I have been trying to follow my own advice that I gave on Monday and see if I could make what I already own work in this new rental home of ours. I thought I would share a bit of my progress. Things may change here and there, but for now this is what has been done. I tend to like to sit with things a few days before deciding whether I love it or not.
In the living room to the left of the fireplace is this nook. I was thinking I would buy a new console piece for this spot, but I had an extra ikea shelf with nowhere to go so I thought I would try it out. It's the right dimensions and I like that it gives extra storage. The floor is so slopped here that it has rather large books underneath to make it appear even-ish. I added my favorite table runner for added texture and hide the worn top. Not having the shelf fit the whole width of the nook afforded me space to add a toy basket that floats room to room. Although needed it seems to always be in the way. Here it is out of the way. My last thought on the space besides some pretty styling is to add our old gallery wall here. I have enough to fill the whole space I believe. My only other thought is to ditch the lamp and add a wall lamp instead, but then again this one I already own. I have my eye on this one and this one.
Here the front door is to the right and I am standing in the living room. I added my own art and I rather like the way the colors all compliment each other. I also like how the painting brings out the deeper hues in the rug.
After searching high and low for a mini chair for the den I stumbled across this danish modern piece at Home Goods. I instantly fell in love. It's actually comfortable and the open arms keeps the space feeling light and airy in this other wise tiny room. I have also been on the hunt for a piece of art. Not too much has spoken to me at least in a price we can afford. A friend then reminded me that I left some pieces at her home since the beginning of the year. I am pondering placing this piece here. I would frame it out in a thin light wood and maybe add the corbels to each side. Still not 100% so for now it just sits and I stare. What I do like is that it adds color without being overbearing.