Saturday, January 28, 2012

Nobody Puts Baby In The Corner...

We all have them somewhere in our homes, that awkward corner that you just can’t figure out what to do with.  It won’t fit a chair and a bookshelf is just too bulky, yet you just can’t leave it empty.  I’ve always had an easy answer for these confusing spaces and it was a “plant”.  A plant can fill any area and give it beauty, not too mention the serenity that greenery will add to your home.  Some of us, (I mention no names) have a difficult time keeping any greenery alive, whether it’s in the garden or indoors.  In fact I have killed plastic plants if you can believe it?  I mean…”I know someone who did that”!!!  For folks like my “friend” (not me of course), you have to be a little more creative.  Oversized vases filled with branches and twigs have become a popular alternative to expensive, hard to maintain plant life.  You can buy all kinds of colorful and unique branches at any local décor store as well as some stunning vases that will create a focal point in an otherwise dead space.   Another solution is to turn that boring corner into a gallery of art or photos.  Make it a “brag wall” that you can truly brag about.  Buy a bunch of cheap frames or even second hand frames and paint them, distress them and make them work with your décor.  You can buy all matching frames, if you are more of a uniform type of person.  Pick some of your favorite art pieces, postcards or photographs and arrange them on the wall.  You can try for a symmetrical arrangement or more of a random whimsical placement… whatever is pleasing to “your” eye, will bring you comfort when you look at it.  

Depending on the size of your awkward corner, you can combine a few different techniques to fill the space.  Whatever you choose….don’t ignore that lonely corner.  It will not go away and will nag you everyday until you give it some love.  You’ll be amazed at the reward…”Baby” might even like being put in that corner!!!

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