Do you ever have those little corners in your home where you keep meaning to get around to them but just don’t? Maybe the art never gets hung….maybe they become a dumping ground for boxes and clutter….maybe they become full of items that have nothing wrong with them, other than the fact that none of them go together?
We had such a corner (well, truth be told, we have more than one). But this particular little nook right right in our hallway that connects the two parts of our home. It has both a fireplace and a built-in bar, and because it is in the hallway, it’s a pretty high traffic area. In fact, it’s right outside of my bedroom so it’s the first thing I see when I come out and the last thing I see when I go in for the night. And while I placed the furniture and the art, there was always something kind of wrong about it to me…. it just always sort of looked random and I was always mildly annoyed with it every time I walked by but somehow, between work and kids and life and what not, I never got around to fixing it up.
When we had six months to go in the house, I decided I didn’t want to leave with things being unfinished. Usually the six month mark is when most diplomats start winding down, thinking of packing up….this is NOT the time when you start thinking about decorating. I clearly wasn’t getting this done myself, so I called in some big guns, in the form of an awesome friend I made here in Copenhagen. Valentina Fussell blogs over at House of Valentina and was about to go through a big move herself, so she perfectly understood the transience of our life, but also the desire to make a house a home. Even if it’s just for a little while. She’s also the kind of friend that can ask you candidly why on earth you have like 15 candles on your mantle (um, I still don’t know….but you’ll see they’re gone now).
She’s a pro at makeovers big and small, and worked her magic here one afternoon. All the big stuff stayed the same but she just dressed things up a bit, gave the corner life, and now I absolutely love walking through in the mornings and evenings and pulling up a chair with a glass of port at the end of the night when it’s just me. It didn’t end up being a huge investment, a few extra goods and touches, but so worth it. You sometimes underestimate how much it “costs” to walk by something that annoys you every day. And it also goes to show that having a bit of an outside perspective, in the form of a friend or a designer (or better yet, a designer friend!), can help you solve the problem in way that you never would have on your own. Here’s a little video of the before and after from her blog, but check out the full pics and story over on the House of Valentina! And if you have corner – big or small – you can’t figure out, give her a buzz!