Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have a CRUSH

I have a crush....and it's a big one....

My crush looks like this...



And this...



And this...



Have you figured out my crush yet?! Alright...enough of the teasing....here it is....





It's a wonderfully decorate shelf unit in my family room!! And isn't it a beauty?!

I have been living in this house for a little over a year now (wow, that's a record for me) and the house has been pretty well furnished/decorated for the majority of the time. However, there was this empty little section behind the couch/TV area that really needed something to make it complete.

For a while, I thought maybe it could use a small chair and table...or maybe a tall lamp....but I was not ever fully inspired by those ideas. I wasn't inspired until I went to Philadelphia to visit my dear friend Megan...

I was sitting on Megan's couch as we were waiting to head out for the day when I looked across the room and noticed a few really cute baskets with each of her roommates' names on it. I quickly asked her about the baskets because I was already imagining how they could potentially be used. Much to my delight, it was a mini "mail center" that they had set up. Each person in the house had a basket to stick mail or misc. stuff left around the house. This idea was terribly simple, but insanely perfect for how we could use our space!

I was in TJ Maxx one day roaming around for any good deals and stumbled across some baskets which would be the perfect size for a "mail center"...see, our kitchen table generally looked like a big piece of wood, on four legs, with stacks of mail and ads, and more mail and more ads. The baskets I spotted would be perfect for storing all of the mail that gets delivered to our house daily. I picked up 4 baskets for a grand total of $24....not bad.

A few days later I was in Target getting some toothpaste when I walked by the bookshelves and noticed a nice, sturdy shelf, on sale! It had 3 shelves, was a nice black stain, and looked like it would be just the right size for the wall that was bare. I got the shelf for a grand total of $19.99...even better than the baskets!

Thanks to the help of my friend Jon, the shelf was assembled and put in place in a few short days of the purchase. The baskets were carefully placed, and perfectly fit, on the shelves. I get the top left side, Laurie gets the top left side, Ashely gets bottom left, and Hilary gets bottom right....easy as pie! The beauty of organization was coming together, but it was still missing something!

I tried to "snazz" up the shelf by putting my "Teachers warm the heart" ceramic plate which I got from a student this year. That just wasn't cutting it. I put flowers from a bridal shower, and those added some color, but quickly died. It just needed more. I asked Laurie what she thought about putting on top of the shelf and she suggested a cool mirror....that was IT! It would be a super cool addition/completion to the shelf unit.

We looked online and found a few at IKEA and Craigslist...but nothing worth the money we would be paying for it. Finally, today I was at the Farmer's Market and saw a beautiful bouquet of Snap Dragon flowers and thought maybe they would do the trick since we couldn't find a mirror to work...5 dollars later I walked away with some beautiful flowers that fit perfectly in a vase, on a shelf, against the dark wood. But the mirror....we still lacked the mirror.

On the way home from the gym I decided to swing by the thrift store to see if I could pick up a steal of a deal and a beauty of a mirror. I looked through all the hanging items and saw nothing...until I turned my back and saw this insanely cool mirror hanging on the wall opposite to where I was looking. After much contemplating (and texting Laurie pictures of the mirror) I decided it would fit perfectly into the space we have....it would complete the shelf/space.

I happily set up the mirror and flowers and now can't stop looking at how cool it looks. I seriously have a major crush on the creation of this shelving unit.

Ahhh! It's just perfect!

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