Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Style Inspiration " simply Kate "

I received three emails this week from bloggers who needed
a bit of inspiration when you are on a budget and using what you might
have in your own home...

I usually dry flowers from the garden and tree branches, using
our own nature to decorate is always cost effective

other items include old bookpages, moss from the dollar store
and even broken discarded pieces that I have found
in a trash pile at a yard sale...

I am just a simple girl at heart

who loves a clean and classic look

with some dramatic punches

you can always find old inexpensive tables at yard sales

that just need paint and a bit of sanding

juxtaposition is always a winner...

I added strips of linen that I had to these

99 cent glass candlesticks from the goodwill..

just a splash of paint and sanding will

transform an empty frame into

a show case for another piece on your walls

I will even use a piece of furniture that is missing

a door and drawers to showcase items

that I want to display in my home or at

Layers will always add such depth to your rooms

I am also quite fond of willow

which is very inexpensive yet gives texture

when decorating...

I even used old rope and ornaments

that I had in the garage for this vignette...

when I wanted a headboard and funds were low

I used this old cabinet door and mounted it to the exisiting frame

to create a rustic headboard for my loft

then I painted the opposite side so that I had

two different back drops when I needed a change

just unscrew and flip

I love that

Always follow your heart

I purchase what I love even if hubby can't

see the vision that I have in my mind..

this settee is still one of my favorite makeovers

that I have ever done

only because Mr. Dior thought I could not make it work...

no shame in my game right ladies...

Well to my favorite girls out there

MUAH xoxo


Barbara Jean said...

Fun post Kate, and great ideas.
Love the settee!!

barbara jean

The Smith Hotel said...

Great ideas! It's amazing what a little paint and thinking outside the box can create! Hope your week is going well!


designchic said...

It all looks so the headboard and the settee is amazing!! Thrilled to find your blog ~

Anne Lorys said...

You make it all look so easy!
Effortlessly glam and gorgeous, just like you.

Happy Easter!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I love your ideas. Everything looks so great!

All That Jazz said...

Your ideas are creative and unique and definitely doable for those on a budget! Once you begin to think this way, you shop with a new perspective! ;-)
I love your style Kate, it speaks to my heart!
Happy week to you & yours!!

Mary Lemon said...

I just found your blog and I'm in love! I'm a stager and we are constantly scrounging around the yard and picking up sticks and branches, looking in the garage and basement for castoffs. We love to decorate with natural things . . . I have lots of branches in my garage with instructions for my husband NOT to throw out! Can't wait to go thru your posts to see what I've been missing!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

Lots of great inspiration, Kate! Love that settee, too!

Vintage Market Place said...

great and informative post Kate!
Love your style and how you achieve your looks.
And I am in love with that huge gray frame in your space!!!
Is it still there? I would love it if you could hold it for me
Can I ask that? not sure but if I can I would love it.

Karen said...

That is a lot of beautiful inspiration. You have a very beautiful blog. This is my first visit and I'm now following. That settee is gorgeous!

It's me said...

What a inspiration it all...happy new day love love

Passionate for White said...

I thoroughly enjoyed this post - especially the idea you gave me for a headboard...thanks!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Simply gorgeous!

Sue said...

I LOVE how you are posing with our CR dollie in the picture! Your stuff at Country Roads ALWAYS is amazing to me. You do a terrific job and I'm thankful you post the pictures. Because on my days off, I know stuff has sold and you've re-done the displays a few times over!

Take care, Sue

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Your smile just brightened up my whole day!
Your ideas and photos are so inspiring, thanks Kate!

Unknown said...

You should write a book Kate. Just so helpful : )
XXOO ~ Deanna

French Charmed ~ Chelle said...

Bonjour ~ What a beautiful blog! I just found you via Design the Journey. This post is fabulous! Thank you for sharing such amazing inspiration. Happy Easter to you! Sweet Regards ~ Chelle

Marie Söderberg said...

Hi, just found you via Re.vamped franch maison..
I like your table..I have a similar..but mine is still in the original paint...dark brown..but before will be white :))) like your side..will come back../Marie

Anonymous said...

Great ideas! It's funny, I have found I'm decorating more with nature lately - dried flowers, branches, etc.

Question for you - for retail displays, do you ever find folks are afraid to dig in & look at things if they are too layered?


Oh my, thank you for dropping by and leaving me such lovely comments! I love your blog too, I love your style, you're so artistic to go about your vegnettes and what great ideas...I specially love the bed headboard with two sides! I would like to do that to change when you get bored of the one look! I'm loving this!
Have a happy and blessed Easter

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Everything looks so beautiful.... I just love your headboard, it's gorgeous. Love that settee too. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!
hugs~~~ Daphne

Tonia Lee Smith said...

I love all the texture. Everything is just beautiful I hope that you had a wonderful weekend.
Chic Modern Vintage

Sibele Saraiva said...

Kate, eu adoraria te conhecer!!! Sinto-me íntima só de participar do seu lindo Blog. Você tem um excelente gosto por decoração, tenho certeza de que se eu morasse perto da sua loja seria a melhor cliente. Parabéns pelos posts. Grande Abraço querida!!

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