Thursday, October 15, 2009


Not to long ago I did a post called "Cottage Style, My Way."

I have to admit that I have never spent much money decorating our home. I think, if you came to my house, you would see that, lol! But I love pouring over decorating magazines and books and that is a great way to get ideas.

If you see something you like in a magazine, you can tear the picture out and put it in an "idea" file. Pretty soon a pattern will emerge of things you like, and you can find a way to duplicate that look (or a similar one) in your own home.

Another great thing is that you can often spend alot less money for a similar look.

This kitty's name is Musette. Any ideas where we got her name from? She was a hand-me-down from my mom and is the only cat I can have as she doesn't bother my allergies! I love her sweet face.

I love flowers, indoors and out. I especially love roses. I also love birdhouses. So if I can have a few things around that I love, then it brings me joy to look at it!

Just because you are living on a budget doesn't necessarily mean that you can't have the look that you like.

I saw a large metal piece with picture frames in it very similar to this in a store years ago for about $50.00. My hubby told me to go ahead and buy it but I couldn't bring myself to spend the money. However, I kept looking for something similar and saw this one in a store for $8.00 and snapped it up.

I don't like huge amounts of clutter but I do like to put a few things out here and there on a table or a shelf. These were some secondhand finds.

The basket on the left and pink flowers on the right are there for a reason, camouflage. If you look carefully above the basket you will see the hardware I am trying to hide.

We needed two shelves for some electronics equipment so hubby made them, as cheaply as possible. They were only supposed to be a temporary solution. Now, our needs are different so I am "hiding" some of the ugly metal parts of the shelf. Eventually we will probably replace it with a nicer shelf but for now, it's camo all the way, baby.

This cheery basket sits in the sunroom. A friend was tossing it out but gave it to me instead, so final cost: free!

Here is another picture. The table topper is a lot brighter than it looks in the picture. The topper matches the cushions and the window valance. I need to update the look in here but it's low on the priority list.

The nice thing about second hand treasures is that you can try something out and if you don't like it, you haven't invested alot of money into it. I bought this at a yard sale for 10 cents. I love bunnies!


  1. Very nice my friend. I am an avid thrift store shopper. I've pretty much decorated my house from garage sales and thrift stores. But it's fun and challenging that way.
    Lately I've been on a pitcher kick and have bought 3 lately and all I can see is flowers in them? LOL

  2. I love finding stuff at thrift stores and garage sales. In addition to decorating the home, they're also great places to go to find costumes/decorations for church events like Vacation Bible School and Fall Festival!

  3. I love the bunny picture, can't believe you got it for 10 cents! Almost everything in my house was hand-me-down. We've been blessed to not have to buy much over the years, and still fill our house. I haven't got into thrift store shopping yet, but many of my friends have, and they ALWAYS tell me about their incredible finds that they paid next to nothing for. Maybe I'll start scouting the papers & joining the rest of my frugile friends.

  4. Nice stuff!!

    I never had any luck when I have gone to thrift stores or yard sales, I always seem to go when it is yunk day... Even my m.i.l that always get great stuff never finds anything when is with me...

  5. Hi Nan! I tagged you in ABC'S OF ME SURVEY!


  6. I spend very little on decorating too, but I like to look through Country Living and see if I can find things to duplicate cheaply.

    I think all of your decorations are very pretty, and I love your picture frame with the vines.

  7. My grandmother has that cat, but she has two, and they are orange. They are also piggy banks and she saves dimes in them. Why dimes? I'm not sure, but I think it was because they are just easy to count. When we were kids, we would dump out the dimes, count them and wrap them to take to the bank. Do people even do that anymore?
    Your home is lovely!

  8. Your decorations look so good and very cottage! I'm always amazed to see how much people can do with garage sale and thrift store finds. Good job!

  9. Wow! Those are some serious finds!!! Lovely...pure lovely ;)

  10. I love thrift shopping, I could spend hours perusing the stores and scouring for that "perfect" find....I rarely leave empty handed and I love that I never have to feel guilty for what I spent!
    And, yes, it does make it much nicer when you no longer want to see that item in your house or on your wall..."oh well, it was only a buck!" ;)

  11. I loved seeing some of your touches in your home Nan! I have not been so lucky at thrift stores myself. All I ever find is people's old junk that looks like it has been around for many generations and not well taken care of at all. LOL
    You have found some great things though. Great job!!

  12. Thrift shopping and garage sale ing is the way to go. I love finding things for cheap. It does make it easier to get rid of when you feel the need to change decor. Love that cat and picture frame.

  13. WOW! That is a lot of flowers. I love them, but I don't know if I could have them all because that would mean that I would have to dust them all.

  14. I like your stuff. Good ideas and not a lot of money. That's what I like.

    A lot of my stuff is hand me down and most of my furniture was made by my dad. I love that I have this stuff made by him. Makes them so much more special.

  15. you did a great job!!! I have a huge binder filled with all the pages I cut out of the mags that I buy...they are so inspiring...and when I think I have decorator's block...I just leaf through it it and it reminds me of what I want and like and helps me come up with my own way to do it....
    and the thrift stores....they are like heaven sometimes!

  16. I love all the little treasure that are in your home and how inexpensive you were able to snatch a few up. I seriously need to start attending more garage sales.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  17. My mom had a ceramic cat that was very similar to yours.

    Thrifting is great!

  18. Yep. I have found my style. It's called ....

    ..... 'kids camp'.

    Looking at all your beautiful things .... wouldn't last a day around six boys, not even taking into the consideration the six rest of us.

    Maybe I should change that style description to 'minimalist'. Sounds a lot classier and modern.

  19. Your cat looks like the mom, Duchess, from the movie the Aristocats! I'm learning to thrift and I'm always so inspired to see what others have managed to find. Great job!

  20. These are lovely pictures! Very pretty flowers and arrangements. I like that photo frame too.
    Love Collette xxxx

  21. FYI...
    I'm up to almost 50 posts, so I decided to add some labels, per your suggestion. Aren't you proud?! LOL

  22. Dear Nan,

    You and I are so alike when it comes to decorating. I spend practically no money either, but I know some of my sisters think I should spend a bit more. It is difficult for me to spend money because I am always trying to save it. I usually will wait and see if I really HAVE to have something. Have you ever noticed that if you wait a week or two some things you thought you HAD to have just don’t mean as much as they did at first sight?

    I also like to surround myself with simple things that make me happy when I look at them. Sometimes all I need to make me happy is to look over my favorite things in my folder of clippings that I cut out of magazines. Ha! Ha! ☺


  23. I have that cat! Well, it's been living at my mother's house since, well, all its life. I painted it in a ceramics class when I was a teen.... years ago. It's grey too! I had no idea they were so popular! :)


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