Saturday, July 11, 2009

~decorating my living room on a slim budget~

Larger white tray on table from thrift shop $3.

Wicker suitcases $1.-$3.
Old child chair antique show $10.
Wicker chairs belonged to my Mother
sewing bags on wall eBay & flea markets $5. each
cottage photo above chair $1.50 thrift.

the hutch belonged to my Mother
on hutch an old cottage tea pot $1.50 from thrift

Chandelier given to me by a friend

Candle stick lamp given to me by sis

Large old mirror $8. flea market
all 4 Rose pictures $5. at flea market
gold rose plaque (below mirror) given to me by a friend..

I made the mantel scarf from an old
hand cut & embroidered Italian sheet $2. from a thrift
smaller old Madonna pictures from thrift & flea markets $1.- $5.

Large gorgeous picture of Madonna & child $12. at a thrift
"Pieta" belonged to my Mother
clock $5.
clock stand 90 cents
my $6.99 Franciscan dishes from Salvation Army thrift
I've always had to decorate on a very slim budget
I've been very blessed to have many of my things
handed down, given to me,
or I've found at thrift shops/flea markets
to re decorate my living room I only had to put $11.99 in to it
this time,
that was to convert my chandelier into a hanging light..
I slip covered my stool
and made a few pillows with fabric I had..
the rest I gathered from other rooms in my cottage
my old soft
when the fabric wore out I made and added the gathered skirt
curtains $2. thrift
I made the dolls & 2 checked down pillows
Handmade crochet tasseled throw $8.

I slip covered the foot stool
Annie doll I made for my precious daughter Nikki
the wonderful picture is hand drawn work
of my Granddaughter Isabella by my friends Mother..
more about that another time.

old Barkcloth era curtains
I made from old fabric $9. found on eBay
fabulous old rose hand painted lamp $3. thrift

old rose pictures $.50-$2. thrift flea markets
The 2 Oriental ladies on top my hutch were my Grandmothers
My $20. transfer wear dish set..from a thrift!
2 tall cranberry vases were my Grandmothers
most frames from thrift shops
some of my before photos
I also loved the look of my old living room..


Connie said...

Honey, you've done more on a limited budget than some of us with lots of money to throw around. It's adorable and fantastic and most of all homey, sugar!

Shelley said...

Hi Mary,your redo is so wonderful..
I am a budget minded person myself. I have to be! God is always so good to leave some great finds in my path that I can afford. My home decor isn't near as nice and lovely as yours but I am so thankful for what I have been blessed to find to make my humble house a home. What a blessing in your new sofa,it's beautiful and I bet so very comfortable.
Thanks for sharing your lovely living room with us. I enjoyed visiting very much...


Caroline said...

I love to decorate on a budget. I think even if I was 'rich' I still would! I just like the feel that it brings to a home. My home is so much more interesting than most of my friends(not to be mean)who buy everything new that has no character. When people come into our home they can't help but look around because there are so many interesting things. I couldn't pick one thing I love about yours because it is all so my hubby says 'it all has a story'
PS. Yesterday I bought 2 chairs for my sitting room for $50/pr from a junktique store. better than spending hundreds new at the furniture store and putting it on a credit card!

Anonymous said...

You certainly have added the "WOW Factor" to your Livingroom. There are wealthy people in this world who would pay a fortune for someone to achieve this look!!!!
I absolutely could live there...
You are such an inspiration!!

Rebecca said...

I'm loving it all! My hubbs and I talked the other day that ALMOST everything in our home is second-hand. I love it. Makes me feel like I'm doing my part for a GREEN EARTH!

xo Beautiful friend!


blushing rose said...

Mary, you've done one bang up exquisite job .. budget or no budget. It is wonderful to see what can be done. Warm, rich, beautiful ... Love 2nd hand items ... TTFN ~Marydon

Anonymous said...

If you were trying to achieve a rich warm french country cottage feel... well you've certainly succeeded! One would have a difficult time getting up to go home in your beautiful living room.

icandy... said...

Oh yeah, my kinda lady!!! Good finds at an even better price... why buy new? My whole house is furnished with treasures under ten dollars each! LOVE IT! You really can pull it all together!

Christina :)

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh! WOW!!! You surely do have a fabulous gift for decorating. I love all the thrifty finds, but more I love what you've done with them! AWESOME! Thanks for sharing!!!

Gayla said...

How pretty!!!! I love the look you created... Hugs.

Pam said...

Wow! It is all just beautiful!

Carol Anne's Boutique said...

Oh Mary...WOW...your living room is GORGEOUS!! You are so talented in so many ways, I just love how you put everything together, it looks so very pretty and so comfortable, a place where anyone would feel right at home in. I love 2nd hand too...which is what I mostly have in my home!
Loved the pics and visiting your gorgeous cottage!
Love always ~ Carol Anne :)

I have the same pretty set of Franciscan dishes! They belonged to my Great-Aunt Katie. xoxo



Mary said...

Hello Mary,You are a very talented lady!!! Everything that you touch is Beautiful:) Sewing,decorating,and arranging your lovely things only to make them more lovely:) I loved your house before too. Things from Family are so special. Even the things from the thrift have been loved by someone at sometime:) Most of my home could say: it has been loved very much...Hugs and Love, Me:)

Jackie said...

Mary, your living room is absolutely lovely. Wish I could decorate half as well. You do have a wonderful sense of style.

God bless.

Penny said...

Your new Look for your living room is wonderful. - Not that your old look was any too shabby, either. I too am a very frugal shopper. I shopped thrift shops before they were even cool. I remember buying all my accessories for my collage dorm from the Goodwill and Salvation Army and then coming home to wood putty , sand and paint them so they all looked like they matched when I finally headed off the face my first year away from home in college. But enough about me.
Your room makeover Is a 10 in my book.
Have a good day.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, Mary...just beautiful. Decorating this way is way cool. Congrats on all you've accomplished.

carole said...

WOW Mary!!!
You got it!!!
Creativity and a sharp eye for a great deal!!!
The sofa is the hit of the living room.
You, my Dear, created a cottage that is livable and alive.
Big Hugs

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I just hopped over from Shirl's and I'm so glad I did. I enjoyed seeing how you've decorated and i especially love your sofa! Twyla

Joy said...

you really have some treasures in your home and some sounds like you are a true bargain finder. I love the prints, chandelier and all your antiques.

Karen Valentine said...

creating a home that's both cozy and cute...priceless!!!! LOL! Sorry it reminded me of one of those visa commercials! What a fabulous make over! I can't wait to see your studio space. Gonna add you to the guest list right now!!! See you in a week and a half!

My Desert Cottage

Jann said...

Wow, wow, wow is all I can say--how very beautiful, and thanks for sharing all the photos and the tips!!!!

Lori said...

What a breath-taking room! I love it, every wonderful detail! I need to shop with you and share your relatives!! LOL Lori

Recycled Rita said...

What a cozy place! I have been on the lookout for some wicker pieces but so far, no luck...I think Californians like to hold on to their wicker! Thanks for the tour and love your new couch!

Jacqueline Jaggers said...

Mary, What a treat to visit your beautiful blog. You are so gifted at thrifting and decorating. It just made my heart smile seeing all your finds and the incrediable money you have saved to bring beauty to home sweet home. Blessings and prayers from Bellingham Washington. Thank you for visiting my blog too, would love to get to know you more.