After tossing around many ideas, including displaying dishes in a semi-circular design, layering a wreath in front of an old window, installing a wooden shelf with pegs, and mounting a piece of architectural salvage that I felt reasonably sure wouldn’t clobber us over our heads in the middle of the night, I accidentally discovered exaaactly the thing that would go with the romantic prairie style I love. Best of all, it was free!
It basically involved walking past a scrap pile of salvage that my husband had stacked up in our back yard, looking over at a length of rustic wood, and going “Huh, I think this could work.” Lucky for me, this delightfully rustic piece of wood had a convenient slot running along its entire length where accessories could be either nestled into for leaning against the wall or hooked onto for hanging from. Of course, like many of my ideas, it would require a little hardware handiwork from my husband to see this idea come to fruition!
To complement the rustic prairie look, I found the most amazing carved wooden picture frames in a very chippy and shabby style while out on a recent shopping excursion at Home Goods. I decided to break with tradition and mount cheerful digital wallpaper patterns I found on Etsy into the two carved frames flanking the display. These digital wallpapers were a breeze to download, print out, and mount into frames. I found my digital wallpapers from Etsy seller digitalpaperetc, where you can find vintage-inspired and farmhouse-style patterns for as little as .99 cents per collection. A real steal, if you ask me. Here are a couple of in-progress shots I took while I was till trying to figure out the rest of the display, along with a closeup of the carving on the frames:
Next came the fun part ~ deciding how to accessorize the shelf. I found a letter “R” in just the right size on Etsy for leaning against the wall. I wanted to add a touch of mulberry to complement the new lavender and natural linen look, and this fit the bill perfectly. I then added my “mini-chandelier” that I hooked onto the slot to give the display a touch of glamour. If only I could find a real matching chandelier to hang from the ceiling!
I knew I wanted flowers on the shelf to emphasize the natural look and feel of the room, and I was able to find two pots of faux flowers in purple and white in little cement pots. I also found a darling vintage floral purse in a dusty plum and gold fabric from a vintage thrift shop to hang from the bed post. Here’s how it all turned out:
I’m really pleased with how everything turned out. Once the spring and summer flowers start blooming, I’ll probably swap out the faux florals for real blooms, but this is the overall look I was going for. And it’s nice to know I can move things around on the shelf whenever the mood strikes. So don’t pass up that salvaged piece of wood you found lying around! You never know what you might make from it, and it could be just the thing you’ve been searching for to complement your farmhouse or prairie style home.