“Laura felt a warmth inside her. It was very small, but it was strong.
It was steady, like a tiny light in the dark, and it burned very low
but no winds could make it flicker because it would not give up.”
―Laura Ingalls Wilder, The Long Winter
Well, I’m not *quite* finished decorating it yet, but the entry table area is coming right along, and the window frames are now filled with mirrored glass thanks to the folks at Best Glass.
I asked about getting the glass cut with a beveled edge, but it was waaaay more expensive that way. The plain edge mirrors were $33 each and they were done in one day. The beveled edge mirrors would’ve been $108 each and it would’ve taken 4 weeks to get them back.
As for the tabletop “stuff”, I think I’m going to have a lot of fun with this spot throughout the year. For this vignette, I started with some things I had around the house: the pumpkin (Farmers Market – 2014), the blue blanket (Atchinson Home– 2014), the square tray (TJ Maxx? 2010?), the white pitcher (? 20??), and the flour canister (TJ Maxx- 2004?). I like the blanket as a runner because the pattern and tassels remind me of a winter scarf, and I like the white glossy pieces because they create textural balance. Fresh & smooth + chippy & distressed = Get. In. My. Eyeballs. 🙂
The picture frames (which I haven’t filled with our own photos yet) came from Target (large one) and World Market (small one). The rolling hampers also came from World Market (they’re 25% off right now!), and I may see if my friend Jana can help me add some darker fabric to the insides of the liners. I’m thinking that’ll help hide the stains that are sure to make their way in there when we start using them to our store shoes and other outside stuff. The little evergreen came from Home Depot and the big one (which is artificial) came from TJ Maxx (2014). The lamp also came from TJ Maxx (2014) and I love how the black base ties together with the word “FLOUR” on the canister on the opposite side of the table.
That’s my favorite kind of symmetry- the kind that doesn’t look like a pair, it just feels like one. Don’t get me wrong- I love identical pairs of things too, I have just found that I’m most drawn to a more casual kind of symmetry. Take the tall evergreen and the lamp, for example. They match height-wise, but they’re not identical elements, so there’s a looseness about the display. Whimsy + Symmetry = Whimmetry? I feel a new hashtag coming on… 😉
The mirrors are just propped up against the wall right now, but we’re going to hang them up soon. I had mentioned the idea of moving the light switches that are currently behind them, but a super smart reader named Kim left a comment on my last post about using some kind of “spacers” behind the mirrors instead. That way, the mirrors would hang away from the wall far enough to be able to slide our hand behind them to turn on the lights. I think we’re going to give that try! (Thank you, Kim!)
In adoption news, our paperwork was submitted with our son’s paperwork exactly one year ago today, and we’ve been on stand-by ever since. Many months have passed since the Haitian government started working together with the Hague Convention to create a new, better, and more efficient system. New positions have been created, important people have been appointed, new steps are now being implemented, and things are finally starting to move.
All the while, our hope burns strong and steady- like a tiny light in the dark. No winds can make it flicker because it will not give up.
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