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!