Monday, August 23, 2010

Rounding the Corner!

I'm republishing this post so I can participate in the Sunday Favorites party at Happy to Design!



It was one of those moments when time stood still. Our realtor lead us through the entry and on towards the family room when I stopped dead in my tracks at the sight of this...

A Built-in Cabinet! And, not only did it have the perfect storage for Stemware and platters and such, but, dare I hope? No, it would be too good to be true if it had a....oh my! It did, it had a light switch built in to illuminate all of that pretty glass!
Be still my heart!
When we moved in, though, I carefully placed all of my crystal glasses and goblets and filled that bottom cabinet to the brim. But for some reason, don't ask me how it happened, I ended up just plunking this Silver Tea Service down in the space in between and calling it a day! There is sat looking like this...

Excuse me while I yawn!
I think you will agree that while this isn't horrible its just a bit blah! Not the tea service mind you ( I love Silver sets like this) but it just didn't do this little space any justice.
So I set about sprucing it up a bit!
Here is where we started...


I know, I know! I'm putting you to sleep.
I actually love the tray so I thought I would leave it there and just do some minor tweaking...first I brought this lamp over from another spot in the house.
How could I have ignored that light socket all that time? Shameful!
Then I added a silk orchid and broke up the tea set by adding a crystal jar.

Now we are getting somewhere! I decided I wasn't crazy about the orchid so I switched it out for this and added my first ever little Cloche! Only $5 folks!

But still, I felt haunted by the reality that something was missing. You know that feeling?
And then, it came to me in one of those Decorating "Ah-Ha" moments! It needed a...wait for it...
MIRROR!


Ahhh...just right!
Here is the full view
I only spent $30 total to make this space over! That includes the Mirror ($10), Cloche ($5), and Ball Topiary with Pot ($15)!
 Here is a glimpse at the wonderful storage
And here is the view at night
Hope you enjoyed another little peek into my home!
From this Southern Girl at Heart,
Vanessa

35 comments:

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a SPECIAL bonus you got with your home...love how the mirror looks!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Vanessa, what a great cabinet to have and I love the new vignette you created. I love to put little lamps like that where ever I can.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I would say you got it just right! So beautiful! I love your cabinet...it is so rich and warm!

Love love love!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Can't wait to see your completed project;)!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Wow! What a wonderful change you made. You are right, the mirror is the perfect finish!!
Hugs,
Penny
p.s. thank you for saying such nice things about my header! All of the pictures in my header are items found around my house.

Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

I had to come back by after reading the comment you left on my Sunday post!

I am so thrilled for your son! What a special day! Is there anything better than knowing your children have found their Savior and will have Him with them for the rest of their lives?! What a blessing!

I am so happy for you all! Thanks you soooo much for sharing this with me...I fell so blessed!

Enjoy!
Cathy

Jennifer said...

girl that looks FAB!!!! I love it!!! So warm!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Oooooohhh Vanessa! I just love your pretty cabinet makeover. Not only is the cabinet gorgeous in the dark wood tone but you spiffed it up so well. I adore the precious mini lamp. Great job! :)

Lindsey @ FRESH AIR + FRESH FOOD said...

Love it! Anything that invokes lemon (which is what I get out of it:-) it perfect!

Rachel said...

I absolutely love this! Great job!
I love silver too.

Suesan said...

So cute. I will often let things sit awhile so I can think about how to frouf them up.

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Debbie said...

First, I love the corner cabinet and would be exactly like you upon finding one on a home buying tour.

But second, I love what you did around the tea tray! It's perfect,and it makes me want to remake some of my own spaces too.

You know it's good when it inspires others!

I hope to have more time now to enjoy reading new blogs. I only recently discovered yours, and I already like it!

Rene said...

Wow you really prettied that spot right up. It was fun seeing the styling in stages.

-Rene

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Your new vignette is fabulous and what a difference it makes. love it.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love it, mirrors add so much light-enjoy!

Debbie said...

Vanessa that cabinet is gorgeous. You have such a pretty tea set. My Mom had one like that when I was a kid...she sold it many years ago though, sure wish she had not. Hope you join me sometime in the future for my parties. Debbie

Shelia said...

Hi Vanessa! Oh, how fortunate you are to have this lovely builtin in your home. Now you've done a beautiful job of dressing that shelf! It just kept getting better and better and then you added the mirror! It's gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sandy said...

Vanessa, Thanks for visiting and your wonderful comments. You did a beautiful job on your cabinet, loved the addition of the lemons under the cloche, the mirror made even more of a statement. I have enjoyed peaking through your blog, you are a very talented decorator. I have also become a follower, so don't be surprised if I borrow a few of your wonderful ideals. Talk soon.
Sandy

xinex said...

Love what you did, Vanessa. And what a pretty view at night! Isn't it wonderful to have an additional storage?...Christine

Pamela said...

Love it! I always have a hard time accessorizing! It looks really wonderful and far fro blah!

Anita said...

I love the built-in. Never would I have thought to do what you did with it. I love the mirror!! I really want to have my silver tea service on my sideboard, but I cannot get it right. Love what you did, and I'm jealous because I need that cabinet!!

Anita said...

LOVE the floor too!

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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I agree, the cabinet is fabulous and your vignette is stunning. I love that you show how you came to the final vignette. It is just perfect. The mirror, lamp and all of the other accessories are just perfect together. I am also thrilled that you have a cloche, the fall party is coming up next month. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Kim said...

I know what you mean about tweaking :). The spot looks lovely now, what a great addition to your home.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

HI, Vanessa, what a great built-in that is! Love it and I love what you've done with it. Great job.

someplace in thyme said...

Altho I don't have any, I love builtins. There is just something very special about the way they look. What and how you decorated yours is perfect, meant to be, Char

Sheri said...

oh my gosh. i love this. absolutely love it. it looks great :)

Sue said...

Vanessa, I'm so happy to meet you- I appreciate your sweet comments and am happy that you have chosen to follow me along on my blog. This built-in cabinet is to die for. Love how you have added all the layers to complete a very pretty look. I look forward to seeing more of what's going on in your world! :-) Sue

Marlis said...

ooh i love that you showed us how you changed it step by step. It's very beautiful now!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love to see your thought process and your right, the mirror was the finishing touch.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

It's very lovely in its final condition, but being rather simplistic, I LOVED it just plain too!

Keetha Denise Broyles said...

Oh, I'm talking about the shelf with the silver tea service, btw.

Lori E said...

Did you even look at the rest of the house after seeing that?
I probably wouldn't need to. You really have a good eye. It just got better and better in each picture.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

What a GREAT built in girl..love the silver and lemons...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Vanessa...

My friend, I don't blame you one bit...my heart would have skipped a beat as well...when seeeing that gorgeous built in china cabinet! I love it! Ohhh...and you decorated it sooo beautifully! You know, I love ALL silver! That really is a beautiful tea set that you have. Yes...you did GOOD, my friend! I think adding that pretty little lamp and the mirror was genius! It was just what this beautiful vignette needed! Ohh...and I love your cloche with the lemons...so pretty! Girlfriend, your pretty cabinet just sparkles at night with the lights on...beautiful!!! Thank you so much for sharing it with us for the Sunday Favorites party this week! This was a great post to revisit!!!

Warmest autumn wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design