A Decorating Challenge – How to Shop Your Home (Foyer Table – Part 1)

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Have you ever shopped your own home before?

You know, walking around and picking things from here and putting them there?
Decorating with things you already own.
Changing things and creating completely new looks without buying anything?

This thrifty girl loves that idea.

Some blogger friends and I are going to share with you how we changed one space in our home, 3 ways. 
We’ll be sharing the first way or “look” today and will continue with 2 more new looks in February and March.

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All with things we already own by shopping our homes.

My friend Christy over at Our Southern Home came up with this great idea for the challenge….

one space, three ways

I will be the first to tell you that before I started blogging I pretty much kept things how they were, decor-wise,….for a very long time.
And to be totally honest, even after blogging somewhat! So this will help to push me to change things up more often around here too.
It’s easy to get comfortable with our surroundings but if you are anything like me, you want (need) a little change up every once in awhile.

Without having to spend money to do it!

How smart is it to just use things you already own?

Today I’ll be sharing how I decorated my antique carved entry table I recently did a makeover on. (You can read about that here)
AND I’ll also be sharing some links to these same items and where I had them before, if you are curious.

Here is how my carved entry table  looked before I changed it for today’s challenge.

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And here is how it looks now that I’ve “shopped my home” and changed the decor.

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(and got some flowers from my sweet husband :) )

They were actually “shopped” too. The bouquet was in another vase and had yellow and red roses along with the pink. I took the pink ones out and added the baby’s breath around them.
Then I took the pretty jar from my fireplace mantel and used it for the pink roses.

I got that pretty white vase/jar from Michael’s last year on one of their 50% off sales. 

I just love when they have things I want (need!) marked 50% off!
So does my hubby, I am sure! ;) 

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But once I saw that bling on the front I had to have it. 

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This same vase/jar got moved for Christmas decorating too. It’s been all over my house at this point.

The shiny silver birds got relocated at Christmas too but have been residing on my mantel lately as well.

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They also came from Michael’s (and were also 50% off but bought at a different time)

This little lovely was purchased at TJ Maxx.
It was previously on my Aubusson Blue Chalk Painted Dresser.

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TJ Maxx has some of the best, most beautiful, unique and inexpensive decor items. 
I love shopping there and HomeGoods for these types of things.

This light came from Ross, if I remember correctly.

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I had it most recently on this thrifty end table. (which is showing a different lamp in the post)

The pretty box came from TJ Maxx last year. (the clearance isle, of course! I even shared on Instagram about my bargain at the time and the pretty rug I got at the same time :) )

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I usually use it on my French Styled Cabinet in the Family Room, either under a small lamp or to the side.
I also changed the books from below the lamp. These books end up all over my home in different places.

So there it is…..

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….. a completely new look without spending a dime. 
All items were “shopped” from my home. 

Do you do this too? Shop your home? Change things up on occasion with things you already own?

There really are no major rules in decorating. Oh I know, there are MANY rules out there.  
But I say, just do what you love.
Try taking and moving things around until you hit upon something that speaks to you.

Put together what feels good to you!

I hope you will try it out! It’s a great way to get a fresh new look without spending any money.
Don’t forget, we’ll be sharing two more ways in the upcoming months of February and March.

Be sure to visit these creative bloggers below who are also participating in this 3 month – Shop Your Home – decorating challenge!


Our Southern Home

Confessions of a Serial DIYer

Restoration Redoux

Refresh Restyle

Top This Top That


And one more thing….are you ready to participate with us? You can!
Now you can share your amazing decorating tips and projects plus ask questions and seek advice in our new Facebook group…….


Please visit (and join!) us over at the Decorating Enthusiasts page HERE to begin chiming in and sharing your own projects, or ask any questions you may have, etc.
We’d love for you to join the “shop your home” challenge and share your one space, three ways too! 

Hope to see you there!!

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  1. I was the same way before blogging. I’d throw a vignette together and move onto something else. The only time it was moved was to pick up the item to dust. I LOVE that lamp. The silver touches look so pretty with pink. Smart to give the illusion of a taller lamp by placing it on top of books! So pretty! ~Christy

  2. Love the idea of putting the lamp on the box! I totally agree, throw out all those stuffy decorating rules and use what you have and what you love! I believe your home should tell your story with decor!

    1. Haha yes, I’d love to shop yours! I think all your stuff would look great over here! ;)
      I am loving the flowers too and think I may need them every month (or week!..hint hint husband!lol)

  3. Your after is more refreshing with the birds playing off the lamp. The pink flowers give us the color we crave in winter. I did love the birds from the before. Did you make those? Would love to see a theme made from them.

    1. Oh thank you…and I agree! It is a nice boost for these wintry days.
      No, I didn’t make them, I purchased those at Michael’s (50% off)
      They are so sweet and I do love using them in and around my home. I have some other ceramic birds, blue, coral and white. Maybe I’ll try incorporating those into Spring’s (March) makeover!

  4. Lov’n those shiny birds! I just bought a few birds at Michaels the other day for our master bedroom but I didn’t see those. They would’ve ended up in my basket for sure. Your foyer table looks so pretty in white and silver – love it! As for “shopping the home” – you’re speaking my language. I am a certified Interior REdesigner (room makeovers using what is already in the home) so this series is right up my alley! Looking forward to following :)

  5. Love * Love * Love it! The birds are adorable, the pink roses are a sweet touch with the vase….and the lamp too – looks so great together! I always shop my home! My oldest daughter starts laughing when I start moving everything around….there goes mom again! I love your ideas – so fresh and thrifty! :)

    1. Hi Jayne!
      Thank you!! That’s so great that you do the same…and so funny about your daughter. I can relate to that! ;)

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