Billy bookcase and cable camouflage …

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Everyone has that dreaded corner where unsightly cables seem like they are about to take over the space like a viral epidemic. You know you are in cable crisis if every time you walk past them they catch your eye and it drives you bonkers! I tried tying mine together with twine to make them into one big ginormous cable. * not a good idea.

Then I labelled them with those little plastic tags you get from the Kleenez man. That served no purpose only to satisfy my organised self … they still managed to creep out underneath side tables, chairs and scream at me every time I passed them.

I decided one afternoon that the spaghetti junction would not get the better of me. I was faced with two dilemmas.

1. the telephone line and internet modem had to stay there, as does some form of light source

2. the space is in a part of the room that everyone walks by at least a hundred times a day so it is a very visible and awkward space

The epiphany arrived and it came as a two for one offer. A bookcase, to be more specific … my old reliable Ikea Billy Bookcase (which to be honest had been kind of shifted from one room to another as there was no space for him since we moved to this house )

Billy got a makeover and got to try out a new position on his side and hey presto… I solved that awkward corner walk through space and hid my unsightly cable situation. Hurray! win win all round 🙂

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Check out my internet modem camouflage aswell … I spotted this ages back on Pinterest and knew I had to do it. We have one of those really archaic modems … it’s huge … so I bought one of these faux book wooden boxes and it sits right in.

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Ah it’s the simple pleasures in life that bring us peace!

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I took these photos quickly just after I re-jigged everything around … and in case any of you noticed the blank walls … they are waiting for some lovely artwork or photos … not sure which yet 🙂

I’d love to know if you have had any great ideas for hiding ugly cables/modems or any tips for Ikea hacks …

hope you all having a great week so far,

ciao for now,

gx

First image above sourced on pinterest from mint.com/blog

Wall Art Inspiration …

A recent visit to a local Art Gallery really inspired me to get moving on the Wall Art situation at home so here’s some home Wall Art Galleries to inspire and admire!

found on stylebyemilyhenderson.com

found on stylebyemilyhenderson.com

found on younghouselove.com

found on younghouselove.com

found on babble.com

found on babble.com

found on houzz.com

found on houzz.com

found on houseofturquoise.com

found on houseofturquoise.com

found on desiretoinspire.com

found on desiretoinspire.com

found on houzz.com

found on houzz.com

found on houzz.co.uk

found on houzz.co.uk

found on bferry.wordpress.com

Off now to root out some paints … I wish! … anyone else feeling inspired? would love to hear if you’ve any projects on the go … photos for my photo gallery are almost ready to print … hurray!! … no frames as yet but it’s a start!! Need some moral support on this one so feel free to write in the comments and fill me in on your progress too!

Have a great week. ciao for now

gx

Buddha Revamp …

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Anyone who has travelled in Asia will have found it impossible to avoid Buddha. Whether you are Buddhist or not, it is very difficult not to be struck by the tranquility and calmness of being in the presence of a Buddha image/sculpture and all it represents. Since travelling in South East Asia many moons ago I vowed to one day have my own Buddha for my own tranquil space (when I finally found my own space)

In the search for a little Zen I picked up this Buddha this time last year in a sale and intended to revamp him as soon as I brought him home.

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Off I toddled to my local Co-op and got loads of help from a young chap who broke all the rules by opening a few different cans of spray paint so I could get the exact colour I was looking for ( honestly, I was a bit mortified…and felt like a wannabe graffitti artist as I sprayed and stood back and sprayed another … all the while looking over our shoulders to make sure the manager wasn’t about … you get the picture! ) Anyway I finally decided on Rustoleum’s Oil Rubbed bronze.

Above is the ‘just before the spray got under way’ look … The first coat was quite light and almost golden and I was tempted to leave him that colour … but then decided Gold wasn’t really the aim so kept on going with the second coat. I was a little unsure about the final result and had a few seconds of regret that I hadn’t left him in his light golden state…but the colour grew on me and it has a nice sparkly sheen in real life.

I wasn’t quite sure where to put him indoors and everytime I moved him around the house he just didn’t seem to quite fit … so the last few days we have been out in the garden a lot and his ‘spot’ finally revealed itself to me! Outside amongst some pots of flowers he sits in all his Zen-ness. I can look at him from inside the kitchen and pass by him if I walk around the outside of the house.

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I remember reading somewhere that a Buddha should never be placed directly on the ground so I need to place something underneath him … just in case … I’m not superstitious or anything… it’s just out of respect … well maybe I am just a little superstitious … 🙂

Do you have a Buddha in or outside your space? … or are you a bit partial to some spray painting? … please tell all in the comments below!

ciao for now,

gx

ps. I am working on the photo gallery wall … am sifting through hundreds of photos … no pressure on anyone now … 🙂 keep me posted on your progress … or lack of!