I often want a new look – or a fresher look – in my house without spending tons of money. This household on runs a very tight budget, but that doesn’t mean that our house can’t look good.
I have learned to “shop at home” first before rushing out to buy something new, and I find that, most of the time, I have a lot of what I need right in the next room – or garage, or storage space.
I’ve been wanting to freshen up my fire place/mantle since taking down the Christmas decorations at the beginning of this month, but I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted. At present my mantle looks like this
Last week I found this on Pinterest
and it became the inspiration for my own mantle. There is no way that it’s going to look even close to this picture, since I don’t have some of the things, and the decor on the floor won’t work in my house with a toddler and kittens, but I had a lot of the same kinds of things in my house – I just needed to nip out to the dollar store and buy the flowers.
Some time ago, I was given this window that I thought might work with the flowers on my deck
but somehow that never really took off, so I brought it inside to use on the mantle.
Then, I tried using a jug for the flowers, but it turned out to be too big and overpowering, so I went with a tall bottle instead.
So the first step was to take everything off
And then to shop around my house for some lovely things – a gift from my daughter, a wooden cat I found in a little store years ago, and some beachy things that I love. A quick trip to the dollar store for some pretty yellow flowers, and …
I LOVE how it’s turned out and it only cost me $10.00!
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