Monday, March 26, 2018

Creating Spring Tablescapes on a dime

A pretty spring table

Find something to inspire your creation

This Easter Tablescape was created using yard sale and thrift store items.  No single item on the table was more than $10.00.  Many items I've had and collected over the years.  I also, find a lot of great deals online and they are delivered right to my door.  See some of my favorite finds here.   If you don't have a large collection to pull from, begin to keep your eye open and visit thrift stores and consignment shops for some of the best deals.  If you like a vintage look, there are some great reproductions available through online retailer's such as Bits of Vintage and Decor Steals

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Spring Refresh for Less - Inspired Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom Inspiration

Spring Refresh 

This year when I started looking for spring inspiration for my guest bedroom, I turned to the vintage bird prints that I inherited from my aunt.  

I had always loved the greens and pinks in these prints but was not currently using them.  

I decided to paint the frames with Old White Chalk Paint by Annie Sloan and hang them over the guest bed.  

I hung the prints over the bed, leaving the vintage ceiling tin in place.  
I love mixing vintage with vintage!  LOL   

Seriously, not everything I use in my decor is vintage.  The tray came from Walmart, but I filled it with some of my vintage pieces and it works.  

I had three accent pillows that I had previously used (in another home) in my breakfast area.  I loved the shades of pink in them as well.  So I decided to pull out the pink for spring.  

I found some fun fabric at Walmart and made the pillow covers and the throw.  Instead of storing the pillows I already had on the bed, I just covered them with these new pillow covers.  When I want to change the room again, I'll just remove the covers.  

I also purchased some coordinating yarn for the tassels on the throw.  

I love the mix here!  Birds, florals, black, white, and pink all feel like spring to me.

Restyling doesn't have to cost a fortune

This complete refresh cost less than $12.00. 

When planning a change in your decor, start with what you already have and try to imagine using items in a different space. 

Think about items you are not using.  I didn't think I wanted to use the bird prints in my farmhouse and now they are one of my favorite things.  

A little refresh with paint can be amazing for something that you think looks dated or out of style.  

Sometimes we loose sight of the beauty in what we already have because it's been used in the same space for so long.

Take everything out of a room and then start adding back.  It's amazing how that will open your mind to new possibilities.  

As the tulips began to fade, I replaced them with this cute bunny for Easter.  Miss Bunny say's Hi and have fun decorating for spring and Easter.  

Have a blessed Easter,

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Spring Porch Decor

The Porch Is Ready For Spring

When I was putting away my Christmas Holiday Decor, I just couldn't make myself store the shutter's.  I loved using them with the galvanized tubs at Christmas.  So I was excited to see these hanging baskets with a cute little welcome tag.  

I just filled my tubs with pansies (for the early spring) and placed a grapevine wreath around the rim of the tub.  Then I placed the shutter at the back of the tub and just leaned it against the house.  

The hanging baskets I ordered from Amazon and hung at the bottom of the light fixtures.  Then off the Hobby Lobby for some floral stems.  

I also added some fresh stems from the yard and can replace them as other flowers and stems begin to grow this summer.

So this was a simple and inexpensive update for spring.  By adding just one new piece to the porch and rearranging what I had used for the holidays, the porch is ready for spring.  

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Planning a Forever Home

Things to remember when building/remodeling your forever home

I was speaking with a young friend a few days ago and she is in the process of planning a new home for her family.  As we talked, I shared some things that my husband and I did as we were planning our forever home.  I thought some of these ideas might be valuable to other's planning a new home or remodeling an existing home. 

Our forever home

Make a list

When we decided we wanted to downsize and start living a more simple life style, we had to make some hard choices. We also wanted to build this house and be debt free.  In order to do this we had to be budget minded.
What do we want to keep in our new life style and what can we live without?
So the first thing we did was take an inventory of all the things about our current (much to big) home that we loved and would miss.  Where did we spend our time and what's worth the money? What are the things we don't want to live without.