The festivities are over. We may have eaten eat more than we normally would and unfamiliarly rich food has played havoc with our digestive systems . Christmas may have left us feeling lethargic, the days have been so short and dark - and now we are past the winter solstice,there is a stirring of desire to be 'out with the old and in with the new'.
From time to time, we acquire items from various sources, that can help us to ring the changes at home.
The pretty light shade and the wall shelf unit in the downstairs 'loo', came from a friend who had just moved house. She wanted to ring the changes too : ) and so gave these to me.
My husband made me a similar shabby style shelf unit for the kitchen. It is beautiful, but I will save it for a time I have decided what goes best on it, before showing you a picture.
But very often, it is simple to refresh the look of a room, by taking out items that have been stored away for a while. In our loft recently I came across some plates and other items. When we took them to the loft, I remember thinking ' Oh let's put these out of sight - I really don't like them'. Of course, when you have not seen them for a long while, suddenly they seem very attractive, and one can't wait to use them again!
And here is some encouragement for the disorganised home-maker. If you venture to your deepest, darkest cupboard, or drawer, you will probably find some delightful treasure, lurking unseen in the depths. Maybe it is an ornament, some china, or an old bedspread that you will love to brighten up the room.
Pinterest users show us how we can use things creatively...
I found these ideas in just a few minutes. Nearly all of us have bits and pieces around the home with which to ring the changes and to give rooms a fresh feel.
The problem is often one of confidence, and for that I think the answer is 'Give it a go'. Just take the old cushions, or faded linens, or few items of china. Have some fun arranging them in different ways. If they are damaged - that can be part of the appeal! If the china is chipped and you feel it looks ugly, place the chipped edge towards the wall and no one will be any the wiser.
Look for old picture frames in the thrift store/charity shop. Paint them or spray. You don't have to do it perfectly. Remember - anything that looks too perfect will look like it's mass-produced.
I will finish with a question and would love to hear your sensible or just fun ideas in the comments
How can you ring the changes with a picture frame?
How about putting in some offcuts of fabric, or from a dress or blouse?
and finally, finally - especially for my Texas cowgirl and 'critters'...
Rope in your cowboy!
I wish you the most peaceful, contented, joyful, tea-filled, rose-petalled, scone and cream-clotted, wonderful Happy New Year xx
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