Use What You Have Decorating

So I have been wanting to re-decorate my house for a while now. My style has changed so drastically since six years ago when we bought our first home and decorated it. We have since moved to a new home, yet most of the decor has remained the same.

While I don't have the funds right now for a major re-haul, I decided to try a little "Use what you have decorating." Which is just that: using what you already have, and finding new ways to group and display them.

The following are before pictures of my entry table and the top of my curio cabinet (they're pretty bad, I know):

Entry Table:
Yes, that is a horrid fake ivy plant, along with candelabras with no candles. I honestly don't know what I was thinking.


Not as bad as the entry, but it just felt a little "off" to me. I think it was just too many square objects for one area.

After moving a few things around that I had in other spots of my home, this is what I came up with:

Entry Table:

Trying to style it up with my shoes and purse, but failing miserably.

The Eiffel tower lamp was previously in my bedroom on my nightstand. It was kind of sad in that little corner of my room, so now it has a new lease on life displayed prominently in the entry. I do want to get a new shade for it though.

The green box used to be on top of the curio, and the scent thingamajig (what the heck are they called?) was in my bathroom.

I took the two white pieces from inside the curio. They were two of my favorite, and got lost with the rest of them in there. Now I can enjoy them more. The "Italia" print was in my hall closet, waiting for a home.



I took some books out of a cabinet, took off the covers and stacked them to give height to the white pieces on top. It also adds a nice touch of color.

I just got passed down a few items from my Grandmother, this round jar with lid being one of them. Some old family photos take a more prominent place on top, instead of inside, the curio.

This is a silhouette of me when I was three on my first trip to Disneyland. When I visited my mom last, she gave me this because it was an extra from my Grandma's house. I think they still do these in a little shop on Main Street. Can't wait to get one done of my girls!

All in all, I think it was a very successful re-do. And it didn't cost me a single penny! So go check out what you have lying around your house that might work better in a new spot. You might be surprised at what you come up with!


  1. what a difference! I love what you've done with it. The white accents are my favorite & how cute is that green suitcase! Also, I love the silhoutte & the older things from your grandmother. I think older things make it feel more homey. :-) Great job!

  2. Both spaces look fabulous! I love your mixture of accessories...I have that Eiffel Tower lamp too. :) The little silhouette is so adorable!

  3. Seriously, nice work. The white ceramic pieces are great -- definitely worth the extra attention they'll now get.

    It must be the changing of the seasons, because I just and moved around a bunch of stuff in our house as well. Heaven knows what's in the rest of those Rubbermaid containers.

  4. That looks great! I love your entry way. That is actually how I found your blog. I am looking for ways to decorate my entry way and I googled you.