Decorating an Awkward Space

October 21, 2012
Remember the beautiful black Art Gift black tole tray I found for $4 at the consignment shop in August?

I finally got it hung up!

This shelf is in the front entry of my house. On the shelf is a vintage white figural swan planter with a hoya plant.

And, beside the swan planter are two clear glass bottles with decorative stoppers. They are filled with turquoise colored water. Consignment shop necklaces are wrapped around the bottle necks.

A few years ago, I painted this dark brown accent wall directly across from the front door. The rest of the entry walls are turquoise, and the turquoise walls continue down the hall to the bedrooms. This whole brown/turquoise idea started with the purchase of a pillow in the same colors.

This is just too dark for me, but I will have to wait it out a little longer before I change it, lest my husband blows a gasket!

The title of this post says decorating an awkward space, and here it is. The brown accent wall meets a jut-out for a closet, where an ugly, vintage doorbell is hanging much too prominently.

Hopefully, this beautiful tray will be the focal point of that wall and not the doorbell!


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  1. What a steal on that Tray they sell for a lot of $$ on E-bay great find! Hugs, Diane

  2. You know Carlene, looking at that doorbell, if you put a decorative empty frame around it, it would actually look like a vintage piece of art. Love the tole tray!!

  3. The tole tray really is the star of the show. I painted our plastic doorbell cover with spray paint and it blends into the wall much better. Maybe that would work for you, too. Hubby wouldn't even notice. :@

  4. The tray is perfect for that spot! And I actually like your brown wall.

  5. Love that tray and looks perfect there ... hard to notice the doorbell.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  6. I love your black tole tray. I've been looking all over for one (with no luck so far). The wall arrangement looks great.

  7. The tray is so pretty and you found a perfect place for it! Much more attractive then the doorbell...LOL!! I love the turquoise and brown but it is dark! Hugs, Linda

  8. Carlene, Your tole tray is beautiful and what a steal! It looks great where you hung it. I think we all have places in our homes that we try to disguise or detract from.
    Mary Alice

  9. The door bell is just another reminder to me of days gone by and the one we had in our house growing up. It fits in!

  10. Your tray is beautiful and looks great in this grouping. I agree with Kathy......frame the door chime and make it a piece of art. ;-)

  11. What door bell? I'm looking at your beautiful tray. :)
    Since you don't like the door bell, can you take it down and put a newer or smaller one there? Anyway, you did a great job of "distraction". :)

  12. That is a lovely space, you got a great deal on the tray. I actually love the doorbell, as someone else said, it looks like a piece of art. I would not change it, paint it, or cover it, I would embrace it as an original part of the house.

  13. That tray is gorgeous and it looks fabulous in your collage. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, marty

  14. I think the space looks great. The to;e try really steals the show!

  15. The tray and the decanter bottles are great!! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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