Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Living room end table update

Lately I've had so many ideas for sprucing up the decor around the house. I'm not really sure where it came from all of a sudden, because I feel like I was in a rut for a while. You know when that happens? You have a problem area and just can't figure out what to do with it, no matter how much you stare at it?!

I've also been really into making things much more personal around here. I think that part definitely comes from having Audrey with us. I want our home to reflect us, as a family, more than ever.

Remember when I changed my end table lamp a few weeks ago? That led to adding a new lamp and decor to the other end table on the opposite side of my living room! I had been in a major decorating rut with this area of the living room for a long time, when finally, inspiration struck.

First, here's what I started with:

Things just sort of kept landing on this end table. I was just a blah spot where the remotes ended up, and old magazines got stacked. Then, finally, I knew just what it needed....a lamp!

I ended up finding a pretty lamp on clearance at Target for $16! Some of the glass was chipped, but it was on the back side of the lamp base, so you couldn't even tell! It was originally $60, so I was thrilled to pay $16 for it! The shade cost me $15, also from Target. 

For the wall above the table, I took down the crystal sconce, and added a few frames filled with family pictures. 

The new look:
(Sorry for the bad lighting, it's been cloudy here for days, but I was too impatient not to share!)

Take a look at the "before" one more time:

And the "after":

So much better, more personal, and finally finished! Don't you think?!


  1. You do a great job of putting pictures everywhere! I really just need to commit and put some more up. Your new design definitely uses the space better.

  2. Looks beautiful, Rachel! You have such a great "eye" for home decor. I love the tray. Did you make it?

  3. Thanks girls!
    Marisa, I got the tray at Kirkland's around Christmas time!

  4. Big improvement! I love the little wall gallery - definitely warms up the space. Great job, Rachel! :)

  5. what a difference the tall lamps and hanging photos make!! you are so talented!! family pictures immediately make a home more "homier" if that's a word! i need to do better with these!

  6. Aw thanks Jennifer! Glad you like it!

  7. The after looks much more inviting (but I do really like that prism wall sconce!).

  8. Thanks Mary Ann! I need to find somewhere to hang it now!

  9. I just love how you combine different types of frames for your wall galleries! You're totally my inspiration for getting around to mine.

  10. Love the new look! What a transformation!

    Just found you today through Veronika's Blushing! I'm your newest follower!


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