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.