If there is one thing I have loved seeing over the course of this looooong recession, it’s the sense of making do with what one has that I’ve seen people (in real life & in blogland) adopting a lot more frequently. Picture perfect catalog type rooms have been replaced with rooms filled with found objects and diy projects. And you know what? I have found that I enjoy the latter much much more! Borne out of necessity, I think people are getting more creative, more industrious, and more stylish on a tight budget.
Here are just a couple of my favorite “making do” projects:
More gorgeous than the most lavish of ice buckets.
Who doesn’t have an old hose or two lying around?
Sweet DIY letterpress stationary using mushrooms.
Re-purposed palletes & crates become lovely shelving with a little elbow grease.
Hand-stamped tea towels cost about the same to make as a piece of nice wrapping paper runs and last forever (er, a long time!).
Puts everything at Petco to shame! Bonus: Cheap vintage suitcases are super easy to find in thrift stores, especially in less than perfect condition.