UPDATE AT END.
My real-life friend Kim, who reads this blog and will not for the life of her leave a comment (!!!), has such an eye for interior decorating. Her own house looks like something out of Southern Living, but she's so down-to-earth and warm that you would never in a million years think yours looked frumpy in comparison.
So anyhoo, I was trying to rearrange some decor-type items in my house this week and I realized that I have been looking at the SAME STUFF arranged in the SAME WAY for 12 years. It's almost like I can't see it anymore. Don't get me wrong--I love my stuff and am very thankful for it. But I wanted to see it in a fresh way.
So Kim came to my house yesterday, took everything off the walls and counters in my kitchen/guest bath (the two rooms in question), put it all on my kitchen table, and shifted everything around. And I feel like I'm in a new house! What a boost a little rearranging can be. Here are some of the arrangements she came up with. Most of this stuff I've had for years, though I did spend about $30 at Hobby Lobby (also known as the Mother Ship) yesterday on a few clearance items:
And that's just the kitchen! I have to paint a shelf in the bathroom before I can show you the cute stuff she suggested in there. The best part? She totally didn't make me feel like a dope for the way I had it before, which--trust me--didn't look nearly this good.
So thanks so much, Kim, because I know you're reading! (Now, come on, leave a comment so all these great women can meet you!)
UPDATED TO ADD: Here's the finished guest bath! (The walls aren't that funky-looking in real life. It's gingham wallpaper, which for some reason didn't translate well on the photographs.)