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Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

by | Mar 6, 2009 | Creative Inspiration & Projects, Decorating Inspiration, Details

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Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

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Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

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Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

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Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

Country Living

Simple Details: Beautify What You Have


Part of finding beauty in every day living is enjoying the process of using what you have in creative new ways. This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about this week as I dream about what I want my new home to look like. How can I take what I have and embellish it or mix it up to look fresh and fun?

How can I find beauty with what I already have?

When we have the urge to get something new, instead of heading out to BUY something new, we can usually find a way to improve on something we already have. And that can be just as rewarding — and likely MORE rewarding — because of the hands-on effort involved in transforming things by our own creativity rather than by the power of a credit card.

Simple details can take something ordinary or dated and give it new life! I love how you can change the look of just about ANYTHING with ribbons. I got so inspired by these photos! Add a sweet bow or a chic and sassy new trim for instant style and personality. I don’t sew, but I could glue or tie a ribbon on something! Ribbon would be a great way to add that new color you are dreaming of (um, say if you wanted green for instance)!

I’ve seen ribbon valances, ribbon tablecloths, ribbons on message boards, frames hung from ribbons, ribbon as trim on towels, ribbon detail on curtains…if you want a new look for what you already have, ribbons just might be an easy, affordable and creative solution.

How did you find beauty this week?

Simple Details: Beautify What You Have

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All of the complying links from this week have been permanently put into this blog post and Mr. Linky is now closed for this edition of Beautiful Life Friday!

1. teresa
2. Robin Rane\’ All Things Heart & Home
3. Becky K.
4. [email protected] It All Joy
5. Nester:: SPRING!
6. Hooked on Houses (contentment)
7. Newlyweds (work and travel)
8. songbirdtiff-spring clothing!
9. Living With Lindsay (Kites!)
10. Deidra @ jumping tandem
11. French Cupboard
12. Arleen @ Seasons for All
13. Jill @ Foever Cottage
14. Connie *monthly goals*
16. v and co (re-covering my chair)
17. Flower Patch Farmgirl
18. heather jane
19. Sandy @ Quill Cottage
20. Pretty Organizer
21. Fifi Flowers on Fashionable Chairs
22. Katie @ Making This Home
23. Jill at Woodsy Ivy
24. Kimm at Reinvented (Spring Free)
25. Gina~Not so Random Stuff
26. Tamara
27. Lea
28. Lorrie
29. Brandie~The Delights Of Anticipation
30. Laura @ Decor to Adore
31. Merchant Ships (recycled paint)
32. Shawn/Lifeatbuttercupfarm
33. [email protected]
34. the BLAH BLAH BLAHger (fighting the blahs)
35. Sheryl @ We are never alone
36. [email protected], Hairbows and String Cheese
37. A Beach Cottage ~ Sarah
38. hill upon hill
39. One Nutty Girl
40. The Scooper
41. Michelle @ Creatively Dreaming
42. Michelle
43. [email protected] Beauty and Bedlam(organizing )
44. Eileen @ Star\’s Fault
45. Lisa @ Cents To Save
46. [email protected] The Devine Home (Italian Citrus Vacuum Beads!)
47. New Every Morning (spring)
48. Jenn: My Clean Kitchen Cupboards
49. An Old Fashioned Girl

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  1. teresa

    I’m a big fan of using what I have in new and different ways- and I’ve got tons of ideas over the year from you. It’s always exciting to find a new way to use an older item.
    Thanks for helping us remember it’s the simple things that matter.
    Have a wonderful day.

    teresas inspiring blog post..Living Open -A Beautiful Life goal-

  2. Robin Rane' ~ All Things Heart & Home

    Using what you have in new and amazing ways is so creative. I probably started doing this as a young bride out of necessity but I’ve continued to do this because the things I have are things I love and wouldn’t want to cast them aside~
    Happy Friday~
    Robin Rane’
    All Things Heart and Home

    Robin Rane’ ~ All Things Heart & Homes inspiring blog post..All Things Crafty~Ribbon Bookmarks!

  3. Kelli Palmer

    Every time I clean I seem to redecorate. I just head up to the attic, grab a few things that have been up there for a while and find a new spot for them. Especially in these times … it is so much better to use what you have to enhance the beauty of your house. Thanks for the great ideas.

  4. Becky K.

    I find that I have too much and need to clear some things out so that I can feature the items that are very special to me. They become like new when I take the time to do that.

    We are in the process of simplifying the layout and furniture in our Family room. Too much…so hopefully one of my Beautiful Life Posts soon will be me breathing a big sigh of relief and showing that process.

    Have a Beautiful Day, Melissa.

    Becky K.s inspiring blog post..Living Beautifully

  5. Dawn-Hydrangea Home

    Oh, I have the perfect idea for this! I am going to try and post later day! Thanks for a great topic Melissa. I just love your fridays!

    Dawn-Hydrangea Homes inspiring blog post..Giveaway Reminder!

  6. Meredith

    Being resourceful is a great character trait to develop. I have to admit I always feel incredibly virtuous when I renovate/reuse/recycle an existing item. My husband encourages me greatly in these moments of inspiration, as you can imagine. Great post Melissa!

    Merediths inspiring blog post..The Good Life

  7. Julia

    I thought I’d join your party this week because I’m talking about 10 ways I found that make me feel happier in my home. Thanks for hosting! :-)

    Julia @ Hooked on Housess inspiring blog post..Hooked on Playhouses

  8. Arleen

    I agree — use what you have! And what could possibly be more charming than ribbons? In cheerful colors, they are a great way to say “Welcome Spring!” ~Arleen

  9. Polly

    As I was proofing an article for Porch, I got caught up in the author’s words. She said that she knew would not be so creative or artistic if she had married into money because the lack of money required her to look at bettering what she already had.

    I use ribbons and fabrics a lot to refresh a space. My problem is more with getting all the stuff put away :)

    Have a beautiful weekend, Melissa. Blessings… Polly

    Pollys inspiring blog post..Beautiful Organization

  10. leigh ann

    Once again you’ve inspired me to fluff up my house for spring with what I have…I’ll have to shop around and see things in a different way. I can’t sew either, but I did get a hot glue gun for Christmas! Thanks for reminding me to appreciate what’s already there!

    leigh anns inspiring blog post..Tablescape Thursday

  11. Connie

    I love ribbon! I find myself buying spools of it without a purpose in mind. The latest one that I bought was $1 from Wal-Mart it is green with little yellow dots on it. Just looking at it makes me happy!

    Hopefully…tomorrow I am going to shop for some Spring items for my home!

    Connie @ Young and Relentlesss inspiring blog post..A Sign

  12. Jennifer

    Love the first curtains! I think I could do that!! :) Thanks for inspiring!

    Jennifers inspiring blog post..A Family Table

  13. Shannan

    I love that you do these on Fridays! It’s so fun to steal a few minutes away later in the weekend to see what everyone has to share.

    Shannans inspiring blog post..Stealing Beauty

  14. Pretty Organizer

    What a fun eye candy post! Ribbon is the next best thing to hot glue and spray paint for changing things up a bit! I just bought some big lamps with drum shades at Goodwill. The shades look white when the lights off but the plastic underneath has yellowed a bit and it’s glaringly obvious when I turn those lamps on. I was considering adding ribbon to that shad just to detract from the ugly.

    Thank you for being a voice of moderation in your blogging. I love that you keep your priorities focused and real. Too many of us get caught up in the “I WAAAANNT it” game and need to be grateful for the abundance we’ve already been blessed with.

    Love you girl!
    Pretty Organizer

    Pretty Organizers inspiring blog post..Reflections on Spring and Motherhood

  15. Debbykay

    I just love ribbons! My favorites are the vintage ribbons–they make everything extra-special! I might add them to the vintage aprons!

    Have a beautiful day!

    Debbykays inspiring blog post..A is for {Grandmother’s} Amazing Aprons

  16. The Nester

    LOVE all of those ideas. I have so much ribbon–I’m going to walk thru the house and look for places to put it!

    The Nesters inspiring blog post..Spring Decorating

  17. Vee

    The simplest things bring joy and an element of surprise, which I love. Thanks for the inspiration…I’ve already made an adjustment to my lampshade. Yes, just now!

    Have a wonderful weekend, Melissa!

    Vees inspiring blog post..Kitty Cat

  18. Gina

    I love those ribbon ideas-and I can’t wait to see how others are finding beauty this week!

    Ginas inspiring blog post..Pressed Pillowcases

  19. Tamara

    This week I’m really appreciating the beautiful life I lead…….I’m travelling in India……and getting paid to do it! Life just doesn’t get any better than that :)

    Tamaras inspiring blog post..I’m HOOKED on India!

  20. Lorrie

    I love using the things I have in new ways. I don’t want a house full of clutter that I have to store. And using a bit of ribbon or fabric is a wonderful way to liven up something I already have.

    Great post, Melissa,

  21. Lisa from celebrate CREATIVITY

    It’s amazing how far little details will take you. These examples are just lovely as always.

    Enjoy your weekend and here’s to finding more beauty in the little things around you.

    Lisa from celebrate CREATIVITYs inspiring blog post..Spring is in the Air

  22. Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Earlier this week I did a post on thatched roof cottages. While this began as a poor man’s solution to a roof they really are quite lovely.
    It was a pleasant reminder that you can create things that are pretty and of value with very little money.

    Laura Ingalls Gunns inspiring blog post..All Things Irish~ Crystal

  23. Charlotte at Simply Divine Christmas

    I enjoy bringing SPRING inside my home. The abundance of flowers and spring bulbs that surprise me everyday are like happy little presents peaking out and jumping up from under the cedar mulch. I’m always finding something pretty in which to decorate nightstands, kitchens, fireplace mantels and my foyer with fresh blooms from my garden.

    Charlotte at Simply Divine Christmass inspiring blog post..Kitchen Wisdom by Martha & Madge

  24. Sandy

    I love ribbons! But I’m just not very good with them … I need you as my neighbor :)

    Sandys inspiring blog post..No Rigidity & Upside-Down Chip Cake!

  25. Kim

    I enjoy stopping by on Fridays and reading what everyone has linked.

    I love repainting furniture and making it seem new again! There is something to not having to buy something that can really make your day! :-)

    Kim @ Forever Wherevers inspiring blog post..Tasty Tuesday Blog Party Invite

  26. SoBella Creations

    I love the lamp shades. I covered a lampshade in my daughters room with fabric from a pillowcase that matches her bedding. It made the lamp look much better. The ribbon trim is a great idea. I think I will add some to her lamp.

    SoBella Creationss inspiring blog post..Autumn Leah Designs

  27. Myrnie

    I love all the ribbon ideas. No beautiful life post today- my three babies (the one I married, and the two I gave birth to) are all down with the flu. But the sun is shining, and I bought all my garden seeds yesterday. Spring is looking up!

    Myrnies inspiring blog post..Forgive Me An Evil Chuckle

  28. Gennaro

    Bright and beautiful designs. That lamp with a bow tie is too alluring. That looks like the perfect gift idea.

    Gennaros inspiring blog post..8 Best Chocolate Shops In NYC

  29. The Scooper

    You always find the best photos! Came over from the Nester.

    Thanks for sharing the Spring love.

    The Scoopers inspiring blog post..Springbellishment

  30. Pat

    Just changing the furniture from room to room, is a satisfying and cost free way of giving rooms a new look. I love to use little embellishments to change up an accessory. Or using an accessory in an unexpected way, is another way to get a “new” look.

    Happy weekend, Melissa!

    Pats inspiring blog post..~Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff~

  31. Eileen

    In this economy I’m definately in the “simple is good” mode. My goal for March is a Peaceful Home. My home is quiet, just me, hubby and three kitties…. oh and a 25 year old son who isn’t QUITE out of the nest [sigh]. I work 40+ hours a week, creating life balance with my art/blog, nest in my home, ride my horse, and more. It sounds great, but can easily get too much on BOTH sides of life, so my goal for a Peaceful Home has a lot to do with simplifying… less stuff, furnishings simple – more spare, stylings that are easier to clean, less to maintain. I’m also moving towards a softer color scheme, less darks, more ivory, linen, creamy whites. It is good.

    Blessins ~ Eileen @ Star’s Fault

  32. laurie

    I am a huge proponent of using what you have. These are some lovely and inspiring pictures. Thank you. laurie

  33. LuLu

    I am loving the ribbon detail on things!!! So cute and really add a lovely touch! So happy you posted these great pictures for more ribbon fun!!

    LuLus inspiring blog post..Garden Cupcakes!!!

  34. Melissa Lewis - Off The Wall

    Well, I’m a little late on this one. Haven’t been online much this week. This is a great post. I’m all about the attention to detail! Great tips.

    Melissa Lewis – Off The Walls inspiring blog post..Monday Inspiration – Off The Wall Is Craving Flowers!

  35. Ashley

    This is too funny…I was just thinking of how I could incorporate GREEN into my home decor! Here’s my answer!

    Ashley @ Domestic Fashionistas inspiring blog post..Cupcake Weekend


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