We all have those spots in our homes. You know the sort… those neglected areas that you plan to get to some day. They often get relegated the leftover furniture that had nowhere else to go, yet you still want to make them look pretty until you can really do what you want with the space. Welcome to our temporary fix for the upstairs hall.
We have a reasonably spacious hallway between our bedrooms, but that was not the case in our old home, so I really had nothing specific planned for this new space or special pieces that were perfect for the spot. With a whole house to decorate when we moved in less than a year ago, this wasn’t exactly at the top of my list.
I had a marble topped bombe chest that I got at an antique market years ago. It’s a pretty little piece that’s not in great shape and from a scaling standpoint it’s quite tiny for the area. Still, as a temporary anchor we slipped it into place.
Because of the limited width of the piece, I wasn’t particularly inspired to arrange a vignette, but then serendipity stepped in and we were gifted with this gorgeous orchid. As much as I love lush floral arrangements and layered vignettes, there’s something refreshing about a single orchid sitting regally front and center on an apt sized tabletop.
If there’s one thing we had a surplus of it was plenty of gilded mirrors and this one is well suited for the space, if not for the tiny chest beneath it. The proportions are all off and it’s a temporary fix to be sure, but it hints at the beginnings of the look I hope to build on later. I think it warrants a wider chest or console, but I love that it reflects the light that comes in from a nearby tall window.
It also beautifully reflects the simplicity and elegance of the lone orchid, a cheery sight to behold when I leave the bedroom in the morning or return to it at night.
You can kind of get a peek down the adjoining hall to the laundry room, but the larger part of the hallway is in front of this piece, at one point overlooking a railing toward the front entrance. There’s potential here but thus far we haven’t conquered it.
As the wall is angled, the mirror also faces a second window presiding over the staircase landing, an area I revealed in my first post after we moved, Creating a Charming Stairway Nook.
So what do you think you’d like to see in this space? A wider console? A settee, instead? I always wonder what everyone keeps in their upstairs hallways. Let me know in the comments below…
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