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Monday, October 12, 2009

Votive to Vase

I can't understand why builders locate light switches or plug receptacles smack dab in the middle of walls. We have a number of light switches so placed in our new condo and as a result cannot hang artwork on these walls. Nine months after taking occupancy we finally own our unit and are now able to have some of the switches moved to one side or another on the wall.

In our kitchen we have a number of these eyesores, some hung straight others crooked. I have tried to hide them as best as I can. An easy solution, if the unsightly switch or receptacle is on the back splash, is to simply place an accessory in front of it.

I had a set of 4 votive holders on the counter and thought I might place a taller one in front of the receptacle but it was too short. When I picked it up to see if it would work in front of the receptacle, I noticed that the holder was hollow almost all the way up to the top. So .....

I flipped it over

filled it with water

added my favourite red flowers


My votive holder was reinvented .

Now a vase; it hides the receptacle.

Lesson learned: you don't always have to run out and buy new accessories to solve decorating problems in your home.

What draws me to home staging and redesigning is the satisfaction I get from reusing and reinventing clients' possessions, saving them money while at the same time creating pleasing aesthetics.

Bear with me. I have not yet learned how to cut and paste on blogspot so the pictures are still appearing at the top. By my next entry I hope to know how to place pictures where I so desire.


  1. looking forward to more great ideas.
    thanks for sharing!

  2. Appreciate your comment. More to come in the next few days.



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