Last Wednesday I decided to re-do my curio wall unit. A couple of years ago I found it at our Ethan Allen store that was closing and had everything marked down. I managed to find this and a few other goodies which also included that big picture that hangs over the fireplace now.
I struggled with what to put on it and it just became a collection of random things.
Ethan Allen called this a Chinoiserie (inspired) Wall Curio. I liked it immediately although I had no idea where it was going to go.
I had a few Asian inspired pieces and have kept them grouped in this area. The three drawers are still empty but I'm sure something will find it's way into them!
A jar with bamboo accents that I got from EBay a while back. Hammered brass candlesticks from Marshall Fields- back in the day.
A pagoda style hinged box (I keep all the extra remotes in it) which I also picked up from EBay a while back.
I made a collage showing a few of the ways I did this while playing with it. It's funny how seeing what you are working on in a picture helps you "see" it better. I finally decided the white monkey had to go. No one likes it anyway, but he was just too white and seemed to pull your eye right to it.
I wanted to try my two imitation Staffordshire Dog statues (purchased from Nell Hill's a while back) on it. I wanted them to sit on the bottom self but they were too tall to go anywhere else but the top. The vase was already up there so I chose to center it.
The 2nd shelf - a small bowl rests on top of a book box and the coral was from a novelty store specializing in nautical things. The brass elephant was either a Bombay piece or from Pier 1. Can't remember for sure!
I could not decide on what else to put on the bottom shelf so I for now that's it.
Tying the tassel with cord around the base of the sphere really made a difference.
I tried to use variety of different elements and textures. I studied it to see how my eyes moved on it. That's why the white monkey had to go- he was too much of an attention grabber!
Before and after.
I think it's much better!
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