big change in an itty, bitty space

While I usually find decorating large, open spaces more challenging than smaller ones, I have been contemplating how to go about tackling a 4.5 foot by 3 foot space in my home for the last year…the uninspiring toilet room.  There are plenty of other spaces in the house that need addressing, but I thought this little nook could use some sprucing up, so I turned to one of my favorite low-cost decorating tricks (and recent blog topics).

I picked up this book for $3 a few years ago at a bookstore that was going out of business. The hubby has spent quite a bit of time in the water throughout his career in the Marine Corps, so I’m drawn to decorating with that in mind.  This book has is chock full of pretty pictures…

…and beautiful quotes…

This bathroom by Steven Gambrel served as my inspiration for the space.  (I’ll be honest, I’m inspired by any space that man touches):

I scored a bunch of black frames on sale for 60% off at Joanne’s and added them to some I already had sitting in the closet and got to work.  This is what the sad little space looked like before:

And here is what I ended up with:

What a difference, don’t you think?

Who knows how long it will stay like this…I sent pics to the hubby and, truth be told, he is not that crazy about it, but for now, I’m happy!  What do you think?


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  1. Tonia on October 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Yes I agree a big change for a small space. Lovely.

  2. Kelly Stivers on October 25, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you, Tonia! πŸ™‚

  3. Lynn on October 25, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Lovely indeed!!! So much more depth to the space. For years I too have been using the same thrifty decorating trick…
    If the hubby doesn't care for the new look, perhaps he should go outside πŸ˜‰

  4. Kelly Stivers on October 26, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Thanks, Lynn! I guess it's not that he doesn't like it, but rather, clean and classic to him means nothing on the walls, haha! He'll get used to it πŸ™‚

  5. Angela Foster on October 26, 2011 at 5:17 pm


  6. Kelley on October 28, 2011 at 2:30 am

    Well done. I'm inspired!!

  7. Kelly Stivers on October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Thank you, Kelley! πŸ™‚

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  9. Kerry Leilani on August 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    What color is on the walls? Just love this, I may have to recreate!

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