|Shanty 2 Chic's Fall Table Scape|
So cute, right?!
Since I was already at Lowe's for the wood, I went ahead and purchased some handles while I was there. I might have gotten them slightly cheaper at Hobby Lobby, but I really liked the ones I found at Lowe's, and $2.97 per handle wasn't going to break my budget. The web site estimates the cost of the project to be $15. I spent $21. It would have been more if I hadn't had finishing nails, wood glue, and stain already in my supplies. I don't know if those items were figured into the overall cost on Shanty 2 Chic either. When I go to my favorite decor stores - Kirkland Home, Home Goods, Kohl's, or World Market, all of their decor items are significantly more. I'm happy with my $21.
But my center piece wasn't the only project I've been working on. My living room got a do-over this year too.
Last year, the wall color was darker, the TV was still over the fireplace, and my sofa was divided. Do you remember this post? Last year was a step in the right direction, but looking back, it wasn't...done. The brown vase is back on the mantle, but the pretty jewel toned one is the dining room. The TV is off of the wall above the fireplace, which lets me put real decor up, not some vines (although vines are what worked best last year). The flower vase on the hearth won't be staying, I just having figured out if it's staying in the room during fall or if it's going to be tucked away until after Christmas. I really think I'm leaning towards put away until after Christmas, because it seems to spring like to me.
After many tries of re-arranging the sofa, this is the one that works best. You notice there is no longer the big blank space above the sofa as there was in the last post! It's not done yet though. I have a lot more photo's I want to hang up. Some of them need new frames, like my parents wedding photo (the frame is falling apart). Some of them need new mats - like the picture of my son at the Long Beach Aquarium. Some just need...frames! So the 'holes' are left intentionally as I fill them in with photo's. And I love that the TV is no longer the focal point. :)
I completed a fall wreath this weekend too, but the initial photo's were blurry, and it's too late to take new photo's. So more for another day...