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- These two purple pillows make sense when you look at the chair fabric.
- A wine crate filled with interesting orbs and cotton bolls is fall like without going all “pumpkin” flavored! I often find these decorative balls at Good Will for a fraction of the cost they are at a decor store. The same goes for the wine crate…keep an eye out for interesting containers.
- The mantel got the “pumpkin” treatment complete with mood lighting! I used my copper collection and a great pumpkin swag that has been around forever.
I am totally obsessed with twinkle lights!
I love the battery powered strings that are on tiny copper wire. The wire bends around to twist through the stuff and almost disappears.
A search on Amazon finds a really wide variety of these fun strings for a very low cost. I have also seen them at Tuesday Morning and Dollar General. You really want to have these in your decorating stash!!!
I used a string to light up the Spooky Fairy Garden last season…..I will definitely do that again when October rolls around.
Look at some of the fun ways that other people have used twinkle lights:
HMMMM….I could probably weave a string into my wine crate!
Hope this inspires you to do a bit of fall decorating and add some twinkle lighting to your projects…
I love the quote from the movie “You’ve Got Mail” when Kathleen announces that all will be fine, but “in the meantime, I’m putting up more twinkle lights.”
Part 2 of Summer Decorating on a Budget can really be summed up by the following:
I have always loved chinoiserie fabric.
SHēnˌwäzəˈrē,ˌSHēnˈwäz(ə)rē/nounnoun: the imitation or evocation of Chinese motifs and techniques in Western art, furniture, and architecture, especially in the 18th century.
Using just a bit for the seat cushions on the game table was a great way to have some that doesn’t over power the room.
Would you believe that I just used the glue gun to attach the fabric on these?
Why? Because I want to be able to take the summery look away and use the red pattern underneath in the winter. If I used the staple gun….removal would have been a huge pain!
The cushions on the cedar chest “window seat” got my famous almost no-sew box cushion treatment!
Here is a link to the original post….http://sweetwaterstyle.blogspot.com/2011/08/almost-no-sew-box-cushions.html
I got a big laugh when I looked at the statistics for this post and saw that it has gotten almost 10,000 since it was published 5 years ago. I guess that means that this is something worth doing? 🙂
Big fabric envelopes made from the floral fabric were an easy way to switch out the couch cushions.
Time for summer decorating….bright, fresh, and airy are words that come to mind.
Lightening up the look of the family room was the first step in the summer transformation here at Sweetwater.
When we got the new oatmeal colored couch, I no longer need to slipcover the cushions with summer weight fabric.
The color scheme in the family room was pretty autumnal with all the browns and copper.
What to do?
Obviously, I wasn’t gonna mess with the new couch!
So off to fabric.com to find some fabric to lighten up the cushions on the rattan chairs.
This is the fabric I picked. It was less than $25 for the fabric and delivery.
Yes…I did have to sew for this project, but you could do a wrap and tack version that would be almost as good.
I can not believe the difference it made to switch out the dark for the bright!
Now I know why everyone says to buy a neutral colored couch!
It really was simple to change out a few things and get a new look.
Changing the color scheme of a room is always more than just changing the upholstery fabric.
Going with the teal and chartreuse meant that all the browns and rusts in the old accessories were just all wrong….
The room needed new stuff in the right colors.
It was so tempting to head over to Home Goods and buy everything summer in those appealing displays…..and I did find those great looking teal pillows for a bargain. In fact…I would have spent way more $$ to make them.
I wanted to save my money for my other summer vice….PLANTS!
I decided I could go shopping…..but in my own house!
I walked the house….
I peeked into my over stuffed closets….
Looking for stuff that would go with the new colors.
I have always loved the summer themed pillow with the palm tree. I was thrilled that it could take center stage(couch) with the perfect colors for the room.
The artificial pears have been around for awhile. They have just the right green for the coffee table.
Notice the pictures on the back wall…they were in other rooms and now have a new spot.
I kept the mantel simple.
The white candle sticks and lanterns have been around the house for a few years.
Looking at the photo makes me think that a bright beachy colored bow on the lanterns might make them pop. HMMM….maybe an artificial sunflower too!?
The image in the frame is an enlargement of a photo I took in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
I used Waterlogue…an iPad app to make it look like a watercolor. (You can read about how this works here)
It really is a perfect summery addition.
I imagine that I will find more things that will add summery touches…
A thrifty decorator’s work is never done!
Come back tomorrow for the second part of Summer Decorating on a Budget….the lower level family room has a new look too!
Have A Creative Day!
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