Easy Interest Spot

Ever since we put together the tall bookshelf in the living room, I have been trying to come up with a creative way to add visual interest to the big section in the middle.

Here’s a quick before:

I’ve got the star there, which most people think is creepy (the words “Blair Witch”) have been used more than once, but I love it because it reminds me of my friend Gina. She made it when she spent Christmas here (before I moved in, actually). She’s now in Rwanda and has been overseas since September! I miss her so I keep the star!

The other photo is of me and my [first] San Diego roommate, Yuriko. It was taken mere weeks into our Freshman year of college.

That’s all well and good, but the tan “unfold and tack onto the back of this bookshelf” faux-finished cardboard was depressing me–I wanted to obscure it as much as possible. Luckily I found the perfect solution when I started taking stuff off the walls and rearranging the dining room.

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I just stashed this bulletin board here temporarily but it turned out to be the perfect solution! The cork color and light wood frame make it stand out texture-wise but blend in color-wise. All the stuff tacked on is of sentimental value, which is even better. Ticket stubs for concerts and plays, postcards from our friends around the world, a boutonniere from our wedding, and more. The space in between the picture frames is where our daily mail lands. I removed it for the photo-op but it’s back up there now. ;)

Whenever I pull a freebie switcheroo in my place it reminds me of the HGTV show “Freestyle” where they’d clear a room out and find stuff from other rooms and freshen it up. I’ve been trying to do that some around here as well, as evidenced by today’s post. Have you ever lucked out by accident like this??


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Staci blogs about travel at TheVoyageer.com.

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