Thursday, April 30, 2009

Decorating on a Budget

Today is Show and Tell Friday at kelli's House and also Frugal Friday at the Life As Mom Blog and this post fits both!

I took a few pictures of some touches my daughter added to her home which she was able to do without spending a lot of money.

I absolutely love these framed piano music pages. She took these pages from her own piano music books that she used during her childhood piano lessons. If you look closely you can see the notes the piano teacher made on the sheets.

Not only do I like the way these turned out, they also have a sentimental value. Since she has a piano bench full of childhood piano music books, I want to frame some for my own home. Wouldn't that be cute paired with a picture of her as a girl?

At Christmas time I could use a sheet from a Christmas Music Book!





Stenciling is a very frugal way to add special touches to your home. My daughter stenciled these designs over doorways.





You can also try your hand at painting free hand designs on the walls. Just find a picture you like or something already in your home and copy it.

My daughter has these glasses with the chickens on them stored on top of her cabinets.

From this:




To this:



Be sure to check out Kelli's House and Life As Mom for more posts today.

My thanks goes to my daughter, Lori, for the use of these pictures from her home. :o)

22 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

Awesome decor!!!

My Show n Tell is about some Sailors I've brought home with me. Happy weekend wishes to you.

BLUE SKY said...

Wow! My house looks really cute! Love you Mama! Maybe you can grab some of these old music sheets tomorrow. PS - That project costed ZERO dollars. I just reused some old frames. :)

Hoosier Homemade said...

The decor looks awesome! Don't you love it when you can decorate for nothing!
Thanks for sharing!
~Liz

BarbaraLee said...

Isn't it fun how the little things can add to your home.

ceekay said...

Great ideas for wall decor! Love the music sheets.

Heather said...

very nice! love the stenciling and the painted chicken :)

Pen Pen said...

Love those ideas! The music sheets are so pretty and I LOVE the red chicken she painted on the wall. The stencilling is great. I've always wanted to put some "wall words" like a Bible verse somewhere in my house. By the way, I love her paint color and she has some awesome crown moulding!

Alexandra said...

Great idea for the music sheet! I think that frame really makes it. She has a really cute house, and a talent for decorating.

A Touch of Country said...

very cute!

I think your home is lovely!

Susan said...

Very nice! I love the framed music idea. Have a great day!

Carla said...

Too cool! I love framed music, and stenciling is something in my future plans! That hen is too cute!

Jadehollow said...

Great job on free handing the rooster.. they look like they were all made for one another. Thanks for sharing.
Debbie

Mom2fur said...

The chicken is hilarious!

I love the music sheet idea. I'm thinking of a silhouette of a child with the sheet music in the background.

BTW, how can you have a kid old enough to decorate her own home? Aren't you like...28 or something?

Julie said...

What great idea's on a budget. I love the stencil on the yellow wall. It really looks good! Have a wonderful Friday....juiie

Rhonda in OK said...

Lori's home is really cute, I miss her blog but I'm guessing she very busy.

Thanks for sharing!

TX Doodler said...

I wanted to do the framed sheet music above my antique piano. Specifically, I wanted to use older hymns that are meaningful to my husband & I. I went to photocopy them from my hymnals & Office Depot wouldn't let me-said they were copyrighted!
:( phooey! (I just don't want to tear them out of my books.) Yours look adorable & I love that they were actually from her lessons. Sweet.

Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

I really like the idea of framed music! As someone who has a degree in music, this one strikes a chord with me!! (pardon the pun!) I have posted some decor tips on my blog as well as we just re-did our bathroom. Thanks for sharing this!! :)

Mary Ann said...

My husband's a musician and would love the framed music sheets. I wonder where I could fit that into our home?

I also really like the stenciling-such a simple design. It looks really classy!

shopannies said...

I love that idea of framing music

ancient one said...

Great ideas and so pretty... your talented daughter must have taken after her mom...

DarcyLee said...

I love great ideas like this that cost nothing to decorate my house with. I looks like your daughter got a healthy dose of your creative gene. I will have to check out her blog.

Cheryl said...

Darling ideas!

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