Decorate Your Home with Things You Already Have

Written by Jessica Van Midde on . Posted in DIY, Food, Interior Decorating

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Decorating your home is a lot of fun if you look around your home for things you most likely already own. Every space has potential to feel glamorous, cozy, rustic or formal. Keep in mind, if something you display doesn’t work try changing it up until it’s just the way you want it to be. Decorating is all about trial and error.. that’s what I’ve noticed when decorating any space. Here are a couple of ideas that can help make your home feel cozier.
Vases:
Large vases can hold lots of natural items and they really make your home look beautiful. Try filling them with, pine cones, fruits (lemons or apples) willow branches, sand, rocks, moss, candles etc.
I enjoy changing it up for the holiday themes so you don’t get bored. Even smaller vases look good gathered together with or without flowers. If you turn the vase upside down and place something special inside, that looks beautiful to.
Tip: I like a variety of size vases so you can make a statement.

Vase

Vase

Photo, Interior Decoration / Interior

Decorative vase

Decorative vase

Photo, Better Homes & Gardens

Pottery Barn decorative vase

Pottery Barn decorative vase

Photo, Pottery Barn
Serving platters:
Serving platters makes for great decorating around your home. I personally like using them for catching mail or a key holder on a console table for the front door. Hanging plates on the wall, are my favorite because you can enjoy them more. This look will never go out of style.

Serving platters as wall art

Serving platters as wall art

Photo, Houzz Photo, Shelterness
Books:
I love using books as decorative accencts. Larger books are great to display on a coffee table or sofa to add some color or interest. Stack a few books under a lamp, picture frame, next to a chair or sofa. You can never go wrong displaying them on a book shelf or bookcase.

Decorative plate

Decorative plate

Books

Books

Photo, Real Simple

Decorative books

Decorative books

Photo, Pottery Barn
The shelving behind the sofa looks easy to DIY. They look so pretty between the Curtains.

Books

Books

Photo, Interior Decoration / Interior
Pitchers:
We all know that pitchers are meant for holding fluids but they also make for a nice flower display and placing kitchen utensils as well.

Decorate with pitchers

Decorate with pitchers

Photo, Country Living

Pitcher

Pitcher

Decorative pitcher

Decorative pitcher

Photo, Ikea
Photo, The Ringles
Tea pots:
I like using tea pots as a flower pot for small flowers. Try displaying them in your kitchen bathroom or bedside table. Another option is to shelf them on the window sills anywhere in your home. My mom likes using little tea pots to hold sugar for coffee or tea. Take them out so everyone can enjoy them.

Teapots

Teapots

Photo, Hossier Homemade
Old Glasses:
Use some wine glasses or other drinking glasses such as mason jars, to display some candles or flowers inside. Sand, seashells, candles or rocks inside a mason jars will add lots of character.
Tip:Try mixing and matching glassware to add a bit more interest.

Wine bottle chandelier

Wine bottle chandelier

Photo, Pottery Barn
Pottery Barn has a chandelier wine bottle light and I don’t think it would be that hard to recreate and make your own.

Wine bottles as candle holders

Wine bottles as candle holders

Bottles and vases

Bottles and vases

Photo, Won’t You Be My Nador
Photo, Young House Love

Mason jars

Mason jars

Mason jars

Mason jars

Tea towels

Tea towels

Perfect for storing herbs & food. This look is easy to recreate. All you need to do is buy black acrylic paint and number stencils at a craft store & DIY.
Photo, Pottery Barn
Tea towels:
I’ve never used tea towels as kitchen curtains but I have seen it done and it’s a pretty charmingly cute idea. Another option, use them as dining place mats or draped on a table.

Photo, Remoldlista
I’m always on the hunt and looking for other ways to add some vavoom without spending a lot of money. I like things that are simple, elegant and always neat. If you have any other great ideas you can think of, please feel free to let me know.

 

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