Dear Blog Friends,
Okay, then please join me for my own home's Spring Spruce-Up Home Tour in sunny San Diego, CA.
and up to my front door, where my only three "rules" for decorating are:
1. Beauty is in the (uncluttered) details.
2. Anything I buy I want to cost little but look expensive.
3. Both my hubby and I must both enjoy something in order for it to merit space in our home, but it's okay if one of us doesn't like something quite as much as the other. We compromise but since we are both basically incurable old-fashioned romantics, we pretty much always agree.
I LOVE my new bamboo cutting board and I placed it right near the stove for easy chopping. I also LOVE my new silver urn which I found for $65 at a new "secondhand rose" store in La Jolla called Etceteras (on Girard Avenue). Great store with lots of Old World looking stuff! I keep colorful utensils in my urn because if I'm gonna cook, I want to be inspired by color!
It's the little things that can spruce a place up! Here I purchased a new soap pump dispenser ($10 at Marshall's) and I found this crock at a little boutique on clearance for $10 and it works great for holding my dish wand and brush, keeping everything tidy and clean.
A closeup of the plate I mentioned. Great art for $3.99 from Marshall's.
TULIPS always say "spring" to me and I indulge in them!
As I already mentioned, sometimes sprucing up is in the little things. In my hubby's bathroom I added two new holders for his Q-tips and cotton balls--glasses from Marshall's for $3.99 each.
I decided I wanted to add more "portable architectural elements" to enhance our place so hubby Steve installed this "faux" ceiling medallion for me. I LOVE it! Mission accomplished as it looks expensive and wait 'til you hear the price....
Isn't it cool?! And it went with my new "Old World" chair that we found last year at Armstrong Garden Centers. The owner was thrilled when we took the piece off his hands for a few bucks as it was a stray.
I thought it made a nice little "vignette corner" along with the table from Ross.
Next up is my living room where we did quite a few inexpensive spruce-ups...
I'll tell you about the wreath on the screen in a minute...
I put a new colorful throw on the sofa (Marshall's for $19.99) and added some new pillows that look very expensive but weren't. The florals are silk embroidered and are super nice from Marshall's--two for $24.99. And the solids are the same silk fabric in a more geometric design and were only two for $14.99, also from Marshall's.
I added a nosegay of bright flowers to two second hand urns I found for $12 each.
And two boxes from Marshall's now hide the remote controls and my hubby's TV headset from view when not in use. They were only $14.99 and $19.99 and are two different sizes.
Two new silk embroidered pillows from Ross were added to my antique settee for $5.99 each. No kidding! They look awesome in person!
Hubby Steve and I also made a Wal-Mart run and I found this (faux silk) pillow. (In layman's terms, "faux silk" is also known as good ol' polyester!) The pattern reminded me of lattice and since I'm into the garden motif in my home, I thought it was perfect. It's not as great as the silk ones, but it's still pretty nice.
This was a bit of a spring splurge for me but I was so enamored by these little white twig "lit flowers" that I went ahead as I thought they were unique and would be a company conversation piece. I bought them on a rainy day from Gaia Day Spa in La Jolla and they made me happy! They have many shapes and sizes. Hubby Steve liked the "faux leopard" vase from Marshall's over another I found so we went with his choice. I think it adds a little "sass" to my more "foo foo floral" taste. I'll admit the flowers were $65 which is a bit over my price range for something like this but you know how it sometimes goes when you have a weak moment!
I like the flowers even when they aren't lit up too because they are just very unique.
A wreath always says welcome and this one from Wal-Mart for $19.99 looks great in person--as good as the $85 ones I've seen and it has very earthy looking nicely textured real twigs in it. I like mixing textures.
I hung a string of little white lights from Christmas behind the screen on some nails (Well okay, hubby did it!) for some nighttime "mood lighting." I love white twinkle lights and candles when I have friends for dinner as they add a touch of romantic "fancy restaurant" ambiance.
Okay, moving on to our master bathroom. Hubby Steve rehung some of my favorite artwork. Manfred Kuhnert's paintings of seaside CA beach scenes are just yummy and he's one of my favorite artists because I love his style and use of color. I was fortunate to stop by his studio one day years ago when he was there and he talked my ear off; he's a national treasure. http://www.manfredkuhnert.com/.
The antique rose ceiling tin is painted by my sweet client and artist friend, Ruth Welter of http://www.artfulcreations.biz/. The shower curtain is a king-sized sheet because it fits perfectly floor to ceiling. From Home Goods or TJ Maxx as I recall since I've had it a long time.
I made a little corner vignette when I found this old crock with antique looking roses on it for $3.99 at Marshall's. It hides my cell phone and cord (I hate cords and yes, I admit that's a little persnickety!), yet I can still hear my cell phone ring when I'm writing from my bed. Next to it, which you can't see very well, are three very gorgeous gold leafed candle holders I got for 50 percent off after Christmas at Von's. And last but not least is a new silver mercury glass goblet from Marshall's for $19.99 to lend a little "glamour look." I pulled a string of pearls from my jewelry box to add an elegant touch. I love the "yin and yang" contrast of the old heavy crock and the more delicate mercury glass and gold leaf candle holders.
I found the "Spa at Home" book at Tuesday Morning, which is one of my favorite discount diva decorating stores and I love "rooting around" in there on a rainy day. (Good thing it doesn't rain much in San Diego!) And the "Spa Living" book is used from Amazon, another good way to buy discounted books to add a "library" feeling to your home. (There's an awesome book called Decorating With Books that I love!)
Hope you enjoyed my Spring Home Spruce-Up Tour of my own home! Using my dollarwise decorating tips, you can get started on your own home today!
Happy Spring Spruce-Up!