For those of us who don’t shop at Pier 1 or Crate Barrel with any sort of regularity (if ever), here is a series on decorating with imagination – decorating on an inspired shoestring. Shopping at Salvation Army (or better yet, shopping from your own basement) may not be incredibly glamorous – but it’s incredibly satisfying.
Inspired Shoestrings, Part 4: Simple Things Simple Ways
I guess I’m a little boring (or inventive) or simplistic (or just know exactly what I like). So many fancy bobbles to choose from at so many, many stores… And all their clever ads and floor layouts suck me in to want to buy, buy, BUY. That’s why I stay home and hardly ever frequent the yummy-looking home stores.
I’m such a pack-rat anyway, my house IS a home store!
Besides, it’s so much fun searching for treasure in the cobwebbed corners of our little abode. Often I discover something small or simple that can be exactly what a certain bland spot in the house needed.
May I? Here are a few of “my favorite things”…
This currently graces our dining room table: a bowl, a candle, and a cloth. It’s an embroidery pattern I found at a consignment shop, plus a candle from my awesome hubby, and a bowl given to us by our pottery teacher. Very simple stuff… And I love the elegance of the three plain items put together.
Maybe someday I’ll actually sew the pattern by hand. But for now, I really enjoy it “raw.”
Sweet and simple, here’s our table. I hope it says “Come sit!”
On a small blue table near the dining room table is our method of storing silverware – a bouquet of sharp objects. Why hide the things we use all the time? I figure our kids will have an easier time setting the table in a couple of years if they only have to grab the utensils two feet from the destination. We’ll see… Mostly I just like how it looks.
Jon made the grey bowl.
Dried flowers come with pleasant memories. I like to tie ’em up with twine.
Our generous neighbor gave us this Swedish Ivy, which sits atop our TV stand. A nod to my heritage, and something green in the middle of a cold, bleak New England winter.
The beauty of fresh flowers from our yard is my personal favorite and I secretly envy anyone who has a nice rose bush. A clump of hydrangeas or a few flower petals floating in water… gorgeous (and FREE)!
There you have it. My favorite decorations are simple, everyday things. I allow myself to enjoy them and I’m proud of being able to save money by enjoying them. What are your favorite decorations?