Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When things just don't work out and when some do!

Sometimes, it just really happens.

You try so hard to make something work, but in the end you are unsatisfied and discontent with your choice. Just like my recent 'mishaps'...

I asked you back in February what to do with it and you guys all gave terrific suggestions.
In then end, I went with what I wanted and ended up with this...

Thank you to my handsome assistant for holding this up!

The cubby, which I got from TARGET was 20" wide and was still TOO WIDE for my narrow wall.
I think some of you are right, I just probably need to hang art there and just give up on any storage solution for that narrow space. It may save me some 'headaches' and 'heartaches' in the end. 
This saga continues...

And then I got this fabulous Brass Lamp from a Resale store for $8!
But the shade was yellowing already and so I tried this...

Still a failure, I also tried a black drum shade and both drum shades ended up looking very wobbly and small. I think the lamp is telling me not to change what's already right for her.
I will just try to look for a similar sized and shaped shade and maybe I'll be content.
We'll see...

Lastly, I adored Jennifer's Malachite Pagoda Prints and wanted to place them desperately in my kitchen. And since I didn't want to put it on my huge wall-papered wall, I ended up hanging them on the window corners like so....

It looked fine, but still felt 'off' and plus, the frames I used was cramping the picture itself (these were the same frames I used for my Christmas decorations last time). And so, you probably know, these babies moved and got a different frame...

One sits here...

... and the other hung here

It took me months to find the right frame and place for these beautiful prints from The Pink Pagoda
and in the end I ended up DIY-ing how I mounted it!

I used the RE frames from TARGET ($16.99 I think with the mat). I spray painted the backside of the mat with my favorite gold spray paint and just put the picture up top! Easy and perfect for this I think. Plus, I can still use the other side, which is white, if I ever change my mind again (which I don't think I will just yet)!

And lastly, about the "Chaise Chase". I finally ordered the chaise that  I think would go well with our home. It's not one of the ones I showed you HERE before. I ended up going to ARHAUS recently and ended up getting a custom piece...


No, I did not get a sectional but got  to try this one and loved the' feel'  & comfiness of it.
And since I did not like the arms and leather per se, I ordered a boxed double- arm chaise, in lush arabella taupe velvet fabric with brass nailheads on the bottom!

I cannot wait to see it and of course, lie down on it. With this piece of furniture, the FEEL really mattered a lot to me since I wanted to make sure it had the right inclination, softness and of course, look too!
And one last huge plus, when I ordered it they had a 30% off sale! 

Anyhow, that's my little story for today.
How about you, do you have some things that nag your head an in the end didn't work out at all? Or at times, does it work out  only after such a very long time of tweaking or thinking?

Have  a Great Spring Day!



  1. Oh I can so relate. I tweak, redo and then tweak again constantly. Love that new lamp and the pictures looks fabulous in your new frames. Hugs, Marty

  2. Oh I can relate! I'm constantly tweaking and changing my mind about things...or they just don't look as good in life as they did in my mind. Remember that light fixture I picked out for my laundry room? We hung it up over the weekend and I don't like it. So now we have to take it down and find something else...

  3. Vel, the cubby looks nice on the narrow wall in your kitchen, I wonder why it didn't work for you?! Too wide? I still see room on the sides. The lamp is beautiful, what a find! I like the original shade, it doesn't looks that yellowish, but I know the colors in pictures are not the same than in real life :/
    I'm always tweaking and changing things around the home, many times is a matter time, just waiting for the perfect idea to arrive ;)
    Looking forward to see the chaise, the "Arabella taupe velvet fabric" sounds sophisticated and comfortable :)

  4. One change always leads to another and freshens up any look. I love the framed pagodas. Happy Easter to you and yours!

  5. Oh my gosh, good to know I'm not the only one!!! I'm constantly moving things around. The prints look wonderful where you have them now. Cheers!

  6. I'm constantly tweaking things too. What doesn't work in one space, might work in another. I've spray painted mats before too and love how it changes up a print. You'll love your new chaise! And how nice that it was on sale too! Bonus!

  7. I can so relate Vel. I am always tweaking and changing something. My husband loves this! Lol!

  8. Hello ganda kong Kabayan,
    Hope you have a great Easter with your lovelies.

    First of all, I love your wallpaper and your tweakings are so inspiring. Yeah! Tweakings are just our nicknames, right? and our hubbies love it, or? LoL*

    Take care and have a quiet na Mahal na Araw.

    Hugs from D´Box,
    /CC girl

  9. It happens to me all the time! I bought a corner cabinet for my dining-room once, but it always looked awkward there. Now it's in my bathroom and it's perfect there... We need time to understand what things are telling us! I had a wobbly lamp shade and fixed it with tooth pick... You can try!

  10. Ugh - we have all been there, Vel! I have trouble every time finding the perfect lamp shade for a lamp. Maybe, it is because I am too stubborn to take the lamp with me to the shop. Crazy! Hope the rest of the week is better!!

  11. That is the story of my life Vel. Somehow the lampshades from Target just do me wrong….they either don't fit, continuously tilt to the side, or aren't the right scale for my lamps. However that brass lamp of yours is gorgeous. Also your new malachite prints….I love those!

  12. Sometimes, what I think I want, was sure I wanted, just doesn't work out! I never buy anything without knowing I can return it! Ha! ;)

  13. If celebrity designers need a few tweaks here and there to get the look right, I don't see why we can't. :) I love your brass lamp, it's beautiful. I also like the way you framed your prints, it looks chic with a designer's touch!


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