There was a spot in my laundry room/mudroom that has been bugging me. We have this great bench for hiding diry shoes, etc. and hanging up jackets---but it was just lacking something. The big open area at the top (and the peeling paint/nail holes) were just begging for SOMETHING.
I had a shelf up in the attic my dad had made. It was in my son's room at one time, but no longer worked. I thought I'd paint it--but once I held it up to the wall to see how it looked I decided to leave it the color it was. (My momma has always told me you need a spot of red in your home.)
My great husband hung it securely for me. I decided to take the sports trophies from an overcrowded shelf in the hallway and add them here. I added some crates for gloves, hats, etc. (One for each boy.) I put the soccer ball in the center. It is both decorative and practical, since they use it often.
I think my boys really like it. I know I do--and that empty spot no longer cries out to me everytime I do laundry. (And I just LOVE when I re-decorate for free!!)