Accessory placement in a new home is always tricky. It takes a while to figure out where your belongings really belong. For about a year, I lived with this particular art and furniture arrangement in the awkward and somewhat functionless corner of my great room before deciding to mix things up a bit.
Though the closet was barely used, it just became an annoyance to move aside the rocker every time we needed to access our storage space. A chair in the vicinity was definitely necessary, though, as the front door (mostly used by guests and to check our mailbox) of our apartment is in the nook off to the left of the photo. I decided this somewhat compact counter-height stool would be out of the way, but also provide a convenient perch for putting on or taking off shoes. And since the front door also leads to our mailbox, a little writing desk was a nice replacement for the old music chest. Now we have a nice place to keep track of bills and other incoming and outgoing mail. (We're not paperless, so a space like this is necessary for our sanity!)
As for the art on the walls, the color was a bit much and felt rather childish after a while. We swapped out most of the pieces for personal and family-made art with a bit less color. The neutral look of the corner was made complete by the addition of this ethnic styled area rug.
So, what do you think? Do you like it better before or after? Give me another year and I'll weigh in with my own opinion.
Images: Amanda Johnson