Are you fed up with looking at all those gorgeous home decor magazines and thinking you’re never going to have the time to make your house look like that? Well, I’m going to let you in on a little decor secret of mine!
People think I spend all my days decorating and making my house look nice and probably that I spend a fortune doing it too! That couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, I like to change up my decor according to the seasons and yes, I like to have lovely things around me – who doesn’t. The fact is though, I have a job, a family, a dog who needs walking every day and a million other things to do just like every other person. So where do I get this low budget home decor and how do I find the time to make it?
Where to find low budget home decor
For me, home decor has to be easy and fast. If possible, I want it done in minutes. I also don’t want to spend a fortune on things I will probably never use again. That’s why I tend to decorate with natural elements which compliment the season.
Pine cones, acorns, flowers and seed heads from the garden are just some of the items I collect. When I’m out walking our Australian Shepherd ‘Brilli’ I’m always on the lookout for potential decor material. The best thing about this is that as it’s all natural, there are no plastic wrappers to get rid of and the decor either gets eaten (nuts) or thrown on the compost (leaves and flowers etc.) afterwards. I just combine these things with glassware, bowls and other household items which I already own.
Of course, it does help if you have a very inquisitive dog like mine! Brilli, like all dogs, has an amazing sense of smell. Today, during our walk, she made a beeline into some bushes on the edge of the forest. Of course, I followed after her to see what her nose had led us to now.
Thinking she was on the trail of some wild boar or deer, I was surprised when she stopped just inside the forest. What she’d found was this lovely feather. I think it’s probably from a hawk or an owl. After Brilli had finished investigating, I popped the feather into my bag to take home.
Back at home, I started to ‘shop my house’ for items I could use to display Brilli’s treasure. This tall glass vase was a perfect size and I filled the bottom with some sand that I had left over from another project. Next, I just threw in some hazelnuts from the garden and pushed the feather into the middle of them – Done!
Now Brilli’s treasure is standing in its vase on my desk. I think it was one of my favourite things to make so far. Now, when winter sets in and we are up to our knees in snow, it will remind me of all the lovely Autumn walks we took and the fun we had. Best of all, it cost absolutely nothing and took minutes to put together – anyone can do that!
What do you think?
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