Soooo, I decided to do something about it. The Legos got put in a closet upstairs, the picture got lowered, the table got decorated and the wall got a new addition. This is what it looks like now.
My guest book now is readily accessible. I elevated it by standing it up on a easel. For those of you who visit and are a little cold natured, I have several toss blankets in a basket underneath this table.
I took an idea from a friend of mine and put a collection of loose pictures in a basket. It is kind of fun to just pick up a few and rumage around and see what's in there. There is no rhyme or reason to the collection. Some are current and some are older. Anyway, I placed them on top of some home decor books & magazines.
This is the sign I made to help tie in the picture with the other things and brake up all the white on this wall. It says "est. 1998". This is our wedding year. There is a ceramic bird sitting on one corner and and old rusty piece of an old school bus toy that we found in our yard sitting on the other corner. By the way, I have to give credit for this idea to Jillian over at The Virginia House where she made a similar sign. Her's was actually the shelf and then she had her "est." sign on a separate board sitting on the shelf. I just combined the two ideas into one. Thanks, Jillian, for the inspiration!
This added accent is a
cheap inexpensive vase from the Dollar Tree. Then I took 3 packages of ping pong balls and painted them all white to cover the label. Then I used my Cricut machine and cut some small S's out of black sticky vinyl. I put two S's per ball. I was inspired by this idea from another blog called The Gingham Goat. I think monograming adds a nice personal touch. Of course, you aren't decorating if you don't add a candle or two. Here I added a green candle to add a splash of color and to match my bird that is on the shelf. Overall, I am pretty pleased with the way it turned out. Now I don't feel like our family picture is just floating up there in never never land.
As I said, this was last year's project. As I always like to do a little revising from time to time, I have changed it a little tiny bit this year. My drawer found it's way back to the desk and I added a few different types of balls to the vase. I thought it needed a little more texture and varying color. This is what it looks like now.