When I’m not writing blogs—I’m reading them.
I can’t help it.
There’s an entire community of helpful people just waiting to show me a new paint color or a new project idea or a new way to style my living room or an easy flower arrangement for summer. Like yesterday when I read this post by Layla–I learned something new. That was such a clever idea on how to layer a picture into a gallery wall with blocks of wood.
But the post got me thinking.
What tips do I have that I forget to share because I’m crying in rooms over a plaid blanket?
So let’s talk decorating today.
Specifically 7 of my favorite decorating secrets.
1. Drop cloths
I think drop cloths are the unsung heroes of the decorating world. If you are looking for inexpensive material that kind of looks like linen at a fraction of the price and can leap buildings in a single bound and still look cute….
….drop cloths are just waiting to save the day.
Here’s an entire post on how I made them into curtains.
And roman shades.
And a pillow.
And a wreath.
All you need is a little drop cloth imagination.
2. The furniture leg section at Lowe’s
Furniture legs are the solution to so many design dilemmas.
Remember when I wrote the post about the pine dresser? I forgot to mention the part where it was actually one tall dresser. The piece that is between the beds is actually the top of the other pine dresser.
I just added legs to the bottom of it (that still need to be stained) from the furniture leg section at Lowe’s.
One dresser becomes two.
3. Book pages
If you are looking for inexpensive, easy art ideas, book pages may be the answer you’ve been looking for.
Here’s how I framed them to create a gallery wall.
Here’s how I tacked them to an old pair of cabinet doors and made more wall art.
Here’s how I used them to make a wreath.
And this one is free of charge because it kind of involves book pages, but I love it so much I had to include it.
Here’s a project my sister made for me using all kinds of pages.
4. Painted baskets
I’m not sure how or why and who decided this.
But it’s a decorating truism.
A spray painted number on a basket makes everything cuter.
I’ve used them in butler’s pantries.
And in bookcases in navy and white and red rooms to hold books.
Cute. Cuter. Cutest.
5. Greenery from the yard
I cut greenery from the yard and decorate with it all the time.
Here’s an example of a glass vase left over from a flower arrangement filled with tree branches.
I cut leaves and put them in mason jars or small white vases.
A little bit of greenery for free.
I love books.
I love to read them.
I love to stack them.
And I love to decorate with them.
Here’s an example of how I used them to add height to a basket.
Need a little extra height in an arrangement? Books are your answer.
Decorating a mantel and need to lift up a vase? Books are your friend.
I cannot believe I am typing this.
I used to paint everything in sight. If I bought a piece at a yard sale, I’d prime it and paint it.
But, truth? Right now, I am all about not painting wood.
Here are the doors from my house where I just had all the paint taken off.
Don’t they make your heart smile?
Painting is okay now and then, but sometimes brilliant, amazing, authentic wood just needs to shine. 🙂
PS Have any decorating secrets I didn’t list? Add them in the comments to we can all decorate together.
PPS Thank you SO MUCH for all your sweet comments about the post yesterday. I cried reading them. So many of you had questions about the products in the room. I tried to e-mail everyone, but in case I missed you—everything is listed over on my Shop My House page.