As we have heard it said before, “the kitchen is the heart of the home”! While I truly believe that the kitchen is indeed the heart of the home, the other rooms in our homes have their own importance too! If you have a dining room, that’s where your share the wonderful food that you lovingly prepared for your family and friends. Your living room or den is where you spend time together watching, “dancing with the stars” or your favorite sports team SCORE!
Interior design is an art! As a creative and artistic person, my passion lies not only in culinary arts, I also have a love of interior design!
I am in the process of planning a makeover in just about every area of my home, more from necessity than anything else. After my parents passed, the house has been sliding the slippery slope into disrepair. No maintenance has been taking place due to not only a lack of money but also a lack of interest in those left behind to care for the home.
I won’t go into all the details, I’ll just say that I’ve decided to step up and put the house back into a livable condition, even though I will have to do it one project at a time. I’m resigned my job in June 2017 due to escalating medical issues. Arthritis in my right hip and knees has me in a state of limbo. Unable to walk, sit and sleep without pain has caused me to believe I may not be able to go back to work any time soon. I’ve also had two back surgeries to add insult to injury! This means I’m on a fixed, limited income but I plan to accomplish my goal of renovating the house.
I’ve been working on gathering items for the hallway, where you enter into the home if you come in the front door. Right now it’s a mess! Part of the ceiling that allows me to access the 2nd floor bathroom plumbing needs to be replaced. There is a broken window that needs to be replaced as well as the front door. At the end of the hallway is the ground floor 3 piece bathroom. I want to remove the shower and turn it into a powder room.
I have been looking at paint colors and wall treatments. I know I want the wall that leads to the 2nd floor done with some type of textured wall paper. This wall covers the largest area and it is the wall that goes up the steps and becomes part of the 2nd floor landing/hallway. There are such beautiful wall papers now that I’m actually having a problem making up my mind but I’m close.
I have purchased a couple of items for the hallway which I wanted to share with you today! I am planning to have an Afrocentric flavor to my home because I love it! When I lived in Atlanta, I had some very nice pieces which I lost in a house fire. I did love injecting African design into my overall design plans to create a design fusion. It’s easy to do with a vignette here or a special piece there and I love the look!
I will give you an idea of what I mean by showing you an item that I have already purchased for my hallway, which I’ll mix with pieces of my own and a hall table that belonged to my Mom. I have always loved the term “Chic Afrique” which is what I’m going for throughout my home. An African wood carving or figurine, a painting, a wall hanging – etc. Like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words and I’ll be sure to upload some as I finish each project!
To wet your whistle a little bit, I’ll show you one of the pieces that I picked up for the hallway as I mentioned earlier!
The pieces I already had are the hallway table and a large table top fountain. The fountain depicts 3 baskets pouring into each other and stands about 18 inches high. Because of the look of the baskets they lend themselves to the Afrocentric design I’m going for.
I found a beautiful room screen online and fell immediately in love with it! When I found out that the price was only $99 and I had never seen anything like it, I knew I had to have it. I’ve had it for months and even though it’s still in the box, as soon as I get the hallway squared away, it will be the focal point in back of my hall table, on the wall as a wall hanging.
My plan is to remove the hinges that hold it together and put it on the wall as 3 separate panels, with 4-6″ between each panel! The screen is canvas on a wood frame, approximately 6 feet high and 47 inches wide! If you find this screen too beautiful to take apart, you could hang it without taking it apart or just use it as a screen! The picture is on both sides of the canvas so if you use it as a screen and you don’t sit it against a wall, it’s beautiful from both sides!
I really think it’s going to be fabulous, you know, Chic Afrique! If you like this screen and believe me it’s gorgeous, click my affiliate link below to order. If you order through my link, I might make a small commission for referring you. Thanks a bunch!
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Please take a look and send me your comments, ideas and suggestions! There’s a designer inside of all of us!