03/21/17

Three ideas to decorate rich

 

 

Decorating can be expensive.

No matter your style; paint, rugs, lamps, mirrors, furniture and all that goes into making a home beautiful and/or comfortable,  doesn’t come cheap.

And if you’re going for a magazine worthy room, the budget can be blown before you get started.

While my budget is not high end, my tastes sure are.

I’ve learned a few tricks along the way to get a high end look without breaking the bank.

 These ideas will work for most decorating styles.

 

The first is Display Something Antique ist. 

In our contemporary world, antiques may be old school. But …..

if you want a give a room a sense of history and a rich feel, you need something that can’t be bought at a big box store.

You don’t need to fill a room with antiques to create that feeling of  richness. This can be achieved with small accessories.

A metal engraved box,  I recently found,  is a wonderful addition to the living room at the cottage.  I  love

the greenish patina. I don’t know the age of the box. It may or not be an antique. It doesn’t really matter.

It’s the rich look without paying big bucks that makes this work for me.

 

 

Next include Curvy Shapes

Using a variety of shapes in a room adds interest and depth.

If you want the room to look more expensive, add some curvy items.

This can be in the accessories….mirrors, clocks,  lamps etc.

The globe on the desk, the curve of the mirror, the round clock…all give the room interest.

The curves balance out the straight lines in the room.

 The next ides is to add Fresh Flowers to the room.

Fresh flowers can change and lift the mood of a room. Go big if possible.

A big bouquet of flowers on the coffee table. mantle or side table adds instant class.

 

 

 

This artichoke statue adds curves to a bookcase balancing the straight lines of the shelves and books.

 

The recently painted (again) bookcase in the hallway at the cottage.

Have fun with these ideas and see the difference a few changes can make in the mood of the room.

 

 

 

 

 

 

03/16/17

Spring, oh spring

Oh Spring,  spring

Where forth art thou?

Oh Spring, you were here last week. I took pictures of the evidence.

Azaleas in the yard at the cottage a little over a week ago.

And now this…………. picture taken today after almost a week of record breaking cold..

I can’t control the outdoor weather,,,, but, it can be spring indoors. That I can control.

 

An economical,  colorful  and fast way to decorate for spring. Plastic eggs.

And a plus….these eggs will be used for an Easter Egg hunt in April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One more night with freeze warning temperatures.

Oh Spring, spring……Your arrival Monday, March 20 will be welcomed with sunshine and a high in the mid 60’s.

03/2/17

Charleston, Charleston

Everything you’ve heard is true!

The flavors, sights, sounds, people and traditions …there’s no other city like Charleston S.C.

A long weekend in February…….  perfect time for a trip to the Holy City.

The weather was beautiful…….hard to complain about that

except, it was so sunny…..not the best for picture taking.

But no way was I going to leave without snapping a few.

The famous Rainbow Row.

The architecture , art galleries, restaurants, and King Street shopping.

So much to do…..never enough time.

 

The battery

One of many old churches ….French Huguenot Church

 

 

 

 

 

 

And all too soon……………It’s goodbye for now………I’ll be back.