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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Decorating on a Budget


In order to save money and minimize the clutter in my home, I have taken a bit of a break from thrift store shopping. I have so many vintage dishes from my parents, along with others I have purchased at thrift stores.

So, to satisfy my urge to shop for vintage wares, I decided to shuffle around my own stuff instead. With a new season approaching, it's a great time to consider making a change to your surroundings.

Our art wall, above, remains the same, because those things are a pain to set up and we're not about to change it. Before we had kids, my husband and I used to collect masks and artwork on our travels. The photo on the left is our beloved black lab, Bronte, who died several years ago.


So, rather than changing up the wall, I changed the decor on top of the CD cabinet underneath. I used my collection of vintage milk glass, along with a taller white vase from the grocery store and a pretty vintage yellow and green vase from my mom.

I don't know if you can see it, but the piece of milk glass in the centre holds a collection of clay heads that my husband and son made while on the beach at my parents' house.


I decorated the top of the TV armoire with some finds from an annual basket sale that I'm addicted to.


I also changed the items on top of my grandmother's antique bookcase in our family room. I used three of my favourite thrift store finds (centre) with other decor and wall art from Homesense.


The doily came from my grandmother too. I think it has a bit more of a modern feel to it than the usual doily.

I have kept a tin full of buttons for years and I don't think I have ever once used one of them for our clothes. Just in case, though, I am keeping them on display in this thrifted glass piece.


Another piece of milk glass now sits on top of my vintage Steinbeck novels on the end table in our family room. This black and white saucer doesn't have a cup, but it's too pretty to throw out. Everything rests on another one of my grandmother's doilies. I don't think it looks too precious because our furniture is more modern.


I used a number of my favourite small pieces inside and on top of the powder room cabinet. I decided to go without a colour scheme, because I like the cheer of the different colours together.

Are you changing things up in your house for the new season?

32 comments:

  1. We just bought a new living room set - funny how that can snowball - now, many things have to be changed.......and it's so hard to find what you want.....

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    1. Matching carpet, curtains, new accessories. It all starts with the new couch. ;)

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  2. Shopping in your own wares really is the best and most guilt-free activity. I love all of your vignettes, especially the milkglass!

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  3. All looks so beautiful and comfy ,you have a Hand for Decorating :)

    Lovely Greetings! xoxo

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    1. Greetings to you...and thank you too!

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  4. You did a beautiful job on your display! I remember when my grandmother use to make doilies she had tons of them but I use to think they were for "old" people. I guess I'm old because now I wish I had just one of them...

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    1. I guess I'm old now too, because I just started using them finally. I am lucky I have a collection of them. My mother didn't throw out much.

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  5. Just beautiful & well-timed-- I have been contemplating what I will display for autumn, woot! I utterly adore your sense of style & what you choose to collect & I love your art wall. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Tabetha! You are sweet. I guess I should be adding some pumpkins and mums, but I'm working with what I have for now. :)

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  6. Look at you go cleaning away, organizing and displaying your beautiful pieces.
    Your rooms look lovely!
    I also have been doing a little moving around of the things I have to make the space look fresh. And the mr. has been finishing up some long overdue renovation projects.

    I must say, your neatly displayed vignettes are really inspiring me to push through and do-over my whole house ;D
    xox

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    1. Hi Ella, Sounds like exciting things are happening at your place! It's nice to get things off the house to-do list, isn't it? Glad I could provide some small inspiration. :)

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  7. Everything looks beautiful- especially all that milk glass. And I still love that aqua, like I said on IG :)

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    1. Thanks so much Ruthie! Yes, I think the aqua is needed for a touch of colour.

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  8. This is a great post. I love the vintage milk glass especially but everything looks beautiful! You did a great job!

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    1. I am happy you like the post, and the milk glass. Thanks!

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  9. Hi there, I've been busy decluttering since the kids went back to school. I'm very fond of 'bits' and could never be described as minimalist. It's one of my favourite things to do - to rearrange and make corners or surfaces look pretty without being OTT. I love glassware and kitchenalia for that sort of thing - like you've used but I have to make myself not go to the charity shop so I don't continue to overfill my home. I like your arrangements though!! It's part of what makes a house a home in my opinion!! J9 x

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    1. I enjoy looking at minimalist rooms, but it's not really for me either! Back to school is a great time to weed stuff out, though, with the kids not around. Nobody to argue about what's leaving the house!

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  10. Great furniture, especially the TV armoire and book case!

    My house is in desperate need of some kind of decoration make over. It's in a sad state right now!

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    1. Thanks Laurie! I love our armoire. I don't like to see the TV when we're not watching it. Right now the armoire is holding a regular old 27 inch TV. I don't know what we are going to do about the armoire when my husband wants a new TV!

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  11. Lovely milk glass and it goes so well with your colorful art!

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  12. I love shopping at my own house to :) Looks great!!

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  13. Everything looks great! Thanks for joining us at Cap Creations, you've been featured today!

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    1. Thanks so much. That's great news! Joann

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  14. we collect masks too as a couple! we have a few in storage because we dont have space for them yet. i love ur milkglass collection. was aiming for that before but i couldnt find any here so i settled on collecting turquoise vases instead :) your home is lovely!

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    1. I wish we had a few more masks! I would love to see yours one day! I didn't have to buy any milk glass, so I don't know how available it is around here. (All of it is from my mom.) Thanks for the compliment! Joann

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  15. Everything looks wonderful. I love that blue/black pitcher! Thank you for joining us for TTF last week. I hope you are having a great day!

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    1. Thanks Diann! And thanks for kindly hosting the party again. :)

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  16. What fun and thrifty decorations!! I love all the vases you used. Thank you so much for sharing at Thursday's Temptation! Your post got the most views last week so I am featuring tonight on my blog!!
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Jill, Thanks for letting me know about the feature! How very exciting! :)

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