For as long as I can remember I have loved old, nostalgic things.
It is what brings life to a room. It is the collected over time items that give the room a personality….and reflects who lives there.
I have been adding slowly but surely to my daughter’s room decor.
Miss E is not at the age yet where she will destroy everything in her room….like my boys. Her room is a little more dainty for that reason.
When I decorate, it is on the cheap. My Mom raised me to be frugal and so most of my finds are made by me or from the thrift store. Yard sales are great too!
Here are some ways to get that vintage charm for very little.
1) Frame cards from past birthdays and baby showers that have an old timey theme or similar colors to the room.
2) Paint is your friend. Pickup frames from the thrift store and use spray paint or acrylic paint to personalize them. Paint a room or just one wall. Paint is the quickest way to transform a room or piece of furniture…..or an accessory. If you hate it you can always paint over it within a day. People agonize over paint colors too often. I am a very non-commital person when it comes to color so I repaint often.
3) Frame keepstakes. The starfish was a gift from my oldest son on a trip to the beach with his grandparents.
The butterflies were on Miss E’s 2yr. birthday cake. Even another persons keepsake makes great art for a room.
4) Create an art gallery and add to it over time to create interesting, meaningful decor on the wall. You can use black and white pictures, sayings, anything that feels good to look at.
5) Unusual items make the cutest pictures. The owl picture is actually a Valentine’s place mat cut down to fit a painted thriftstore picture frame. It cost like $2.00.
6) Spray paint mason jars to hide stuff and add color. The more they get dinged up the better. I let my daughter play with them…they are hard to break.
7) Don’t be afraid of color or things not matching. Several shades of a color make it look more interesting.
8) Castoff furniture on the curb, from the thriftstore, or handed down from family can be fixed, painted or left alone.
9) Don’t feel pressured to furnish a room all at once. The rooms I love the most in my home evolve over time.
10) Make it your own. There are plenty of beautiful rooms on pinterest. Collect the ones that give the feeling you want in the room and use them as a jumping off point for your colors and textures in your own room. Never copy the room verbatim…it will never feel like it is yours.
11) Fall in love with a textile and use that to get you inspired. Mix fabrics and don’t feel bad about it.
12) Add texture to the room with different finishes. A metal bed paired with a rustic table and a soft, frilly blanket.
13) Add curtains or a chandelier for softness and whimsey.
14) Mix old and new together.
15) Lastly, don’t stress. Have fun making a room full of girly memories!
What things have you added to your little girls room that add vintage charm?