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Re-Purposing to Create Interesting Succulent Arrangements!

 

If you haven’t noticed, succulents are really in right now. There are even stores having succulent parties to pick your containers and plant them right at the store.

I do like them and although it is really tough to kill a succulent, I can do it. This real one sat in my Mom’s condo unattended when she was in the nursing home for over a year and was fine and healthy. When she passed away I took it home and now it looks like this.

 

 

So I went to Plan B. The fake succulents are so incredibly real that I knew they were for me! I wasn’t too crazy about the typical glass terrarium containers I was seeing everywhere so I looked around my house to see what I had that I wasn’t using. I came upon this candle holder and I had a light bulb moment.

 

 

This is what it looks like now and it sits in the window of my sunny porch and it looks so real!

 

 

 

I decided to incorporate the same idea into some of the home staging that I do and here is what I came up with.

This is an aerial view of one that I was experimenting with in my warehouse…the price tags still on. ūüôā¬† I re-purposed a wooden bread bowl as the container.

 

 

Here it is on a foyer table:

 

 

This is another candle holder that I had that I also re-purposed:

 

 

A simple rustic tin with one succulent adds a nice end table accent:

 

 

If you are like me and can kill even a succulent plant, try these options by re-purposing items in your home for the container. They really are eye catching!

 

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Old Things Becoming New

I ¬†LOVE to take old things and make them new again. I don’t have much time to do so but this one I just couldn’t pass up.

I ran into my local Goodwill store to buy some coffee table books for an upcoming vacant home staging job and on my way back to the book section look what I found!

Old Dirty Chair

A classic chair. In great shape and very sturdy. Sticker price…….$2.99!¬†

I grabbed that chair so fast I created a breeze.

A couple days later I got going on my project. I took out the 4 screws  holding the seat on,

Seat Cushion Off

then I primed the wood with Kilz Block Out Primer (because I refuse to sand anything). I hate to sand!  Then, I took some leftover paint I had from painting an Antique Hutch (Dorian Gray by Sherwin Williams) and within a short period of time the hardest part was done.

Bolts of FabricWell, not the hardest. The most difficult task was limiting the fabric to recover the chair seat. I LOVE fabric. Love it. So of course when I ran into JoAnn Fabrics I could not make up my mind on a fabric. Too many choices, so many great looks. It took me longer to pick out the fabric then to prime and paint the chair! LOL

But I finally narrowed it down to two and bought both. I am going to switch them out for different looks when I get tired of one.

A few staples to secure the new fabric right over the old, put the 4 screws back in to hold the seat down and

Drum Roll Please……

My new chair!! How cute is that!

 

Repurposed Chair

 

The chair $2.99. The fabric $6.79. The chair “PRICELESS”.

It’s first use, a chair for a child’s “craft and study nook” at a luxury new construction home I staged. This chair can be used so many places.

 

Child's Study Nook

 

So don’t overlook those past treasures. Make them new again!¬†

 

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Inexpensive and FRESH Centerpieces Ideas for the Holidays

It is a busy time of the year with a lot of entertaining going on and everyone wants their table to look nice. But the time to pull it together is tight and purchasing a centerpiece can be expensive.

Here are a few tips and ideas that are inexpensive and fresh. And when I say fresh I mean FRESH! These can be used for Thanksgiving or Christmas or both!

I love decorating a table with edible items. Nature is full of color and you can eat the items in the centerpiece when you are done.

One easy item is Cranberries.

Cranberries

I just paid $4.00 for two bags of cranberries so they are extremely inexpensive and there are a ton of ways to use them.

Let these pictures be inspiration for you this holiday season.

Cranberries in hollow Candle Holders:

Cranberries inside Candleholders

Cranberries in a simple white tray with teas lights:

Cranberries in Tray

Let’s add in another food item with lots of texture…..mixed nuts!¬†

Cranberries and Nuts in Silver Tray

And this is one of my favorites that I came up with. Set this on your table for a wonderful centerpiece during your meal but dig in afterwards! 

Cranberries Nuts and Oranges

Place the nut cracker right there as part of the centerpiece. Rather than a heavy dessert, encourage your guests to linger after dinner cracking and munching on nuts, eating fresh tangerines or whatever you add. 

If you need a quick touch of whimsy elsewhere in your home add cranberries to any bowl, vase or candle holder.

Cranberries in Hurricane

And if you will have a beverage or refreshment station when entertaining, make a centerpiece that again will be useful. Take out a lime to add a squirt to a beverage or an orange for the rim of a glass.

Beverage Centerpiece

So ¬†look in your pantry and refrigerator¬†to see what you have! Let your creative juices flow……think outside the box.

And please, share your ideas here or post pictures. We can inspire each other!

And most importantly…..may you all have a very peaceful and blessed Thanksgiving and Holiday Season.¬†

Shar Sitter, owner Rooms With Style Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis MN.

CHSE and APSD Home Stager Pro Trainer

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