March 17, 2010

The empty space

We all have one, the dreaded empty space in our home that confounds us. What to do with it? What to put in it? Can we just cut it off and start over. Unfortunately, no. I had an empty space in my master bedroom, and it bothered me for a while. Finally one day I decided I was just going to play with it and see what happened.

I began with the wall. Walls are easy. A few years ago my mother and I took the kids into the city to visit the Museum of Modern Art. Outside of the museum were street vendors. There was one in particular whose art I just had to have. My mother bought the painting for me as an early birthday present. (Or so she says, I just think that she loves me a lot.) I bought a frame at Michael's for $25 and there I had a lovely piece of artwork.I comb Craig's list daily for lovely and cheap finds. This chair, by far, is my best purchase thus far. I paid $20 for this professionally covered, in silk, fabric chair. The chair was not without its faults though. The seller disclosed to me everything that was wrong with it, but I was able to see beyond all of that. It does not have to be perfect to be usable. The back of the chair was separating from the chair frame. Since I knew that the back of the chair was not going to be seen it did not bother me.
The other issue with the chair is a wine stain on one side. Count your blessings that cushions have two sides. All I had to do was a little flippity flip.
I solved the back of the chair issue by tossing a crocheted throw that I bought at an antique store for, if I remember correctly $12, over the back, when I was a newlywed. (What a horribly constructed sentence, but you get the idea.)
The lamp behind the chair was a hand me down from my sister, who bought it at a garage sale.

So there you have it. A welcoming and inexpensively filled space. I love to sit in that chair and read, or just be still with a hot mug of coffee in my hands. Pulling together a space does not have to overwhelming. Set up the space and then look at it for a few days. You will either love it or hate it, and changing it is simple. I once read somewhere that your master bedroom should be a place that you love. Yes, I know it is just a room that you sleep in, but who wants to wake up everyday to a room where your first thought is, Ugh, this place again.

Get creative! And let me know if you do so I can come and take a peek.

P.S. If you are not reading Nester, you are not experiencing the internet to its fullest.


Dy said...

You did a great job w/ that corner! I love it! And yes, my first thought as I read was, "Wow, this is right up there w/ a mistreatment!" Way to go!!

Donna Boucher said...

The white looks so pretty against those walls.
It looks clean and pretty!

Laney said...

Dy- You read her, too? I love The Nester!

Donna- Thank-you. I cleaned for you.;-)

mamabear said...

Great job! I love how you put that all together. Can you come decorate my new house??? :-)