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This space was my favorite nook in our home even before it was built – – – I fell in love with it from the blueprint alone. I imagined this top-of-stairs nook as a relaxing space to read a book, stretch out with some yoga, play my mandolin, or have a quiet conversation with one of my boys. The space is large enough to be useful, but all that existed until recently was this great window seat bench. It’s white linen with a light-gray piping, making it the perfect backdrop for any style, but it certainly needed some design accents and accessories to brighten it up. I headed to Big Lots on a quest to give this special room a much needed makeover.
I initially headed to the throw pillow section, because the white bench was calling out for some pillows! Throw pillows are an instant way to spruce up a room and give it a whole new look. At Big Lots there is an entire aisle packed with throw pillows in all colors, patterns and sizes. I was immediately drawn to this black and white abstract animal-print pillow, and my inspiration for completing the room was set – I wanted to use black & white patterns for a modern and playful look.
Next up were these great storage ottomans. There was quite a selection of ottomans in different sizes and colors, but I decided on this fun black & white pattern. Not only are these ottomans adorable, but their padded lids provide comfortable and sturdy seating options while the roomy interior is great for stashing the clutter inside. Now that I have found two black & white patterns to layer on each other, I’m going looking for some solid pieces.
I didn’t have to look far to find this black accent table. It’s petite in size with a gorgeous black finish on the wood and round curvy legs. It came in a flat box that I could easily carry myself, although it was pouring down rain as I left the store, so the extremely friendly Big Lots employee carried it to my car for me (thank you!). My handy husband put it together in about 15 minutes when I got it home. What a great value for such a quality piece of furniture! It’s very solid and sturdy and you can see how the light reflects on the pretty black wood finish. It is absolutely perfect in this space, but would also make an excellent nightstand – place one on either side of the bed for symmetry.
OK, now back to my space. I picked up a couple of these black shadow box frames in the picture frame section in two different sizes, 5×7 and 8×10. A shadow box frame is easy to swap out the content for a quick room refresh. You can fill them with memorabilia, photographs, or a fun mix of both (think concert or sporting event tickets combined with a photograph from the day!). As much as I’m loving layering the black and white patterns together, it’s time for a little pop of color, and I’ve been holding onto this colorful print for some time now.
I used an old greeting card that I’ve kept for years in the smaller letter box frame. Here’s another great tip: look at greeting cards, art prints, children’s artwork, wallpaper and even thick wrapping paper to use in photo frames for easy decorating. I finished the look off with a vase I had stashed away, and a bright pink Gerbera daisy. Fresh flowers make a room come alive, even if it’s just a snip from your garden in a small bud vase.
Now I’m looking for something to bring it all together, so that’s when I head over to the decor section and start perusing the wall art. If you think the throw pillow selection is large, you should see the selection of wall art! The styles and assortment vary by store, but I was so happy to find this large square canvas wall art that says love on it in white and gold with arrows. The gold print is a reflective metallic and it perfectly plays off of the you are so loved print in the shadow box below, and there simply can’t be enough love in my house! I was so excited to see this commercial from Big Lots because the love print makes a cameo in it!
Here is a tip for when you’re hanging pictures on the wall, because most people hang artwork way too high! The goal is to hang the artwork so the center of the art is at your eye level, not the bottom of the art. Having your artwork at eye level makes it most enjoyable as you pass by. This also means it will be slightly different for everyone, and since I’m 5’ and my husband is 6’, we split the difference and skew on the lower side.
Ahhhh, every time I come up the stairs and see this view I’m just so happy! I am thrilled with my black & white room makeover and so pleased with the selection, quality and value of my purchases from Big Lots. Thanks so much to Big Lots for making this vision come true.
Author: Candace Thomas