The Love List

Apr 18, 2014 +

It's Good Friday so I'm taking a bit of a break from today's love list.

Just one thing I'm loving this week... old blogger friends. The Blogger Favourite Things Gift Exchange: Mother's Day Edition is in full swing and I've been enjoying the surprises landing on my doorstep, like the pretty bracelet from Wrist Soiree shown below. But even moreso, I'm cherishing the chance to reconnect with dear blogger friends. It's amazing how simple things like a quick comment on an Instagram photo or receiving a handwritten note can make the miles and time between friends disappear.

You can follow the #bloggerfavthings hashtag on Instagram and Twitter to see the fun we're having. Wishing those celebrating a blessed Easter weekend and for all of you, I hope you find your own simple joyful moments to cherish.

The Problem Wall

Apr 16, 2014 +

This is a wall in my living room that I rarely show. You know why? Because it bugs me. I have never known what to do with it. Do you have a problem wall in your house?

The TV really overpowers this space. It sits on an Ikea sideboard that I've had for a decade (and I am SO over the dark brown). The sideboard is filled to the brim with serving dishes and seasonal accessories and there is no room to put the DVD player so that sits on an old side table. And then there's the large blank wall. I could put art there but I wondered if it might be too distracting when you're watching TV?

But I've decided I can't take this mismash of cabinets, components, and clutter anymore. I need to find a simpler storage solution, one that makes best use of the space. I'd love to have something light and bright there too. We already have the painted hutch and dresser in the living room so a white or light wood piece would work well. I've searched the stores and there is nothing I can find that is wide enough and fits in my an Ikea hack might be in order. The Besta series is made for media storage so that seems like the likely candidate for a makeover. I've put together a little style board so you can see what I'm thinking:

1. I'd put three Besta units side by side to fill the width of the wall.
2. The VARA door which is a matte white would be a good basic choice. I'd mix some glass doors or open storage too, so that you're able to use the remote for the TV components.
3. This decorative trim from O'Verlays would dress the doors up nicely.
4. Ohmigosh, these dropped hinge pulls would blow my budget but they would make such a statement.
5. Add these furniture feet to give the console some height and a bit of architectural detail.
6. A marble slab on top? Why not! It definitely won't be looking like an Ikea console with that addition.

That's just one idea though. I could go in totally opposite direction and do a console that is maybe more open and industrial looking. Have you seen any nice media consoles lately? Ideally, I'd like something at least 70" long.

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