Hearth and Hand with Magnolia Solved my Awkward Wall Space Decor Problem

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Okay it's not really THAT awkward of a wall space.  I think a lot of homes actually have a wall space similar to this one.  It is just a tiny space between my kitchen cabinets that should be really easy to decorate, but I personally found it kind of difficult.  I wanted this area to be energetic, nice-to-look-at and not predictable.  I've browsed Pinterest and researched what others have done, and not much has provided me with inspiration for what to do with this space.  I've seen people use a gigantic wooden (or metal) fork and spoon for wall decor or a huge metal coffee cup popping out of the wall (which is really cool and would be fitting in my case), or a couple of pieces of artwork.  All of these were perfectly fine in their own ways, but they weren't quite what I was looking for at this moment.  Here's the space that I'm talking about:


I mean, it shouldn't be that hard to decorate, right?  Many kinds of decor could look neat on this wall.  As you can see in the photos, this space is right above our coffee and tea station.  This is where I start my day, and I wanted the decor to be bright, colorful and happy (because that is how I hope to start my day everyday). 

In the last post, I shared with you my recent good find at Target - this wall shelf from Joanna Gaines' line at Target called Hearth and Hand with Magnolia.  I took note of the measurements, and yayyyyyy!  It would fit perfectly in this little wall space above the coffee station!  Let's take a look.


In this post, I'm going to show you a few different ways to use this shelf that I experimented with to figure out what I liked best.  Remember the hanging planters from the 2018 Etsy Spring Bash that I posted about a couple of months ago?  Well, these were the three that I bought, and I was thinking about where I can hang these.


Honestly, I never thought I would be the type to use hanging planters because I thought they were risky.  Maybe I felt that they were risky because I didn't know how to incorporate them within my "style".  But then I thought I don't want to limit myself to a single "style" because then I'll never get to use hanging planters!  Sorry for the ramble, but I learned that a little bit of modern + a little bit of boho ended up being a pretty unique combo.  So as I was going round and round with how I was going to use these planters, an idea came to my mind to use the Magnolia wall shelf as a backdrop! Let's see how that looks.


If you look closely, you can see that the little one in the top right is maybe kind of...not alive anymore.  I know...leave it to me to kill succulents because I just don't have a green thumb.  Here is the sadness up close... =( =( =(


So I went out to buy a replacement for it and got this one at a local nursery.  I just LOVE the pops of peach mixed in with the green.  These particular succulents that don't have roots are called Air Plants or real name Tillandsia.  Even though I managed to kill one of them, they are actually super easy to take care of, I promise.  The instructions I received to care for these plants were plain and simple - just dip the whole plant upside down in water and gently shake out the excess water ONCE A WEEK.  That. is. it.  Super easy.  And somehow I missed a week, so one of them didn't make it. 


Aside from the whole 'do-these-planters-fit-my-style' question, I hesitated and questioned whether or not I would actuallyuse these planters because I didn't want to punch holes in the ceiling in order to hang them.  So I went to Home Depot and bought a 70 inch twin track upright in BLACK because I thought that the black complements the wood and together would make a modern combo.  A few S hooks (that I'm planning to paint black one day) and some twine worked beautifully to hang these planters, and I don't have holes in the ceiling! WIN WIN!


Hey that looks pretty cool! (in my opinion)  There are different shapes, depths, and textures in the mix that make this very interesting, and I am liking how it turned out!  So now let me try using the wall shelf in a normal way for what it is intended to be used as... a shelf.  I was so excited to pick up a few tiny decor items (mainly salt and pepper shakers!) at Target to pair with a couple that I already had at home to start decorating my shelf!


I saw the mini "Welcome" and the flower ceramic signs in the Target dollar spot section and got them for only $1!  Love when I find cool stuff for cheap!


Gosh using it as a normal shelf looked pretty neat too!  Ahh I was so torn about what to do, so I decided to just use all of the above.  At first, I thought there might be too much going on, but it just makes me so happy when I look at it.  I can see this little space from my living room, and whenever I catch a glimpse of it from different parts of the room, I just think to myself ... omg so fun, bright and airy I love it!  So it's staying!! 


Thank you for reading!!