Late last year, Tyler and I took a weekend getaway to Phoenix to just get away for a bit.
We I had a few on our agenda- Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, showing him around where I lived for a short time back in 2008/2009, South Mountain, and eating some good food. He had one request- Ikea. Our house is set up very different than the homes we lived in back in the Midwest. At any rate, he wanted to get two new shelving stands to replace our old ones in our dining area- which were unfinished, unstable, and just overall ugly (he used them in the house he used to own back in Tennessee when he was stationed at Fort Campbell…not sure what he was thinking). I was obviously down for this idea!
We ended up purchasing one tall stand and one shorter stand with two baskets that both had an espresso finish. Unfortunately, I didn’t take a “before” picture of what the dining room area looked like. *Note- if you make a trip to Ikea, bring your bigger vehicle. We didn’t even think about this and took his Lancer, haha. The drive back home was super comfy 😉 I didn’t even bother decorating that area before we got the new furniture, but obviously wanted to add some things once it wasn’t such an eye sore anymore. However, mama is cheap and after browsing decorations at a few stores, I decided to take things into my own hands.
We have a large Thomas Kinkade painting in the room (Tyler’s from his old house)-
While the painting is absolutely beautiful, it was just on the wall and it was completely random. I guess perhaps I was a tad bit weird about it as it was his and his ex’s…and it was us now- in our first home together- and I didn’t know how to make it feel like ours. Does that make sense or am I a complete lunatic? Anyways, I suddenly embraced he painting after the new pieces were set up in the room and wanted to bring out the colors in the decor.
I knew I wanted a serene and peaceful look as that’s what I feel when I look at the painting. As mentioned above, I couldn’t fathom spending $20 or whatever the price tag was on some of the shit I saw. Money don’t grow on my trees, so I took a little trip to the Dollar Tree to see what I could come up with. This is what I initially created that ended up being the inspiration for the rest:
My mom had given me the small baskets before we moved. I bought the foam, moss, and two bundles of flowers from the Dollar Tree which was just enough to fill both of them. I saw things similar at stores going for $12-$20 bucks each- No flipping way!
After I made these, I was on a mission to fill in the rest of the shelves. Once again, I utilized the Dollar Tree (favorite dollar spot as literally everything is a dollar or less), Home Goods, Ross, and revamped some things I already had at home. The end result:
The candles were from Home Goods and were on clearance for $3 and $4.
The rock frame was at Ross for $4.99 each (I bought 2). The glass filled vases were purchased from the Dollar tree, filled with small pebbles I already had, and I used twigs (not really sure how else to describe them) to add something extra.
The balls inside the glass cylinder were both from Home Goods ($3 and $5).
On the 4th shelve from the top you will see a frame. I’m not very religious, but the Serenity Prayer helped me through the miscarriage last year- plus I think it’s a great reminder for all things that life throws at us. I wrote it out on Microsoft Word, picked the font style that I wanted, and printed it out on paper that looked like the sky. Cut it out and placed it inside an antique looking frame I already had- simple!
The thing placed next to it was purchased at Home Goods for $2 on clearance.
We already had the vase on the bottom shelve and the rocks/potpourri that is filled inside of it.
This is what the end result is of the smaller shelving unit:
Had the glass cube already along with the pebbles and just added in extra flowers I had from the planted fake flowers I made.
You can read about what the mason jars are and how I created them here.
Where is your favorite place to shop for home decor?