I've been wanting to use a pair of mirrors in the dining room for a long time, and finally got around to putting some up in there this week. Once I started working on the wall, the ball started rolling for other changes, too!
Nesting Place is probably the first home blog I started reading 8 years or so ago, and I think that's the first time I ever heard the term "shop the house." Love it, because that's what I do all the time! The idea is to look at things in various rooms and use them in a different way or place than how or where you originally intended.
So, I shopped the house and without purchasing one little thing, have a new look in both of our dining areas! First, the dining room.
I started by removing the bird prints and small mirrors that surrounded the china cabinet previously, and hung a pair of mirrors from my bedroom flanking the cabinet.
Since I'm thinking about Fall decorating, the blue and white pieces that have been in the Entry had to move, but I really liked them all grouped together. With the bird prints down from above the china cabinet, I needed to add some height there, so I tried arranging the pieces there. Normally I don't like to load up the tops of cabinets with "stuff," but I think in this case it continues the look that's inside the cabinet, and keeps everything looking cohesive while adding some height.
Side note: I tweaked the orchid arrangement that I showed you last month. After living with it for a while, I realized it needed a few more orchid stems to be a little more full. And, I didn't like the brown spanish moss, so I switched it out with some bright green reindeer moss. I like the contrast in color and it looks much cleaner. I've actually been meaning to add in a few curly willow branches too like I saw in some beautiful arrangements at Boxwoods when we were in Atlanta, but I forgot until just now! Need to get on that...
Here's a before and after from my summer tour. Completely different look just by moving some things around! It's a cleaner look now, which I think is good as the holidays are approaching.
Now, since I robbed the kitchen table of it's chairs, I had to move some things around in there, too.
The tufted chairs are a nice change in here, I think! This is the table we sit at the most, and they're actually more comfortable than the spotted back chairs, so I think the family is happy with this little switch, too.
I have 6 of the tufted chairs, but like the contrast of different chairs so I mixed in the Chippendale chairs at the ends of the table.
There are no other changes in here except for the chairs, but I think that one thing changes out the look!
As you're preparing for Fall, how can you look at the items in your home in a new way? Move some things around. Shop the house! You don't need to spend any money to get an entirely different look!