This is the (much used) back entry door from our garage. I had been thinking of a fun wall treatment in this little area, but decided to just “get it done” for now. We often forget—myself included—that just doing something is better than doing nothing.
I painted the door this color. I also painted the trim around it to make it feel a little more grand. I found the light at a second-hand store several years ago and stashed it away in my attic. I knew I’d eventually find the right spot for it. I sprayed it the orangey red color (that I can’t remember the name of now. . . ).
We also needed a little console to drop things in this spot. “Little” is the operative word. I couldn’t use anything too bulky or deep since it’s a high traffic area. I finally found this slim gray one on Joss & Main. (It’s 13” deep.)
And, a play-by-play of how I styled it. The bamboo-inspired mirror was a $20 thrift store find. I always work in layers, placing my bulkiest and tallest pieces first:
I leaned a couple of framed black and white photos and added vintage books for color:
A few more books, a bowl for keys, and a pair of brass birds. Once I have everything in place, I step back, (over)analyze and tweak. I turned those bottom books around because I wanted a little less shine. (Picky, I know.)
Back to those topiaries. . . We didn’t put an outlet on this wall when we did the renovation, and I wish we would have. Since I couldn’t have lamps, I used these (from IKEA) for height. I think they look real enough—and this area gets very little natural light. I haven’t found the right planters yet, so I spray painted the plastic containers blue and added some moss.
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