This time of year, it’s hard to relate to my friends and family back home in Louisiana who are enjoying the first blooms of spring and 75-degree weather.
I’m on the tail-end of a five-month winter, give or take a few days of teasing warm temperatures. And today, it’s snowing again. Despite the wintery weather, spring fever has got a hold on me.
Since the weather (and the frozen, volcanic soil) isn’t inviting me to work on the outside of my house, I’m working on the inside.
Decorating a home shared with my Michigander-outdoorsman husband is a balancing act.
He likes raw earth-given materials and he is naturally attracted to more masculine décor (i.e. the bull elk European mount hanging in our living room).
I like French Country.
This entertainment center, handcrafted for us by our friend, was a special addition to our living room. When people make you furniture by hand, it’s a big deal. I’m fond of it and its meaning goes beyond words, but aesthetically, it favors my husband’s taste.
Although it’s become a centerpiece, its main purpose is function. That big TV has a huge amount of unsightly accouterment.
The task at hand is to hide the ugly technical mess and infuse my personal taste.
First, the speakers need to go. If I use the word “camouflage” when explaining this arrangement to my husband, he will be totally on board.
TIP: Wrangle all visible cords. You’ll be amazed at how tidy anything looks after taming haywire power cords. I recommend using twist ties and masking tape (no duct tape – it will ruin your furniture).
I’m “camouflaging” the right speaker with this pewter, vintage-style frame with a watercolor painted by my dear Aunt Mary Ceil. The shed antler brings interest and dimension.
The left speaker is hidden with a short cube-shaped vase holding silk hydrangeas ($3.99 on the floral aisle at WalMart).
I have seen ideas on Pinterest about gutting books and placing the empty hard covers around wifi routers and modems. I can’t bring myself to deface any of my own books, so I’m hiding the Internet gear behind them.
Lastly, I’m adding a fleur de lis candle crib to balance out the empty bottom left shelf.
I don’t know if “candle crib” is a real term, but I think it describes the object more eloquently than “holder.” So, I’m going with it. Get on board at the ground level and start using the phrase with me.
And that my friends, is how you blend the style of a manly Northern hunter-fisher-gatherer and a Southern girl.
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