Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fresh Decor For Late Winter

Well, cabin fever is beginning to set in.  I've been trapped in the house for a few weeks now and I'm feeling good enough to start rearranging the house.  Hubs never knows what he's going to find when he returns home from work in the evening. 

Last month I swung into a little thrift store on my way back from a doctor's appointment.  It's my reward for being a good girl at the doctor's office.  I found a few treasures that made me happy.  Now I have the perfect opportunity to show them off.

I like to place my dining room centerpiece on a tray so that it is totally portable.  As this is our only table, we have to be able to access it easily during meal time.  I've had the tray for a number of years and it also came from a thrift store (really, not much in my house was purchased new).  Last month, I found the handmade, flower embellished vase and the miniature creamy colored urn.  I simply added a spray of yellow flowered branches and topped the urn with a miniature bird's nest.  I got the bird figurine from Michael's clearance shelf last year for $1.00. 

I had to fill the vase with gravel to make it more bottom heavy.  If I didn't have gravel I would have used rice or beans.

Next up was an arrangement on my sideboard.  I purchased the glass dome last year from Southern Living at Home/now Willow House.  It's a nice large size and I knew I'd never find something that large in the thrift store.  I used some cute little chicken pitchers that I've had (yes, thrifted) and an old cobalt blue/train silver toothpick holder that my aunt gave me.  Train silver was used in the dining cars of trains back in the day and is very heavy and sturdy.  I don't think it's real silver, but I'm not sure.  I just know that I like it - especially when it has a cobalt blue insert.   

I placed an antique blue and white china plate onto a thrifted pedestal.  Then, I cut apart a piece of faux greenery and tucked the sprigs into the container.  It's different and adds a nice touch of green to my sparse decor.

I think the best part about all of the change is that I spent all of $4.98 on everything and I can switch out the different parts to create new vignettes on a whim.

Has cabin fever set in for you?  What can you rearrange in your home to get a different look?

1 comment:

  1. I love your creations; you always make me think more creatively when I'm in thrift stores!

    I keep eying my living room, I want to change it up, just not sure how yet.


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