Catalogs? Do you love them or hate them? I have a new perspective on these slick publications that are like mail crack in a box. Usually, I stand over the recycle bin and toss the catalogs and mailers asking if I want to know the value of my home (I am a real estate agent). But now I look at them as a source for budget-friendly decor ideas.
But when a Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel catalog is under the thick blue coupon envelope I get excited about thumbing through the pages. Now, I see these product-filled glossy pages like mood boards on how to find decor inspiration.
CATALOG DECOR IDEAS
This photo what the inspiration when I tweaked my kitchen table for spring. This image is a few years old and I just love it. It is filled with
- white dishes
- green pillows
- navy chairs
- glass bottles
Here is my version of the Pottery Barn kitchen photo.
BUDGET-FRIENDLY DECOR IDEAS
My credit card is taking a hiatus from the busy holiday season.
Everything in the Pottery Barn glossy photos can be a fun exercise to search for budget-friendly options. This is an easy way to get the max out of your catalogs.
Just try it! Catalog photos are like cheating without writing a big check. And a catalog-inspired photo is a roadmap to pull a room together.
Here’s the thing- I love the inexpensive accessories in the background; things that I can find at Homegoods or a spring yard sale. It may be the white plates that catch your eye or the plant stems that are placed on top of a stack of books.
FLORAL STEMS + PLANT
I love the tall stems in a glass vase. Until I have a stack of coffee table books, I love the look of these stems on top of this dresser.
My eyes were drawn to the green bottles on the lower shelf in the photo. On any given week I have a 1/2 case of Perrier glass bottles in my garage from Costco.
I fell in love with the shape and color of this glass bottle from Trader Joe’s. In hindsight, I should have bought two more (rule of 3).
This repurposed cider jug now stores my dimes! I think I am up to $3.00 in dimes. Fun fact about me: I love to collect change.
One of the most underused accessories is likely in your recycle bin. Right now, I am obsessed with white-painted mason jars.
I shared how I repurposed these bottles. We drank a lot of chocolate milk to have enough to spray paint. I love these glass milk jars and I use them throughout the year!
Pillows are a great way to add fabric to a room. And, after 15 years I decided our windows needed window treatments. I was ready to commit and add a bit of cozy warmth to the windows.
Following the Pottery Barn photo. I loved the shade of green and found a great source for pillows at this Etsy shop.
This is a new favorite online store for drapes.
Plants look great against every color and are budget-friendly. I love a mix of real and artificial plants. How about you?
Retailers (magazines) love to use plants! I have large plants and ferns and a mix of real and artificial. One of the best ferns I ever purchased was at a garage sale. Who knew?
Pottery Barn Catalog Inspo
These are budget-friendly, easy ideas to add interest to a room. I hope you have fun with the spring catalogs! Here are a few
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