I am a bargain decorator....major. Bargain decorating has its pros and cons. It's takes more work, creativity, time, and patience BUT costs less, and gives you a feeling of accomplishment. I have a strategy...it's quite extensive, but I'm always SO happy when I'm done. When I know I want to decorate for a new season, I start with looking around for ideas. I thumb through magazines at the store, browse martha stewart's website, and this year, I looked at blogs. Then, I take out ANYTHING i could use that I already have....such as fabric in the right colors, pretty glasses, frames, food, and miscellaneous stuff I've gotten at garage sales. My house becomes a wreck to help hone my creative process. I assess what I have and try to put it around the house...this way I can tell if I need more. So by this time, I have modern ideas/inspiration floating in my head, I know what I have to work with....now it's time for BARGAIN HUNTING. Off to St. Vincent. I find great candle holders and candles. At the dollar store I get some pumpkins and orange stuff to help round out the splashes of orange I want to use. I bring it all back, and start arranging....then I have to clean up whatever I don't use, and I'm done. Here are the results.
Pillows! I sewed the orange one last year....super cheap cuz I made a slipcover for a pillow I already had...and by doing this, you only have to sew 3 seems, one hem, and NO HANDSTITCHING. Plus, when the season is over, I take it off and throw on something different. For the back, I used spare fabric I already had too. Oh yeah.
These pics are for my sister. She just finished interior design school, and I needed help deciding what color to paint the living room. She rescued Chad and I from almost doing orange....when we have a yellow dining room across the hall. Talk about citrus, psycho clown circus house. I've NEVER been happier with a wall color....BEAUTIFUL...thanks Nicole. Anyway, I found the perfect curtains for them. I'm am a genius. They are 2 twin sheets from Wal-mart, less than $6 a panel! I didn't have to sew ANYTHING. I just cut slits in the top so the rod could go through it. Plus, they are twice as wide as normal curtain panels so I have more room to gather them. Now, it really helps balance the blue accent wall and anchor the window. Booyah!
This is my orange motif. I love changing the rocks in our fish's bowl depending on what look I'm going for. Last time, I did yellow and green rocks for the beginning of the Duck football seaon. We love our goldfish, and they are also my favorite decoration in the house...lol. One of them was from a centerpiece at our wedding, and the other we adopted from Chad's sister Hailey. Bruno and Patrick are so happy, and they perfectly match the fall season.
Okay, I admit this centerpiece is kinda ugly, but if I had bigger, better candles it would be a ton better. But lets face it, nice candles are spendy, and they don't last that long if you actually burn them.
These are Martha Stewart inspired, and they cost me $0. I painted funky frames I already had. Then I printed out cool templates from Martha's website. I cut out the figures in fabric I already had, and covered cardboard from cereal boxes with fabric for the background. The fabrics have subtle patterns on them for more dimension. I glued the shapes on with a glue stick. I just love them. Oh, and the little shelf? $.50 at a garage sale.
Now I can sit back, and enjoy my house.....MMMMmmmmm, I feel like cider.