Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Decorating on a Dime

Our budget for the deck did not include furniture. Or lighting. Or decorations. Or big, fluffy pillows covered in indoor/outdoor fabric. Or those new plasticky rugs that withstand all weather. Or a new gas grill. Or planters filled to the rim with flowers and ferns.

What I really wanted was an outdoor room. Like this:


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What I got was a $100 table and chair set from Roses Discount Store. Like this:

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Certainly the Smith and Hawken outdoor furniture shown above is not worth the almost $5000 price tag (on sale). But this furniture that I bought (the least expensive I could find. anywhere.) leaves a lot to be desired.

So I went to World Market to see if their very cute and slightly pricey outdoor cushions were on sale. And they were!! The cheapest I have seen anywhere. But still too high. I think $29 for one pillow is ridiculous. And Target didn't have them any less expensive.

But what Target did have is a couple of shower curtains. Problem solved.

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One covers the table, folded under and attached with binder clips (see lower left corner). I hate scooting up to a table and getting my legs stuck in the tablecloth. I guess it's more of a table-top-cover. It's made of vinyl, so it can be wiped down or stuck in the washing machine. Another tablecloth was cut into squares and sewn into poofy pillows.

Beautifully cheap.

5 comments:

  1. Do we get to try these out at Anna Jane's graduation party? We can have grasshopper pie and cherry cobbler with ice cream! fat free and sugar free of course! Papa

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  2. Martha Stewart move over! You need your own show. The deck looks great:) Mary P.

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  3. I am so impressed with your creativity - Kat - I have been decorating for 35 years = and would NEVER have thought of shower curtains for recovering - GOOD JOB - all looks great - also love your white chair - AND the coral trim is DEF the right choice for that chair - - the white is not right with the dark wood..........You continue to amaze me with your talents and your ideas......... KEEP CREATING.........
    carol

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  4. brilliant. just brilliant. now if only you would move to TEXAS and be my partner in Ruby Rogers Studios. xoxo

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  5. Love it!!! Also, LOVE reading everything you post! Good night, Karen :)

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