San Francisco is chock full of Edwardian apartments like the one we rent, and most of them have these lovely recessed shelves in the hallway. The best I can figure, these were used for old intercom systems or phones. Our hallways is the darkest part of our otherwise bright apartment, so this little nook felt a little glum, and seemed to gasp out for a quick DIY makeover.
Inspiration struck with a gift that came wrapped in lovely paper, with just enough of it to give the nook a pop of color and pattern. If you can wrap a present (even clumsily!) you can tackle this project.
All you need is…
1. Scrap cardboard
2. Craft knife
3. Decorative paper
Measure the back wall of your recessed area, cut a piece of cardboard just a sliver thinner than the actual size, and wrap with decorative paper. Insert, and add flowers alongside other personal objects for a rotating corner of happy!
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Photos: Kelly Wilkinson
About Kelly... I grew up in a renovated barn in Virginia, the middle of three sisters. Now I'm in San Francisco, trying to straddle the country-urban worlds. For now, this means access to the city out the front door, with veggies and bees in the back. All my life, I've loved making stuff: crafts, dinners, skirts, preserves...and grand designs for my life!
Thursday, August 20, 2009