Thursday, April 16, 2009

Spring Decorating Ideas

I have been very neglectful of my blogging lately, but in my defense I lost my card reader so I couldn't upload any pictures, but I finally found it today. Anyway I promise to be better about posting in the future.
So my hosting of Easter went over without a hitch and I was so glad for it to be over. It did get me thinking about my decorating scheme a little and I managed to get a few things redone before the brunch. The first was the top of my china cabinet, I had really planned on doing some sort of Easter display there, but on one of my thrift store trips I came across these two old milk glass mixing bowls and after picking them up I found a few more pieces of milk glass at the same store. So I walked around with the bowls for a bit trying to decide if I really needed them all the while keeping the other pieces in my mind. So eventually I could clearly see some sort of Martha inspired collection of milk glass pieces on top of my china cabinet. The only problem with this plan was that it was about a week before Easter and the only milk glass collection i had to speak of was the one in my shopping cart at the thrift store. So I bought it anyway, thinking I would try and hit some more thrift stores and maybe find a few more pieces. Well the original few pieces sat on my china cabinet looking pretty sad and bare until the Friday before Easter when I finally found time to do some shopping. I went first to my local Peddlers Mall since they have such a wide variety of vendors and lots of glass and pottery. Well I totally hit the jackpot and was glad I went there first. I found a few cute pieces as I walked around and they were all under 4 dollars apiece, but then I came to a booth that only sold milk glass. I almost literally squealed in delight. I picked out several pieces all a few dollars a piece. All in all I bought about five or six pieces that day and spent less than fifteen dollars total. I hadn't been to that peddlers mall in a few years but I will for sure be going back, the prices are crazy good. So anyway I know most people spend years collecting stuff, but quite frankly I am impatient and change my mind to often to devote that kind of time to a collection so I put mine together in a week!! The next thing I did was a little centerpiece for my dining room table. I made the table runner out of some beautiful home decor weight fabric that I picked up at Hancock's for four dollars a yard. Then I got these four glass candy containers at the thrift store once again for about a dollar a piece, and my thrift store had a bunch of them in different sizes. I then filled them with candy in colors to match the runner, yellow, orange and green. It looked as pretty as flowers in my opinion and my guests were able to snack on them, so none of the waste of flowers. I also think I may reuse these for the kids party putting m&m's and other bright colored candy in them. I hope you can take some of the ideas and put them to use for yourselves.


1 comment:

  1. Wonderful finds here! Also, I found something interesting I thought I would share…from something I wrote this month…
    Bringing Out Your Inner BOLD!
    Bill Blass said, “Style is primarily a matter of instinct.” Decorating takes on a new meaning for each individual. Clever and chic for Janie may be yesterday’s yawn-fest for Carol. Different tastes in décor mean different furniture, artwork and color palettes. So what is the rule of thumb for making your place zing if it’s not a certain style, pattern, or color?
    Bold, baby! Bring on the bold!
    Boldly say what you want to say when designing a room. Make a statement and let your personality shine through. If you go in for the palest blues to soothe and relax, add a custom zing to make it pop! Love black and white photography? Maybe even some of that ultra-hot photo alphabet wall art in black and white? Splash in some passionate pink or revved up red on the wall to make it sizzle.
    No longer are walls content with neutral shades. Any color of the palette goes! Splash on muted melons or eccentric eggplants with savvy sage. Classic colors cozy up with velvety crimsons and Dijon yellows. Color is fantastically bold and beautiful! Rich textured throws, swags, rugs and runners jazz up every room, every time.
    Patterns are all the rage now, too. Twists and twirls, paisleys and pearls-bold is key! Did you ever in a million years think of dotting stripes and striping dots? Designers these days are pulling out all the geometrical stops. Paisley mixes with all sorts of combinations-checks, polkas, and weathered solids. Discover a new way of looking at the world around you in different shapes and deigns.
    Mix it all with gorgeous gilding in silver and gold. Toss in a few well-chosen accents-bold and beautiful. And with the trend of decor becoming more and more personalized, a meaningful piece of photography will make you feel right at home. Black and white as well as the historic look of sepia photography looks gorgeous in any room. Add all these ingredients together, and you’ve got yourself a decorating design that not only expresses your individual style but does so as personally and beautifully as you want it to.
    Whatever you want to say while decorating, say it with your own personal sense of style. Put it out there for the world to see and don’t look back! Embrace your individuality whether your nature is “Janie jazzed” or “Carol calm”. Express yourself! When people enter your home they’ll shoot you a complementary smile, knowing it looks and feels sooooo perfectly like you. And no one can do YOU better.
    To take your individual decorating accents and style to a whole new level of personalization, check out Imagine photographs of natural alphabets, clip art photo messages or even personalized photo place mats. Consider yourself a person on the go? You’ll love pictures to go with alphabet letters! (Intrigued yet? Check us out now!)
    Amp up that “you” factor, bringing the bright lights, bold city look to the forefront with clever photography of New York architecture and nature. And, if it’s gorgeous enough for your home, you KNOW personalized photo gifts are great for any occasion!
    by T. Miller
    Décor Tips & Quips from AlphabetPIX
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