Monday, January 6, 2014

Zero Budget Home Tour

Hey friends! Remember last week when I shared my tips for Decorating on a Zero Budget? It looks like I'm not the only on who was trying to change up my winter home without making a financial commitment. Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments!
Today, I'm sharing a more in depth tour of some of the spaces in my home and how I reused and repurposed holiday decorations and décor that I already had on hand.
In our entry, I cleared everything out of my IKEA hutch and replaced it with antique and vintage books stacked backwards (I wanted to keep a neutral color palette) and just a few pieces of pottery from my stash. My Book Page Christmas Wreath had been hanging on the ladder in our dining room in December. (I guess I like hanging wreathes in weird places). I topped the cabinet with a wood box and one stick. By the way, that stick was from my Gold Star Tree that was on my coffee table at Christmas. The faux fur pillow on the settee was previously in my living room and the Oriental rug had been in my upstairs hall.

After I packed up my flocked tree from on top of our entry dresser I put the silver tray previously on our coffee table, along with a vase with pretty birch branches that had been on my mantel. I stuck in a few pussy willows and a large pinecone ornament that had been in my IKEA cabinet. The little bowl was on my Christmas Dining Table.

My mantel got a simple makeover using more books and other décor that I had around my house. (I'll share it more in depth very soon.)
We moved (and added to) our plate wall that had previously been in our dining room and I simply added in some brass pieces to the top of our secretary desk. Simple. Simple.

How come every single time I take out the camera this guy starts to pose?

This cute old chair had been in our dining room. I moved it here to accommodate the Christmas tree and we liked it so much we decided to keep it after the tree came down.  The shelving stayed styled pretty much the same, I just switched out the pine plant and packed away the rest of the Christmas touches.

That vase and feather were also a part of my Christmas Dining Table.

That pine plant from the shelving made it's way to the coffee table along with other things I gathered from around my home.

I collected several cactus from around my home and placed them in old black box and tucked in some embroidered snowflakes (that at one time belonged to my Memere) to the boxes on the wall.

Lastly, into my dining room... On the table I added another vase with sticks that had been on my mantel.

I love, love that magnifying glass! It was previously on our Gold Star Tree coffee table. The tray had been in storage and the fern (which has seen better days) was in our master bedroom. Someone please give me some tips to make it lush again!

This corner got a makeover that is a bit temporary. I plan on making shelving for this wall at some point. The Road Atlas Wreath was for a contributor post I did and can be seen on Jen Rizzo's blog.

Lastly, I left the birch candelabra on the sideboard, removed everything else (the lamp had been there prior to Christmas) and added in a plant I bought right before Christmas.

So, it's come to my attention (thanks, Mom!) that I need to start expanding and showing some more spaces in my home. I promise I will definitely be doing that this year! Seriously, get ready for more of my kitchen, office, upstairs hall and master bedroom.

Thank you so much for stopping by!



  1. so beautiful- i love all the fresh green touches everywhere!

  2. I am doing the same thing this year… decorating with what I have. If I HAVE to purchase something, I HAVE to sell something else before I buy it. Ivy Rose (our dog) loves the camera too. I swear she poses! Ha!

  3. Just lovely! I love the pops of aqua...I have that at my house too :)

  4. Beautiful always put together such pretty vignettes! I love that whole area near your fireplace and love all your pretty displays of brass candle sticks!

  5. You have done a wonderful job. Everything looks so pretty and stylish.

  6. Looks so good. Love the front entrance.

  7. I adore your white bookshelf decor and your mantel and everything else too.
    I call my cats the photo bombers.

  8. Wow, beautiful! I love how light everything is. And the first thing I spied was that white painted brick fireplace ;) Love it all!

  9. Hi Angela! I found you on The Thrifty Groove SNP, and I'm following you now :) You are a great decorator! You have some really unusual, funky pieces that I love. Happy New Year, Diana Adirondack Girl @ Heart

  10. Looks great Angela! Can't wait to see more of your home...and Figaro too!!

    Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG

  11. Angela, I'm in love with your dining chairs! Is you ever decide to sell them.......

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  14. It all looks great!! I especially love your entryway-that cabinet is fantastic!

  15. Beautiful!!! I really like your mantel!! Such a wonderful look and the branches that you have used throughout your space are a perfect answer to winter decorating which I might add is rarely addressed on many blogs or on Pinterest. You have done a gorgeous job on your vignettes! I am off to putter around as you have inspired me to get moving! Thanks friend!! Have a lovely week! Nicole xoxo

  16. I love it all. That cabinet is at Ikea? I love it.

  17. Oh I love it, so pretty and love that you are reusing some of your Christmas decor in a new way. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. It all looks so nice.
    Over from Cozy Little House.

  19. Your home looks so fresh and pretty for the new year!
    Mary Alice

  20. Beauutiful changes. Love doing the same thing. I am constantly moving items all around the house!!

  21. Your mom is certainly right. As I was reading this post I kept thinking that I had never noticed how beautiful your hardwood floor are. I can't believe that I missed your arched door either. I have a love of all arched doors. So yes show more of the other parts of your home. Great job of redecorating with the things you already have.

  22. You have a great home...and I LOVE your decorating ideas!!! And your cat's a ham!

  23. Your home is beautiful. Can't wait to see more of it.

  24. Wow Angela, everything is beautiful! Love your sideboard in the dining room, and so beautifully styled. The painting is gorgeous:-)

  25. zero budget?

    that's absolutely my favorite kind

    your home is truly lovely
    with that eclectic mix of pieces
    new and old

    i would love for you to share
    at Fridays Unfolded this week!


  26. Love your home, Angela! You've been featured on Sunday Features {Give Me The Goods} and will be on my FB page as well today ;)

  27. I just love your home, we definitely have a similar taste - wish we could shop together! :)
    Brandi @ Nest of Bliss

  28. It all looks beautiful, your home is beautiful!

  29. What fun; it is refreshing to move things around a bit; it makes you feel like you are in a different space. I need change every so often. My hubby says---now leave it this way a bit. Some day I may ;-).

  30. Your no budget winter decor looks marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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