17 July, 2012
"The quickest way to blow a budget is on a carpet and new floorboards. Sisal is great alternative, it looks very 'beachy' and it's a lot cheaper!
When on a tight budget forget about buying a houseful of new furniture - hunt around for second pieces with character that can be painted, re-stained and re-upholstered for a 'shabby chic' vintage, beach vibe. White paint is your best friend and will turn an ugly, unwanted, brown stained piece of furniture into something fresh, bright, white, chic and stylish. All you need is a can of paint, some time and a bucket load of enthusiasm! Also look around for recycled timber for more of a rustic, natural feel.
Pull it altogether with affordable accessories. Think outside the square for interesting decorator items that don't cost the earth - like Moroccan lanterns, second hand books, baskets, inexpensive Chinese porcelain, cane, glass jars and bottles and vintage maritime objects all make for quirky and original displays.
Look to Mother Nature for an abundance of inspiration for displays, decorative pieces and wall art. River pebbles, driftwood, shells, dried flowers, coral, bamboo, pine cones, twigs and seed pods all make interesting 'art d'objets'. Baskets and collections of found objects make for a great display with a personal feel.
Art does not have to cost a fortune. Think recycled frames from thrift shops and garage sales. Stain or paint them all to give them a nice, up-to-date look. White paint is always an easy and stylish finish. Mirrors are a cheap form of wall art, as is making your own collages or framing images from books and calendars. I love framing shells and objects I have collected on the beach.
Images via Coastal Style Pinterest - 'So Natural' Board