Thursday, October 15, 2009

Time waster

I'm so tired of sore backs, and sick children and job change stress, that instead of cleaning and sanitizing my house or napping, I have decided to spend my time revamping my entry way.

Why? Because cleaning, and diaper changes and dishes are there everyday, no matter what I do.
And don't misunderstand, I believe what I do is of the utmost importance to my family, and I gladly, willingly, gratefully do it.
But this is my creative outlet that reminds me that I am more than a housecleaner/cook/wiperofnoses.

So here is the before.

It wasn't bad. It just was a little small for the space it was in and lacked something.

So I shopped my house. That's phrase I learned from the
I found things either not being used, or not being used well enough in other places.
I spray painted a few items to get the colors I wanted, I grabbed a table from another room where it had just become the Mt. Everest of things that have no home.

Here is the after:

A better use of the space I think. Don't you?
The table is a little modern, but I'm working on fixing that. I just need a pipe cutter to get rid of the metal bars, and some awesome fabric as a runner to cover the grid like bottom shelf.
But I'm pretty pleased with the affect, and it cost me no money.

I have a small collection of antique books. Nothing worth anything to anyone but me. So instead of hiding behind glass, they are there to actually touch, feel and read. I love that.

I especially love the books in the metal basket.
My lovely Aunt Cathy gifted those to us and I love that my mom and her spent time with these lovelies when they were children.

It's amazing how looking around at your own house you can find things that somehow just go together. You know?

On a final note:
I found this lovely, creamy blue lamp at good will last night. It has become the inspiration for when I finally decorate my master bedroom.

The only problem, besides the fact that I'm not so sure if the lampshade is big enough?
There was only one.

I can only assume that someone would give away something this gorgeous because the other one broke.
So my request of all of you. If you are ever somewhere and you see the twin to this beauty, will you give me a ring? Seriously. Call me.

All in all, I felt it was a good use of my time this morning.
And now I'm off to do the real work.
Wish me luck.


  1. It looks fantastic! You have a great eye and I love that you found everything at home. Clever, clever.

  2. I love it! You are quite the talented decorating lady, Miss Amy. Hey, is the PRP Karen? Hello!

  3. Everytime you do this I rearrange something at my house.
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  4. Please come waste time at my house!! The entry way looks amazing and I am totally jealous of the lamp!!

  5. when are you coming to MY house to waste time?!

    Love the lamp!!

  6. You are so very talented!!

  7. Beautiful! Good work Mrs. Good Housekeeping (on a budget) herself. I am finally re-entering the cyber world after our move, so I'll be seeing more of ya again!


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