Cheap Decorating Details That Make Me Smile!


Happy Monday Friends! What does it take to make you happy with your decor? Does it take expensive items from exclusive stores or does an inexpensive item often make you smile? Well, because you are here, I think I know the answer to that. :)

I've been cleaning the past few days and as I move from room to room, I'm struck by how many things we have that were really inexpensive but I think they are nice details that add to the spaces and make us happy. 

Let's look at a few of those cheap but cheerful ideas...

Platters are not just for turkey! 

I often use platters in place of a tray to pull items together in a vignette. Most of the platters I use are white and have been found at HomeGoods. Seriously, they are almost always $10 or less and you can find really large platters that work perfectly as a tray.


This platter is on our coffee table holding a cloche. I love the pretty handles it has.



Cheap art is sometimes the perfect solution.

High up on this shelf in our dining room we needed a pop of color. I didn't want to spend much for something that was going ten feet in the air and considered a wreath. One day I was roaming Hobby Lobby and ran across this art piece. I cringe a little calling it art because let's face it...it's reproduced a zillion times over! The colors were just perfect though and it was not much at all with the sales they always have at HobLob. I brought it home to try and it turned out perfect! Of course, when someone comments about how pretty it is I can never just say thanks - instead I proceed to tell how cheap it was! Do you do that?

Yes, I stood on a ladder to take this picture because I love y'all.

These jars have been collected over time and I bought each of them for $15 or less. In fact of the five that I have, most were $10 or less. The other day I saw them in a shop in our town for $26 but I'm not paying that much. They are still plentiful when you go from shop to shop so I'll just wait until the price is right.

If jars aren't your thing, how about bottles, cans, insulators, picture frames, or anything else that you love! Just something about placing them en masse that really adds to the look.


These insulators are found in antique spots and come in lots of different colors. I never paid much attention to them until we spotted these in my favorite blue. Sold!


Dried hydrangea blossoms are beautiful! It took me forever to gather the nerve to cut the gorgeous blossoms and bring them in but it's so worth it. These can be enjoyed in all seasons and work so well in vignettes. I put them in a jar on the kitchen counter and enjoy them for days. They just dry in the container without doing anything special. 


Doodahs! I bought this little thing at a shop in McKinney, TX one day when I was out with a girlfriend. The combination of tin and sparkles called to me so when I brought it home, I hung it directly on a lamp. It's a small inexpensive item that catches everyone's eye when they come here or even on the blog. Little details like this add character to a space. I want to concentrate more on little items like this in the future - not to add clutter but to add character. Do you have doodahs you love?


Cord covers or in these pictures they look like sneaky snakes...

Cord that are showing really bug me! I always try to tuck them behind something but if that can't be done, I cover them. There are quite a few white cord covers around our home that I sewed myself one hot summer day. I used an old sheet or something for the fabric so they were essentially free.


When I'm feeling really fancy, I buy a cord cover for half price at Hobby Lobby.


So there you have it, friends. I've shared a few of my favorite cheap decorating tricks. Please tell me some of yours. 


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32 comments

  1. Very fun tips! Affordable insulators are hard to find here. So sad! Pinning!

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  2. Doo-Dads, I love that and I definitely have some doo-dads myself and I love all of them. They can often be the perfect touch. Enjoyable post!

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  3. These are all such great touches. I love inexpensive pieces that can be rotated and moved when the mood strikes!

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  4. Laughing at your art comment - it's still art just not the original. It's pretty too. Of course, we artists love it when someone will pay the price for an original. :) Great touches - doo-dads are great accent pieces! Love yours.

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  5. I love to decorate with blue and white plates. I can find then often in antique and thrift stores. I love all of your ideas.

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  6. I need to cover some cords - great idea!! Thanks for the inspiration

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  7. What fun! Doo-dads are always the best!

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  8. Such sweet little ideas that really give a home some warmth. I LOVE finding cheap art, sometimes you cannot tell the difference in $10 and $1000. Great decor post sweet lady!

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  9. These are all wonderful, Stacey. Of course I do doo-dads! I try hard to shop my basement but of course I can't resist Home Goods! I try to avoid Hobby Lobby like the plague because it's a dangerous spot for me and I DON'T NEED ONE THING!!!! Like you, I'm wild about the dried hydrangeas. Mine look like yours -- that fabulous green -- and I have been cutting big bunches to dry in galvanized buckets and watering cans. They're showy and pretty -- and free!

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  10. I do the same thing when someone compliments me on a piece of decor. I'm like "$5, girl!" Lol! Love your tip about the platters!

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  11. Good Morning Stacey,
    You found some great items at Hobby Lobby. I love the picture over your mantel. So pretty. Love that you found your signature blue in the insulators and jars. It is the little things in our decor that just make us smile. Have a great new week.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  12. It's all in the details Stacey and your home is full of pretty ideas. That cord cover is adorable!

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  13. Such great ideas and I love the piece of artwork from Hob Lob! I can find all the blue Ball jars and insulators you could possible want at the auction house that is near where I live. You've given me some ideas for displaying them.

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  14. I find most of my beloved pieces at thrift stores...and there is such a great feeling when you bring them home and they work so well. Love the tip on using platters for trays.
    I am going to try growing hydrangeas in a large container next summer. They are gorgeous...even the faux ones...:)

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  15. Hello Stacey, love your jars and insulators. The color is pretty blue.

    I brought the Limelights you saw in my post. They were gorgeous but affected my allergies. Uncomfortable for a few days.

    Was going to start drying them since they are starting to fade.

    Silly, but I'm intimidated with trying. Whacky I know but don't want another allergy attack.

    Cindy

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  16. Hi Stacey, I love Do-dads! I do the same thing, I always tell people, oh it wasn’t expensive! Great ideas!

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  17. Oh Stacey, I love your decorating ideas on the cheap. The cord covers are just great. Thanks for sharing at C&C with J&J!!!

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  18. Stacey I love all of you ideas! That platter is sooooo pretty. My Granny used to roller her eyes when we were talking about cords and say "They can put a man on the moon, but they can't take care of this!?" Today, I agree with her! Your cord covers are perfect.

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  19. I love all your little ideas and they will add to almost anything, thanks Stacey.

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  20. I love all these ideas!! Love the way you used that platter!! I love to use mismatched vintage plates, lots of old books, and flowers! Love your blue jars...I must start a blue jar collection!!
    ~Emily @ LeCultivateur.com

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  21. Your home is amazing ...so beautiful !!...love your mason jars...i collect them too...love happy week from me Ria x 💜

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  22. I love all of your little tips, especially that picture/artwork on the shelf in the dining room. I would say I am at the point where I buy little, but try to shop the house. Of course, I love to move things around and rearrange:) I love books and can't seem to get rid of any of them. I probably have books in every room. Being inspired by Kelly at Talk of the House, I now use them to add a bit of seasonal color in a few places in the home. I also have a real weakness for cute plates. I add them for a touch of seasonal around the house. I like the idea of doodads too. Lately, that has been my small stitching pieces.
    Great ideas!

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  23. Stacey,
    The least expensive things are often my favorite things in a room. Your canning jars and insulators are prime examples. Speaking of insulators, I have two that will some day show up in a blog post. One is blue and one is white; both are ceramic instead of glass. You drying hydrangeas are among my favorite inexpensive items, too. Just cut from the yard and enjoy!

    Judith

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  24. I love it all girl. And you are my kind of gal! And I had to laugh out loud reading what you said about how you just couldn't take the compliment and do a simple thank you but you must tell how much you paid for it. I DO THE EXACT SAME THING! Marty gets on to me all the time for doing that. He will say, "Why do you think it is necessary to tell people what you paid for something? LOL! For me, I come from a long line of frugal and thrifty women and I just assume everyone else wants to be! Maybe I just think they NEED To be! LOL! Granny used to say, "Some people got more money than they do sense". Have a great day dear lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  25. Everything you do always looks like a million$$$!! And thanks for the tip on the cord covers at HL! You know I am a bargain girl through and through :)

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  26. Your home is always so inspiring! I love the white shabby chic metal parts with the crystal my fav!

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  27. Love all of the aqua touches and use them here! Pinning this for future inspo!

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  28. These are all so pretty. :) #bloggerslinkup

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  29. They're all really good ideas, Stacey!! I love the idea of the platters as trays, I've never done that and I need to give it a try with some platters I hardly ever use! I guess it happens to you too... the less I pay, the more I smile! :DD

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  30. Oh girl...you are calling my name with this one! I think I have more fun decorating with inexpensive finds than I do with big ticket pieces!

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