For various reasons, I decided that my husband's break shouldn't be spent on house projects. Frugal or not, I was going to complete our remaining tasks with convenience in mind. Trust me, this man needs a vacation!
My mom and I stopped at a few yard sales yesterday, where I found answers to nearly all of my decorating problems! The long wall of the dining room (where I had planned to hang the pressed leaves) ideally needed a HUGE mirror. Hurrah! A neighbor sold me this Venetian-style mirror for $15. You can't tell from the photo, but it's so large, my husband couldn't carry it alone. It doubles the sunlight from the windows. The delicate etching is an airy contrast against our antiqued black table.Next, we found an old Tennessee mantlepiece, not unlike the one I saw on Ebay. Miracle of miracles, it fits our tiny opening exactly--but is much larger in total scale than anything else I've seen. We only have to trim two inches from its shelf. Since it has exposed nails, it's wrapped in the garage right now.
Now that I had a mantle, what would I do about the bookcases I planned to build along with it? How about this $20 bookshelf and cabinet? It is just shallow enough to go at the end of the living room wall. I wish it were a foot wider. To compensate, I'll hang those framed fern fronds vertically on either side, making the whole unit feel larger.