Sunday, March 15, 2009

Inexpensive Refresh



Every now and then I start to get restless with certain decor in my house. I'll fixate on a pillow or a particular candle arrangement or some other element in one of the rooms, and the next thing you know, I'm daydreaming at work and scouring pier1.com and crateandbarrel.com for inspiration.

Well, the latest hangup was the picture over my couch (and maybe the living room curtains). But given the economy and the fact that I'm trying to save my pennies for a move to London this summer, I couldn't justify spending $100 on a new wall-hanging.

So I decided to check out some of the cool designs at The Paper Source. I went there Saturday and found a great floral print that matched the colors of my living room. I also picked up some little die-cut ginko leaves, unsure what I would do with them, but thinking they might come in handy.



As you can see, they did. It took me awhile to find a design I liked—but I was able to arrange the leaves in a way that made them look like flowers. I thought this worked well to break up the busy background.

And it only cost me about $9.00. Not too bad for a fun new piece of art!

7 comments:

SoMi's Nilsa said...

Just because it's cheap doesn't mean it's unworthy! You got creative and now you're reaping the benefits. Looks great! I want to do the same thing in our bedroom - throw pillows coming up at some point in the next few months!

laura said...

nice job!!! looks great.

Lara Watkins said...

Your creativity makes me want to throw up a little. You should have your own show on HGTV!

Amy Turpin said...

Will you come decorate my house???

Dingo said...

It looks wonderful and no one else is going to have anything like it.

L said...

Ingenious!

Now lets us find me something like this, because I'm dying for a change and do not want to spend the money for it. :)

thecoconutdiaries said...

I think you found a new post-nutty economy 2nd career! You're like Martha Stewart...after Bernie Madoff has stolen all her crap.