As a child, I dreamed of having my own extravagantly decorated house. I pictured grandiose furniture, crystal chandeliers, and a room filled entirely with books. My dreams came to a crushing halt when I grew older and learned the harsh reality of fancy furnishings: they are incredibly expensive.
I’m honestly astonished by how pricey decor has become over the last several years. The other day I was at my local craft store and I spotted a plain white candle holder for thirty-five dollars! I had to do a double take when I noticed the cost. There was nothing unique about the candle holder. It wasn’t made of expensive material or covered with an interesting design. I couldn’t believe that the store expected customers to pay so much for something so mundane.
Seeing this ridiculously overpriced candle holder reminded me of how difficult it is to find chic decorations for reasonable prices. It’s much more practical to create decorations yourself. Today I thought that I would share some vintage-inspired decor that I have pulled together. To me, this is a great way to obtain a sophisticated style without breaking the bank.
The ideas shown in this post are all inspired by Audrey Hepburn, specifically her role in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know that Audrey is a figure who I really admire. Her sense of style and humility have rightly made her one of Hollywood’s most iconic actresses. She truly was an inspiration.
#1: A Stylish Table Setup
The first decor idea I have is the perfect filler for that empty space that we all have. Whether it’s on a tabletop or desk, we all know one place in our homes that feels like it needs something. For me, it is the small space on top of my makeup drawer. It felt very barren for the longest time and I wanted an inexpensive way to spruce it up. Placing a vintage copy of the Breakfast At Tiffany’s record against the wall, I put a cute ceramic owl in front of it, along with a Tiffany blue picture frame.
Side note: I am the only one who never actually puts pictures in their frames? I’ve had this frame for months, but haven’t managed to fill it.
#2: Decorative Memo Rack
This decoration combines two of my favorite decor trends into one: bird cages and picture racks. It’s funny that I never fill my picture frames, but I have multiple images pinned up on this board. I purchased this wire bird cage photo hanger at either TJ Maxx or Marshall’s over the summer for $14.99, but it’s listed on other sites as $35.99. Regardless, it’s a great buy. I decorated mine in photos that I printed online. (You can use thicker paper if you’re worried about the quality.) I really adore the way this turned out. The clothes-hangers and faux rust design make it feel very homey. Plus, if I ever want to change up the style, I can easily print more pictures.
#3: Faux Flowers
Adding real flowers to a room can give it a touch of freshness, but you have to frequently replace them. To avoid that nuisance, I decided to put faux flowers in a small glass vase and use it for decoration. I added a ribbon to the vase to capture the Breakfast At Tiffany’s essence and it was complete. Super simple and incredibly affordable, I got all these items at my local dollar store. I love how it gives you the fun feel of flowers without the hassle of changing them out.
Do you have any affordable decorating tips?