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Easy Ways To Decorate With Simple & Very Frugal Ideas

Have you ever laid something down temporarily, then found that you actually like it there? Such was this frame on my trunk...

I didn't plan to leave it there. I just didn't have time to find a place for this pretty frame. And then after a few days, I found it looked good there, to my eyes anyway.

There are all kinds of little frugal tips to decorate and accessorize your home, if only you think outside the box.

I'm sure many of you would think this idea a bit tacky. But I don't have the tools and the wherewithal to put a drapery rod over the window next to my bed. So what did I do?

I picked up a very cheap bed sheet from Walmart. (I think it was $6). I folded it into thirds, ironed it, then simply nailed it up. (The nails you might consider really tacky.) Then I strung a pom-pom garland across the nails. 

And this is my window treatment, such as it is! (I guess you could call it bohemian...or go ahead and call it tacky. Won't hurt my feelings!)

Have an old bowl somewhere stuffed back in the nether regions of your cabinets? Bring it out and put it on display. I put this one on my kitchen island and put popcorn packets in it.

It's super close to the microwave, so I just grab one, take off the plastic wrapping, and pop it in.

Also, I use place mats for all kinds of things. I liked the added bit of color this one gave to the white island.

So you don't have adequate storage in your teeny tiny bathroom. Use what you have. What I had was a basket and an old box. I nailed them up on the wall and they serve as storage.

Corral your cutting boards and odds and ends for the kitchen in a box for your kitchen counter. Looks organized and tidy.

I've been debating for weeks what color to paint my sewing machine table you see here. I knew it would have to sit quite awhile, plus have a protective coating, before I could put my peachy shelf back on it. 

So I took the easy way out. I had scraps of oil cloth that I simply put down under the shelf instead. Easy peasy.

What to do with this cheese shredder? And this little bitty bench I painted? 

I put those cheap brackets on the back of the little bitty bench and hung it on the wall. Then I placed a small jar with a candle in it underneath the cheese grater. 

I like the way the candlelight shows through the grater.

Instead of merely putting your dish soap next to the sink, do it in style. I used a pretty little ceramic tray underneath, and it elevates this little area to look special.

I don't have a ton of cookbooks. So I put them in a basket on the counter. Easy to get to. And the basket adds texture to the space.

I picked up these two cans that were already put together long ago and put my manual can opener and scissors and such in them. 

But it would be super easy to take cans, cover them in scrapbook paper, and hot glue them together for the same effect.
Brenda Pruitt
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  1. These are some great ideas Brenda! I just fell in love with that 'Rosemary' box on your kitchen counter since that is my new Grands name. Do you know where you got that box? You always inspire me to look at things in a new light and yes, hang things on the walls!!!


  2. I have a pretty large ceramic bowl - red and white stripe that I keep on the counter like you and keep snacks in it - it is the kind of big bowl that grandma would have made her bread in if you had a grandma that baked every day. Love what you have done with the place and I don't think your window treatment is tacky - what is tacky about a bedsheet is when you just hang it to completely cover the window and cut a slit up the middle so you can see outside!! I have seen this believe me :)

  3. Lots of cute ideas Brenda! I love the little bookcase on top of the sewing machine base!

  4. You are so clever! I love the cheese grater with the candle.

    If you stick a coordinating sheet of scrapbook paper into your aqua frame, it would make a nice tray for your trunk.

  5. I have always used place mats and cloth napkins to add some little pops of color and pattern. I like to used them to group items together for display, much like a tray would be. The frame looks good on your coffee table/trunk.

  6. Yesterday I went through my cupboards to refresh my hutch, curio and kitchen table. Cathy, from My 1929 Charmer gave me ideas for my curio cabinet by using handkerchiefs, I pulled out my Grandma's I had put away and you know what? Along with my dishes & precious things from my family, it's really a sense of belonging and love. Use what you have is what I've learned from bloggers. Bring out the keepsakes and honor family. I like the Rosemary box too. Good ideas Brenda, Kathleen in Az

  7. Great ideas! The blue photo frame looks really good on your trunk- kind of like a tray! I love the way you think outside the box :)
    Emily xx

  8. I like your window treatment idea with the sheet and pom-poms. I love to do such window treatments because the cost is right. I once draped feather boas across the tops of the windows in my daughter's bedroom when she was young. I also have stretched clothesline across the top of windows and clipped pretty hankies to the line with clothespins. I also have decorated windows by simply lining up my collection of Cats Meow brand wooden houses along the top of the window frame. They fit just right. Thanks for more glimpses into your cozy apartment.

    1. I like these ideas. Your daughter will grow up using her creativity because her mom did.

  9. Great ideas! Everything looks so pretty too!


  10. I for one love the window treatment, great pop of color in the bedroom. I'm always excited to see what you have done. It cheers me up so much!

  11. I do the same kinds of things with my items. Love the colors you are using. Like the window treatment too. I've used sheets for window treatments lots of times and lots of different ways. Nothing wrong with that!!

  12. I love all your ideas. I have used sheets many times as curtains. I used place mats and a tension rod once on a kitchen window and enjoyed changing the mats out to get a new look.

  13. Lots of inventive, quick, and easy ideas, Brenda! I love them!

  14. Lots of good ideas. I particularly like those two cans.

    All the best Jan

  15. I like the red curtain. I bet it makes the quilt pop or vice versa. I'm a tack person myself. If it can be hung using tacks with the clear heads, and you would be surprised how often it works, then I'm all about the decorating.

  16. No no no! Not tacky at all but very creative and cute! You need to give yourself credit for thinking up all of these cute decor ideas! I love the candle under the cheese grater. I placed a candle under mine one time and touched it and burned my most dainty finger! It was hot as all get out!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  17. You never cease to inspire me. You could be writing a book, full of all of your ideas..

  18. I really love using items in unexpected ways like you have ;)

  19. Such great, creative little touches Brenda! Your home is wonderfully inspired. Hope your pup is feeling better!

  20. I love the ideas. Very clever indeed.

    Happy Sunday.


  21. I don't think you need to be apologizing for anything...those ideas are cute and very creative Brenda! Especially love how you tack boxes on the wall for shelves...great idea! ;)

  22. Great ideas Brenda! low cost and practical... my favourite kind!

  23. Great tips. I have used push pins to holdup mini quilts. I used paper clay to fix the built in soap dish that cracked from something on the wall t fell off. Also where some tile chipped away. He it worked. I even painted it. It is still holding up. One time my clown friend and I were returning from a gig and we hit a big pot hole and part of my bumper stating to fall off. So here we are two clowns in costumes typing up the bumper with rubber balloons and duct tape. It held for a couple of weeks til I got it fixed. You would never guess who drove by and honked, Ronald McDonald Seriously, I cant make these things up, hah.

    1. Hahaha - Only you, Debby. I love the clown story.

  24. My favorite kind of decorating ideas! I love the cans! Your home is so colorful and inviting. Have a lovely week!

  25. Super adorable ideas! You have a great eye for decorating and keeping things cozy :-) Have a great night!


  26. Brenda, Out of all the people who love the Bohemian style of decorating and blog about it...yours is really the only one that is real. You are a true Bohemian! Love it and you!

  27. You have the neatest ideas for inside and outside on the patio!

  28. i love your window! It looks so fresh with its simple clean lines.. And I think I can do it! I, personally, dislike heavy, formal window treatments. To me they look kind of like old lady or funeral home. I'm giving this idea a try in my bathroom today! Then, who knows!

  29. I see so many people on Instagram posting the things they are buying at Michael's, Home Goods, etc. and everything looks alike. I far prefer to shop my home and use things in unexpected ways. It saves money and space. I don't need to buy anything new!

  30. Your kitchen looks so pretty Brenda.... I was looking at the pictures and I thought "she should put a candle under that cheese grater" and then I scrolled down and saw you did... you're so smart :)

  31. Hello, I love these great ideas for storage.. The baskets in the bathroom and in the kitchen look great.. Thanks for sharing, have a happy day!

  32. Definitely hang things on the wall. For those of us who live in small spaces, wall space is priceless. xo Laura

  33. Curtain rods are vastly overrated.

  34. I love the creative ways you've used things in your home. The frame on the coffee table looks like a pretty tray. I like the blue bench hanging on the wall and the way you covered cans with scrap paper for pretty containers.

  35. You have great ideas Brenda. We are all glad that you share them with us. Your bedroom curtain looks just fine. I have gotten so I use those expand a rods from Walmart or such store for my removable curtain rods too. I can hang whatever suits my fancy that day to use as a curtain or just a topper. I too burned by fingers picking up the grater after having a candle burning in it for awhile. dah.... I should have known better. But,love the candle glowing through the holes! Keep up the good work....

  36. All amazing ways to decorate with simple style solutions, but my favourite is the fantastic foundation of those mosaics on your back splash!! Truly bohemian!

    See you at Tweak, tonight!


  37. I like your decorating and organizing ideas on a budget! I don't think your bedsheet curtain is tacky at all - in fact, I think it's rather ingenious. :-)

  38. It all looks so pretty Brenda! I don't think the sheet nailed up is tacky at all, whatever makes you happy is what I say, it's your house!! Sometimes I think people get too carried away with things anyway, sometimes simpler is better!


  39. So many great ideas - your home is so attractive and cozy! I am always spurred on to make some changes after seeing what you have done in your own home, and doing it on a budget, too. Thanks!

  40. Tacky? Nope... inventive! I like it :)

    That cheese grater with the candle in it is genius! You're home is cozy and inviting, but even more than that, it's you :)


  41. I love all of your ideas Brenda, especially the sheet valance...not tacky at all, just very clever. Your little stool is adorable hung on the wall! Thanks for sharing your ideas at Vintage Inspiration Party.

  42. Really great, cute ideas! I love small benches and boxes on the wall. I have an old wooden cupboard drawer hanging on my kitchen wall with knick knacks in it.

  43. Such super easy and inventive ideas Brenda. (So crushing on your peach bookshelf!) Thanks for sharing at SYS and have a great day!
    XO Barbara


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