How To Make A Moment
Make a moment in your house by looking for simple places to add a little touch of something special.
Years ago I toured the Southern Living Home and, of course, loved everything in it. But there was one thing that stood out to me as I walked through their beautifully planned and decorated model; the use of every space. In particular, every little nook and turn had something special. There weren’t any plain little walls.
At the end of hallways there were built in cabinets or custom bookcases. Everywhere your eye traveled there were magic moments. Moments that made you feel like this home was a little more elevated than a regular home. I’ve carried that with me all these years and have always looked for little spots to create a special feeling, a moment, like the Southern Living Home did all those years ago.
For three years I have walked toward this little wall on the way to our master bedroom and for too long it sat looking boring and just like “a wall.” Well, now this little wall has it’s own little magic moment and I love it.
I didn’t have a lot of space to work with. Really, only about four inches. If it were deeper it would be a prime spot for a built base of drawers. The door on the left contains our furnace and the door to the right leads to the master bedroom. I wanted to do something a little more magical than hanging a picture.
I received these little shelf brackets in my SWAG bag when I attended the Haven Bloggers Conference. One day it dawned on me what I could do with them and I was off to the races. It’s hard to keep a girl with a good idea down and before anyone could say “boo” I had the shelf put together.
Once the shelf went up I was on the hunt for the perfect decor to carry it into fall. I popped into Kirkland’s and fell in love with this wood and iron wall art. It’s the perfect amount of rustic with that hit of black I adore. While I was in Kirkland’s I found a box of these little pumpkins, acorns, and gold pinecones (not used yet). They look so cute lined up in a row on this shelf and the acorns have a little bit of glitter on them that sparkles in the evening.
I made the topiaries myself. It couldn’t be easier. I bought three stems of a leafy plant, stuck them down into some foam, and then bound them together with some jute twine. I bought some moss at the Dollar Tree and added my new favorite little sparkle acorns to finish them off. Oh! Almost forgot…whitewashing the terra cotta pots makes all the difference. Don’t be intimidated by whitewashing terra cotta pots. It’s really foolproof. Water down some white paint and then just use a small brush to just keep adding the white. The terra cotta “sucks up” the paint and it dries really fast giving you the streaky look your craving. It dries lighter so I actually gave these two coats.
So take a look around your house. Do you have a little wall or spot that could have it’s own magic moment? I think it’s these little vignettes that add character to a house and make it feel like a home.
I hope you have a fantastic day filled with all good things!
P.S.-If you’re reading this…bless you.
P.P.S.-I have something fun planned for this little blog next week! I won’t give away the secret but I will say…if you’ve always wanted to be a “blogger for a day” and share your creations…you might be in luck. Hello fall centerpiece!