Thursday, April 23, 2009

Thrifty decor ideas

My son's room has tons of decorations in it, and it was all done very inexpensively. I use a lot of scrap fabrics and papers when I decorate.
This was a gift my sister made, a growth chart we can take wherever we go. Her husband cut and built the frame, she decoupaged paper on the inside and painted the numbers. Now I added the vinyl lettering of my son's names, and I'm keep track of their height on the sides! I absolutely love this. I made these flags from leftover fabric to go across the rail of the "loft". I just used pinking sheers to cut the flags and sewed them into double folded binding that I purchased for a couple dollars.

This is the reading nook under said "loft". We put white Christmas lights underneath, which my son loves and it absolutely brightens the space. The trunk is my hope chest which had already been painted, so I painted over it to add the argyle. I made the pillow and doggy from leftover fabrics from his bedding. And in the frame is a picture of him pondering, and it says "The Adventure's of Sawyer".

Here is his crib, where I did make all the bedding. I won't say it was easy or fast, but it definitely was cheaper than buying! The frames are mirrors from Ikea, $1.99, I painted them and glued in my own photos. I spray painted the shelves to be brown. The "S" was plain from JoAnn's, I added the paper and ribbons...let's see, anything else? And no, I didn't make his blessing outfit that is hanging, I wish I did though :)

I really love Sawyer's room! It is kinda jam packed with decor, but it makes me happy whenever I walk into it! Thanks for visiting our blog!
And this, my quilting friends, is my very first quilt! Looking back there are some changes I'd make, but I do love it.
PS Check out Decor Mama and her fabulous site, she links up every Friday to show off your fabulous thrifty finds!

37 comments:

Heather said...

You know I love this Meg. The only thing I am sad about is that you had another boy so I can't have all your bedding! Super DUPER cute! And very thrifty!

Ashley said...

I love that quilt! Adorable! I have been wanting to venture out and make my first quilt too. Yours looks so good, that I really may need to get started on my own!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

WOW!!! What darling ideas! I especially love the banner flags. So cute! Thanks for linking up!

Mrs. Petrie said...

I love it, too! My whole house is done in those colors. :) Well, except for the princess baby's room, which is of course done in pink, pink, pink and chocolate.

Clean and Classic Interiors said...

I love your colors for his room and the polka-dot dog! So cute!

Pretty Organizer said...

My son just grew an inch in 1 month! He is now officially taller than me. With 6 kiddos I'd love to keep track of when each passes me up! What a fabulous idea. Thanks for sharing.

Stacia Howard said...

Super cute ideas! I love your son's room. Thanks for sharing!

Kris said...

What a great kids room. I love the colors and the quilt is so cute. As is all the creative ideas you have placed in the room.

Have a happy day

Kris

Misti of Studio M Designs said...

That's your first quilt??? Wow, I love the stars and the choices of fabric, lucky little guy! I think my favorites are the pillow and dog made from fabric scraps, they are just adorable! Great ideas here. Have a great weekend!

~Misti

The Masked Mommy said...

I love it! I have a blue and brown puppy nursery for my son. I sewed his crib set, but I've never blogged about it. I love the one you sewed! I love how puffy the bumper pads are! So cute. :-)

Dawn said...

Great ideas! I love that growth chart!

Hugs from Eventually Cottage!

MaRiN said...

what an awesome room! I love the colors. I swear I am going to make a flag banner one of these days, so cute.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Love that room! The banner and little stuffed dog especially!! Can't believe that's your first quilt -- I know how much effort is involved, and that is a true keepsake! :)
Blessings,
Stacey
ps--this was my first time here at your blog :), i'll enjoy looking around!

southerninspiration said...

Awww, I LOVE all your ideas! You are very talented!!!

Suzanne

Amy said...

Hummm...I don't know that I have a favorite thing in your room. I love all of it! I want that 1st quilt of yours too! ♥ it~ Amy

Jade Creative said...

I'm loving the banner.
Now I just have to think where I would put it.
Fabulous quilt!
Have a great day!
Darlene

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I love it

Your Frugal Friend, Niki said...

Adorable! I love chocolate brown with pastels.

:)

Joanna said...

Wow! That is quite a first quilt! You are very talented!

Tiffany said...

First of all, that quilt is gorgeous...can't believe it was your first one. Oh, how I would love to be a quilter. Also, thanks for sharing your son's room, it is so cute! Great idea for the Ikea mirrors! Love it all. Thanks for sharing!

Kara said...

Gorgeous! My favorites are the growth chart (genius idea), and the quilt. I can't believe it was your first one, it is stunning!!!

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

You did an AWESOME job in the boys room, I love the color combo and your little banner is adorable!!

Stephanie said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love it all!

Crissie said...

Oh my gosh that quilt is STUNNING! I love the growth chart too! That is so darn smart...

Thanks for sharing!

xoxoxxo

Tissy said...

I like this site!!! You have fab colors in this quilt!!!

AnNicole @ OurSuburbanCottage said...

I love this! Everything is so stinkin' cute!

Attic Gal Rachelle said...

Aren't those Ikea mirrors great. I have done so many things with them.

Daring baby room!

M @ Therapy By Decorating said...

I wish my first quilt looked like that. Wonderful talent! Your son's room is so adorable!

grammajill said...

Wow, when you put it all together, it is darling! I know you did not spend much money, as your husband is a student. WHen you get home we will do some more thrifty decor in MY house!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

I can't even choose one favorite! I love it all. I want to do my first quilt, but I'm still stuck in the perfection stage. I LOVE how yours turned out!

Polka Dot Possibilities said...

how cute!!!

Kimm at Reinvented said...

That's your FIRST quilt? Wow. I'm thinkin' my 100th wouldn't be that good.
Adorable room!

Little Lovables said...

love this!!

Becki said...

I love your son's room! The colours are fantastic together and the argyle pattern on the toybox is something that I may have to steal! Becki

BugaBoos Creations said...

Your Fabulous! I love the browns and blues and the bedding you made is AWESOME!

Jane said...

Wow...thanks for linkin' up to Frugalicios Friday! I love your son's nursery and all those creative, thrifty ideas! I also love the blue and brown color scheme...very cute!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous

Jane said...

And Megan, I just featured your post in my Frugalicious Friday Feature! Go check it out, and grab my button while your there!

Jane @ Finding Fabulous