After our Cottage Bathroom Makeover turned out to be a bigger project than we anticipated, Gwyneth and I thought we’d work on a few areas of our apartment in need of mini makeovers. As serial maximalists, we can always use a reminder that one great piece can make a big difference.
So we started with the space that needed the most urgent help – our entryway. When we moved the tiny shelf to the bathroom, we realized how many little things our old set up had going on and decided to go another route. Our new plan was to 86 all the small things and make one big statement instead.
We bought the Espagne print from Art.com over a year ago in NYC, but never found a place in our old apartment that would work for a piece this large. Now in San Francisco, we have an entryway that’s too small for even the skinniest table on earth – making the spot prime real estate to let our oversized print shine.
All we need now for this area is a small basket with a flat back to hang on the bottom hook, so we can contain essentials like keys and the L-E-A-S-H. But other than that, we think this area might be finished. (For now at least.)
Working our way to the bedroom (where the real mini makeover magic happened), we replaced the standard-issue and design crime “Boob Light” in the hallway with our Pottery Barn Baby Olivia Mini Chandelier. If we have to have popcorn ceiling, we simply cannot have popcorn ceiling with a boob light attached.
You read that right – our chandelier is from Pottery Barn Baby. Fellow small-space-dwellers and gals-on-a-budget, Pottery Barn Baby has some beautiful, small-scale and reasonably-priced light fixtures to check out. And single ladies, don’t let the electrical part intimidate you! While hanging the fixture was easier this time around, it was still totally do-able the first time in NYC too. You got this – Just turn off the fuse and read the instructions. Neither baby nor baby daddy required to have one of these for yourself.
Maybe not mini, but definitely a case where one great find makes a big statement – our York Tufted Headboard arrived at the end of last week!
Now we’ve got 9 pillows (7 of which must be placed gently in, not thrown at their designated area before getting into bed), floral print, light pink walls and a tufted, upholstered headboard. Maybe “bedding-and-birth-control-two-for-one-special” should have been the topic of this post, but let’s move on…
With the addition of the headboard, the botanical prints that were previously over the bed no longer fit, so we hung them on either side of our Dumpster Dive Dresser instead. Ideally we’d have a little more breathing room between the prints and the dresser, but then we wouldn’t be able to open the bedroom door more than six inches. You know we generally don’t have a problem choosing fashion over function (you’ve seen my footwear choices), but this seemed like a good place to draw the line.
And lastly, the headboard addition had an even better effect on our duvet cover situation. Those of you who have been following for a long time may remember that someone who will go unmentioned got bored and chewed a hole in our old one. When we realized last week that we’d earned enough rewards points to cover the Pearl Embroidered Duvet Cover we’d been coveting, Gwyneth promised not to eat in bed, and I hit “add to cart.” Gwyneth seems to love it as much as I do.
I think she’s mastered the fashion blogger “gazing-wistfully-into-the-distance” pose, don’t you? If this keeps up, I’m submitting her to House Beautiful as a prop-dog candidate!
That’s a wrap on the home improvement front for the week, but we’re already getting excited for the project we have planned for the coming weekend. It’s another oldie-but-goodie dumpster dive find that we’ve found a new use for, but that’s all you get for now!
mk & Gwynnie