Excuse the horrible picture quality. I’m such a novice with my camera. But I wanted to talk a little bit about thrifty decorating. DISCLAIMER: I’m no decorator, as anyone who has been to my house can tell you.
I have never been good at decorating, first because I just didn’t know how, and secondly because I didn’t feel I could justify the cost. I wrote once about how I spent a lot on some bedroom drapes once and vowed never again. I have read a lot of blogs by women who have created beautiful homes on the cheap for their entire lives (one of my favorites is The Cultivated Nest). They encouraged me that I could do it too, so I started trying to think outside the retail box. At Christmas I created some pretty window treatments with clearance curtains and ring clips and I was happy with the change but it was a lot of red. For $9 I could live with it, though.
The other day I was at the thrift store. Yes, I shop there. I will have to write a post one day about coming out of the thrift store closet. I have found so many treasures (often new with tags) for pennies on the dollar. Anyway, Tuesday the ladies were putting out their new stock and one of them asked me “Are you looking for curtains? These just came in. They’re $12.”
Well, I wasn’t sure but I grabbed them anyway. Nice curtains and drapes go quickly at the thrift store and I wanted to have them in my hands in case anyone else was looking too! In the end I decided that since these curtains would go well in our room and they were clean and in perfect condition, I’d shell out the $12.
I’m SO glad I did! I washed them and hung them the next day. They were too thin and filmy to block out as much light as I needed, so I did sew a double lining on the back, using flat sheets I had. (My kids hate sleeping with flat sheets, so yay me, when I buy a sheet set I have extras for projects like this.)
There’s no real profound purpose to this post except to encourage you all that we can make pretty changes in our homes that don’t cost a lot. I constantly hear women say “I can’t decorate because I don’t have much money.” I am realizing that is not true!
While I was at it I gave the rest of my room a mini makeover, mostly just decluttering and changing a few items from darks to light, neutral colors. Let me tell you about this rocking chair. When my oldest was born, a friend gave it to me. She had used it in her son’s nursery. (He is in high school now!) My babies and I have logged MANY hours in this chair! The denim upholstery had become faded and worn and didn’t match anything else I had, and I thought about replacing it. But since this little one is our last, I wanted to use it for sentimental reasons. It’s sweet to rock my littlest fella in the same chair I’ve used to rock all my other babies.
Throwing a (wrinkled) sheet over the chair works and extended the life of my favorite rocker. So again–cheap and easy. I like it and that’s what matters. I’m no designer, but I’m trying to keep open eyes for inexpensive ways to make home a pretty, comfortable place for my little family. To me, that’s the fun of homemaking!