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post #21 of 36
The Real Simple layout that was most helpful to me was a recent one on floral designs - I have a floral quilt (funky, with lots of black in it) and I needed new curtains and fresh artwork for my bedroom. I bought floral curtains (but I could have made some, probably for less $$) and then bought some vintage floral prints on eBay and framed them cheaply. So I didn't follow their ideas lockstep or spend a bundle, but the room looks much better than if I'd been left to my own devices.
post #22 of 36
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progress report

This weekend was very productive. I started painting. I "fixed" the broken drawer on the dresser by nailing it into place. I'm in the process of painting the dresser white. I'm using Benjamin Moore decorator white, it's a nice white that's not to blue and not to yellow. I've storyboarded how I'm going to do the other rooms. I purchased some hammered metal spray paint to redo my lamps. I have some flowers and candles...I'm on my way.
post #23 of 36
Sounds great! I'm impressed with your storyboards! Did you model them after something or just make them up? I've never done that but it sounds really smart!
post #24 of 36
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I just made a project folder with a cheap 3 prong paper folder and some of those page protector thingies. I jotted down my ideas, colors and free sketched the furniture placement/pix/accesories. Also I put ideas and stuff in the little plastic protector that goes with each room. You can also write down the dimensions of your walls. Like I'm looking for some bookshelves, but they need to fit a certain space. Keep a tape measure in your car and if you happen to find something you like and you have your measurements so you can get it.
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post #26 of 36
One little thing to add:

I bought postcards at garage sales and such for reeeealllly cheap and put them up in our bathroom. We had a tiny toilet room and I couldn't think of any way to make it a nice place to "sit." LOL

So I put a few postcards on the door and walls and a few pretty rocks on the sill with a few dried flowers. Viola!

I also put postcards on the cabinets in our kitchen and the door to the closet.
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post #28 of 36
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The dresser came out great. It got a whole new lease...it had a broken drawer and my son had colored all over it with crayons which I couldn't get off...now It lookes like something out of pottery barn...woohoo!

Now I'm spray painting some ceramic urn style lamps with a hammered silver colored paint...it's coming out well, very updated and now! I love this use what you have decorating stuff. I have a friend who's going to come over and help me purge too. I need some objectivity.
post #29 of 36

Sabrina..

pictures please. Pretty please.:
post #30 of 36
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Originally Posted by sabrinat
The dresser came out great. It got a whole new lease...it had a broken drawer and my son had colored all over it with crayons which I couldn't get off...now It lookes like something out of pottery barn...woohoo!
THAT is awesome! I too would love to see pics of your projects - inspire us!
post #31 of 36
You may want to check out the magazine World of Interiors. I love this mag and have kept all my back issues dating more than 10 y old. The featured homes all have 1 thing in common, they all are very ingeniously decorated, be it a chateau in France, a flat in london, or backyard playhouse of a young boy. Flipping through, one really gets the message that it is more about using what you have and imagination, than money.

This book actually features alot of the homes that I have seen profiled over the years.
Country Interiors/Interieurs a la Campagne by Diane Dorrans Saeks and Angelika Taschen (Hardcover - Jan 2002)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/382...e=UTF8&s=books

I think the prior editor Min Hogg was fabulous; the new one has been turning out issues not quite like Ms. Hogg, but still worth checking out.
post #32 of 36
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Originally Posted by Stone Fence
pictures please. Pretty please.:
Not trying to be a tease. I want to get everything done and then I will do a photo tour. Patience mamas!
post #33 of 36
I was in a department store the other day and they had a display where they had four plain cylinder vases attached to a wall with some simple silk flowers in them. It was just a prop in the home department, not actually something they were selling, but I tucked it away for future use. I'm sure it would be easy enough to do with cheap items from a craft store.

Another easy idea: I have a bunch of saucers hanging on the wall in my dining room. I stole the idea from a B&B where I stayed years ago. You can pick up single saucers for just $1 or $2 at junk stores. If the cup is broken most people don't have any use for them. Just add some plate hangers and you're set!
post #34 of 36
Another one of my *frugal* decorating ideas, hehe.

We moved into our *new* old house about 6 months ago and the preivous owner (my gma) left a lot of things she didnt want/need anymore. Well, we have fund numerous awesome finds in the basement and garage.

Actually this stuff is probably worth a small fortune as it is all primatives that belonged to my g-pas' parents! So we are slowly cleaning up and displaying all this fantastic primative "artwork" and best of all it was free! (If you dont count the cost of the house! )
post #35 of 36
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Awesome Idea! Keep them coming. We've recently decided to stay in our "smallish" home and I really want it to be the home that we just "love". It's getting there. It's hard work with 4 little ones...my dh wants to move...but housing prices in our area are skyrocketing and I love not being house poor, so for now I'm winning the argument not to move.
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