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No boring window treatment for THIS main level half bath!
Yep, that's a copper pipe as the rod.
Two copper toilet tank floats create the finials,
and a genuine "car-cleaning" chamois, cut in half and clipped on, result in a soft and natural valance.
"As is our confidence, so is our capacity."
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Here's proof that ANYTHING can be framed in a shadowbox, as long as it has meaning to YOU.
This was one of those "Life Lessons" that won't be forgotten. My 14 year old son decided to make Mac & Cheese one day, when I was not home. He put the water on to boil, and went to play computer games for "just a little while"...
What you see, and all who come into my kitchen see, and, what my son sees every morning, is all that is left of my Farberware saucepan. A molten mass of metal. I e-mailed Farberware, asking if they have a warranty covering such a thing. They told me, that if I would mail back what was left, they would sell me another for half of retail. It was worth much more to me as a "Life's Lesson" piece of art. We call it, "Chris Cooks".
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Here is another example of grouping what you love. Everyday items that evoke special memories, even if they are not connected, can work together in creating a little nook that will make you smile.
The warm shade on the lamp serves to illuminate the grouping. The grouping is hung low on purpose, to nestle in, just slightly behind the lamp.
So, a photo of Niagra Falls, right above the hand-colored postcard, next to a photo of a windmill in Holland, which is under a very old platter, anchored by the hand-carved wooden bowl, ALL WORK together, in what was before just a dark corner.
O.K., the metal moose lamp just makes me smile. Should all of this mish mash work?
That is what I mean when I chant,
IMAGINE, NOT WHAT YOU SHOULD DO,
BUT WHAT YOU COULD DO.
If it makes you happy when you look at it,
You don't need to be helped any longer.
You've always had the power...
Glenda the Good Witch
The Wizard of Oz
Alter the face of reality by attempting the impossible.
O.K. This is the pop quiz. Using the natural instinct I know that you have, do you really feel that the picture grouping to the left is pleasing to the eye? Does it make you happy to look at it, or is something just not right?
Very Good! You did not feel happy looking at the above, disjointed grouping! That makes ME happy. As Glenda the Good Witch says, you have always had the power. Keep groupings of pictures and objects close together, evenly spaced, even if you have a large wall you think you need to "fill". Lots of tiny stuff scattered with tons of space in between won't do it. It will only look cluttered, disjointed and (I'm sorry to say this...) cheap and yucky. If you GROUP even small and otherwise not very expensive things together, it creates the illusion of one bigger, more important whole. It also looks like you know what you are doing, which YOU DO! THAT should make you happy.
The following is one of the coolest decor ideas and products I have found in a long time! I discovered them in the back of a Decorating Mag...
www.wallwords.com. Elegant RUB ON quotations! Hundreds of them, or have them custom create your own words of wisdom. All you need is a level and a couple of pieces of masking tape and a pencil. I did mine in under 5 minutes each! Not bad for a huge impact. It is the most effective, quickest, neatest and most professional decorating result I have accomplished in just about EVER! Go visit their site and you'll see what I mean. I placed (in gray) over my computer station in the living room,
"Whatever you are, be a good one." Abraham Lincoln
Below are a couple of Before and After Shots of a much used (obviously) home office.
Not much explanation is needed, other than the wall cabinet is a "knock down"(meaning you assemble it yourself) Millspride "Fairfield" kitchen cabinet found at Home Depot. The fabric skirtings are simple. I gathered decorative fabric onto a tension rod and pushed it into position to cover unsightly wires and software boxes, and possibly a dead body, or two!
Yes, I straigtened the rod after taking this picture!