My lamp was looking a little dated. I wanted to update it but didn't want to buy a new lamp, plus I like the ladder look. So, I unscrewed the ceramic bowl at the top and added a new cheap drum shade from Target. Overall, I think it looks much more modern.
We rent, so there are some limitations that come with that. Our bathroom has this faux-finish on the walls that the owner was kind of attached to (I think). There were these round towel bars over the toilet where I would never need to hang a towel. For a year and a half I looked at those empty towel rings and then finally decided to take them off. Normally I would have patched and painted the holes but in this case, I couldn't match the paint. Instead I hung $5 mirrors from Ikea that I painted gray.
Across from the mirror in the bathroom is the other towel bar. I worked with the color of the walls here and used gray and white towels and a thrift store painting of Venice. To add a personal touch, I stuck our own picture from standing at that very bridge in the frame.
Inspiration from limitation. The color of the walls, un-fixable holes, and money were all factors that forced me to find new solutions. I still wish I could change some things, like the kitchen cabinets, but thinking outside the box helps me create a home I love being in without the drama of wishing all the time.