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Remembering Forgotten Nooks

Remembering Forgotten Nooks

Remember 2 weeks ago when I said I would update you on my forgotten nooks progress on March 19? Well…here you go….granted a little late.

I am going to blame my husband for my tardiness, mostly because that is what all good wives do. But also because last weekend he had the gall to go out of town for work (the nerve) and he is responsible for the current state that I am in (that would be 8 months preggers and freakin’ exhausted).  So basically this here blog writing had to be put on the back burner. It was all about survival for the past week or so. I did survive. But only just. To put it in perspective, cereal was “cooked” for at least 3 out of the 5 dinners.

Anyway, I am back and I have updates. Actually, much of the renookifying progress occurred shortly after I wrote the Forgotten Nooks post. I got all inspired and motivated one afternoon and just went to town. I also just about killed myself moving furniture and running around town. In hindsight, I maybe should have paced myself. Did you know that trying to be productive when you are 8 months pregnant sorta sucks? The smallest things, like tying your shoe, can just zap your energy completely.

Here is the other thing I learned in my nookscapade. Unless you have:

a. a bunch of awesome stuff hanging around collecting dust (does anyone?)

b. a plush bank account

c. access to to Target

…or all of the above, it is challenging to revamp forgotten nooks. By “remembering” a forgotten nook, I used the strategy of pilfering objects and furniture from other parts of my house. This was a cost-effective strategy, mind you, but not necessarily a problem-solving strategy. In effect, I just created new forgotten nooks. Ho hum. You win some and lose some.

Ready for some results? Some before and afters?

Forgotten Nook #1: The window ledge in our family room.

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Not that exciting, but a big improvement. Basically I just added some fresh foliage and cleaned up all the crap. I am still looking for a statement piece for the ledge but so far have not found “it”.

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I am also toying with the idea of hanging faux curtains to frame the window. I don’t want/need them to actually close (it is dark enough in there as it is) but I do think it could be a fun way to add color and life to that wall, especially since that right side wall was a serious victim of all my pilfering (see all the holes…whoops). Poor little guy.

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I never loved that wall before, so I am okay with it being temporarily wounded. But obviously, we need a more permanent solution. I think some awesome Ikat fabric like this could be just what the decor doctor ordered. What do you think? It definitely needs something.

Forgotten Nook #2: Shoe Cabinet

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Basically the strategy for this little area was to add some color and life to it. Again, kind of challenging to do without actually painting the wall or doing some serious shopping. So I used what I had.

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I tried to round up all the sorta random but semi-colorful things I had just hanging around. And, here’s a profound tip, flowers always help.

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I still need to add something to one of frames but, again, it is a start. I do think I will have it painted in the near future or maybe even apply some fun removable wallpaper. Definitely my view from the couch is waaaaay better now.

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And obviously, I need to get a new mat. Ummmm…gross. Why do we own that?

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Forgotten Nook #3: Downstairs Bathroom

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I am not sure you will be able to truly appreciate the difference in here because I did not take a great before photo of the whole room. But I promise, it is a MAJOR improvement.

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The tall boring shelf is gone, replaced by one of the bright red bedside tables in our bedroom (needless to say, our bedroom now needs even more attention than ever).  I also removed the huge laundry bin and found a new home for the iron and ironing board. I did also change out the little knobs on the sink cabinet, they were blue and ugly before. Now they are just a wee bit cuter.

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All of that helped. But the biggest difference came from simply hanging up some photos and art.

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Again, I am still not done, but it is such an improvement. In my mind the room just feels less green now. I know it is hard to tell from these photos but just trust me, it is better! It gives me hope that my ridiculously green kitchen can also be semi-masked with artwork and accessories. #anythingispossible

Bonus Nook: Sad Corner in Dining Room

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You might remember me mentioning on multiple occasions that my dining room corner needed some serious love. I really want to have shelves built like this.

But all that costs money and requires a bit more effort than I can invest right now. So in the meantime, I decided to see what that boring ol’ bathroom shelf could offer this sad sad corner. It couldn’t get worse, right?

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Improvement right? Again, I still need to add a bit to the collage. I want to fill in the gaps towards the corners but need the right size images/frames. But it does add a little life to that side of the room and frees up space on top of our red cabinet for a little greenhouse of sorts.

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It is amazing, ever since I put all these plants up there together they have been thriving. Brado says its because they like the light. I think they just like being together. They are happy. Everybody needs friends.

There you have it folks, forgotten nooks remembered (and new nooks forgotten). All in all…I give myself a B-. The teacher in me wants to comment, “Definite improvement but not your best work. You can do better! There are still several areas that are incomplete or visually lacking, but overall a good effort Ditty! Keep plugging away at it, eventually you will get it!”. Yup, I’ve been grading too many papers lately. How did you guess?

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