Hey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and explore the randomness of my home renovation and decorating. This time around, I am not focusing on a project list or a must-do-this-now list. Nope. I want styling this house to be fun–to be inspired. No plan. This time around, it is not just a house that the hubby and I are flipping–it is our home. Our home. And we want to decorate it with soul. I am on a mission to conquer the odd corners and awkward spaces at Hathorn Hall–starting with the bedrooms. Both of the guest rooms upstairs are similar in size and shape. Both have a wall of windows, tall ceilings,and the character of a house built in 1920. I really don’t want to do “period” furnishings…and I do not like everything to be all matchy-matchy. I adore junk…old junk. But…I do not want my home to look like a flea market…or one of those flea market finds magazines. Nope. I want my home to have a soul. And in order to accomplish that, I must incorporate personality, family treasures, and functional art pieces.
At first, the hubby and I were going to build traditional bookshelves for the room. We had priced lumber and paint–the total for what we needed for the space was just over $250. Not bad…but for ordinary bookshelves…it seemed a bit much + I wanted more for less. So, I went shopping in my basement, other rooms in my house, and Sampson Mountain General Store in downtown Johnson City for pieces to create a bookshelf + display for my childhood treasures.
I am not sure how many times I stacked and re-stacked these crates. I just could not get the look I wanted…so, I went to my go-to place for junky treasures–Sampson Mountain General Store, which is literally two or three minutes from my house. Too close for the hubby’s comfort *wink* At the General Store, I found salvaged kitchen cabinets. Perfect. The one I used in my display still has the old cup hooks! I could not bear to take them out, so I just slid books in between them.
Thanks for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about building a display/bookshelf from crates + cabinet + drawer. I encourage all of you to get creative with your furnishings and create something with soul. Now, I am off to work on my writing area. It is definitely a work in progress!