Decorating for the Artistic Soul

Decorate With Stuff

Posted on: September 19, 2009

Don’t underestimate the power of “stuff.”    Back in the post war days, we all did it, and now, it is again the rage.  The secret to being successful at it is in keeping an open mind, and looking at things not only as they are, but as they could be.  For example:

  • Somebody sent you a post card with a beautiful scene on it.  Or perhaps it was a greeting card.  It might have been a calendar with gorgeous reproductions of the masters. Go shopping at a garage sale or a flea market for some old picture frames.  They are cheap, and you can always toss our the picture it came with.  If you’re lucky, some of them will have matting that is in decent shape.  The worst scenario is that you will have to pay for a new matting to make the picture you saved fit properly in the frame you got for next to nothing.  You might also have had to spray paint the frame.  And you have a gorgeous picture to hang for next to nothing.
  • For a side table, lit cabinet, or a shelf you want to fill, pick up some glass objects of varying sizes, colors and shapes. Let them all have some connecting theme…either color, vintage, topic.  These items can be had for little money at garage sales, thrift shops, and so forth.
  • Gather different kinds of teapots or salt/pepper shakers, and display them on a high wooden shelf around your room.
  • For a border around your family room or kid’s room, collect different kinds of old hats and space them evenly.  Easier to hang than wallpaper borders, and probably far cheaper at the yard sale, they will be fun for visitors to look at.

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