Category Archives: Unique decorating ideas

cover a recessed light with a decorative bowl

Before I officially start this post, let me introduce you to the newest member of our family…

jake

Doggie-X.  We are still working on the name, but think Jake might be it!  So far he’s been “Mouse,” “Jack” “Ninja Turtle” and now “Jake.”

I adopted this beautiful boy on Friday while my daughter was at school!  He is a two year old hound [if anyone out there knows exactly what kind of breed he is I'm all ears!] that was at a local animal shelter.  I have never seen a more mellow, sweetheart of a dog in all my life.  We are already in love with him and he has filled a huge empty space in our house and hearts that our previous dog once filled.  Our house feels complete once again.

Anyway, thanks for letting me get a bit side tracked.  Now onto today’s crazy idea…

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

Even though I like recessed lighting, sometimes I feel the urge to rip a few out around the house and install a nice pendant or flush mount light fixture just for something unique.  We have the energy-efficient bulbs in every recessed can and the light it emits is just so darn harsh [and just a tad unflattering].  Since I don’t want to chance burning down our house, I decided to take the easier route and decided to “cover up” one light.

cover up any recessed light with a decorative bowl

This is our entry from the garage and I thought it was the perfect spot to add a little more personality.  [yep, even more personality than the BRIGHT yellow door!]

cover any recessed light with a decorative bowl

I purchased this metal ring bowl at a decor shop the other day and had NO clue what to do with it when I got home.  As usual, I walked around the house with this thing for a good 30 minutes trying to find a good spot.  The light bulb went off [ha ha] when I walked towards the garage.

cover up a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

You can see how I attached it to the ceiling if you look close enough.  I simply hung this guy from the ceiling using cup hooks.  I used about 6 so it was level and secure.  For now the gold colored hooks doesn’t bother me, but I can always break out my paint pens and color them to match if I get the urge.

cover up a recessed light with a decorative metal bowl

 

covering up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover up a recessed light with a decorative bowl

cover a recessed light up with a decorative bowl

I was kind of hoping it would cast some funky shadows onto the wall and floor, but not the case.  No worries.  I love the look anyway.

covering a recessed light fixture with a decorative bowl

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a unique gallery wall

Sorry for all the bathroom posts this week!  I swear I will move out of the bathroom and into another room after today’s post.  :-)   Remember I gave you a little sneak peek in yesterday’s post of what was to come today…

make your own diy red funky and modern towel holder

Yep…I created a [quirky] gallery wall in the kids’ bathroom…but in true AMY FASHION I took it to the bizarre next step and created a gallery wall on their mirror!

use kids art to create a unique art gallery on bathroom mirror

I am not the biggest fan of gallery walls as I think they are a trend and just not my personal style.  But when you’ve accumulated thousands upon thousands of kiddie art projects that must be kept at all costs [their words, not mine] what choice do you have?  I succumbed to my apprehension of gallery walls and created a quirky one.  I’m just that rebellious and cannot do what everyone else is doing.  My Mom is nodding her head right now as she reads this.  :-)

kids unique gallery wall on bathroom mirror

 

I gathered up my favorite works of theirs and thought the bright colors were just what the blah-builder-grade-Godzilla-sized-mirror was begging for.  Obviously I used very lightweight canvas paintings and the framed works are very light as well.  They are simply award frames I purchased at Michael’s.  No glass, just plastic.  I attached each of these masterpieces with Command double sided tape.

Command 0.6-in Two-Sided Tape

create a fun kids art gallery on a bathroom mirror

Attaching their artwork to their bathroom mirror also serves as a cute dividing line between “his” and “her” space.  I’m hoping this alleviates some of the nagging and fighting.

unique kids art gallery created on a bathroom mirror

make a unique kids art gallery on a bathroom mirror

create a unique kids art gallery wall on a bathroom mirror

This is actually a pen/pencil holder and desk tray I purchased from Poppin but I like it much better holding their toothbrushes, toothpaste and Zahnputzuhr (loosely translated…teeth cleaning clock).  The color is fun and goes with their new wallpapered wall.

making a unique art gallery from kids artwork on a bathroom mirror

kids unique gallery wall on bathroom mirror

use kids art to create a unique art gallery on bathroom mirror

In case you’re wondering that Command tape is still holding STRONG!  I don’t see these pictures coming down….EVER!!  :-)

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