We're back, as promised, to share all of the final details that went
into above and on our DIYed fauxdenza. Styling is always so fun. Especially when it is a surface that can be styled and re-styled with changing seasons. Last night, we got the base of the styling done. The lamps installed (more on that in a minute) and our gallery hung. We also plopped our big, 20 pound wood ball from Indonesia...okay, HomeGoods, on there and called it a night. Oooo, a rare night shot.
In the morning, I still loved the industrial simplicity of the styling--we really try to keep things clutter-free around here--but I thought the left side could use a little somethin' somethin'.
And that "somethin'" turned out to be petite roses from our front yard, a short stack of magazines and books, and a skull. The roses and skull next to each other give off a bit of a dia de los muertos vibe. Which I dig. Would it be completely inappropriate to keep Skully around all year?
Before we get into more detailed shots of the credenza (because goodness, dark walls + huge window means I struggle taking a good wideshot of the room), we need to back track so I can tell you about Chris's work on those lamps and the virtual absence of cords or wires. My hero.
First, he drilled a huge hole on either side on the console directly behind the lamps. This, alone, was enough to give me a heart attack. But this, and the hole he drilled in the very bottom of the cabinets, made it possible for us to run each lamp's cord directly down without having to deal with their cords visibly wrapping around the outside of our new pretty console.
Underneath the cabinets, he ran 2 six-foot extension cords (one from the outlet to underneath the first lamp and the other from underneath the first lamp over to the second) and then he secured the plugs artistically like so:
Ha! No one can see this, thank goodness. He did use heavy duty staples to carry the extension cord to the second lamp.
And along the baseboard in the corner of the living room.
So, we're left with a stream-lined look with our lamps--which are pretty slick themselves. We found them at HomeGoods for $50 a pop marked down from $99 each. The height was right and the lamp shade tied in so well with our jute rug, we knew they had to be ours. Plus the lamp base was quirky enough to belong in our house which pretty much sealed the deal.
The big, wooden ball next to it is also a HomeGoods find. It is massive and weighs around 20 pounds. It was $30, and luckily Chris was even more excited about it than I was.
The eight frames above hold prints that actually hung here before but in frames from the dollar store. We decided it was time to upgrade. These slim, black frames with big white mats are all from Target (the same line as the one in our bedroom) and the prints are mine. I did them in my print making class in college. I love the look of repetition (although each one is numbered) and the same look could be easily achieved using a print you love hung multiple times.
This view of him makes me laugh. Say, "Cheese!" He's so friendly.
I am sure this credenza, styled in a hundred different ways for different seasons, will be a regular feature on the blog. I kind of like to think of it as my new toy. Although, so does Greta. But that might have more to do what is inside the cabinets.