Saturday, August 31, 2013


Total Money Spent for this look: about $125.00.

Many items in our living room are family heirlooms, like the console table, the ceramic bowl and the tapestry in the foreground.

The lovely basket was a gift from a family member. The candle holders were a gift from a friend.
The candles were purchased inexpensively at Big Lots. 

The lamps were $20 each from Marshalls.  The lovely pottery vase is from a local pottery store. The greenery inside the pottery (and the white ceramic fruit inside the bowl) is from Pier 1 - on sale and I used a coupon.  

But the heavy, large mirror was garbage picked! I painted it and added a mirror.  When we found it in our neighbor's trash, it had singe marks on it (probably survived a fire) and was just an empty, gold colored frame. It was very heavy even without the mirror. I painted it chocolate brown and had a mirror put in by our local glass company for $20.00.

The round, ivory, plaster relief pieces below the mirror are from a moving sale and we paid $20 for each.  I saw the same ones online which retail for $120 each!  Cha-ching!

More photos of the plaster relief plaques

Here is my twist for autumn with the same console and mirror.
Above: changed out the greenery in the pottery vase and added sticks purchased from Pier 1.  Beneath are more family heirlooms: the wooden box and the aluminum water container (actually was used by my father-in-law and his family when he was growing up in Greece). The ice tongs are from my husband's ice carving days, years ago.  The woven basket tray in the background was purchased for $25 at a boutique shop in the middle of nowhere, Michigan.

The plaster reliefs were too heavy to hang on the wall, so I bought stands for them from Tuesday morning for $9.99 each.  They now sit on the console table with a new window frame/mirror purchased from the same moving sale for $15.  (The chocolate brown mirror was moved near our dining table).  I think I like it better the other way, but it's fun to change things up.
Here's one way I had it:

In this look, we used many of the same items.  We added more family heirlooms: Socrates statue and the piano bench under the console table, the antique Japanese vase and the wooden box at the bottom right corner.  Again, the faux flowers are from Pier 1.  The brown, worry beads on the mirror are from Greece.

Here's how it looks now for autumn:

In this look: we used many of the same items described above in other photos.  Here we added a brand new, huge wool area rug purchased on for $100 (and got free shipping).  The fall foliage is from Pier 1, purchased on sale with a coupon, yet again!

Here is the window frame mirror up close which we purchased at the moving sale for $15.00

Here is a photo of the plaques from last Christmas.

In this look: we used almost all of the formerly described elements but added a table runner purchased at Marshalls, some garland purchased in an AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE at Ace Hardware as well as a ceramic Christmas tree (bottom) which I purchased for $3 at a garage sale. 


  1. Your home is so warm and inviting. I love how you change a few pieces here and there for the different seasons. Everything looks so classy and beautiful!

  2. Love these ideas! Wish I could find a table like that for low $$!