There’s this weird spot along the brick wall in between my office nook and my kitchen. It looks like it used to be a doorway, but has since been drywalled over and it has two frames inside of it. I’ve always thought of it as an eyesore amongst my beautiful white brick.
I think the frames confused me. Should I hang pictures in there? Should I wallpaper them? For months that spot sat empty.
For months that spot collected crap. It was that awkward spot where I plopped a too-large buffet and dumped all my extra shit on top of it.
And then one day I won my little bar cart at an auction. I placed the cart in front of the faux-door and started brainstorming. The light bulb went off when I realized I didn’t need to work around the frames; I could decorate right over them. So I painted the whole area black to set it apart from the brick and help the frames disappear. I hung my art right over the top frame and styled up my bar cart to obscure the bottom frame.
And that, my friends, is how my bar cart vignette was born.
Funny how something that stumped me for so long could turn into one of my favorite focal points.
Do you have an awkward area that’s plaguing you? Maybe it’s time to think outside the box. Or just paint the box black.
bottom two images by Courtney Apple
Painting by Nicole Cohen,
but you already knew that if you read the Design Sponge Sneak Peek.