Details . . .

While I was cleaning away this weekend and putting things in order after a hectic week, I found inspiring details around our home popping out at me. I photographed them to share with you.







Over the last year of blogging you will see many posts like this one in my archives, posts which reveal romantic details in my home. That’s because that is who I am, the Details Girl. I’ve never had a large budget for dream room makeovers. It has always been a shoestring budget for me.

My rooms are filled with simple white muslin, the $1.49 a yard type and lace found at tag sales.





I’ve learned to let cupid china cups satisfy my cravings for more sumptuous decorating fare.







I imagine that the simple rooms I've created with their old brick walls belong to some faraway cottage in the French countryside.

Be inspired by the little things in life . . . they can fill your soul with beauty.

21 comments:

Heather ~Pretty Petals said...

nancy, you have exquisite taste... and such lovely things. I always enjoy your detail photos!

It is the people that make the house a home and I know you do that well with your warm heart... and it doesn't matter what budget we have for that right?

xoxo Heather

Natasha Burns said...

Ditto what Heather said ~ you take beautiful photos of glorious details.
Sometimes the most expensive things are not the most chic anyway, it's how you put things together, and you have a great ability to do that Nancy :)

LiLi M. said...

I couldn't agree more with those two ladies commenting before me. I love your photos! I love your muslin and lace! We have a saying, something like: if you don't appreciate the small things in life, you are not worth the 'big' things in life either.
Thanks for feeding my eyes and soul.

Lori said...

Nancy, your photos are lovely! whenever i have tried to upload larger photos {from flickr} they always turn out fuzzy...yours are so crisp and clear...you really so have some of the prettiest things!!!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your photos are fantastic. Beautiful details. It is the small things. And besides, money can't buy style and a good eye, which I consider so much more important - you've got those in spades!

shiborigirl said...

hi Nancy.

Ah, yes, simplicity is best. I too am a fan of the $1.49 muslin - it goes far to add texture (love the way it crinkles), and soft light.

You have a natural touch for decorating details. I could learn a lot from you!

Hugs,

Kate

Gabriela said...

Hello Nancy,

Beautiful details!


~ Gabriela ~

LW said...

Dear Nancy,

Your pictures are lovely, your home is enchanting …
Your post always a pleasure to see.
Lace and muslin are two of my favorite things, what a
beautiful combination on your windows..

Louise

Michelle said...

Oh yes, the little things can so inspire me sometimes. I love all yours!

Stephenie said...

I agree with Heather. I just love the amazing photos you take. So detailed... You have so many beautiful things...
Stephenie

bluemuf said...

Nancy, I also enjoy your little details. I have a talent for putting just the right touch on everything.

Hugs Karen

Chatelaine said...

Such beauty in your home. I love all the romantic details. I think it's wonderful that you can achieve an elegant look on a budget.

Lola Enchanted said...

Hello dear, how are you! Very very pretty details!!!!!!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Beautiful down to the tiniest detail!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Ah Chèrie, again, exquisite taste in the details. I hear ya' on the shoestring budget but it's more fun that way. Love you, ANita

Lady and Librarian said...

Nancy, inspiring as always.

The Victorian Parlor said...

Fabulous post! It's not the price of the itme but the charm! Your home looks as exquisite as the homes seen in magazines. I too decorate on a budget-that's the fun part. Anyone can go out and spend a fortune for good decor but to make it beautiful on a shoestring pocketbook-that's talent! Love the quote at the end:)

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Bonjour mon chere amie!

You emanate beauty with all you do Nancy! There is so much beauty in muslin and second hand lace. My house is filled with it and so many other treasures I have "saved from the junk pile" and given new life to! It's not how much you pay for what you have, it's how much you love and enjoy what you have!

I am so happy I have had the opportunity to become friends with your darling sister-in-law! What a wonderful lady she is!! And so sweet to be my French professor.

Bisous, Sherry

Brissonte' said...

Hello again.....

I, too, live in a simple house. From the outside it is your standard 1950's ranch, but open my front door and you enter another time and place. It is food for my soul and solace after a trying day at the shop. Nothing to terribly expensive inside, just treasures found wherever they may turn up. I long to open your front door, see your french cottage and marvel at your creativity.

Colleen @ Brissonte

Christine LeFever said...

It is my opinion that the shoe-string budget has been behind the assemblage and discovery of more beautiful details than any multi-million dollar ones. Your are right on in your eye, Nancy, for you are an artist who focuses beautifully.

Christine

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Bonjour! Thanks for getting tickets to the premier of La Diva! See you Saturday night! Anita