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Cheap Home Decorating September 25, 2008

Matt and I decided to experiment with fall decorating on a basically non-existant budget. Here are some of our ideas!

We had some old wine crates (these are also covering a broken baseboard!) and filled them with some of our empty wine bottles. The flowers are from our hydrangea bush and the vase was a gift from Matt’s Dad. The orange/brown glass candle holder was a gift from Anita.

I loved dried flowers, so I decided to hang some of our herbs from the garden on our buffet to dry. I think they look rustic and pretty–and they smell good. These are bunches of lavendar, purple basil, and sage.

On our side table, all of these vases and glassware are from our grandmothers. The flowers are all from our gardens.

We put these flowers in various locations around the house. The pitcher is very old from a market I got in London many years ago and it is filled with basil from the herb garden. The other “vase” is actually a decanter that Andrew and Chad gave to us one year and it is filled with cut-offs from our bean vines that flower.

These are the only items that we recently (a few months ago) spent money on. Vintage copper pots from a store called Material Culture. These were extremely inexpensive–I think all three may have cost $15. Matt hung these in our kitchen.

The other ideas we had were putting some herbs in a vase in the bathrooms and putting up some of our old framed photos/pictures in the bathrooms to spruce them up a bit.

We’re becoming much more creative! Let me know if you have any other cheap decorating ideas!


It’s been a while… December 2, 2007

…since I have bored you with our home improvements!  We (Matt) got a lot accomplished this weekend.  Besides bagging leaves, fixing the lawnmower, and mowing the lawn, he and his dad built from scratch a linen closet for this wasted space on the second floor (the door to the left is the bathroom, and behind the shelving unit is the door to the crawl space):

It only took them about 4 hours.  I was so impressed and now we have somewhere to store our sheets and towels (since March, our towels have been stored in the very large shopping bag they were given to us in at the bridal shower).

After the carpentry was finished, Matt and I shampooed the carpet in the dining and living rooms to prepare for our furniture delivery from Material Culture. I LOVE the new furniture!  It’s so beautiful. Matt and his dad moved the old love-seat into the office and I immediately turned it into my nest. 

Here are the “clean” carpets.  Even thought we emptied the dirty water compartment about 5 times (black water) some of the stains stayed.  But I can tell it’s a lot cleaner:

And the new furniture from Material Culture looks great!

I think we need a home improvement break until after New Years.


Material Culture November 19, 2007

Yesterday, Matt and I went to an amazing furniture warehouse called Material Culture.  This gigantic warehouse is filled with exotic furniture from all over the world and also showcases some specialty work from artists and furniture makers.  We went in looking for a buffet for our dining room but instead bought a matching leather sofa and chair (Christmas gift from Matt’s mom) because everything was 25% off.  The prices are extremely reasonable, and it is just a cool place to spend and hour or two walking around.  I took a lot of photos!

Matt’s throne.

My throne (the chair swiveled all the way around!)

Shelf Boat!  We wanted this.

They served us hot tea as we were browsing.  I just noticed that there’s a creepy face in the corner of this photo.  I think it’s a painting but how spooky!

The copper pots (unusable–just for decoration) were $14 per pound.  Most of the smaller ones were only 1 pound so we bought a couple to decorate our kitchen.

I loved this.  But where would we put it??

This was a table top that I loved.  I can’t remember what they were made out of (I think copper). This is it made into an actual table, only in a greenish color:

Here’s a better photo from the website:

mosaic table tops.  So cool.

Flying Fish!  (Made out of bottle caps.)

This is a really bad picture of the chair we got.  The three-seater sofa matches.  It’s not as red in real-life.  It’s more of a darker brown.  It gets delivered on Dec. 2!!