The dreaded “awkward dead space”. Every home has one. It’s that little spot that you look at and constant think “what the hell am I going to do here??” and then walk away from to deal with it another day. It’s the procrastination project worldwide. We have one. Well, I can now say we had one.
Meet our entryway. Bordered by a WC and a glass wall looking into the living room. For the first 6 months it was a catch-all. This cubby was living space equivalent to the kitchen junk drawer that we all have. We tossed shoes, bags, dog leashes, and even our grocery buggy there. We scoured Pinterest, DIY blogs, and Instagram for inspiration. Alas, we found nothing. We knew it demanded seating for dealing with shoes and such. We also agreed that the wall was screaming for a large something to hang on it. But what?
In March we make a trip to IKEA for our usual candle selection. Wouldn’t you know it, we found an idea or two. Enter the white bench and rug. Hey, progress not perfection.
It’s a pretty nice bench, right? I thought so. For 60€, including the rug and pillow covers, Coco and I were pretty pleased.
The wall still perplexed us. Not only is it tall, but the lighting isn’t great. Again, we searched without success. Until, that is, we made a trip to the Austrian version of Home Depot and Lowe’s…. OBI. There it was, sitting in the garden department with all of it’s friends. The answer to our decoration conundrum.
With a trip to the hardware section we were on our way home to complete the transformation of our little slice of awkwardness. We loaded our goods on the Straßenbahn and away we went. The looks we got were worth it. Granted, we’ve taken many things on the tram. At one time, Coco took three suitcases and two dog carriers in one trip. We once bought a large ladder and carted it home that way. I’ve seen people with tables or chairs. It seems that Vienna moves by UBahn and tram.
We got home and took a little time to really think about the desired end result. Coco had her ideas. Invisible hardware, criss cross wires, etc. Me? I love seeing the mechanics. So we found a compromise. This is our lovely little wall piece that now showcases the postcards we find in our travels while living here.
It may not seem like much, but it’s our first DIY project since we married and moved to the other side of the world. I love that it will continue to evolve with each postcard, or mini print, we pick up along the way. Even now, as I type this, I realized that we’ve added some fantastic pieces from our stop at Pride Village here in Vienna.