When you want to make your home look nice but don’t have a lot of money to spend, or no money to spend, what do you do? Use what you have. It’s called Use-What-You-Have-Decorating and it will save you money.
We were preparing to leave on a family vacation and I had one task before we left. My friend was going to come in while we were gone to check on the house and water the plants. I wanted to update a wall sconce in the main hallway because it still had winter decorations in it. It’s AUGUST! C’mon!
Here’s the sconce. The glass vases can hold candles or florals.
I love to snip flowers and greenery from my yard to place in the little vases. It’s a little unexpected to see fresh, live flowers and greenery in the entry hallway. Check out this post to see other ways I used flowers from my yard.
Over the Christmas/winter season, I had faux cranberries in the bottom of the vases and fresh boxwood sprigs from the bushes in my front yard tucked in. Well, the boxwood sprigs had dried, and well, the red and green color scheme was o-v-e-r!!
I have no excuse except LIFE had happened and freshening up that spot wasn’t even on the priority list.
So, I emptied the vases and washed them a couple of days before. The morning we were leaving I put water in the vases, the same amount in each, so the water level looks the same in each, and put them in the sconce.
I grabbed scissors and went to my back yard. I cut six Shasta daisy blooms from that little perennial I planted in the spring. In design it is usually more pleasing to the eye to arrange things in three’s and the sconce has two little vases.
The white Shasta daisy is blooming but the other mound of green leaves is a pale yellow variety that hasn’t bloomed since I planted it. I hope next year it will bloom. Some perennials take a year to get established.
I removed any leaves that would be below the water line because the leaves would decay and discolor the water.
I arranged three flowers in each sconce with plenty of greens.
Use-what-you-have decorating saves money and time when you see the simple beauty of things around you. No running to the mall, or to the craft store to pick up something new.
Most of all I want you to take your scissors to the yard and collect some beautiful flowers or even just leaves or small stems of greenery like I’ve done here, and create a spot in your home that makes you smile!