jennifer said...

L. O. L. (seriously) on the "It looks stupid but at least it's not in my way" comment. Could your husband and mine be long lost brothers?? That would make us family (not a thought that you wanted to have this morning I bet).

That sounds just like something that my husband would say. He just does't get it :)

And your wall looks FAR from stupid. It looks fabulous!!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Rhoda,
The piece looks great on the wall! Love what you did with it.

I am going to have to get out and hunt for some things like this.

It's the little details that add up to a big 'WOW!'

:) Diane

Tonja said...

I, too, love mixing the old and worn out with the new and pristine. This is a great piece and I'm sure one you could use lots of places if you ever tire of it there.

niartist said...

Beautiful Rhoda. As you know, I love to use the old architectural and industrial items for decor in my house. This little piece is quite a gem!

Wendy said...

I love using old things too. I like it there, it was the perfect piece. My husband is the same as yours, he is always bumping into things. I can't count how many times he has knocked my shelf off the wall.

The wall look fantastic!
Wendy

Natalie said...

It. Is. Perfect.


Once again, you blow me away.

Thanks so much for a link to the party,

Nat :)

Valarie Lea said...

Oh my gosh I absolutely LOVE it!!!

Helen said...

A wonderful idea! Space looks great .....

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Rhoda, it looks great! And you'll always remember that you bought it shopping with Eddie. :-) What do hubbys know, anyway! LOL

mah said...

Love it! I agree, old pieces are wonderful, they seem to soften and add wonderful character that sometimes is very had to find with new pieces. My old house is full of old things. Keep up the good decorating! M.Ann

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

The architectural piece looks PERFECT there! It really "makes" the whole arrangement!! Great job! :)

LisaShaw said...

This is very nice! You're so creative!

Sarah Schneider said...

I think it brings out the wall nicely! I need some ideas like that for a bare spot in our living room/dining/kitchen with the vaulted ceiling!
I have that same white urn/vase thing too! Love using old with new as well! :) Great ideas!

Rose Broadway (Rosie) said...

You did a great job with the pieces. I always enjoy your ideas and your beautiful home.

Pattie T. said...

Leave it to you to come up with such a BRILLIANT solution that made both of you happy. Personally, I LOVE this wall. And really, I think I like it better this way than with a small console table.

Holly said...

Rhoda, that looks great...your hubby sounds like my son, who thinks shabby and rustic is dumb.
I left an award for you on my blog!

Joanna said...

It looks wonderful! I just love it.

The Blonde Duck said...

I like that a lot! I would have never thought to do that.

Inspired Kara said...

Caleb would say the EXACT same thing :)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhoda, I think it works well there, and it holds down that wall! I agree, it needed the weight of that piece to work. Good job, friend! :-)

XO,

Sheila

Ma'dame French said...

Looks great;) I love the touch of the ocean and botanicals;) French

salmagundi said...

What a difference! The architectural piece really finishes it off. My husband doesn't get shabby, either; but I love a touch of it. Sally

Sheryl said...

Oh my goodness - I almost choked on my diet soda laughing when I read what your husband's response was! That is MY husband, and I recently wrote a blog about how I need to not let it stop me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you've done! It completely balances the room. I have some walls that need something like that. And yes, my husband would make the same comment as yours. LOL

Sheryl

The Decorated House said...

Hey Rhoda~
I love seeing old pieces getting renewed in a different place. Old and chippy is always fun.
Donna

Olive Rue said...

It looks great, Rhoda.

libba said...

I'm impressed! To be honest, when you pointed it out to us at Scott's, I was a bit sceptical.. but it looks great! It gives an anchor to that wall... Elizabeth

southerninspiration said...

Perfect!!!! I love it! and the whole arrangement is just right!

Suzanne

Chris said...

That looks perfectly fantastic.

PamperingBeki said...

I think it's gorgeous and perfect!

I love the rustic look to balance out the flawless/new look.

And I'm glad to know that my dh isn't the only one who gives me fits about decorating sometimes. *sigh* That man has no taste but he insists that he get a say. haha!

justabeachkat said...

Love it! Men...they just don't "get" us sometimes. LOL

Hugs!
Kat

Sandy said...

Rhoda ~ I absolutely LOVE your blog and your wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Alex and Jill said...

Men (unless gay) have no clue when it comes to decorating.

I think it's a brilliant idea!!

Cottage Rose said...

Hey Rhoda; What a wonderful way to add to the setting with out taking up lost of space. I really like the wall vignette. A great way to please yourself and your hubby, you are very wise woman...

Hugs;
Alaura

Blondie's Journal said...

What a great idea Rhoda! I love how you use black, it's something I never tried but it looks great in your den. Men. I'm sure he really admires your ingenuity. Keep up the great work! :-)

xoxo
Jane

Lisa said...

Well you tell that sweet hubby of yours we like it;o) Great find!
Blessings
Lisa

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

That is so cool! Love how it looks on your wall. You are so creative, Rhoda!

Jerri Lynn @ Southern Sassyness said...

looks great, Rho~ love the architectural piece - fabulous!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

GREAAAAT idea, Rhoda! I love the way it feels more "homey" now... And God bless your sweet DH~ he's SUUUUCH a "maaaan"!!! Mine would say the same thing, but he just wants you happy, and the FIRST person who says "Oh RHoda, I LOVVVE THIS!", he'll smile n' beam and act like HE did it, and it was HIS idea!!! (And I always think THAT's sooo cute!)... Kudos, kiddo! Hugs, Linda

Lori said...

Oh my goodness! I love your blog! you have amazing style. I know I will be checking in often for some great ideas!

Bo said...

The word "charming" comes to my mind...and what a conversation piece, too... ;-) Bo

Cherry's Jubilee said...

It is perfect Rhoda! I love the whole wall...cherry

Ms. Tee said...

You're right - it's the perfect balance! I laughed when I read your title for today's post - too cute! :)

Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful said...

Love it! I was wondering what you were going to do with that beautiful piece. It looks like it was meant to be there. Your hubby's response sounds like something I've heard a time or two at my house (lol)!

~Amanda

Anonymous said...

Great idea Rhoda! Sometimes men just don't get it. The wall would really look unbalanced without the piece you added below the shelves.

My husband ALWAYS wants lots of room around everything. I can't convince him that you only need 18 inches between the couch and coffee table.

~elaine~

mishebe said...

Very cool piece. Mishelle

sarah abeachcottage said...

OH WOW Rhoda, just so amazing what you have done with it...and of course everytime i come here I just think, hmmmm how can I do that?

so inspiring...

Beckie said...

Great idea!

carolyn at cranberry crossings: said...

It looks great Rhoda! I find that black ties things together so well. And your architechtural piece along with your prints and contemporary frames & shelves make a stunning display.

Mrs. Limestone said...

Great piece!!

PS: Not sure if its just me but I can only see about half of your photos.

Susie Harris said...

The perfect spot! I love old pieces like this one. I went on a mantel thing a few years ago. My dad and I bought about 5 in New Orleans one year. I used one for my sons headboard. We were going to use them in our new house but later found out they didnt pass the fire code. You did a great job with yours!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

your hubby sounds like a piece of work - love it.
This is perfect here...what a find! :)

Darlene said...

Oh MY Gosh...it looks FABULOUS! LOVE it!

Deserae said...

Looks great and fills the space perfectly :o) Great find!
~Des

Julie said...

I think it looks great! The only reason a cabnet would be better is for the storage space - but other than that, it serves the same purpose and does a wonderful job of filling the empty wall space and hiding the electrical cord. I would have never thought of that. You are too clever!

auction girl vintage said...

Love it, Rhoda, and laughed myself silly over your husband's comments!

Victoria :o)

Darlene - Our Creative Life said...

CONGRATULATIONS Rhoda!!!

You Won the Custom Rug!!! Yippee!!

Let me know what 2 colors you have in mind and what initial you want. Once I hear from you...I'll send you some font style choices...unless you have one in mind.

Darlene

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

WOOHOO, what a great piece. This is amazing and I think it looks great what you did with it! Wow, I am amazed how you make something like this look so beautiful.
Blessings,
Debbie

Kristi said...

Glad you found the perfect place for your piece! I love all the sea shells. I'd like to get a glass container filled up with shells for my powder room but don't have many shells right now. Actually I just posted on my blog about the makeover of the powder room. Come over and see. I figure you enjoy seeing room makeovers!

Beverly said...

Rhonda, this looks great. Even though our guys don't always get "it", at least they go along with us.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Rhoda,
You are absolutely right - it IS the unbeatable combo. I liked the grouping before but now it is Divine! What a great eye you have. Good balance. I have been inspired! Thanks :)
Alisa

Nadine said...

That looks great. You have a great eye.

P.S. Did you receive the book?

mbkatc230 said...

This looks fabulous. Don't you just love architectural salvage finds? What a wonderful solution.

Christina said...

Looks just fantastic there. Love architectural pieces. My mom has a very similar wall and my dad feels the same way. I'll have to be on the lookout for something like this.

imjacobsmom said...

That was the finishing touch! What a cool idea! ~ Robyn

Mrs. Trixi said...

As usual, it looks great. You have such an eye.

Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall said...

You're right, that was the perfect solution. It looks great. I love the shells:)

Anonymous said...

What do hubbys know lol ??

I think it looks like it was always there !!

Kathy :)

the pleasures of homemaking said...

I think it's just perfect! As you say, it really grounds that wall so those shelves don't just look like they're floating in space. That was a lucky find!

Manuela

Jennifer said...

it looks great! thanks for stopping by my blog -- we need to get a B-ham blogger event together this spring!

tardevil said...

It looks much better w/ that architectural piece. I hate he wouldn't let you put a table there. It would have been so convenient for dropping off keys, mail, etc. But then that may have created clutter, so it's for the best! :O)

Cote de Texas said...

Rhoda - this is such a great idea - and it really looks cute too. Great job!!!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Hahahahaaha..." "It looks stupid, but at least it's not in my way...." They SO do not get it, do they? ;-) I think it looks great! That's a fabulous little vignette you've put together.

eddieross said...

OMG it Looks AMAZING what a great spot!!!
hope all is well!
xoxo
Eddie

Jodi said...

Oh my good gracious - LOVE this!! Just found your blog today & I am smitten - so enjoying reading backwards and "catching" up! Thanks for so much great inspiration!