Tuesday, 13 November 2012
An honest look at the home of a decorator
The weird shelf-mantel-thing above our fireplace has plagued me since we moved in here almost four years ago. It is off-centre, and meant to hold a TV, but it is too small and too high to hold any decent-sized TV, and it wouldn't work with any proper furniture arrangement anyway. I prefer having the TV in the basement. So I haven't known what to do with this awful space. If I had my way I'd either build walls to make it even, or completely tear out the awkwardly-placed gas fireplace.
Any decor I chose to place there has to look nice from both front and the side. And to make matters more difficult, that's the only place to put our sound system. The shelf just ends up collecting random junk and looking awful all the time, under its layer of dust.
I was looking at that shelf today, and suddenly I had to do something about it. I think I have finally found a solution that looks good from all angles: Books! I needed to move my vintage books collection anyway so that I can paint the shelves this week. My husband might not be 100% enthusiastic about this solution because he can't turn the speakers toward the kitchen when he wants to, but I say he can just turn up the volume instead.
I still hate the shelf, but at least it doesn't look so bad any more.
This is the view from the front door, the first thing guests see when they walk in the house.
And this is the view from the stairs. Even that view is not so bad.
As lovely as this looks, I do have to keep things honest and show you what the other side of the room currently looks like. One shelf conquered--moving on to the rest of the house! My mother-in-law is coming to visit next week! But first I have to make supper...