Living on one income I became good at pulling a variety of items together and it looked good. I called it cottage, but it may have been a bit more eclectic. People seemed to like it, but most importantly WE liked it and it fit our budget. (By the way, I've NEVER had a decorating budget!) I love to shop a good resale store, but I try to not just shop for stuff.
I try to live by the statement by William Morris, "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful."
I wanted to show you the plate rack in my bathroom. It holds at least one book usually, and the jars on the top hold cotton balls and q-tips. Of course, I like to put some pretty things with them!
When I saw this vintage styled Noel sign, I knew it would look perfect in my bathroom, it is the French term used for Christmas, and the name chosen for our grand baby that was lost.
These little birds looked funny on the white shelf until I added the greenery yesterday.
Remember my little pottery set that my friend Amy bought for me in Williamsburg? I hated to put them away for Christmas time so I moved them into the bathroom. I love the boxwood in the creamer!
It's all so simple, natural, beautiful.
Last year Vee encouraged me to take some effort in wrapping gifts. I just love her, don't you? I had fallen into the habit of just writing with marker on the white paper. The tags and wrapping make the anticipation of the gift fun and special.
This year, I decided to do a take on "Brown paper packages tied up with string" and use our white paper (my husband works for a huge printing company and has an endless supply of paper available) and tie the gifts up with string, with a cute craft paper tag added as well.
Simple, natural, beautiful.