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Decorating With Glass–Easy, Cheap, and Pretty

Glass comes in so many colors.

If you have young children or rambunctious pets, you might want to skip this post. If you don’t, or you’re brave, or you just have really high shelves, then go ahead and stick around. My cat was actually a glass-shattering tornado when she was a kitten, but now in her old age she no longer feels the urge to destroy anything within her leaping range. I guess we all mature as we age, right?

At least glass decor can be really cheap–so if it breaks, that’s okay. Obviously, I’m not talking about Swarovski crystal or Tiffany lamps. But second hand and discount stores are full of beautiful glass, and you can always lie and tell people it’s a really rare, pricey piece. Unless they’re some glass scientist how are they gonna know anyway, huh?

A great thing about glass is there’s so much variation. It’s not just bottles and vases. Glass pieces have many different styles, colors, and uses. From glass tabletops to wall decor, to hanging items and shelf pieces, there’s plenty of variety and versatility.

Though I love the look of glass, I don’t have nearly enough of it. You might have noticed it shows up here and there in some of my previous posts. I’m just in the infancy of my ‘decorate the entire house with glass’ phase, I suppose. Check back in the winter and see if I’ve suitably ramped up my obsession with it. As long as I don’t get distracted by something else shiny, I will probably have grown my collection respectably by then. It’s good to have goals!

The white car in the background is mine. I know, you were expecting it to be pink, weren’t you?

The majority of my glass is on the windowsill in my bedroom. Mostly because the glass pieces I do have work well with the colors in my bedroom. I’m a bit girly, as you can tell. I like pastels, vibrant tones, and definitely pink. Everyone in my life knows if they’re going to buy me a gift, they should try to find it in pink.

The funny part is, way back in the day, I used to very much be into darker colors, and more stoic, plain, neutral looks. A lot of my decor was black, deep reds, and browns. I don’t know at what point it started to shift, but it did. And I don’t even know why! My tastes just changed over time and I wanted to brighten things up and make my life more colorful. I wasn’t always this way. I guess this is part of life, though. What suits us one year may not suit us the next. This is true in everything, not just making your house pretty.

Decorating your space should focus on what brings you joy and what you like to look at. You don’t have to stick with one style your entire life. People change and tastes shift. You aren’t selling out or losing your identity if you change your style. It just means you get to decorate again!

I recommend trying out some glass, if you don’t have any in your space already. Find some at a thrift store or yard sale first, and see how you like it. It’s easy to clean, either with a damp cloth or window cleaner. It catches the light too. I think it goes well with just about any tone or style of decor. Even if your space has a more organic feel, it will fit right in.

Mirrors are great too. They make a space look more wide and open. Even small mirrors can create this sort of illusion.

Items Featured In Pictures

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GLASS GALLERY

A Stained Glass Dish

Every Friday here at Pretty Broke will be ‘Unique Piece Friday,’ wherein I talk about a unique piece of decor in my apartment. At least, unique to me. Really, just something I want to show off especially.

I decided to start with one of my favorite pieces, which graces the foyer of my apartment. It’s a much-talked about piece, and I display it proudly, because I love it. A huge, gorgeous, red stained glass dish.

And guess what? I BOUGHT IT FOR A WHOLE EIGHT DOLLARS AT GOODWILL!

The stand came free with it, too.

As far as the other items in the picture, that’s a Google Home mini on the table. I got it free with my Spotify subscription. The pink lamp was left behind by the former renters and my property manager (knowing I love pink) bequeathed it to me. The candleholders on the left, I’ll talk about in a later post. The table I had to put together and it’s woefully wobbly. You wouldn’t want to eat off it so I just use it for displaying things. It think it was around $30 from Amazon. I’ve had it for a long time.

The most expensive thing in this picture is actually the light bulb in the lamp. It’s a Philips Hue bulb. I can speak to it (actually to my Echo) to turn it on and off, as well as change the color.

If I only paid eight dollars for the dish, I guess I deserve to splurge a little on the light bulb!