Monday, December 1, 2008
Credenza: Before & After & After & After..Plus Merci Beaucoup
I thought I'd show you the vignette that's on the same wall as the Wicked, Weird Corner--we call it the Credenza Wall.
Several years ago, I went to an art "truck sale." The art is mass-produced in China, I believe, and I bought it (this will sound weird) for the frames. At first I balked at paying $100 per painting, but a friend pinched my arm and told me to go price the teeny frames down the street.
I knew this, but still.
I called Mr. Tom to help me move the big piano picture to the hall and to hang the smaller art. He and I both saw that it was too small. What to do? I found a resin shell thingie and glazed it with walnut stain. Then I hung the shell over the picture. It looked better--and worse, too. I hate when that happens.
It wasn't the I.C. It was just a fact. I don't know how I can work so hard on a project and then feel ambivalent. Why must this BE? Why can't it just be simple?
When this happens, I don't know what else to do but "edit." I removed the accessories and added a vase. It's off center on purpose--but it's TOO off center. By the time I straightened it out, the flowers had died.
The simple vase was much better...even though I knew the lamps were too small (they were bought at the truck sale, too--you'd pick a base and find a shade and the right harp).
But I was stymied. I quit. Gave up. Moved on.
Then I went into a dusty shop (it's filled with art from Goodwill and art from local painters) and a landscape caught my eye. I convinced Dr. G that we needed this for our 29th anniversary. Because I loved the black chest (see yesterday's post) in the corner, I decided to use more black--a frame, black lampshades, and a black box. The box and lamps came from Horchow.
One year later, I haven't changed anything. Because this family room is rather "full,"
it can look messy even when it's clean. I still need to weed the tables. Fewer accessories fool me into thinking the house is tidy, but it also allows my eye to rest. Plus, it's easier to dust. :-) Now that I'm in my 50s, my whole philosophy has changed. I do see an overall trend--and that trend isn't "less is more" so much as it's "how hard is this room to maintain?"
Here is the "after" photo of the credenza (that's what my mother calls it, anyway):
I stopped by Artie Ben's blog, Color Outside the Lines and saw some before/after photos of a home that has radically altered its internal landscape. It went from formal to gorgeous and relaxed. Me, I'm a relaxed sort of gal, and I live with a formal sort of guy (but he brings me dishes--ain't complaining). But I know the answer is there somewhere, an answer that won't involve a major overhaul or furniture movers or the acquisition of major pieces. Surely the answer is right before my eyes! So I'm going to study those pictures, then I'm going to study them again.
Mister says he knows the answer, but I'll have to figure it out for myself.
If you aren't familiar with Artie's blog, you are in for a treat--and if you are already following him, you've no doubt checked these rooms. If so, please come back and tell me what you think of the dining room transformation. I'm obsessed! It doesn't even look like the same room--but it is. (Edited to add: And the bedroom!!! I love the shutters propped against the wall. Why, the bed doesn't even look like the same bed!)
I received this lovely award
from one of the sweetest people I know, Kathy at Casa-Dolce blogspot. Plus, she's a native Brit and shares my love of all things Cotswoldy and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Here are the rules:
Post five of your addictions.
1.Morning coffee--must be freshly ground beans...and I need heavy cream, too.
5.I am a secret dish/china addict.
Thank you, Kathy!