Frugal Decorating | Tablescapes, Door Wreaths and Lighting

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If been meaning to share these pictures here on the blog just to give you an update on what’s been prettied up at my house. As a stay at home wife and mom I try and find ways to make my home look nicer on a teeny, tiny budget.

One of the things that make me really happy is seeing something on my dining room table. I haven’t been able to have a table-scape for years because

1) My children were so young they’d break just about any knick knacks not tucked away.

And…

2) Up until about a month ago, we had this teeny, tiny 4 seat table my husband bought for my apartment when we were dating.

A 4 seat table doesn’t work for a family of six and especially has no room for table decor.

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Mid 2012 I began budgeting for home repair and beautification. Part of that budget would be for a new to us dining room table. I was able to find a solid wood table that seats 6-7 for $100. I plan to paint it a color in the white/grey family.

In the meantime, I’m having fun switching out my table decor each week.

Another thing we were able to pay for out of our household budget was new light fixtures and window treatments. We’d recently updated all of our incandescent bulbs to CFL and LED bulbs and wanted to also change out our model home light fixtures.

The master bedroom, den and living room all received pendant lights. I really like pendant lighting and drum shades so you’ll see a variety of them throughout my home.

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This is the neutral canvas look drum shade in my den and there’s an identical one in my dining room. The kids love the circle the drum shade makes on the ceiling. A little further down, you’ll see the ubber feminine shade I chose for my master bedroom. I’ll be sharing more of the story behind that shade soon along with photo updates of our bedroom makeover project.

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Another thing I was able to purchase out of our home repair and beautification budget were these wooden woven wreaths. I found these at the dollar store and snatched up the only three they had. I already have Christmas, Fall and Valentines wreath so these will be for Spring, Summer and Easter.

I’ll share a tutorial soon with instructions on how to decorate each wreath. In the meantime, you can click on the following link to see how I created my frugal do-it-yourself Christmas wreath.

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And finally, I want to share with you the benefits of shopping out of season. I waited until after Valentine’s Day and found these heart wreaths on clearance at Walmart. They were around $4. I bought one for the interior and exterior front door.

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My husband was looking at me like I’d lost my mind, buying heart shaped wreaths two weeks after Valentine’s Day. He’ll thank me next year. Um…not! 😀

My husband could care less about wreaths and tablescapes but he just shrugged his shoulders and said, “whatever”…as in whatever makes you happy Saidah.

That’s my baby. He’s all about making me happy and vice-versa.

 

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