Saturday, March 28, 2009

Spring Decorating On A Budget

Spring Decorating~
Has the economy put you in the bah humbug mood?  Not me~it has challenged me to new money saving heights. Spring cleaning is a great time for redecorating. You can do it without spending money! 
How to decorate on a budget. First of all~use what you have. While my Brian has been out of town I went on a ideas shopping trip. I went to all the antique stores, thrift stores, and stores that I just love. I had the best time. I did not spend money but I got so inspired.  The next day I went through all my things and re~created the looks I loved using what I had.  Just rearranging things and thinking outside the box we can get a new look.
Here's how to get started~ Empty a whole room of everything but furniture; remove curtains for washing (I hang them back up damp with that Downy fresh smell), pictures, everything!
Clean the room, then start with your favorite things. Go back and put your favorite things, switch out the dark winter items for light spring like items! When it looks perfect stop.
I use bird houses, nest, blown out tea stained eggs, spring flowers, ect...
You may wish to have a garage sale~I do not have sales often. I re-create mostly.

Instead of overall decorating try to do one little corner at a time~a tabletop or hutch; setting up scenes using plants, photographs, candles and books. 
Take one room at a time. While you are at it~wash windows and  trim. Remove heavy rugs or drapes. Lighten up for heavens sake!

Daffodowndilly is coming to town in a yellow petticoat & a green gown.


Sharon said...

This is what I need to do. Thanks for the ideas.

decormate1 said...

Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
by T. Miller
Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
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