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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.


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



Top 20 Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 3 of 4

Top 20 Home Improvements to Increase the Value of Your Home – Part 3 of 4

Home Staging and Redesign of Minneapolis, MN

In my last two posts I listed 10 of the Top 20 Home Improvements so let’s look at five more.

#10   Basement Remodel – Basements do not have to feel like basements. No one enjoys being in a dark dungeon or a 1970’s paneled room with orange shag carpet. Make it a room your family will love to be in.





# 9    Add a Deck – You don’t want your deck to be more than one-third of the square footage of your house. Bigger is not better in this case. You normally get only a 76% return on this investment so you must plan on living in your home awhile to consider this improvement.


Outdoor Deck


# 8    Major Bathroom Remodel – This means all things torn out, walls knocked down and pushed back. Basically starting from scratch. If your bathroom is outdated and cramped, especially if it is the master bath, time to get going.




# 7    Paint! Paint! Paint! – This is the easiest and usually most inexpensive way to change the appearance of your home. If you cannot afford anything else but want a new look, paint. If you are selling and need to freshen up the house, paint. Color choice is important, especially if selling. And no, neutral does NOT mean white!


Paint Roller


# 6    Renovate the attic (or the space above the garage) – This is square footage that many times gets forgotten and can become very valuable square footage. A great space for the family, a bonus room, an exercise room you have always wanted, a place for the teenager and their friends to hang out…….

Don’t leave this….

Unfinished Bonus Room


 When you can bring a lot of extra value with this!

Bonus Room


If you missed any of the first posts in this series please check them out. 






Stay tuned to my next post for the Top 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home!

Ideas and Inspiration – How to Think Outside the Box with a Flea Market Find (Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis, MN)

Ideas and Inspiration – How to Think Outside the Box with a Flea Market Find. Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis, MN.

I love flea market finds. First because they are cheap.

Second because they are unique and different.

The best part is to find a way to use them for something other than what they were created for and you will really have a unique piece.

You may remember my post on “How To Create an Outdoor Living Space”. I mentioned that I used an old table from a flea market to add character to the space.

Well, I found this old wood medicine type cabinet at an outdoor flea market. At the time I had no idea what I would do with it. It was just interesting.


 Flea Market Cabinet


So after pondering it for the winter this idea popped into my head when I was planting flowers this weekend.

Why does it have to be vertical on a wall with it’s door closed? Why not flat and it’s door open?

So here is what I came up with.


 Repurposed Medicine Cabinet



What do you think? Does your brain work like mine? Okay…don’t answer that!


If you look back at How to Create an Outdoor Living Space” you will also see this old barrel from a flea market sitting on top of the flea market table so check it out.


 Repurpossed Barrel


Happy Summer and Happy Flea Marketing!