Recently I showed you my River House Table and how I styled it.
Ever since then, I have been searching for a filler for that long tool caddy in the center of the table. Everything below the tv, needs to be short so that it will not interfere with the tv/remote signals AND the ability to pull out the tv and angle it towards the dining table.
We have also added a sound bar since then. The first one we bought fit into the wood caddy perfectly! But it wouldn’t work with our tv, so we had to return it. The new one works great, but it is too long to put into the caddy and too, the signal for it is in the front so it can’t be covered. This all proposes a design style problem.
DOLLAR TREE TO THE RESCUE:
I have been looking at flowers, the obvious choice, to place in the caddy for weeks now, but didn’t see anything that seemed right until Dollar Tree started putting out their spring decor. I found these tiny pots of lavender and I thought they would work. I bought all the pots they had, which was nine.
Nine worked out to be a perfect number to fit in the caddy.
But they still needed something.
What they needed was a lift.
I found Mr. Menace’s stash of paint stick stirrers and stacked them in the caddy and then replaced the flower pots.
Now, that’s better! They look much cuter now that the flower pot itself shows.
RAISING THE BAR:
Or actually, raising the caddy behind the bar!
After I saw how much better the pots of lavender looked by being raised just a bit, I realized that same trick might work with the sound bar and wood tool caddy. If I raise the tool caddy just a little bit, you would see it better and possibly just ignore the fact that the sound bar is in front of it!
It is subtle, but it works!
In fact, I tried raising it more by placed bigger blocks of wood underneath the caddy and then it just looked silly; like it was hanging in mid-air.
Here you can compare the empty tool caddy, with the pots added, and with the pots raised.
Now, I just need to get those cords hidden.
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