Monday, July 28, 2014

Guest Room, English Cottage Style

I'm continuing my series on English Country Cottage Style. Today, we are in the guest room.

It's been a while since I showed you my guest room, but it is pretty much the same.  I don't have lots of guests, and don't have the need to change everything in there, though I do plan to do some changes in the fall.

Right now it is all dressed for Spring/Summer, in Pastel colors.

A few things have changed since these photos were taken, but the bed is still the same, and the curtains.  Most of the artwork remains the same as well.

I switched this table to the sun room, because I am able to enjoy it more in there.

 I bought this several years ago at an antiques shop for around $40.00, and first painted just the top blue and the bottom white.  Later I painted it all the color of the top.

 As usual, you will find flowers and birds in my rooms.

I think these colors are very soothing and make a calming pallatte for guests.  What do you think?

I'll be sharing at the following linky parties:

Tweak It Tuesday @
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Show & Share @ Coastal Charm
Whimsy Wednesday @ Simply Designing with Ashley
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Favorite Frugal Finds of 2014

I have found some great thrifty treasures so far this year, so I'm sharing some of my favorites with you.

Rooster cabinet

Urn  about a dollar

Sign    $3.50

Picture  15.00


Pot of greenery

Rooster tray

Pillow covers

Plate  .25

Mandolin picture  2.00

Picture   6.00


Feed sack


bird    .90

Lamp shades

2 pots Hydrangeas  50cents (I think)

Crystal bud vase $1, flowers  10c

Flower pot, picture (10c)

Wash pan    (around 7.00)

quilt set

Shower curtain  (6.99)

Needlepoint chair  15.00


Quilts for twin beds


Portofino cushion

bird & cross

Purse & pin ($1.50)

Earrings  (50c)

Tote ($.25)

Vase  $1

 Set of lamps ($10.00)
Shades $18.00

I am really enjoying these finds.  Don't you just love it when you find items for your home and don't spend a lot of money on them?  I do!!
Which is your favorite?

I'm sharing at all my fave parties!!
Tweak It Tuesday @
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
 Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A Few Simple Changes

Do you ever look at something you've made, or decorated, and say, WHAT WAS I THINKING????  I do it quite a bit, so with that in mind,  I'm going to go through the house, and make some subtle changes.  Changes that probably won't be noticeable to anyone but me, but changes nevertheless.  I'll share some with you.

I recently made over these frames, and put them in the guest bath!

While they looked alright by themselves, the aqua clashed with other items in the bathroom.  I took those down, and replaced them with these pictures.

The use of pictures with more white looks more calm
with the busy-ness of the shower curtain. To further change the room, I have switched out the shower curtain for a solid white one.

Sometimes a significant change can be as simple as switching out a plate you have displayed.

For instance, look at this change.  I switched out the small platter for a plate with more color.

This gives a more vivid focal point on the shelf. A very simple, easy change, that  makes more of a statement.

 (A recent painting)

When you want changes, just move a couple of small items, for a totally different look.  It doesn't take a lot of time or energy.  Do you make simple changes in your home?

Sharing at:

  Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life        
              Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
              Feathered Nest Friday French Country Cottage
            Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters Stuff
Serenity Saturday @ Serenity You
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal