1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Problem solved - before and after.....

If you remember, this is the wall space in my living room that I did not like due to the plugs and yellowed ugly thermostat which I showed you back in June...


I brought my butler tray in from the entrance and placed some decorations on it and a large dough bowl underneath...


I had intended to create a space to display some of my doll/small quilts while also hiding the thermostat. I needed air flow to circulate there so I solved the problem by sawing (well Jos did that part...grins) a piece of weather old wood and mounting my hooks onto them before hanging them on the wall. It stands about 1-1/2 inches from the wall but you cannot tell, however it allows the air to flow just perfectly and it gives me a rustic, primitive look that I wanted...

I love having a special space now to use for seasonal decorations in my living room. So for late summer...roses and blueberries with some tea accessories and a stitched piece I made a number of years ago...

I do need to swap the lamp for a smaller one I think. What do you think? This is one of my favorite lamp shades and would rather change the lamp than change the shade. I have a similar lamp upstairs that is a bit smaller with a small lampshade.

What was most fun is that the makeover of this wall was completely free. I used all items I already had. 



  1. It is lovely, Heidi. Maybe a lamp that is just a bit shorter would give light to your quilts? I really like the weathered wood under the hooks. Take care!

  2. Cool solution.

    I had thought about needing air circulation, in front of a thermostat. Well, I had thought that one couldn't really cover it, too closely. :-)

    As to your lamp question... I just love, love, love little ambiance lights. So I'd vote for a smaller lamp. But it's YOU, who should be pleased by things in your house. :-)


  3. As usual, a job well done. It looks really good and I know how happy you are to cover yet another thing you do not want to look at in your house. In the winter, it might be a problem for Jos. He always heads straight for it when he comes home from work to see that the heat is turned down. LOL. The true Dutchman.
    It all looks great.
    Love you, Mom

  4. I think it looks much more elegant now. Try different lights and see how you feel.

  5. I know you don't want to change the shade but I think a smaller shade might look less crowded. You'd have to try what you have and see. Too small a lamp might not work either, so I say just change the shade or find a similar size lamp with a smaller shade or a shade shaper differently, curved smaller at the top. Just my two cents worth. What you've done looks really nice though. I love the way you add little details to your tables tops.

  6. I always love your vignettes, but I agree that you need a smaller lamp. Could you use this lamp shade that you love on the smaller lamp?

  7. So pretty! And while I like tall lamps, I agree that a shorter one would fit better with what you are trying to do here.

  8. Lovely solution. I love the moose hooks.

  9. Love your vignettes! New Follower.


  10. Heidi - so pretty. You never cease to amaze me with your talent for making things look good, and pulling all kinds of things together in a fabulous display.

  11. You are so smart to mount the wall quilt over the thermostat! I should hide mine that way!

  12. This looks really good, what a brilliant idea to hide the thermostat behind the quilt. I think you are right that a smaller lamp (ie shorter)would look better as it wouldn't hide part of the quilt and would balance the flowers better as well.


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