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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!

Home Decor On a Budget? It’s More Likely Than You Think!

Color is my favorite decoration.

Hello and welcome to my brand spankin’ new blog, where I’ll be talking about two of my favorite things: decorating my home and not spending money.

My name is Tanya, and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. You can learn more about me, my tastes, and my cat here (she wants you to know has her own Instagram, as she’s vain like most cats). My apartment is small but mighty, and I try to keep it looking cute. I rent, so I can’t make permanent changes. However, neither am I a renovator. You don’t really want me knocking out walls–even intentionally. But, in my many years renting I’ve found ways to make non-permanent changes, such as temporary tiles and window films. I live in a very urban area, so sometimes it’s not always easy to create a peaceful, beatific atmosphere, but I consider it a challenge instead of a hindrance. My place is very much a bachelorette pad. I don’t have to consult anyone on how I make it look. You may learn as we go this is a bit dangerous! However:

Your living space is where you find peace from the rest of the world. It should reflect your tastes unapologetically and bring you happiness. If you have your own space, it’s your privilege to pretty it up.

I get a lot of comments from folks vis-à-vis my style of decorating. Here’s a few direct quotes:

  • “I feel so peaceful in your place.”
  • “You’re so colorful and interesting!”
  • “Man, you like it…bright, don’t you?”
  • “This is a bit much. I’m glad I don’t live here.”
  • “I never get bored when I’m here, that’s for sure.”

As you can see, it’s a mixed bag.

But, here is the most important fact: my space is mine. I’m the one who has to look at it every single day. I don’t apologize for what brings me joy and pleases my eye, and you shouldn’t either.

Think pink!

If a visitor is rude, show them promptly to your well-appointed door. Maybe offer a foot to bottom to help them along. If you’re wearing a festive shoe, even better.

I’ve had to deal with a few people (acquaintances, no one I would call a friend) who just didn’t agree with my look. There are people in my life who honestly love it and can’t quit going on about it, and then there is the occasional one who feels somehow personally offended by what I choose to do with my own space. I tend to believe these people are jealous and couldn’t hang a picture if you hammered the nail in for them. If you have to deal with someone like this, it’s best to give them a swift kick.

I like to do it with my heels on.

I have a very colorful and cluttered style, what some would call boho or maximalist. So if you’re interested in empty space and modern, neutral tones and clean lines, this probably isn’t the place for you. I like it cozy, bright, and full. I have nothing against people who like it clean, though. To each their own, always! You just probably won’t enjoy this blog much.

Pink is my favorite color. You’ll work that out quickly from my pictures!

And of course, the main theme of this blog: I don’t like to pay too much for my pretty things. I acquire most of it from thrift stores, yard sales, flea markets, bargain stores, places like Dollar General and Target (which, as a word of caution, can be pricey if you’re not shrewd), Amazon, online catalogs like Seventh Avenue and Fingerhut, and of course, every time a friend has acquired some piece of decor that was too overstated for them, its been passed on to me as a gift. I’m a bit like a dragon, hoarding shiny things.

Here are some things I like to fill my space with:

  • Wind chimes
  • Lanterns
  • Glass
  • Metal
  • Fake plants (more on that below)
  • Lights
  • Butterflies
  • Seahorses
  • Candles
In a future post, you’ll see my kitchen is aflutter with butterflies.

I like it busy, but I don’t just throw everything in a pile! Cluttered doesn’t mean disorganized, and I am adamant about this. Everything should be in the perfect place and work with the items around it, either in color, theme, or both. But, I should probably warn you: the more stuff you have, the more stuff you have to dust.

Deep cleaning lasts hours in my house. I put on some music and grab the duster. Time to get to work! It burns calories, right?

Cleaning isn’t always fun, but it’s necessary. They’re my things. I take pride in keeping them sparkling! It’s part of making a nice house.

A few of the rooms in my apartment have themes. My kitchen is butterflies, the bathroom is ocean themed, and my bedroom is fit for a queen. I will cover all the rooms in more detail in future posts. I also have a balcony that I’ve made quite cozy. However, I have a brown thumb and I usually kill real plants, so I have a lot of fake ones out there. This season I actually have two real ones that I’ve stunningly managed to keep alive and have even thrived, and I consider that a real accomplishment. Send them your thoughts and prayers anyway though, because that’s truly all they’re living on.

Still alive, somehow…

I also am of the belief that wind chimes are not just for the outdoors. In a few weeks, I’ll cover that too.

Whenever possible, I will list where I bought all my items and the approximate price. Some items I’ve had for a long time so my memory is a bit sketchy. If I don’t list something and you’re curious about it, please don’t hesitate to ask! I will also provide a gallery of all images in the post, plus more. Look for this at the bottom of each entry.

I am not an interior decorator, by the way. I have no authority or professional opinion. I didn’t go to school for design. Therefore, I’m not any kind of expert preaching to you how your house should look and I’m not trying to sell you anything. I just have a passion for spiffing up my space, cheaply, and I want to share that fun with others. I’ve been broke most my life but it hasn’t stopped me from expressing myself. Decorating is about being on the lookout for what suits you. It’s not something you accomplish in one day, after going out and buying a bunch of stuff. Decorating your space is an ongoing process. It means adding and removing things constantly, and that’s what makes it interesting. Your decorating should never be “done,” it should always be evolving in its look, like fashion.

Or not! Do as you please. As I said, I’m not an expert. I’m here to enjoy myself and share that with you.

Do you like my balls?

I’m eager to hear from readers. Comment, contact me, let me know you’re out there! I want to hear your thoughts and see YOUR decor! Feel free to share pictures in the comments. If something gets caught up in a spam filter, I’ll be quick to approve it, don’t worry. I’m a new blog so I’m trying to get myself out there, enjoy this experience, and find some new folks to talk to. I’m happy and grateful for any sharing of this blog you might want to do on your social media. There are buttons down at the bottom of the post that make it easy to share.

As I said above, here is a breakdown of the items in the pictures in this post. In normal entries, I will add extra pictures, so the gallery will be much bigger.

I hope you enjoy yourself here!

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.

  • Wind chime – Buyer’s Outlet (Cleveland discount store) ~$20
  • Blue/pink wall art (two pieces–the mirrored piece (inverted colors) is on the opposite wall–they light up, using two AA batteries) – Marc’s (Cleveland discount store) ~$12 for set
  • Butterfly stained glass lamp – Seventh Avenue ~$30
  • Flamingo wall art – Marc’s ~$8
  • Butterfly wall art – Dollar General ~$2
  • Japanese Coca Cola bottle – gift from a friend
  • Fortnum & Mason (department store based in London, England) coffee tins and hot chocolate jar – gift from a friend
  • Decorative balls – Amazon (item is no longer available) ~$20 (they’re plastic, not glass)
  • Brass bowl – Target ~$10
  • Flower pot – Buyer’s Outlet ~$13