Thursday, August 1, 2019

Four easy and inexpensive decorating tips you can do today!

Hey there! Sorry for the silence here this week -- we are savoring every minute left of our summer! Our kiddo heads back to school soon and I'm really going to miss having him home all day. It's always a bittersweet time of year!

Last week I joined my friend Layla from The Lettered Cottage to do a fun little thing on Instagram. She does a weekly shopping trip on stories and shares fun little decorating tips while she's out and about. I joined in to share a few of my favorite decorating tips as well. I got such a great response, I thought I'd gather them together here too!

These are super simple little touches I like to add to our decor that are easy to implement and don't cost much at all!

Tip one: Put it under glass

I like to add a bit of interest to faux greenery by putting it under glass:
Ferns under glass cloches

Those cloches are from IKEA and I just took a few fern sprigs off of a bundle I have. I love the look of them under the glass!

Sometimes little faux plants can look a little wimpy on their own, and adding the glass makes them feel a bit more substantial, but not busy. 

I had a big fake succulent I loved for my new office bookcases, but it needed a little something. A large glass cloche made for a pretty display: 

Easy decor -- faux plants under glass

Tip two: Add knobs where there aren't any

We have a few furniture pieces in our home that I love, but they are so affordable and versatile, a LOT of other people love them too. ;) I see them all over social media and on blogs.

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Adding hardware is an inexpensive way to make them look just a bit different, and it's super easy to do:
Four fun and easy decorating tips

It's not a huge thing, but it adds a custom touch to a very popular piece. I shared where to find a HUGE selection of affordable knobs and handles here

This console table seems to be in every blogger's home (it really is a great table!), but the cute label handles change it up just a bit so it doesn't look just like every other one: 
Adding hardware to furniture

And of course, just changing out the existing knobs on a piece of furniture can make a big difference! There are so many options -- they truly are like "jewelry": 

Where to find the best selection of knobs and hardware

Tip three: Knobs aren't just for furniture

I blogged about this years ago, but it's such a great little detail, it's worth mentioning again! I like to use knobs as hangers as well:
Hang art with knobs instead of nail

Instead of nail or hook, they add a pretty detail that I love!

Be sure to check out this post on how to use knobs as hangers to see how to get them into the wall. If you need to hold a lot of weight you can use anchors too. 

Sometimes I'll hang the actual item and then use the knob so it looks like it's hanging from it (this mirror is hung from the back, then I used the knob for the rope): 
Wall of DIY bookcases in office

It's a fun little detail! This is our son's old room, but these "FLY" knobs are hanging in his new bedroom too: 
Hang frames with knobs

Tip four: Fill your frames with something different

When it comes to filling frames, you can do photos of course...but there are SO many pretty options that turn your frames into art!

I used leftover wallpaper for these frames:
Wallpaper in frames

You can use anything! There is some beautiful wrapping paper out there that would look awesome framed. Fabric looks great in a frame too. 

I used scrapbook paper years ago for this big gallery wall: 
Scrapbook paper gallery wall

For the holidays, I LOVE making art out of gift bags! It's SO easy and you'll get super inexpensive seasonal art of them: 

Using gift bags as art

So fun and SO cheap! Love it!

These all little details that don't take a lot of DIY knowledge and they are quick to implement around the house! Hopefully they gave you some ideas for your home! Have you tried any of these?

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  1. Great ideas, as usual. The knobs as hangers is my favorite. I will be using that one since I am obsessed with all the interesting knobs out there.

  2. I loved seeing you pop up on Lettered Cottage stories after following your blog for years and that one recently...makes this internet seem a bit smaller. I love the seasonal fillers from wrapping paper or gift bags. That's a great idea!

  3. Love the idea of the knobs as hangers! My husband gave me a beautiful canvas print that hangs from a rope, but the rope looks a little silly to me. The knob would be the perfect addition to make it look finished!

  4. I simply wanted to write down a quick word to say thanks to you for those wonderful tips and hints you are showing on this site.

  5. Your tips are so on point and the photos are simply beautiful. I am curious do you take the pictures yourself or do you have them professionally done. If you are taking them yourself, I would like a few pointers, my pictures never look as good in pictures as they do in person. Thanks!!!!


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