I love reading my Better Homes & Garden magazine. I have a couple of decorating books that I enjoy too. I love the books and magazines because you can "decorate" in your mind, and money is no object, lol!
I went around and took a few pictures of things around our home. We don't spend alot of money on furniture or decorating. But it is possible to be careful with your spending and still furnish your home without breaking the bank. Check out store sales, yard sales, thrift stores, your parent's attic, be creative!
This piece of "furniture" is an aquarium holder. I wanted a sofa table but didn't want to spend the money for it, so picked this up at a yard sale for a few bucks. I was going to paint it white but I never did. It had some scratches on it but I just took out a brown crayon and colored in the scratches. and voila! They disappeared!
I love hearts (that's a wicker one in the back), birdhouses and pitchers. These were all yard sale finds. I love a good deal.
This lamp was a yard sale find too. I love the picture on the wall as it's a lovely porch overlooking a beautiful garden. I love pictures of flowers and gardens.
I love checks, floral prints, birdhouses, a "garden" type theme, baskets, pitchers, and I love little "animals" too. My darling hubby bought me this pig and also the sweet bunnies. He knew I'd love them, and I do!
The bunny and this candle holder are sort of hidden away in the sunroom. You can see them if you look carefully but I brought them out for a better picture. Looking back I probably should have left them there and taken a picture but to late now!
I love bunnies, I have a few that are placed here and there. My dining room "curtain" is a lace tablecloth that I draped over the rod and is tied in place by two pink ribbons tied in a bow. I have two bunny napkin rings that I just put the curtain rod through and they are showing their sweet faces on my faux-curtain. You have to look carefully to see them though.
I like to call my style a sort of Cottage Style. It's not a true cottage style, probably, but I have to call my style something! I love Cottage Style!
We have a few things from our parents and grandparents, mixed with yard sale or thrift store finds (and some new things of course).
I like having a little fun, and using something in a way that it wouldn't ordinarily be used. This stepping stool used to be in my husband's grandmother's kitchen. Now I use it as a "table" between two chairs. However, I moved the chairs so I could get a better picture.
I like having fun with my home, and adding birdhouses, bunnies, baskets, wicker, ceramic pitchers, and other things. My home isn't what some might call elegant or "tastefully decorated," perhaps, but it makes me smile.
I like having little corners or places where there is a "fun" surprise, a little whimsy. Fortunately my family humors me and doesn't seem to mind living amongst all this stuff.