Monday, January 24, 2011

Welcome to Wall-y World, Part 2!

Nope, I'm not talking about Wal-Mart.
Or Chevy Chase.


Last week, in Part 1 of Wall-y World, I showed you two spaces that I warmed up with just a few simple changes.




Today I'm showing you the second half of project, "warm up the walls!"

I always find it interesting how very dense I can be sometimes.
I'm sure this comes as no surprise to you!
I never really realized how bare these walls were on either side of the mirror, until I happened to snap this photo.


Wow! Cameras really play tricks on you, don't they?
This one makes my mirror look like it hasn't been cleaned for a long time.

 How crazy!

I was thinking about adding plates on either side...
But which kind?
I have a lot of blue and white in my house so that seemed like a natural choice but when I held this one up it was just too busy.


Then I found these beauties at, where else? TJ MAXX of course!
The large plates were $3.99 each and the smaller ones were $2.99.



I loved that while they were a neutral, the detail in them gave them much more interest and character.


So here is the wall again
Before



And here it is
After!



Oh man! My silly camera is still doing that crazy streaky thing with the mirror even in these After photos!

This angle is so much better.


 




I'm really loving how it all looks at night.
The plates help reflect the light which was an unexpected bonus!



Well, that completes our Wall-y World adventure!
Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you back here soon!
Vanessa

P.S. I promise you my blinds aren't as dirty as this they appear in the last photo. It must be that silly camera again!

40 comments:

Blessed Mommy of 2 said...

I love it Vanessa! TJMax is one of my fav's and I will be popping in to look for those beautiful plates! I need an arrangement in my kitchen :o)

Judy said...

You're too funny. Whenever I think I like a space in my home I snap some pictures and then decide what I really think. I do the same with outfits...mirrors definitely lie. The wall looks so much better with those beautiful plates. Nice job.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Grrr, cameras and photos don't go together, do they?!

I love seeing the extra touches your adding to make your home even more homely.

Oh, something I forgot to say last time is thatI can't believe how tall your ceilings are, even on your first floor. Lovely!

Sarahx

Pam - diy Design Fanatic said...

Gorgeous! I love the plates & really love how your paint changes at night!

Dear Sweet Home said...

LOVE the plates! I got some white ones last week at TJ Maxx also. That is so funny...I almost used my blue and white transfer plates in my breakfast area but opted to go with white! I can tell that our tastes are very similar! LOVE the panels in the background. That fabric has been one of my all-time favorites! You did a great job:)

Chrissy said...

Your wall looks just fabulous, I love those white plates, my TJ MAXX did not have any of those this week :( Oh and by the way, we all know that mirrors "lie" ;)

Ann Nichols said...

You are so inspiring! I just have to tell you it is because of one of your posts...before Christmas... that I went out, bought gorgeous fabric and now have beautiful new seat cushions on my dinning room table chairs!!
Great advice!
Blessings, dear Vanessa,
Ann

Cindy said...

Looks great Vanessa! I really like the plates, they add such a nice touch! I agree, the reflection they offer in the dim lighting really looks pretty!

Green Door Girl said...

LOVE the new plates - it makes it a whole new wall - seriously - it looks awesome! :)

CAS said...

Wow, the plates make a huge difference. It looks terrific in the night shots, too. Well done. By the way, I'm not sure if you saw the note from me that I had given you a couple of awards. Please stop over to my latest post & check it out.
CAS

Honey at 2805 said...

The plates are a great addition! If I could just drag myself away from this computer, maybe I could get a few things done..like the laundry. Oh, I mean an improvement idea like yours.

Jemsmom said...

I love love love those plates on the wall! They are perfect there! Looks great!

All That Glitters said...

I really love those plates Vanessa!!! Everything looks really pretty!!!

Beeutiful by Design said...

It looks great! I love the plates - Jennifer

michelle said...

I love the plates!! They are so pretty and feminine and I love how you hung them, very cozy and very pretty!! You are so creative and I love your style girl! :)

Pat said...

The plates are a gorgeous addition, Vanessa!

Pat said...

The plates are a gorgeous addition, Vanessa!

Dayle said...

A few changes can make a big difference. Love this.

Katie said...

Love the addition of the plates!! Would have never thought of that!

sher said...

i love how plates can fill a space - and this is beautiful. i know i've told you before - but your house is so cozy.

Becca said...

Perfection, Vanessa! The plates are just what your already beautful space needed. I love that you chose white plates, too, to tie in with the lovely table and other lighter accents. They pop off of your wall so well! You're on a roll this year, girl. Give us more. :) xo, Becca

NanaDiana said...

Vanessa- I love it . The plates really do brighten it up. I do think it looked pretty before too...but this looks fabulous and a bit more "finished". Another great job! Hugs- Diana

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I am shocked at how the white plates did warm it up! Looks awesome! Well done!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

I love the plates,Vanessa! The white plates are perfect for this space.
Hugs,
Sherry

Petie@inspirednesting.com said...

Love these! This arrangement turned out awesome. Now I'm itching to stroll thru TJ Maxx :)

Your family pics look great too. Tks for sharing.

Tyla said...

You're right. It's funny the tricks your camera can play. Mine makes my doors and windows look as if they are smeared with the handprints of a small boy. lol

Heather said...

Great job, Vanessa! It's the little details in decorating that really make a difference. Those plates are a fantastic addition. As you know, I am a big fan of TJ Maxx. I may have to go take another trip there...

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

The plates add sooooo much POP!!!!

Blessings,
Linda

Vicki said...

Love this, Vanessa. It really makes that wall. Crazy how cameras make our mirrors and floors look dirty. Bad camera...lol

Val said...

Vanessa, I love the plates!! I'm plate obsessed and they are gorgeous!

Pam said...

I do that sometimes. Take a picture so I can see how it really looks. Love the plates. It makes that area much larger/wider looking.

xinex said...

I love the addition of the plates, Vanessa. Very pretty!...Christine

The Inspired Nest said...

The plates are perfect and look great there! They really brighten up the wall!
Lacy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Vanessa, I love the plates you added. That is o.k. about the mirror mine look the same way. I can't find a cleaner that works very good. thanks for joining the party.

Creative Escapes said...

Love It!

Shelia said...

HI Vanessa! I love it! Those are gorgeous plates and they really do light up your wall! Great job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kim @ Cheap Chic Home said...

Hi Vanessa, Those plates are so pretty. I like the white, but I really love how you are able to integrate your blue & white so well - I'm a bit envious ;). Hugs, Kim (Sorry, I'm a bit behind on visiting you this week!)

High Street Cottage said...

Vanessa, that looks amazing! I love decorating with plates, why keep them hidden away in the hutch ;) xoxo tami

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Vanessa! LOVE those pretty plates! They look wonderful on the sides of your mirror~ I love the texture and details they add and they really frame in your mirror nicely. Thanks for sharing this at my party :)

Ann@StylishOnceAgain said...

I love the plates, I am heading to TJ MAXX today. Your whole room is beautiful. I also hate that disty mirror thing in my camera!