As my last post said, I felt the dining room needed a little softening to make it flow into the open space of the great room. So, after toiling for a day or two, I made a few changes. I think they do wonders for the area!
First, I've been hating on the awwwful brass chandelier since I first saw this house back in September of 2011, so I was more than willing to shut off the power and rewire in a new pendant light ($18 at Lowe's) plus a paper lantern (Pier 1, $10).
Then, I put the bamboo placemats back on the table. I also decided the window needed curtains - both for some soft texture and also for privacy. This is a townhouse and my elderly neighbor sits on her back porch all.day.long and I get antsy about that after awhile. I could not find any curtains I liked (I wanted greens and yellows to pull together the two rooms) at Target, Kohl's, IKEA online, or Ross... and then I wandered into World Market and found a $30 shower curtain that is absolutely perfect.
I hung the curtain with little shower clips from Target.
Currently, the curtain's clips are half on one side of the rod's center-bracket, half on the other, which is why it is bunchy on the left. Eventually I may cut the curtain and hem the cut, then add a band of coordinating fabric to the bottom. I rather like the casual look right now, though, so I am going to laissez-faire it for awhile.
And now... the two rooms together, as viewed from the loveseat. By the way, the temporary new "rug" is a quilt and the green pillows are the old green Pier 1 ones covered with fabric a la this Pin. Thanks, Mom, for the idea!
What are your favorite ways to repurpose items?