Monday, March 1, 2010

Room with a view

My personal budget for new decor around my house is small.
Especially if we are talking about something that is not functional but just real pretty.
This makes me sad yet resourceful...which I am so glad of. I am finding more and more ways to beautify on a budget, which is a fun challenge.

This is my space before:
I am ashamed to say that this has looked like this for about 2 years...sad little swatch on the window and all, but usually the bench has a lot more stuff on it.

But after a little bit of shopping my house and my mom's (thanks Mom).

We have this:

I had these plates from Wisteria for the longest time and they were always suppossed to hang on either side of the window. But when we went to hang them they just looked pitiful.
They needed some friends.
I had one silver platter that I had bought and intended it for a client, but it did not work out...and I found the other one at my mom and dad's house.
And it is almost identical, so it works out great.

Close up of one of the plates:

And I made this pillow - I got the idea from a wonderful blogger (can't claim it as my own).
I will try to give credit when I remember which blog it came from.
I got lost in blog world one day and you know how it can be...kind of like etsy because there is just so much good stuff out there.

If you're in a recession, there is always burlap...cost effective and stylish!

And here they are side by side the before and after...
I had great intentions of attempting a valance before this post, but did not live up to it...
maybe in March!

Linking up to the before and after party @ Thrifty Decor Chick


  1. Isn't it crazy what a few little changes can make? I love the window treatment, especially! Way to go!

  2. love it! i don't know why you were being so's my new fave blog! ;-) I noticed you did find Urban Grace Interiors (saw it on your sidebar). Or, did you say you already knew of her?? The one I was telling you about is her twin sister - You'll be hooked! :)