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Budget Friendly Decorating and Organizing Ideas for your Dining Room

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Decoration, Our Kitchen | Comments Off on Budget Friendly Decorating and Organizing Ideas for your Dining Room

Decorating your dining room doesn’t have to take a lot of money or too much inspiration. Finding things around your home that you find to be beautiful and useful are great ways to show your love for your dining room and your family.

When I think of my dining room, I think of it as a place of relaxation. I want it to be an inviting and welcoming place in our home.

Today, I want to share four tips for decorating and organizing your space. My hope is this post will inspire you to use what you have and enjoy it everyday.

Plater Decoration

#1. Serving platters are usually used on special occasions or dinner parties but here is a simple way to use your platter everyday.

Use a dry erase marker (your color of choice) and write your favorite quote, bible verse or word you’d like on your platter. Display it in a way that others (and you) can see. I’ve been changing my platter up with a different verse every week, but do what works for you and your family. :)

#2. Specialty dessert bowls, such as a trifle bowl, worked great for storing fruit. Decorate with the fruit you eat on a regular basis. This is a great natural and inexpensive way to add color to your space. Since it is spring, my fruit bowl displays yellow, orange and green fruit. It is often time half empty. :)

fabric books

 

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#3. Books you love or read as a family is a great accent piece to add to a dining room. Leaving the book open like a bible to your favorite passage or a story in the bible you are studying that week can be available whenever you need some encouraging words. If it’s a family devotional or other book, wrap the book in colored paper or fabric and position in a way that it adds color, dimension and enhances your space.

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#4. Since our dining room serves as our reading room and activity room, canvas totes add a simple organizational space to clear the clutter the sofa table. Simple baskets like this one can be found at Wal-Mart, Target and dollar stores. I purchased these at Wal-Mart for $5 each. I keep small craft items like crayons and coloring books inside the drawer for convenient play time.

Creating an inviting space doesn’t require much money at all, just a few basics that are just lying around become centerpieces for beauty and organization.

What are some budget friendly or simple ideas you decorate or organize your dining room? Please share in the comments.

 

 

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Our Kitchen – The Tour

Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Decoration, Our Kitchen | Comments Off on Our Kitchen – The Tour

I took these pictures a couple weeks ago in hopes to getting this post written much sooner but I’m finally going to show you our new kitchen today.

If you haven’t noticed, the kitchen is one of my absolute favorite places to be and in our new house I love just about everything in this space. There is ample space for storage, moving around the kitchen and counter space!

Have a look around. :)

Dining Room

Here is our new dining room. I’m still gathering ideas for wall art, table settings and curtains. For now, this space is a blank canvas that I can’t wait to create!  Also exciting, Little Buddy has his own table to do crafts and projects. I’m going to repurpose his little table to match the dining room very soon!

KitchenThe star of the show: the kitchen! I’m absolutely amazed how much space is in here. My husband and I can cook together. I can keep everything in the cabinets or pantry. There is plenty of work space to get creative and make delicious meals for my little family. I don’t know if you can tell, but I’m very happy about our new kitchen. I will be adding some art work and a vinyl quotes in this space to personalize it. :) Again, another blank canvas to enjoy decorating.

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Yes, I love our walk in pantry. After having a very small pantry in our last house, this is a huge treat! I can organize by category and have everything in one place. It took me a couple of weeks to move things around to where I ideally wanted everything but now it is very functional. :) Oh, happy day!

Coffee Cart

This wall space needs something fun! I’m thinking a chalkboard would be fun to make and I would place it above the coffee cart.

Kitchen Looking into Dining

Lastly, another great highlight to this kitchen is it’s an open floor plan, which will be great for entertaining. The kitchen over looks the living and dining room. The guys can be watching the latest UFC fight and the girls can be chatting over appetizers and drinks. Oh, I can’t wait for gatherings. :)

Well thats it for now. Our little space that we call home. :) Thanks for stopping by today. Coming up tomorrow, a new yummy recipe. Have a lovely day!

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Preparing our Hearts and Home for the Holidays – Table Setting

Posted by on Nov 9, 2012 in Decoration, Fall, Preparing for the Holidays, Series | 2 comments

Thank you for joining this months series. Each day we are covering at least one task that we want to accomplish to help us be more prepared for for the holidays. I will post each morning, Monday through Friday. I hope you’ll join in too!

I’ve never been a huge set-the-table-fancy type but I am beginning to dabble with decorating and creating a table setting is quite fun! I hope you have fun with today’s task!

Today’s verse:

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10,12

Today’s Task is inventorying your table setting items and identifying what you need. 

  • At your most convenient time today (or this weekend) resource your goals and to do list. Do that item(s) this weekend.
  • Next, set your time for at least 20 minutes.
If you are the host of Thanksgiving:
  • Inventory what fall items you have to make your own table setting: pumpkins, silk flowers, table cloths and napkins? Do you need any of these?
  • Inventory serving items: plates, glasses, and flatware. Do you need more of any of these items? If not, ask your friends or family first. Then decided, “Do I really need more or will the paper option be a better choice this year.” Remember, aim to keep it simple. If you need to purchase them, add them to your on going shopping list.
  • If you are planning on ordering a table fresh flower centerpiece consider ordering that today as well.
  • If you are planning on making your own, take a few minutes to browse through these inspiration tablescapes in helping you decide what to make. Write down a list of what you want to make this weekend. Be reasonable with what you can accomplish
  • Determine where the tables will go. How many will you need? Do you need to borrow any more?
  • Add items to your shopping list, and organized it in your holiday management notebook. 
If you are a guest for Thanksgiving
  • Call your host today and find out if they need anything. Kitchen supplies, tables, chairs or food and beverage items. This will help them keep their costs down too by offering. :)
  • Consider making a hostess basket.  I love making a breakfast basket for friends who host a BBQ or dinner party. Its a great way to make their morning the next day. I have a couple ideas for your here, here and here. Or maybe a bouquet of flowers would be right up your ally. I have one to share with you here. 
  • Add items to your shopping list and organized it in your holiday notebook. 

Here is my planned table setting.

I’m planning a very natural table setting, I have pumpkins, pine cones, gold charger plates, linen napkins (that were my grandmothers), and taper candles. The only things that I purchased were champagne colored charger plates for a dollar each (I have 12) and real pumpkins.

 table setting idea

I love this fun table idea for kids. So it will be my inspiration for their table.  I might also have some thanksgiving trivia at the buffet table too! We will see. I’ll be sharing pictures of our tables all set up on Thanksgiving morning.

For more ideas check out my Fall pin board on Pinterest!

Okay friends! Your turn, what tablescape ideas do you have? I’d love to hear, please share in the comments!

If you are just joining us, here are the previous posts I’d love for you to check out!

Sharing today at The Shabby Nest, Life as Mom and The Frugal Girls.

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Fall Decoration – Rustic Elegance

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Decoration, Fall | 3 comments

Decorating my home is my new found hobby. In the past I would have standard decoration through the house and hardly decorated for seasons with the exception of Christmas.  After finding so much inspiration from Pinterest and one of my favorite home decorating blogs My Blessed Life, I finially finished all the fall decorations for our home.

Today I want to share my final touches with all of you.

My theme for our fall decoration was rustic elegance. I took down the curtains that were in our bedroom and my husband graciously put them up in our dining room to add a little bit of elegance.  Using a different textures like burlap and linen, I am more then pleased with how it turned out. I made the wreath and the table runner for around five dollars. (I’ll be sharing more about this table setting in a future post: stay tuned!)

I love how our living room turned out.  Besides fall scented candles, burlap fabric and fresh flowers, I made or had items on hand to create the our fall mantle. Therefore, it cost very little to make this little space inviting. To make the bunting, I used this fabulous tutorial.

This is the second wreath I made this fall.  I used this tutorial as my guide. For the flowers, I purchased two fall silk bouquets from Michaels (on sale of course) and then pinned the flowers using straight pins. I want to be able to reuse this wreath for a Christmas wreath, using straight pins will allow me to remove the flowers easily.

The front door would not be complete without some mums and pumpkins. I re-used a hanging basket to plant the mums instead of buying a pot. I just removed the hanging accessory.

Well there you have it my friends: our fall decorations. I hope you are all having a fabulous week!

Have you decorated for fall this year? What is your favorite room in the house you’ve decorated?

Sharing today at: Tips and Tutorials, Chic and Crafty, Frugal Photo Friday, and Todays Creative Blog.

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5 Minute Table Runner

Posted by on Aug 3, 2012 in Decoration | Comments Off on 5 Minute Table Runner

 

I really love having a table runner on my dinning room table. Although, I don’t have very many: one to be exact! But if you’ve followed my blog for any time you know I aim to use things I have on hand. A couple weeks ago, I was redecorating my table with my trifle bowl and story book bible. Using the colors from the fruit and book cover I decided a green table runner would be perfect! I didn’t have a green runner. Although, I did have a green table cloth and came up with an idea to make a table runner.

Who would have known, it was so easy to create a table runner in under 5 minutes!

Heres what you need

  • Your favorite table cloth (square or rectangular)
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • 5 minutes of time!

Directions:

  1. Fold a tablecloth in half, length wise and then fold once more.
  2. Using the iron, press the edges until flat.
  3. Smooth out any wrinkles in your new runner.
  4. Place in the center of table.
  5. Add your center piece or any decorative items to the top of your table runner. If you want it a little more elegant feeling, add a white table cloth under neath the table runner.

Spending just 5 minutes to repurpose a table cloth equals no money out of pocket to dress your table!

What have you re-purpose around your house to make your dinning room decorative?

Sharing today at Frugal Friday and Tips and Tutorials.

 

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Natures Candy Bowl Centerpiece

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Decoration | 2 comments

Decorating our dining rooms don’t have to cost a fortune.  Personally, I love things that are simple, clean and don’t eat my budget.  :-) I’ve realized (over the past year) that I don’t have to spend a lot of money to make my home beautiful.  With a little inspiration, I usually have everything I need already – at home.

See, I have this trifle bowl.  It lives in my favorite piece of furniture (our hutch in the kitchen) and it doesn’t get used nearly enough! And thanks to Myra at myblessedlife.net for sharing her layered fruit salad recipe a few weeks ago.  I instantly got an idea to showcase my trifle bowl for at least a week! And since we usually have a bowl of fruit or as Ellie Krieger calls it, “Nature’s Candy Bowl.” I decided to make it my center piece for the week.

 

 Here is what you need:

  • Your favorite bowl
  • Desired amount of fruit (I used what I had on hand: 6 apples, 4 limes, 2 lemons and 3 kiwis)
  • A table runner or table cloth
  • Favorite book to read (Maybe a family devotional or book you are reading with your children.)

 

 

When arranging the fruit, I alternated each one, starting with the apples and limes and then placed on kiwi in the center.  I repeated the process on the second layer of fruit.

Next, I placed the table runner in the center of the table.  Followed by a decorative kitchen towel that had a similar color green to my table runner to add a little more color.

We read from The Jesus Storybook Bible daily so I placed it on the table underneath the trifle bowl.

And there you have it.  Using everything I had on hand to create a simple center piece that is enjoyable until all the fruit is eaten! :-)

What special items in your house can you use to create a simple and enjoyable centerpiece? 

For more home idea’s check out tips and tutorials.

 

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