Nourished Living Network’s Progressive Valentine’s Day Dinner continues today with breakfast! I’m sharing my Soaked Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage Gravy. KerryAnn at Cooking Traditional Foods has Chocolate Crepes and Chocolate Grain-Free Donuts and Jessica from Delicious Obsessions offers her Fruit and Nut Granola with Chia and Coconut. Adrienne at Whole New Mom has Baked Oatmeal and Lea from Nourishing Treasures has High-Protein Pancakes and Carrot Cake Muffins. Last but not least, Kelly from The Nourishing Home has Baked French Toast Casserole. Tomorrow the carnival will continue with appetizers and soups.
Ok, first things first.
I’m far from being one of those super-cool decorating bloggers.
I’m not good at “staging” my home, and my picture-taking skills leave a lot to be desired.
However, I had so much fun showing you the chicken wire frame I made, that I wanted to share a few more of my other simple homestead decorating ideas.
When I first got married, I was under the impression that “home decor” had to come from a “home decor store.”
I’ve found some of my most favorite pieces in trash piles and thrift stores. Over the course of time, I’ve found myself gradually getting rid of my “home decor” items in favor of things I’ve repurposed, salvaged, and repainted.
Here are a few ideas to help you with brainstorming:
One of my favorite items to grab at garage sales and thrift stores are old headboards. Lonely twin-sized headboards are a dime-a-dozen and the possibilites are endless.
Here is a 1970′s beauty *cough cough* that I nabbed at the thrift store for $8.
With a little bit of trimming, some chalkboard paint, knobs, and wooden embellishments, it turned into this:
I got this lonely little headboard at a yard sale for $1.
A fresh coat of paint, a free sheet of galvanized metal, a little distressing, and some knobs?
And I have a magnetic message board for my mudroom.
I made the alphabet magnets from a few supplies from the craft store: scrapbooking stickers, small wooden disks, and magnets.
What better way to decorate a homestead house than to bring a bit of nature inside?
I love the simple elegance that a few twigs or sticks can bring to a room.
I created this display with sticks from our backyard and a thrift store vase.
(The candle holders are from the ends of logs that I cut, sanded, and stained. Hubby drilled a shallow hole in the top to hold a tealight-sized candle.)
This arrangement sits on our bathroom vanity. The milk glass vase was 69 cents at a thrift store, and the sticks and rock were free.
Glass Bottles and Jars
I find something so captivating and timeless about glass.
These bottles might look antique, but they’re not. I chose them for their unique shapes, but they are modern glass. I printed off these free “vintage” labels, stained them with some coffee, and glued them to the bottles. Voila! Instant “antiques” that fit the apothecary theme of my bathroom.
These are more thrift store bottles, filled with medicinal-type herbs (not cooking herbs) and displayed in my “apothecary” bathroom.
The shelf was $2 at a thrift store and absolutely hideous when I bought it. A coat of white paint and a little distressing turned it into a piece I love to look at.
Think Outside of the Box
As you decorate your homestead, don’t be afraid to think outside of the box and even bend the rules a little bit.
I was wanting new curtains for my kitchen, but I didn’t want to pay a lot for them (drapery panels aren’t cheap!) and I don’t sew.
So, I headed to the fabric store and purchased a couple yards of burlap. A little glue-gunning at the top and some fraying at the bottom gave me this:
Fresh new curtains with a homespun look.
(Did I mention that I have an obsession with burlap? I can’t get enough of the stuff…)
Another design dilemma I had was an odd-shaped wall in our bathroom.
The bathroom is situated under the stairs, which results in a weird slanted wall/ceiling thing.
The solution came in the form of frames. Lots of them. I somehow had accumulated a pile of cheap-o frames that I wasn’t using. I took off the backs, removed the glass, and spray painted them with a hammered bronze spray paint.
I was able to arrange them on my odd-shaped wall, and they look like they totally belong there.
So how about you?
Did any of my ideas spark some inspiration for your own home? What kind of “trash” do you have laying around your homestead that you could turn into decorating treasures?
I find that decorating like this is not only frugal, but also just plain fun. I’ve completely lost interest in shopping in regular stores for home decorations and much prefer to scour yard sales and thrift shops for my latest project. It’s borderline addicting, so consider yourself warned!
How to you like to decorate your home? Have any ideas to share?
More Posts from the Homemaking on the Homestead series:
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Sight
- DIY Repurposed Chicken Wire Frame
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Smell
- Homemaking for the 5 Senses: Hearing
- DIY Screen Cleaner (for Laptops or TVs)
- DIY Rock Boot Tray- A Cute Solution to Mud Puddles
- Six Reasons I Love Living in a Small House
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