My sister recently moved into a new house and we've had fun slowly turning it into a home for them. We've repurposed things she already had and kept things super budget friendly. Proof that it doesn't cost a lot to make your house into a space you love!
The little bump out in the wall made it feel sort of awkward and unworkable, but we turned it into a much more functional space that made sense of an otherwise unusable area. We decided to add these picture ledge shelves and create them in a way to where they were flush with the other side of the wall. Making it feel more even and balanced. My brother in law made them so that they would fit the wall perfectly. You can see the DIY of how he made similar ones for me here. The great part about making them yourself is that you can adjust the width and depth to fit the space. If you aren't up for a DIY, you can find lots of premade options here and even a few customizable options as well.
Can you believe she found those lights for $1 at a yard sale? The thrifting gene runs strong! We didn't want to spend the money hardwiring them, so we used the magic light trick to make them functional. If you've never tried it before, it's genius! I found similar lights here and they are very affordable. They come in lots of finishes too.
Most of the frames were ones she already had, but we added new mats to some of them and a few inexpensive new frames to fill in the gaps. She has the same light that I have in my dining room and I think it works so well in this space. The large mirror is old from IKEA.
Picture ledges are one of my favorite ways to display photos. It makes it so easy to switch the pictures out and rearrange them when you want to change things up!