Friday, January 28, 2011

Decorating the frugal way

This is how my family room looks now. Well, minus the Christmas tree and stockings since it is the end of January! I bought the couch and loveseat in 2002 when we moved into our house in Florida. My dad owned La-Z-Boy so my sofas, recliners, end tables and coffee tables are all from La-Z-Boy. Everything else is garage sale ro thrift store. The courtains are tapestry panels, four of them, that were in a box I picked up off the side of the road. Yes, they were someone's trash. The rug is a $10 garage sale find. The globes and books and decorative pieces are all garage sale. I am so tired of it!
When I bought it all, the Tuscan look was very popular. Everything was beige, brown, and blah. I am finding that I really like some color. I want this room to be fresher, more fun. I was looking on Craigslist and found the picture below. I think it looks very Ballard or Pottery Barnish. The pricetag is still on it for $200 from Kirklands and she said she paid $129.00. I got it for $30.00.

I actually bought it for my foyer, which is another room in deep need of some decorating. It is too big for the wall. I was not expecting it to be this large. This photo shows just how big it is, my fireplace is pretty big in itself. I have been living with it to make sure it is "right" for the room and am loving it! It makes me happy to look at it. If the kids are very very quiet I can imagine sitting in a comfy chair outside with a glass of tea and a good book. Oh, and I am eating gluten, too since it is my dream.

I am going to make some off white slipcovers for the couch and loveseat to freshen them up until I can afford new ones. I also want to make some new curtains and pillows. I will keep my eye out for a new rug, but they are awefully expensive so will have to keep my fingers crossed. I am also thinking of repainting my lamps a fresh color. I have already redone them once here.


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