Branching o ut

This is the story of an adorable little $7 Target-Inspired bench that needed a home…

Remember when I refurbished this little guy a while back??  Well when we moved, he was displaced.  He didn’t have a place to call his.   He migrated from room to room, nook to nook just looking for a space where he felt like he belonged.   The master bedroom was no longer welcoming him with open arms.   There just wasn’t a good place for him to set down roots without him entering a profound depression at the vastness of the space.  It was like a large, wide open tundra and he became lost in the sea of Driftwood Grey walls.  He tried the hangout room, but it made him angry to have to compete with the many bold patterns that already resided in the space.   I mean, he shouldn’t have to compete.   He was awesome in his own right.   Lucas’s room also proved to be a bust.   There was just too much going on in there and he disliked being tossed around by the tiny human that dominated the space.   Lastly, there was the guestroom/office.  Until recently, there was just no reason for him to live there.  The color scheme was simply too… brown… to coordinate with his handsome attire.  And well, honestly, he’d rather live in the she-owner’s black hole of a closet than exist in a space that made him look pasty and poorly matched.

Enter the new wood-framed art headboard that recently made an appearance in the guestroom.  It had subtle touches of navy and gold that picked up swimmingly on his bold fabric, and sexy gold legs…

Plus, the more subtle organic pattern really allowed his bold geometric threads pop.  And so he found a place.   He loved his new home and how he not only added beauty, but function to the space (although he did do his best to ignore the haggard, heavy nightstand that was in DESPERATE need of a makeover). Unfortunately, in the process of establishing his new abode, he forced out the previous occupant…


Which brings us to today’s project.

As mentioned in my last post, I’m trying to focus on the no-/low-cost fixes that I’ve been planning to do for a while.  As I have the time, anyways… seriously, WHERE DID JUNE GO??

Anyhoo, it all started when my little bench moved in, which caused the immediate transfer of the small dresser to the wall next to the built-in desk.  It’s this wall with the basket, just as a refresher…


I plan to simplify the desk area (and FINALLY get a wireless printer, like, sometime before I die. Dreams, people. I have them.) since the recent addition of the dresser definitely calls for toned-down shelf decor to allow the new star (the dresser) to shine.  I haven’t gotten to it yet, so thanks to the magic of the almighty crop, I’m just gonna pretend that that part of the wall doesn’t exist for the contents of this post.  See??  Everything is an illusion.  Reality check. Now you have it.  Or, maybe it should be stated… Reality. Check!   Gotta love the power of punctuation… 🙂

Oh, wow.  … Focus, Christina.

Anyways, I moved the dresser against that wall and (quite anticlimactically) forgot to take a picture.

But, trust me, the wall looked pretty blank.   I’d taken down that brown art in the photo above because it clashed with the dresser which left a pretty boring space above.  And since, as mentioned in previous posts, this room really just compiles all of the decor that I happen to have on hand, I didn’t want to purchase something new.   So, I raided my stash and came up with this…

A tall vase and a fake branch which I’d purchased two years ago with the intention of someday completing this very project. Along with 3 bunches of these fake flowers…


…which I’d purchased for the very same project.

And honestly, ‘project’ might be overstating.   This was a super easy, fast, and cheap tweak that took about 5 minutes and zero brainpower.  My kind of project.   😉

Basically, I snipped off the buds and popped a dab of Aleen’s Fast-Grab tacky glue on there..

And stuck them randomly on the branches.

And scene….

And a father shot…


It’s a little difficult to tell here, but the branches really go a long way to filling the wall space and giving it some interest in a slightly different way.

Then, Lucas caught wind that I was taking pictures…


What?  It’s just my casual-I-had-no-idea-that-I-was-in-the-picture-face, Mom. 😉

A few more close-ups.  BecauseIactuallyrememberedtotakethem.

I literally just threw a bunch of stuff that I already owned together on top of the dresser. I tried to be mindful of incorporating both modern and vintage-y elements as well as the many finishes that have been incorporated throughout the space.

The stainless wall lamp used to hang in Lucas’s old room and I’m wanting to say it was only about ten bucks at Ikea.  It adds a little additional lighting and helps to fill the wall space.


And the view from the doorway…

While this no-cost change is definitely an improvement from where the room was before, I’m 100% certain that it’s not the final arrangement for this wall.  For now, it’s good, but the decor still hasn’t clicked for me completely.  I feel like I need to actually buy new stuff to blend in with my old stuff in order for the space to truly reflect my evolving tastes.  And in time, it will happen.   Once our No-Spend policy has been lifted, anyways.   It may take a while to finally get that “This is IT!” feeling, but it’ll happen. And, it’s sure fun to play in the meantime. 😉

TDC Before and After

2 thoughts on “Branching o ut

  1. Great idea! I was just thinking yesterday that I should go buy some nice fake flowers to stick in the ground under my mums are which are green, but won’t flower for a couple of months. Now, I think I will! Thanks for sharing!

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