I am an advocate of using what we have. I have a beat up couch and a beat up futon and some beat up chairs and a giant puppy who likes to sleep on them. I have hand me down furniture that can easily move from room to room to create a different look.
The newly white bookshelf matches its mate now. I set it at an angle in the corner to create a smooth appearance to my mini office space complete with vintage secretary. This L-shaped living and dining room in my hundred year old house lends itself to separate areas for reading, or conversation, or entertaining.
Tomorrow I will show you what fabulous finds you can get at antique stores, garage sales, craigslist, or thrift stores that still work in this day and age and make life so peaceful and satisfying in their gentle whirrings and lack of electric usage, but there are some things I get new. Unfortunately from Walmart, but there it is. It would be ridiculous to use vintage quilts on our furniture. They are best left to beds. These quilts were twenty dollars and they are surprisingly well made and hold up as farmer’s markets table cloths and chair covers.
Even though the twinkly lights don’t look that great during the day time, come dusk they transform our house into an enchanted fairy land. They are our sole light along with kerosene lamps and candles in this space.
The Hoosier was hiding in the kitchen. The Farmhouse sign was hiding in the kitchen as well. They looks so lovely as the first things you see when you walk in our front door.
The Hoosier has been outfitted as a bar. The cupboard holds glasses. The flour case holds bottles. The drawer holds openers and tea candles.
The side table and mirror have been outfitted as a wine stand. The magazine rack holds food magazines.
The black table lends itself to drama and simple items, like birds nests and natural items found outdoors. Such perfect decoration and it can change with the seasons.
I moved a table that was in the living room into the kitchen and put a double rack on top to hold all of my cookbooks. A simple solution to dissuade the puppy from eating my cookbooks and it is beautiful in its highlight of the lamp, books, and coffee grinder.
Growing where planted and gratitude are important and the frugal homesteader can do a lot with paint and a little creativity. There is no place like home! See you tomorrow for part 3!
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you are certainly making the most of what you have
Part of the fun!
Clever and perfect! We’ve always thought having a home that’s comfortable and usable by the likes of animals and grandchildren is much more important than having a so-called perfect showcase of a place. That means second-hand and inexpensive (relatively speaking). No worries! (btw, that same quilt covered a beat-up love seat here for years. Much more feasible than reupholstering–and cozier than anything else we could have come up with–great taste! 😉 )
Oh, that’s funny! I love how blogs create their own like minded community!