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No Cost Decorating

It’s time for the second edition of

Tips to Shop Your Home ~

No Cost Decorating

No Cost - Free decor ideas

I’m joining five designers to show you how to create a beautiful home with out spending any money. Each blogger chose one spot to decorate by shopping their home.  We all have things that we’ve purchased over the years, things we love and things we can use to refresh our spaces. Links to their ideas are at the bottom of the post.

 DIY No Cost Decorating

Last month I showed you how I decorated my kitchen table for free to achieve the Pottery Barn look and all I did was walk around the house and gather a few treasures from other rooms.

Spring tulips in frugal decor.
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With all the dreary, cold, wet days I thought I would refresh my kitchen table with spring in mind. Here’s my no-cost idea for this months decorating challenge.

 Think spring free decor idea:

1. Gather all things blue (or whatever color objects you collect)

2. Gather all things green

3. Gather all things white

4. Greenery, flowers, real or fake

5. Layer placemats

6. Mix of everyday dishes

7. Use white napkins with spring napkin rings

Mason jars used for centerpiece

Mason jars are one things that I collect, a few years ago at a yard sale I bought a box of them for $5.  There were several blue ones in there! Recently, I’ve seen blue mason jars in every antique/junk store that I’ve been to.  The green ones are new, love the way they sparkle in the sunlight.

Everyday Use what you have centerpiece

The white plates are what we have used everyday for 15 years! I didn’t even realize it had been that long! I bought the aqua salad plates at Two Women and a Warehouse in Savannah, when I was a vendor there.  I layered 2 placemats, grabbed my white napkins and some cute bird napkin rings, all items collected over the last few years.

Everyday white dishes with aqua salad plate

Cute little bird napkin rings

Colorful centerpiece ideas

For the arrangement, place in your collected container and add flowers and greenery.

This space gets lots of natural light, even on a cloudy day, thanks to a huge window. I love how the light streams through the green and blue glass of the mason jars.

NoCost decorating with what you have

I spread the free spring theme through out the space by adding pieces of white pottery, vases and flowers on the dresser turned side board.

Using Aqua and White in the dining area

My daughter is a wonderful gifter, she found the aqua McCoy pitcher and gave it to me!  She knows me so well!

No Cost decorating with what you have

I have found that if you only buy what you love, you will keep it forever! And if you’re like me, you will be able to use it in every room. The only decorating trend I follow is the one that speaks to me, I guess that’s why I have so many options for free decorating, with items I never get tired of 🙂

 Before and After no cost decoratingI walked around the house gathered things from other rooms, added my everyday dinnerware and fresh flowers to create my spring centerpiece.

Visit all the amazing ideas from my talented friends:

Be sure to visit these fabulous ladies below and see what they did for Month #2!

Our Southern Home

Top This Top That

Refresh Restyle

Artsy Chicks Rule

Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Restoration Redoux

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DIY Facebook Forum

Are you ready to participate with us? You can!!! We wanted to give you a chance to share your amazing decorating tips and projects and to ask questions and advice, so we have created a forum specifically to do that on Facebook. Visit the Decorating Enthusiasts page HERE to begin chiming in and sharing what you have done.

This is where you can join the challenge and share your One Space, Three Ways as well! Hope to see you there!Free decorating challenge

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  1. Great ideas! Everything is so pretty (and I love your light fixture over the table)!

  2. Great ideas! I’m always looking for affordable decor options. I’d love to invite you to link up to my Friday Favorites linky party!

  3. Where can I find those cute white chairs?

  4. Your table scape is just beutiful ! Just think it was created by the things you love. Excellent tip… buy what you love. I think I do that because many of my items show up in other parts of my home. I smiled when I read your first challenge about getting the pottery barn loolk with what you already own. I just posted how I pulled off the pottery barn look for my bed makeover. Take a look when you can. Can’t wait to see what wiill happen next month.

  5. It looks great, lady! And I just love Two Women and a Warehouse, too–I pass it twice a day when I’m dropping the kids off and picking them up from school. Can you say, dangerous?! 🙂

  6. I love any room that has pretty pops of turquoise! Your room looks so fresh and springlike! I love the layered place mats and mason jars!

  7. So pretty and fresh, Debbie! Love all the light your breakfast room gets… hope you get some sunshine today!
    xo Heidi

  8. I love me some no cost decorating!! Everything looks so beautiful Debbie!

  9. Beautiful once again, Debbie! I found a steal on a few large blue mason jars at a yard sale a couple of summers ago, but they were $5 each. I love them. Your space always looks so fresh and welcoming! XO

  10. I love what you said about only buying what you love…so true! And also the part about not following any decorating trend except the one that speaks to you!! I am so with you on both! 🙂 LOVE your Springy table!!


  11. So pretty! Love the idea of layering place mats. The flowers just sing in the space. Big crush on that dresser!

  12. the table better be set that pretty when i come for dinner!

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