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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Decorate Your Home Using Things You Already Have

When designing a collage, choose one color, but vary the types of plates you use
When designing a collage, choose one color, but vary the types of plates you use

The easiest and least expensive way to jazz up the d├ęcor in your home is to use things you already have hidden in the depths of your house. Some of these items might need a little updating, and others will simply need to be cleaned up and properly displayed. Instead of spending money on something new, search through your closets and drawers to find items that can be recycled into beautiful works of art. Decorating this way doesn't just save money. It also saves the environment by keeping your rediscovered treasures out of a landfill. It's fun to turn things you don't like into treasures that you love.

Display your favorite serving pieces above kitchen cabinets

Display Your Favorite Things
Do you have pretty dishes you love that just sit in the cabinet waiting for special occasions to be used? Instead of hiding these pieces, display them in your home. Hang plates on the wall using a plate hanger. Plate hangers mount on the back of the plate and are barely visible when the plate is on the wall. Group two or more plates together for a finished look or group them with other items in a collage. Plate hangers and stands usually cost $2-$5 and can be found at most craft stores.
Don't just set the table for company!  Keep it set everyday so you can enjoy it!
 Bowls are better displayed on a flat surface using a stand. Small bowls can be easily displayed on shelves, while large serving bowls and platters look great atop kitchen cabinets. If you'd like to display a bowl on a table top, fill it with fruit or flowers. These can be fresh or artificial.
If you have a dining room table that isn't used regularly, decorate it by setting the table with your favorite dishes and leaving them out all the time. Along with the dishes, include placemats, cloth napkins, and a nice centerpiece. Flower arrangements look beautiful in the center of a table. By displaying your favorite dishes, you'll be able to enjoy them everyday.

Grouping items I already had made this an inexpensive project

 I decorated my son's room in a cowboy theme. I needed some cool cowboy stuff to hang on the walls. When I was young, I had a brown cowboy hat and brown cowboy boots.  My childhood heros were Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, and Charles Bronson, I wanted to pass that on to my son to enjoy. My son really liked the Toy Story figures.
. They were the perfect touch. In addition to the sentimental items, I used an old shelf I had in the garage and painted it red. The broken in boots are displayed on the shelf next to Woody the cowboy and his horse, Bullseye. The cowboy hat hangs opposite of the shelf.  My son's room renovation cost next to nothing by putting old things to new use.

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