The silk hydrangeas here were a birthday gift from my sister, I believe they were from Sears. I've said before that I usually prefer fresh flowers, but these passed my 'real enough looking' test :) The pumpkin and squash are from the dollar store ($5.00 for a mixed bag of 6), as was the piece of mirror ($4.00). The diamond paperweight was a Homesense find, 3 for $9.99 I believe. I absolutely love anything mirrored and crystal. The leaves: free! ;)
I finally decided where I wanted this mirror and my lovely boyfriend hung it (and the shelf beneath) for me! It was from Homesense for $16.00. Absolutely no flaws; I suppose it just wasn't selling. The shelf was also Homesense, on sale (don't remember the price) as it was chipped, but a little paint fixed that :) The candlestick holder was a gift from my mom when we were scavenging at The Salvation Army. Small decorative diamonds, $12.99 for 24, also Homesense. Small bird candle was from a store called the Loonie Bin in Vancouver, and it was a whopping 25¢! Pinecone: free!
And here's a look at the start of our lovely new HUGE (comparing to our old shoebox) living room:
JUST FOR LAUGHS: I found this old picture of the very first month Tristan and I lived in our very first apartment. DON'T JUDGE ME!! We had nothing and no money to do anything yet! This is simply to show how far we've come.
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The funniest part of this to me is... we have not replaced that couch, chair or coffee table. Just goes to show that hand-me-down furniture from family and friends doesn't have to look like hand-me-down furniture if you know what to do with it!
Here it was in later years:
(we found a slipcover for the couch for $40 at Walmart and covered the chair with an Ikea blanket for $25)
As I mentioned before, the living room was a shoebox. I was actually standing in the middle of the kitchen when I took this. Where that white dining chair and armchair meet was the beginning of the living room.
So that concludes my little walk down nostalgia alley. The sad part is, I thought I would be embarrassed posting that AWFUL picture, but instead it's made me sentimental and homesick for that little place!
Anyhow, I hope you enjoyed/got ideas from the first few photos!