I love to surround myself with things I love and that inspire me. I think it is important to have a peaceful yet lovely place to rest and recharge, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, it became so much clearer to me both the items I treasure and the items I could get rid of. I have so much less belongings than I use to, which really shines a light on the personal items that have meaning to me.
Most of my favorite things in my room cost me very little. It is about being creative and utilizing the resources available to us, and finding meaning in the small things that we acquire through our adventures. Here are a few ways that I am able to decorate in way that is both personal to me and friendly to my wallet:
❤ I work at a gift shop that sells the most beautiful candles. My favorite line that we carry is called Maison Louis Marie. Eventually I hope to splurge on one, but in the meantime, I asked if I could take home one of the empty tester jars that we burn during store hours. After washing it in hot, soapy water, ta-da! A lovely container to hold my makeup brushes. You can do this with any kind of candle jar; and you can use it to hold writing utensils, hair ties, or anything you can think of.
❤ What about framing magazine covers? I just love Elle Fanning’s recent cover for Vogue. I have already saved it and just need to purchase a frame.
❤ Cards are art to me. I keep my favorite ones and place them around my room.
❤ While purchasing something from Tiffany or Miu Miu is expensive initially, keeping the boxes they come in are perfect for storage . . . and are pretty to look at.
❤ I never throw out perfume bottles when I am done with them. There is the one my Grandmother gave to me for Christmas, as well as the Chanel No5 that I inherited. I also have several mini bottles of perfume that I purchased at Sephora with my Beauty Insider points.
❤ Books are decor that are both beautiful and useful. It is fun to mix and match and stack one upon another, and they are reminders of lessons and stories that have impacted us in some way.
Please feel free to leave some of your decorating tips and tricks in the comment section!