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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

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

GLASS GALLERY

My Kitchen is Full of Butterflies–Make Your Kitchen Dreamy On a Budget

Things are aflutter in my kitchen.

A lot of home decor blogs focus often and generously on kitchens. They’re a place where the household tends to come together regularly. They’re also one of the most available rooms as far as decorating goes–they’re full of hooks, surfaces, open areas, and nooks and crannies in which to place decor on and in. People like to make their kitchen look straight out of Better Homes & Gardens and they’re quite proud of it.

Unfortunately, I can’t keep up with the Joneses in that department.

I live in an apartment, and I don’t have a very big kitchen. It merely has everything it needs to be functional, which is fine by me (I’m a simple woman and easily pleased by just having a roomy refrigerator). I’m also not overly enthusiastic about cooking, so it’s not overflowing with cookware. You won’t find any magazine-perfect kitchens on this blog, I apologize! But you will get to see how I’ve made it pretty and magical in its own way.

Case in point: it’s full of butterflies! Grab a net!

I have two rooms which you could call ‘themed,’ that being my kitchen and bathroom. The bathroom is ocean themed, which you’ll see in another post later this week. I didn’t actually plan for the kitchen to be butterfly themed, it just evolved that way. I’ve always liked the butterfly aesthetic and somehow they all ended up flitting into my kitchen.

The shelf above my sink. It makes washing dishes more festive!

I must point out that several of the butterfly items I have on the shelf above my sink are actually outdoor items. The big pink butterfly is a solar powered light that I used to have on my balcony and it eventually fizzled out. The butterfly/lamp combo on the left is also meant to be hung outdoors but I never put it out there. I buck the system. No one can tell me where to put my butterflies. Call the interior decorating police!

I’ve never been one to put decor items where they’re meant to be. I put stuff where I want it and will enjoy it the most.

And don’t you just love my Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign? Peak humor, isn’t it?

Lovely, but at what price?

I also have a huge, antique, roll top desk in my kitchen that I use as a sort of hutch/place to put my small appliances. I got it for free when a neighbor moved out and didn’t want to take it with them. It’s unholy bulky and heavy. I got it a long time ago and since then I’ve moved twice. As a result, I’ve lost multiple friends who foolishly offered to help me move and lifted it. It’s beautiful but monstrous. Also starting to fall apart in its old age, so I eventually have to figure out how to get rid of it. Perhaps I’ll lose a few more friends.

It also wasn’t always in my kitchen. At various times I used it as a TV stand, and then just as a decorative piece that I put other decor on, before I eventually moved it to the kitchen. I found out quickly it’s not an object you should attempt to move by yourself, and thus I had to keep sacrificing others.

Now, moving on: one of my staunch decorating philosophies, very wise and very simple, is: just put lights everywhere. It’s one of the easiest ways to decorate and make things look classy, and if not classy, at least like an enchanted forest. Perhaps a classy enchanted forest. I have a rope light on top my cabinets. Nothing complicated and no installation, it just sits up there and you can’t even tell because the cupboard top is recessed. It almost looks like a permanent light.

Lights make easy (and cheap) decor. Plug them in, or put batteries in, drape them over something, and you’re good to go. They add ambiance and a little sparkle. I’ve never been fond of a dark house. It’s always twilight in my house, but without the vampires.

My kitchen has no windows, so this brightens things up a bit too.

I leave the rope light on all the time and it makes for a good nightlight when you get up for water in the middle of the night. No need to turn bright lights on and burn your retinas out. Did I say get up for water? More often, in my case, it’s the cat hollering for food at some insane and still-dark hour. The lights help her avoid disaster as I’m still wobbly from sleep and she is compelled to weave around my ankles. If it was dark in the kitchen, she might have learned her lesson long ago.

I’m sticking with the butterflies for now, though I may change themes in the future. I even have a butterfly on my outer apartment door–which opens into my kitchen, so I suppose that counts, right? Maybe I’ll switch up eventually but for now, I like having butterflies.

Items Featured In Pictures

All items are listed, to the best of my memory, where I bought them, and their approximate price at the time of purchase. Relevant links to retailers or specific items are included where possible. Please note: I am not paid by any retailer, organization, or product to promote anything on this blog. This is for informational purposes only.

Guess which one of these I got at the dollar store?
  • Butterfly candle holder – Seventh Avenue ~$40
  • Milk bottle candle – Dollar General ~$2
  • Pink butterfly solar light – Target ~$15
  • Tin lantern (with the ladybug/flower) – Dollar General ~$1
  • Crystal w/flowers – Gift from my son
  • Okie Dokie Arti-chokie sign – Dollar General ~$1
  • Pink vase – Dollar General ~$3
  • Pink metal flower (actually a door decoration) – Dollar General ~$2
  • Solar butterfly w/lantern – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$5
  • Butterfly paperweight – Dollar General ~$1
  • Glass jar – Dollar General ~$2
  • Over-sink shelf – Yard Sale ~$2
  • Metal butterfly wall decor (used to light up, but the bulbs are burnt out) – Seventh Avenue ~$50
  • Metal butterfly wall decor (above stove) – Dollar General ~$2
  • Various tins/hot chocolate jar – Fortum & Mason (department store in London) – Gift from a friend
  • Japanese Coke bottle – Gift from a friend
  • Butterfly dangles/chimes – Dollar General ~$1 each
  • Roll top desk – Gift from neighbor
  • Everything on top the desk is not decor, of course, but if you have any questions please ask. There are a few candle holders hiding in there, I got them for under five dollars at Target. However, the drawers next to the desk were $15 at Dollar General.
  • Tablecloth – Dollar General ~$2
  • Jar wall decor – Dollar General ~$1
  • Butterfly floor mat – Dollar General ~$5
  • Cat – Priceless
  • Butterfly door decor – Dollar General ~$3
  • Rope light – Amazon ~$20

KITCHEN GALLERY