And you know what I've been doing all day this week? Looking at blogs.
Blogs with before-and-after shots.
Carefully staged with messes out of camera shot.
And I love that. LOVE IT!!!!
But I can't live in my house that way. Mainly because I'm too messy to live without a mess. That poses a problem.
Also? My current budget isn't allowing for any before-and-afters at this time. Only "before-and-oh-wait-nothings-changed-here" shots.
And that is very sad, because right now I have no decorating budget and a sweet little house full of rooms that I really want to change.
So I'm trying to find ways to spruce things up with no money. And I just saw something in someone's blog. Please don't ask me to remember which blog it is. I cannot answer that question - I've been looking at so many this week. Anyway, she had some faux chinese lanterns (still on their stems) in a vase.
I have real ones in my garden! (Yeah, I know....it's looking a little errrrr....WILD back here.)
My pal Gretchen dug them up from her own garden for me a couple of years ago and assured me that I'd hate them because of their noxious nature.
So I picked a bunch and put them in this basket. I'm waiting for them to dry. I'm also going to dry some on their stems.
In the meantime? It's time to show my house some love. I cleared off the top of the contact-paper-covered piano and dusted.
And washed my clear vases.
And changed out my blue and white river rock vase-filler to my old fall stuff. Sorry. I didn't take a photo of the river rocks.
The cat helped me enormously.
That's actually not true. She just lay there in her bed. Enormous.
Here's something that makes me laugh. Zuddy's "man purse". Do you see it there? In the shoe basket to the left of the piano? Ha! It's the Target bag.
I really want to find some stuff to hang on the wall to the right of the mirror. I want a big "Z" for sure. But it's going to need more than that.
I do like these vase-fillers, but I'm getting sick to death of them. I just don't know what else to put in there.
So I'm feeling a little better because of the sparkly glass. Sparkly glass is always a great pick-me-up, isn't it? Crisis averted.
Because what I really want? Is a built-in wall of shelves and storage here:
And creamy painted woodwork.
And a white slipcover for my sofa:
I've got it BAD. Help me.