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Decorating Wisely: Spring Decorating Featured

Written by  Friday, 16 February 2018 13:25
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By Glenda Wise

 

Being cooped up for pretty much all of January and the beginning of February due to the flu and cold weather has made me want to spring forward with decorating.

 

Now the next question is how do I do that without breaking the bank? I’m sure you all know by now that I love Pottery Barn, but I don’t love their prices. My goal is to get the Pottery Barn look on my budget. It is easier than you think; you just have to think outside the box and not be afraid to experiment with things from the kitchen.


First, anytime I empty a jar or bottle I look it over to see if it’s unique in any way to repurpose it. Wine bottles are a great example because they come clear or in beautiful greens and blacks. I just put them in the dishwasher to clean them and if I’m lucky, the label will peel right off, if I’m not that lucky I have to put a little elbow grease into it. These bottles work beautifully to hold a few stems of flowers or a taper candle. I like to group them on a platter or put them in a row as a makeshift table runner.


I love, love the oversized wine bottles, but the price seems to go hand-in-hand with the size. Some of these bottles can run around $100. I just have a very difficult time paying that much for something like that. A glass apple juice bottle will work just fine. One of my favorites is Martinelli’s. Their bottles look kind of vintage and they come in a large and small size. The large one is perfect for holding a few stems of forsythia or cherry blossom branches. Large single blooms like roses or zinnias look best in the small ones.


Old pickle jars are great for mixing dressings. Most of the time we make our own dressings and it’s best to mix them in a jar with a lid. Mason jars work too, but the pickle jars don’t cost anything extra!


Again, the bottom line is, before you chunk it look it over and see if you can come up with some other purpose for it. It works twofold, because you are saving money and helping save the planet!

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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