Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Repurpose Decor in Unusual Ways

I recently had some friends over for dinner and ever since I got my new dining room furniture, I've been undecided on how to enhance it.

In my previous dining room, I had two candles in the middle of the table, but I've been wanting to change things up without spending any moolah.

I frequently like to buy myself flowers for the house and this weekend was no different. But rather than just cleaning them up and placing them in a vase on the table, I decided to look and see what I had around the house to change up the decor...and I found it!

I don't know if you remember my post about my new green kitchen, but in it, I shared an image of the top of my refrigerator where I had a collection of crystal jars, bottles, and vessels. I decided to grab a few, trim the flowers and voila, I had a new way to display and arrange my flowers.

Just because I'd never used them to display flowers, didn't mean that I shouldn't or couldn't. So, I encourage you to look around your house and think about ways YOU can repurpose decor for different uses. Just because it may be unusual, doesn't mean it's wrong!

How have you repurposed decor in new and unusual ways???


LoveFeast Table said...

This is one of my favorite ways to display spring flowers. I love to take different types of daffodils and line them in different glass vases and votives down my dining table! It means spring is here!!

Scraps said...

Those single flowers in the little bottles are absolutely darling!

Years back, a sister-in-law (at the time) gave me this decorative birdbath thing that I'd never used. Getting ready for a party one night I needed one more serving dish that wasn't too big but was appropriately outdoorsy. Viola! The glazed bowl of the birdbath with it's little dragonfly perched on one end was the perfect dish and I still use it for spring parties.

The stand didn't go to waste, either. It's a hammered metal ring with 3 scroll legs. I removed one of the legs, turned the rest of everything flat and used it as a wall decoration over my bed.

jen said...

Really love how simple and elegant this looks. Not to mention how beautiful the photo is.

Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage said...

Loving that!! And I am a sucker for little bottles, jars, what have you. I use them in a variety of ways.

MarshaMarshaMarsha said...

I think that's a very clever idea. I have a collection of jars in our guestroom. One is holding buttons, paintbrushes in another, and the rest are empty.

ThriftyPrincess said...

In addition to repurposing as much as possible (a grouping of shot glasses also make great vases for one full bloom), I try to choose recycled or sustainable materials to begin with. Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on the planet. And since it's a light-weight material, it's easy to hang bamboo window shades yourself.

Sarah Frenzel said...

Totally one of my fav ways to display flowers! I sometimes do them in a cluster rather than a row too. Cute jars in different shapes and sizes are great for all sorts of things. I've used dried wsabi peas in the bottom of a trifle bowl, and then put flowers on top, or twigs and other springy things for a fun centerpiece.

Nellyn said...

LOVE those flowers!

I wasn't at the Brass Monkey, I may have to check that place out though!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Wendy said...

Found you through SITS - your photographs are STUNNING. Just beautiful. And I loved your piece on wine. :)