Remember last week when I was posting about how I wasn’t digging the way the rug looked in the dining space for my $100 Room Makeover Challenge hosted by the lovely Lemons, Lavender & Laundry? Thanks to Marty’s comment (go look at her blog, she’s got a gorgeous home!), I completely rotated the layout/rug and boy did it make a difference.
Why I hadn’t thought of that before, I don’t know, but it shows the power of creating a functional layout in a small space. Now the chairs don’t feel like they’re infiltrating the kitchen walkway area, and the space under the large audubon art print (now gallery wall, more on that in a bit) doesn’t look empty. I was searching for a console table to go in that space but couldn’t find anything to fit the budget constraints, and now I don’t have to. Overall, it simply feels bigger, yet more inviting and cozy, if that makes sense?
The other unexpected perk of rotating the whole set-up 90 degrees is that now I gained more real estate in front of the windows. I added a mirror I had on hand to the wall by the patio door, and I still have my agate side table in here as a plant stand…I think it’s too short to be a proper plant stand. I also shopped my house and brought over the gold and black butler stand I had in the guest room.
The butler stand/tray will likely stay since it’ll look great styled with some dinner/barware, and it’ll really pop once the curtains get put back up. They came in yesterday, so I’ll steam them over the weekend.
I love the large bird print that serves as the inspiration for the whole space, but it looked rather meh up there on its own. I printed some of my fave free audubon prints and framed them as you saw last week, but I bought a fourth frame so I could have two flanking each side of the larger print. I’m loving the way it looks now that it’s a gallery wall with lots of contrast.
And on the table, I splurged on some nice faux wisteria floral stems from Michael’s Spring Market to put into my most favorite ginger jar. I say splurge because these were $20 total, BUT I would definitely have spent more on real florals that would have died within a week (or less, given my track record).
In addition to my faux florals, I also did buy an actual “low maintenance” indoor plant from Lowe’s for my gold planter. Then I found out my gold planter doesn’t have a drainage hole, so I’m stumped on what to do to NOT kill this plant.
My husband suggested we drill a hole in the brass pot (nope!), I’ve also seen suggestions to plant it in a plastic pot with drainage and stick that in the brass planter (easy enough?), and I’ve seen tutorials that state to use pebbles on the bottom with some activated charcoal stuff…and that all sounds like more money I don’t want to spend on this darn plant. I’ll likely go the plastic planter route and hit up Dollar Tree this weekend.
See, this is why I buy nice faux florals, y’all! #plantproblems
Ok, let’s see, what else did I accomplish for this space? Oh, I found this pillow shoved in a closet that I completely forgot I had, and it suits the space fabulously. I think I need one more pillow to really zhush up the bench, and this black and white throw pillow is calling my name. It’s stunning in person!
By next week’s update I should have the curtains up, (hopefully) figured out the plant situation, and found some other accessories for styling leading up to the big reveal the week after. Time is flying by!
Here’s how much I’ve spent to date:
- $20 on indoor plant and potting soil from Lowe’s (is it weird to return a plant…it’s weird, isn’t it?)
- $10 on additional picture frame from Big Lots
- $30 on faux florals from Michael’s (two wisteria bushes and some fern type stems)
I hope you’re enjoying seeing my dining space transform (and my office space, too!)
I admit I’ll be sad when both of these makeover challenges are up this month, but I’ll move on to other spaces. If you’d like to follow along my decorating adventures, you can subscribe to my blog via the form on the bottom of this post or in the sidebar.
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