I believe that attitude is the most important thing in home design. I have this apartment that I thought was too small, when my husband said something about it being a Paris pied a terre. Suddenly, I thought the place was incredibly spacious! Instead of trying to keep the place spare of excess furniture and decor, I went for it and filled the place up with comfortable furniture and pictures. This is what they do in their small apartments in Paris, filling them with furniture and treasures they hold dear.
It was important that there was a comfortable place to sit and put your feet up. I had this great old sofa that I re-purposed to this place, and then went shopping for that perfect durable coffee table that I could basically abuse with feet, food, computer, etc. I was having trouble finding the right table when I spied these benches at World Market. They were designed to be used with a dining table, but putting two of them together, I have the perfect table, at a really good price!
The splurge for the dining area was the incredible picture above the side table. My husband and I both fell in love with this 68″ by 68″ picture when we first saw it at Restoration Hardware. I think it defines the dining area, don’t you?
A vignette of favorite trinkets makes me happy when I see it. The box came from Three Fairies Couture. The keys came from Kirklands.
I found this pair of heads years ago in an antique shop. They were not antiques, just some kind of heavy resin, but I fell in love with them, and knew they would add an architectural interest to wherever I hung them. This is the third home my old men have ‘lived’ in now.
My dining table was something I saw in Ballard Design years ago, but I didn’t have the budget or the space for it. When I finally got to that point in my life when I could afford the table, Ballard Design no longer had it featured in their catalog. I called and talked to them, and was amazed to learn, they had the mold and would make me one! I finally have my beautiful swan!
A fleur de lis always says “French” doesn’t it? I picked up this one at Kirkland’s years ago.
Wherever you live, however big or small your space is, make it your own, a place that you will always enjoy coming home to. Try to look at your space with a different attitude or from a different perspective. It made all the difference in how much I enjoy my home.