Spreading a bit of spring around the house during this cold, wet winter has been on my mind lately.

I’ve been trying to do that and keep a lid on unnecessary spending for the house. It’s been going well but I did have one slip-up a few weeks ago when I found these cool glass bottles, with glass lids, at a thrift store for only $10.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them but they came home with me anyway and have quickly become my fave thing to use for a quick and easy spring centerpiece.

3 thrifted glass bottles with glass lids

Each one has some natural wear and tear but that just adds to their charm.

I’ve had them all over my kitchen and dining area since I brought them home. A few flowers in each and I have a simple but pretty spring centerpiece. This is something anyone can do and it’s so easy. You could even go the free route and clip a few flowers or greens from your yard. Pretty decor doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated.

3 glass bottles with hydrangea on a marble cake stand in the middle of a wood table

hydrangeas in glass bottles on a marble cake plate in the center of the table

As far as my own decor, I tend to keep things simple so I either try to stay in the same color family or stick with one type of flower. To me, that makes more of a statement.

3 glass bottles with sunflowers in them on a kitchen island

3 clear bottles on a kitchen island wit sunflowers in them

While I do love them in the center of the table and on the kitchen island, my favorite spot has been on the white buffet in the dining area. I sometimes struggle with this cabinet because it’s so big. I don’t like a lot of “stuff” around so this area can end up feeling a bit empty. 

white buffet with 2 lamps and 3 glass bottles and red tulips

My 3 thrifted bottles and some beautiful red tulips make the perfect centerpiece, and just the right touch for Valentine’s Day. It’s definitely my favorite look so far.

The great thing about my bottle trio is that I can change them out every week and get a new look. Best 10 bucks I’ve spent in a long time.
 
Do you have a favorite thing that you like to decorate with?
 
Be sure you visit the rest of the Thrifty Style Team and see what they’re up to this month.
 
Next month we’re going to shake things up a little and offer a special giveaway, as well as our thrifty ideas, so you don’t want to miss it!
 
 

 

Check out some of my past Thrifty Style Team posts. Remember the fun, faux fur stool? You can find that, here, and part 2 of my thrifty sunroom makeover, here.

pin this for later graphic3 glass bottles and table centerpiece wit hydrangea

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This coming July will be 2 years since we moved into our little cottage. Two years already! We’ve done a lot of updates over the last 18 months but our cottage kitchen has seen the most change. I thought it would be fun to go back and see how far it’s come (and how far we have to go).

I loved this kitchen from the moment we stepped into this house. We left our beautiful, newly renovated kitchen in Illinois so I really wanted our new house to have a kitchen that, at the very least, had good bones. This one didn’t disappoint. Sure it needs work but most of the issues in this space can be fixed with a little bit (or a lot) of work.

This is where we started, before we moved in.  

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to paint.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house. We did everything from new appliances to paint and DIY kitchen shelves.

This space looks good in photos but it definitely has issues. The floor tile needs replacing, the melamine cabinets are in rough shape (every door is chipping or peeling), the sink has big chips in it and the faucet wasn’t even attached.

Besides all of that, the microwave was broken, the electric stove was beyond disgusting and the dishwasher was rusty inside (and it didn’t work).

Some changes could wait, like new flooring and cabinets, but the faucet, stove and dishwasher needed to be replaced right away.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to painting the kitchen island.

Before we could hook up our new appliances though, we had to run a new gas line. The new stove, the furnace we had to buy and our old dryer needed gas so we ran and hooked up a new gas line. It was a big job, and the first time we ever tackled something like this, but we did it (and saved a lot of money).

With the faucet, new stove and dishwasher all hooked up and working, I moved on to the next task, painting the kitchen island.

Such an easy change but it made a huge difference in the way the room felt.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to new paint for the island.

The next change on the list was the wine rack cabinet on the dining room window wall. From the moment we stepped into this space I knew it would have to go. I needed a place to keep my dining plates, and everyday dishes, and barn wood shelves were the perfect solution. Check out this easy DIY, here.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to more storage.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to barn wood shelves.

With the big things on the to-do list done, I moved on to a few cosmetic changes. The first one was fixing all the holes in the walls so I could paint. I went with Benjamin Moore Paper White, Regal Select, Eggshell. Love the new color!

I also went for a big change with our casement windows and painted them black, here. This project wasn’t a quick or easy one but the results are worth it. Best. change. ever!

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to painting the window trim black.

The last project we completed was the new ceiling light. We were going to wait until the renovation to tackle this one but…

Yeah, we just couldn’t stand to look at the florescent light anymore. This project was way more involved than we thought it would be (plaster ceiling, ugh), but we’re so glad that it’s done.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to paint to a new ceiling light.

Once the window was done and the light was hung, I added my DIY farmer’s market sign over the window. Love the addition of the warm wood on this wall.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to a DIY barn wood sign.

I think we’re done in here. Well, at least until the renovation.

We haven’t really discussed particulars but I have a ton of ideas already. Of course the floor will be replaced, as well as the cabinets, countertop, backsplash and sink. The microwave will go (we never use it anyway) and a new stove hood will be built in its place. Other than some new lighting, and maybe a new refrigerator, that will be it for this space. 

One last look at where we started 18 months ago…

And where we are today…

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to paint to a DIY sign.

An update on our cottage kitchen in our 1946 stone house that we moved into 18 months ago. We did everything from new appliances to new paint to a DIY barn wood sign.

Our cottage kitchen has turned into one of our favorite spaces. I do love it but I’m really looking forward to making more changes. Hubs…not so much. 😉

You can see how the cottage looked when we first moved in (there’s even a video!).

We’re Finally Moved In!

 

Cottage Kitchen Improvements

  • run and hook up a new gas line
  • new appliances, stove and dishwasher
  • new kitchen faucet – Moen (DIY here)
  • painting kitchen island – Benjamin Moore Paper White, Regal Select, Eggshell (DIY here)
  • DIY barn wood shelves – (DIY here)
  • painting casement window black – Rustoleum (DIY here)
  • remove and replace florescent ceiling light – Restoration Hardware (DIY here)
  • hang a DIY barn wood sign (DIY here)


 

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Our sunroom has really been a work in progress since we moved in in 2016. Last summer I painted the room, rearranged the furniture and hung a new light fixture. That was Phase 1 of the makeover. It’s taken a while but I’m finally ready to reveal Phase 2, and it includes a few thrifty ideas for decorating. 

We started with yellow walls and a ceiling fan that didn’t work.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and paint for a plain door.

A gallon of paint and a little furniture rearranging did wonders for this small space. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and paint for a plain white door.

With all the big projects done, it was time to work on decor. The plain, white back door (that will eventually be replaced) was calling out for paint and we needed to hang some art. 

Painting the door was a really quick and easy fix. You could even call it a thrifty change. I only used 1/4 of a quart of paint and it took about an hour to do.

I ended up using the same paint that I used for the kitchen island makeover, Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork and gray paint for a plain white door.

With the door done it was time to work on the next change…finding something for the one empty wall in the room.

As you can see the room is almost all windows. There is one blank wall though, and it really needed something. I’ve tried several things since we moved in…a standing mirror, a large picture and a wall gallery. Nothing seemed right until I walked into an estate sale and found these beautifully framed botanicals for $10 each.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art and paint for a plain door.

There were 8 botanicals for sale, but they are quite large, so I just ended up picking the four prints I liked best. A great find for  $10 a piece.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted artwork and paint for a plain white door.

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art, a $15 plant find and paint for a white back door.

One last addition was the Bird of Paradise in the corner. I wanted a large plant for this space but was trying to decide on what kind when this lovely beast found me. She was in rough shape with torn leaves and sitting all alone in our local Home Depot. I asked a salesperson if she was for sale and they ended up selling it to me for $15. Can a plant be a “she”?

Anyway…

It was too good to pass up so she came home with us. Apparently I didn’t think it all the way through though, because I didn’t have a large enough pot for her. I quickly found out that large pots are pretty pricey so I picked the nicest one I could find at a price that I could live with. Not thrifty (even though it was on sale and I used a coupon) but I guess you can’t win them all.

Our new imperfect plant turned out to be the perfect addition to the empty corner. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using thrifted artwork, a broken $15 plant and paint for a plain door.

We still need to replace the floor and the back door, and I would like to add beams to the ceiling, but that’s all down the road.

I’m happy with the progress we’ve made in here but anxious for the leaves to come out. The view is so much better when everything is blooming. 

Thrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted artwork, a $15 plant and paint for a plain back door.

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Sunroom Sources

Hanging light – Lamps Plus

Wall paint color – Benjamin Moore Gray Owl, Regal Select, Eggshell

Door paint color – Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron, Regal Select, Pearl

Faux fur stool – DIY 

Striped rug – Nordstrom (affiliate link)

Pillow covers – all from HomeGoods

Large planter – West Elm (affiliate link)

 

 

 

Want to see more on the sunroom?

Sunroom Makeover – Phase One

Progress and a Home Tour Video

Thrifty Decorating IdeasThrifty ideas for decorating a sunroom using $10 thrifted art, an inexpensive plant and paint for a plain white door.

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I’ve already posted our holiday dining room, kitchen and front porch tours so I thought I’d share our cottage Christmas decor in the living room, sunroom and master before the holidays are over. 

I swear I’ve had my rooms ready to share with you. I even started decorating extra early but just ran out of time. If anything, maybe it will give you a little inspiration for next year, or it’ll take up the 10 minutes that you would have spent loading the dishwasher (a job I despise, BTW). 😉

Sharing cottage Christmas decor with a tour of the living room, plus some easy Christmas decorating tips.

Ok, household chores aside. 

Last year was our first Christmas in the cottage and, since we were fixing up some of the rooms, I didn’t go crazy decorating. This year I started early and wanted to “do it up” in the rooms that aren’t under construction. Although, let’s face it… something’s always under construction in our house. 

Let’s start the cottage Christmas tour in the master. If you were able to catch my FB Live, it’s still on my FB page, then you’ll know that this room is T.I.N.Y. We’re able to fit a king size bed but there’s not a whole lot of extra room for anything else. I kept the Christmas decor to a minimum and used texture, to keep it cozy, and a bit of red, to create a festive mood. Easy peasy. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor with a tour of the master bedroom, including some easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the small master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a tiny master bedroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Moving on to the living room, which is not only a small but it’s also an awkward space. We can’t have a full size tree in here but I was able to find a skinny one that fit. 

We did several improvements to this room this past year (like the fireplace redo, paint on the walls and new window coverings) so it was nice to see the finished room decorated for Christmas.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of the living room, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I’m really loving the fireplace area this year. It’s still not in working order so I simply added lots of candles to give a similar glow.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

This is where the tv lives so I just went with a simple garland and our stockings. You can see our skinny little tree standing tall in his olive bucket. Because it’s so slim, I kept it simple and only decorated it with lights. I think I like it (although I’m not quite convinced just yet).

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room and fireplace, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Sharing our cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room, plus a few easy Christmas fireplace decorating tips.

Our entryway is small as well so I just added a few festive touches of green. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small living room and entryway, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I can’t forget about my jingle bells, in a thrift store vase that just got a makeover (check it out here). Hubs really loved this one (and he’s very picky).

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small entryway, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I did a lot of work in the sunroom this past year so I couldn’t leave that out of the tour. The furniture was reconfigured during the makeover so the room has a completely different feel from last Christmas. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

I wanted it to feel cozy in here so I used lots of pillows, faux fur and a touch of burgundy.

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small but bright sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips.

Like all of our other rooms, this is a small space so I kept it to a minimum. I shared phase 1 of the makeover earlier this year. Phase 2 is complete and I’ll be sharing that in the new year. 

Sharing cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small, updated sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips and tricks.

We love this space. The pretty view is what really draws you in. 

Sharing pretty cottage Christmas decor in this tour of a small but inviting sunroom, plus a few easy Christmas decorating tips and tricks.

That’s the whole cottage Christmas tour (and the end of me using the word “small”).  😉

Thanks for checking it out and for all of your support this past year. I appreciate each and every one of you.

You can also check out a few of my past Christmas decor and DIY posts.

DIY Front Door Basket

Holiday Home Tour – Christmas Dining Room

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Cottage Christmas Decor - The Rest of the TourSharing our cottage Christmas decor with a tour of a small master bedroom, living room and sunroom, including some easy Christmas decorating tips and tricks.

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Sources

Master Bedroom

Pompom Throw */ Gray Velvet Quilt */ Faux Fur Pillow / Red Velvet Pillow Covers */ White Quilted Shams */ White Gourd Lamp */ Ceramic House Vase */ White Sheets

Living Room

Green Velvet Pillow Covers */ Gray Striped Pillow Covers / Truck Pillow Cover */ Knitted Ottoman / Coffee Table */ Small Wreaths / Skinny Christmas Tree

Entryway

White Lamp */ Black Lantern */ Coat Hooks* (no longer available)

Sunroom

Burgundy Velvet Pillow Covers* / Cream Velvet Pillow Covers / Metal House */ Faux Fur / Blue and White Vase / Large Round Cutting Board */ Hanging Light / Striped Rug */ Faux Fur Stool (DIY by me)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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