Thursday, October 3, 2013

Keeping Your New Things Looking "New"





Our trick to keeping throw pillows and blankets looking new is to rarely use them!  

We store them away and bring them out when company is coming.  




I love cream colors but it's not a practical color for everyday use. 




Our English Setter, Suka

For everyday use, we use our old throw pillows and blankets.  It preserves the life of our nicer home decor.  

It also lets us just relax and feel comfortable in our home. If dog hair gets on it, if a soda spills or if it looks worn out, it doesn't matter because it's not meant for show.



Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Guest Room Decorated on a Budget

Our guest room is very small so we kept the colors light to make it appear larger.  We skipped the headboard since the end of the bed just clears a closet door.

We bought the crocheted coverlet in Santorini, Greece, on our honeymoon.  This is the most expensive item in our guest room, but we've had it for 13 years now.  The quilt is a gift from my husband to me from several years ago.  The pillow covers are newer, from Marshalls.  

Oil paintings of Paris on the walls are Craigslist finds we purchased at $10 each. 

The "nightstand" is a chair from our dining set, with a lovely white antique pitcher which belonged to my grandmother. It sits on a hand painted saucer I purchased at a garage sale for $1.00.  The faux flowers are from Pier 1 and I used a coupon.



If you are decorating on a Budget: 

  • Check out Craigslist for furniture, artwork, and more.  
  • Use things you already have, like an occasional chair or extra dining set chair
  • Incorporate family heirlooms 
  • Utilize items you've received as gifts
  • Fill in the details with small touches: faux flowers, throws, pillow casings from Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Tuesday Morning or another discount store. 
  • Skip the expensive "made in China" items from Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardware which are overrated & mainstream.  Why pay more for modern reproductions when you can pay less for the real antiques on Craigslist, at garage sales, thrift stores, flea markets, and estate sales?  You will find unique items and you'll have a story to tell about your hunt for the bargain.  Real antiques give a feeling of history.  Mingle antiques with modern furnishings to make an eclectic look all your own.
Paris scene oil painting - purchased from a seller on Craigslist for $10