I have a lot on my mind, a lot on my work plate, a lot on my to-do list and a very cluttered personal space that needs attention.
But yesterday, I got to thinking about Cost Plus World Market. Someone I follow on Instagram posted some awesome mason jar themed finds from that store, and although I have never been in a brick and mortar (nor am I sure there is one in the Connecticut area) I fell in love with the online shop when I was searching for glass, gasketed pantry storage containers last Spring (you might recall.)
And here's a picture if you don't recall.
Anyway, I found myself browsing last night. Also as some of you know, my budget is on lock down as I save, save, save for our pending move in Spring 2016. I can't and frankly don't need to buy any more home décor items. But that doesn't stop me from admiring and coveting from afar!
I thought I'd share some farmhouse style finds with you, that are surprisingly cheap considering. And you know I like cheap décor. I don't believe in shopping at the fanciest places. Instead, I like to gain inspiration from those places (like Pottery Barn or Williams Sonoma or Ballard) and find cheap sources of the same types of products. Saving money yo. Saving money.
It's really not that difficult or that expensive to change the look of your home a little bit at a time. It surely is, if you do a full makeover, but I prefer to switch it up progressively. It's more fun that way and more affordable. Choosing a color scheme or a new theme (such as farmhouse, or floral or beach cottage or nautical) can get you started. Be creative but be true to yourself. Think about your hobbies, your family interests, your favorite colors, the feeling you want the room to evoke, and the functionality. (Do you want to Relax? Read? Or do you want a vibrant space to inspire you creatively? Do you entertain in the space or is it for private family use only?) Function is just as important as style.
As you know, my personal style has evolved from a sleek, bright, contemporary love of red and black, to a more casual, country vibe that draws from the English and French countryside. But, I still like bold modern prints, and I still love my red and black, only now I temper it with teal, turquoise, and white and an appreciation for more natural fibers/fabrics (hemp, burlap, linen, etc.)
Here is the link to this item. 27.99, and it's barn metal:
But really, there are so many things you can do with a piece like this. If you have a buffet or a larger coffee bar, it could make an excellent storage piece. You could do a variety of themed stations, such as Hot Chocolate in Winter, or perhaps it could serve as a dining room table centerpiece during the holidays (can't you just see pumpkins, ornaments or greenery in there! I can.) So many ideas, and so much room for creativity. $39.99 from World Market for this particular model.
These definitely look like they would cost a fortune at Ballard or Pottery Barn. They really evoke a French or English cottage style, and I would LOVE a pair of these to coordinate with my white distressed wooden finish pillar holders I currently have on the mantel. $17.59 a piece! You can't beat that at Pier1 or Partylite or the higher end department stores.