Five Home Decor Standbys

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  September 29, 2011 — 8 Comments

Behold, my top five types of accessories that I use over and over again, in every room of my house.


They’re cheap and plentiful at libraries and thrift stores. I look for hardbacks with colorful covers hiding under the dust jackets, then stack them up wherever my heart desires.


I look for them at Goodwill, discount/dollar stores, and on sale at Hobby Lobby, then use them to corral random crap and add some natural texture to the room.


I get a lot of my random little whatnots from thrift stores. You’d be surprised at some of the awesome little knicknacks hiding amongst those shelves. And a lot of things that aren’t obviously awesome can be made so by a coat of paint. I had to talk myself out of buying a solid wood 12-inch tall pineapple finial for $8 today. I was envisioning it painted glossy white, and I’m still thinking about going back for it tomorrow…”Found objects” from places like Pottery Barn are such a rip off. Go out and find stuff yourself and save a lot of moolah. When it comes to which whatnots catch my fancy, I’m particularly into anything anything silver, white, or glass. Extra points if it reminds me of something meaningful.

Framed Photos

Framed photos just add so much personality and a sense of home. I get my frames from Ikea, thrift stores, and dollar/discount stores, and my photos from either Snapfish (for pics I’ve taken myself or snagged from friends) or through the professional photographers at friends’ weddings. I was in four weddings in one year, including my own, so Nick and I are lucky enough to have kind of a lot of professionally taken photos of us together. Tip: if you’re going to be standing in a wedding, go out of your way to be helpful and friendly to the (probably stressed) photographer. I bet you ten dollars you’ll be rewarded with a few really nice pics of yourself (and your date).

And finally…

Throw Pillows

I usually make them myself, but I do buy them¬†occasionally¬†if they’re under twenty bucks or so. I love throw pillows for the pop of color and pattern they add to space with minimal commitment, plus they’re so comfy!

Six months ago, I would have put plants on this list, but I’ve given up on keeping them alive. There are only two plants left inside of the probably dozen that I’ve had in the last year: rosemary and aloe. I rarely water either and they seem to like it that way.

What are your accessorizing standbys? Large statement pieces? Candles? Mirrors? Plants?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


8 responses to Five Home Decor Standbys

  1. Framed photos are definitly my standby; always love reminders of friends and family!

    I really enjoy your use of “Whatnots” throughout your home. They seem to belong. Often times if I pick something like that up it ends up looking out of place, so I’ve just given up. Maybe I can revisit if I get a bigger place.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap September 29, 2011 at 8:06 am

      An easy trick if you’re new to the use of whatnots is to to place them in groups of three. Try it on a shelf or side table.

  2. I love the shelf above your upholstered chairs project. That may be my favorite part of your house and I think when the chairs are done it will look that much better! You wrote a few days ago that you were considering changing it but I think it’s awesome and you shouldn’t change it!!!
    BTW. reading your blog has awakened a lil crafty gal inside of me! I glammed up some shower curtain hooks for a friend! (baby steps lol) Maybe I can work my way up to making one of those great shelves like you made for your entryway!

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap September 29, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Awwww, thanks! I love it just the way it is too so thanks for giving me the confidence to let a good thing just be.

      And YAY for letting your creative juices flow! It’s such a great feeling to know that you made something beautiful!

  3. I absolutely agree about the use of baskets. Not only do they look great, but they conceal all of the random things I acquire over time!

  4. I love the whatnots! They are real conversation starters, and I love adding my own flare to them!

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