Month: May 2015

6 Small-Scale Decorating Ideas for Empty Corner Spaces

We’ve all had it happen to us at one time or another.  We finally get a room furnished and think it’s “done” and then it happens…that lonely and empty corner catches our eye and suddenly, looks as if it needs to be filled!  It always seems that once a room is furnished, it’s the blank spaces that grab our attention.  Sometimes empty corners are necessary to give our eyes a break and keep the room from feeling too crowded, but other times, they just feel…well…empty.  Even if you don’t have room to fill the corner with a large piece of furniture, there are still ways to decorate it on a smaller scale so that it looks complete, but without taking up too much space.  Here are some creative ideas for corner decorations!

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Here are 6 small-scale ideas for decorating these corner spaces to make them feel more connected to the rest of the room.

 

 

1. Plants

A tall houseplant is an easy way to fill the void while adding a great organic shape to a room!

{Designer David Lawrence's home via Habitually Chic}
{Designer David Lawrence’s home via Habitually Chic}

 

Alternatively, a grouping of smaller houseplants fills the void equally well.

{via Pinterest}
{via Ashlee Raubach Pinterest}

 

 

2. Ladders

Another easy, but often more rustic looking idea is to prop a latter in the corner.  It adds height and texture but doesn’t have a lot of visual weight and so fills the space without overpowering it.

Here’s a look at the old orchard ladder I have in my family room corner.  It’s obviously dressed up as an advent calendar for the holidays in this photo, but it otherwise holds a small selection of grain sacks.

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If you have a little more space, you can open up the ladder and use the rungs as display shelves.

{via African Sketchbook}
{via African Sketchbook}

 

 

3. Shelves

Corner wall shelving is a great solution for adding storage and/or display to a room.  If you want to minimize the look of it and keep it from adding too much visual weight, consider painting the shelving the same color as the wall, as shown below.

{via House Beautiful}
{via House Beautiful}

 

Alternatively, you can make more of a statement with your shelving by using a contrasting color and/or staggering the shelves for a more eclectic look.

{via A Home West}
{via A Home West}

 

 

4. Chair

If you have the space, a reading nook always looks great tucked away in the corner, but if not, even just a small side chair can help fill the void!

{via Pinterest}
{via Pinterest}

 

A hanging chair is another great option because it allows for a bit of fun and whimsy, but keeps the floor space open which helps to give a more open feeling to the corner in general.

{via Passion Shake}
{via Passion Shake}

 

 

5. Art

Art is a great option for filling an empty corner because it adds a lot of visual interest and provides a focal point, but without taking up any floor space.  Below, a picture rail has been used to add character and charm!

{via Southern Living}
{via Southern Living}

 

These vertical frames continue the linear look of the space but help to visually break it up a bit.

{via Bosworth Hoedemaker}
{via Bosworth Hoedemaker}

 

 

Any who says that art has to actually hang on the wall?  Here, it has been simply leaned and layered against the wall for a casual look.

{via Passion Shake}
{via Passion Shake}

 

 

6. Small Vignette

A small grouping of objects {known as a vignette} is another great way to add character to an otherwise, unused space.  A vignette is a great way to show off objects you love and helps to pull the entire space together.

{via Apartment Therapy}
{via Apartment Therapy}

 

{via Cherished Bliss}
{via Cherished Bliss}

 

 

There are lots of other options that you can consider – oversize lamps, small tables, dress forms, corner cabinets – but whatever you choose, just make sure that it coordinates with the rest of your decor so that it doesn’t look like an afterthought, even if it was!

 

Happy Saturday!

 

 

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Decorating with: Mansard Mirrors

For me, one of the things that really signified the French architecture during my recent trip, were the mansard roofs and dormer windows that created the beautiful skyline.  In the U.S., this look has been translated into beautiful mirrors that lend a French feel to the interior of our homes, and I’ve always loved this style of mirror, so it was amazing to see the inspiration and origin of this look!

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A mansard roof is basically a roof with two slopes, the lower slope being steeper than the upper and dotted with dormer windows.  This style of roof allows what would otherwise be considered attic space, to be liveable space, thus reducing the overall height of the roof for the amount of liveable space.  In France, mansard not only refers to a type of roof construction, but also literally translate to “attic” in French.

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What’s interesting to me is that while it’s the construction of the roof that has been given the term “mansard,” it’s the distinct style of the dormer windows that help give the roof line its characteristic look.  Here’s a closeup of these amazing windows pictured above.  You’ll notice that they’ve been constructed to resemble knights!

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These beautiful dormer windows that dot the Parisian skyline have been replicated and produced as mirrors.  They make beautiful and elegant statements in any room.

{L'Otel: Boutique Hotel}
{via L’Otel: Boutique Hotel}
{via Amanda Carol Interiors}
{via Amanda Carol Interiors}
{via Restoration Hardware}
{via Restoration Hardware}
{via Atelier de Campagne}
{via Atelier de Campagne}

 

Restoration Hardware is well-known for carrying a mansard mirror in a variety of styles, but their inventory can be quite pricey, with the smallest starting at $275 on sale.

Restoration Hardware Mansard Collection

 

A significantly less expensive alternative is {affiliate} World Market’s Maddox Mansard Mirror, which is $65 for the same look and size.

World Market Maddox Mansard Mirror

 

 

 

These mirrors are a great way to bring architectural detail and a bit of French history into your home and can add interest to even the plainest of walls.

 

Would you use a mansard mirror in your home?

 

 

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London and Paris {A View Through My Eyes}

If you’ve been following me on social media, then you’ll have seen some of the pictures from my London and Paris trip that I’ve posted so far.  You might have noticed that I almost never show an unobstructed picture of anything.  Instead, I prefer to photograph things as I first see them, which usually means that they are slightly obstructed by an object or at a strange angle.  How often do you ever first see something and have a postcard perfect, unobstructed view of it?  Never!

My photos are my eyes and they show exactly how I see the city, whether it’s from the ground looking straight up, a close-up view of the details, or a glimpse through the trees.  These may not represent typical tourist photos, but they are an accurate view through my eyes.  So, as my incredible journey winds down, here’s a last look at what I’ve seen and done.

 

We managed to squeeze in a whirlwind trip of Paris…

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{Rue Princesse in Paris}

 

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{The Eiffel Tower on a rainy day}

 

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{A view from Jardin des Tuileries}

 

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{I never actually rode the Metro in Paris….I just loved the sign!}

 

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{The grounds of Hotels des Invalides}

 

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{In awe of Notre Dame}

 

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{Inside Notre Dame….too pretty to resist a photo!}

 

On a rainy and blustery Monday, I made my way to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford!

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{The queen was in residence the day I visited!!!}

 

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{I had no idea that Stonehenge was in the middle of a beautiful green and yellow field filled with sheep!}

 

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{I’m sure this isn’t a typical photo from Stonehenge, but I was in awe of the endless fields of rapeseed in this part of the country!}

 

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{The architecture and history of Oxford is astounding}

 

Now, here’s something you might not know about me….I am an utterly obsessed fan of BBC television shows!  If it’s a murder mystery or period piece, you name it, I’ve seen it!  I love shows like Morse, Lewis, Midsomer Murders, Rosemary & Thyme, Endeavor, Vera, DCI Banks, etc.  Many of these shows are filmed in an area of England known as the Cotswolds, so of course, I *had* to visit!  The Cotswolds is an area of picturesque villages surrounded by trees and fields.  The houses are made of stone and the roof is either slate, or in some cases, thatched!

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{A view out the window of my moving bus. The countryside was really this green and vibrant!}

 

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{Slate roof tiles with wisteria growing wild in Burford}

 

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{The beautiful town of Bibury}

 

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{A lovely home in full bloom in Bourton-on-the-Water}

 

You might have noticed that I never include people in my photos, but these two friends were just too cute to pass up.  :)

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{Bourton-on-the-water}

 

 

I travel home this weekend and will resume my usual posting about decorating and home decor next week!

 

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