Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A little decorating on the cheap

It's really easy to think that decorating your home will inevitably be an expensive endeavor. Furniture, paint and artwork don't always come cheap. It can feel like there's always something that needs tending to or improving and you invariably want to throw your hands up in the air and just give up.

Well, I don't like feeling that way.

I think that decorating your apartment or home should be a work in progress, something to look forward to, not to be stressed out about.

So, I'm on the hunt this year for innovative, affordable options to spruce things up. Etsy has generally been an invaluable resource for me, but more often than not, I've found that perusing design blogs is one of the best ways to discover cool ideas for revamping our home.

Abigail, of Abbey Goes Design Scouting, had this really simple, but creative take on an arrangement she saw in Martha Stewart Living that I'm eager to copy. Martha's display is the top picture and Abigail's version of it follows.

For $40, Abigail bought kumquats at her local deli and the apothecary jars for $10 each at TJ Maxx, filled them to the brim, snipped off some pine from her tree, and WA-LA! Done and beautiful! Isn't that fantastic?

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