O.k. so here's the thing. I took a look at a couple of my posts picturing our rooms put together and thought the decorating MIGHT be overwhelming to some of my followers...I remember when I was starting out, (and when we didn't have much), sometimes I would feel that way looking at the pages of a magazine. And I would think, "It's pretty, but it's way over my budget!" I strive NOT to decorate that way. I always want someone to be able to take away some ideas or several over a period of time to put together their own spaces.
So I wanted to go piece-by-piece and breakdown the most recent room- "my own space" to show you how thrifty we all can be!! For instance....this chandelier (which my husband now lifted up higher so I wouldn't hit my head! :) We got this chandelier at the Habitat for Humanity Thrift Shop for $25!! It came with everything, including the globes! When we moved in, there was a really UGLY thing hanging that we took down immediately! lol...I did hang these pendants on at Christmas that amount to maybe $10- they are from the trip we took last summer- they're a personal touch that is a reminder of good memories :)
This "coffee table/work space" in front of the couch that I brought in, I've also kept around for about 6 yrs...it came with an inexpensive 5 piece set I was GIVEN as a birthday present one year...originally white, the dog destroyed the loveseat, so I broke up the set, and had this one upstairs no longer being used. I had already spray painted it this sage green a couple of years ago, and even though some of it's coming off, I like that it looks "shabby chic"! So THIS one was a FREE be!! Gotta love re-purposing!!
Now for the couch/chaise...okay, so this was the big ticket item for this room. At the same time, it was quite reasonable and within our budget- Wal-Mart $399.00 We looked at a lot of different places, both online and in re-sale stores and this was the best fit. I COULD have purchased a couple of decent loveseats for $200 for the pair, but what I really wanted was something I could lay down across and the loveseats were too small. What I'm saying is, there are lots of options out there! For the money, I don't expect it to last for decades :) But it really is a great sofa for the price- and easy to put together! So far, this room is only at about $500.00 total...and we have a lot of great things left!
Every good seat needs an end table- this one is also another re-purposed piece...but with great memories!
Mark's grandpa made this for us on one of our first Christmases together! I need to do a little cleaning up, and maybe another coat of polyurethane, but it's a terrific compliment: :)
The existing artwork were things I had collected on clearance over the months and used...and then of course the pictures I have hanging over the couch- frames all averaging $3 a piece- all artwork of my own or a family member- so that makes it free and unique! Something anyone can do! It's amazing how the right frame can set off a picture...although in this picture, a couple frames are a little crooked ;)
Whew! I think we've covered everything- I know this post was a little long, but I hope it gave a little better understanding, or simplified things for somebody...I love to live in a beautiful world- any way we can make it beautiful is good- even if it's just a smile!