I have been doing some redecorating around here with items saved from the trash and purchased from the thrift shop. Trying to make this little home fit all of our needs can be a challenge, so I try to make each corner useful and beautiful at the same time. I also try to make things accessible so we can get our ideas down quickly. I don't want our home to feel like a school but allowing the kids to have access to art supplies, dress ups and little corners for pretending is a must. It seems that in the past month or so I have found some things that have been floating around in my brain for a while. My next task is to find a way to display our bits of nature in a way that they can be seen but also not broken or lost.
I found our new chalkboard sitting out on the curb about a block away from our house and the old school pencil sharpener at the thrift shop both in the same week. The pencil sharpener works wonderfully, if you find one make sure to mount it to some wood or in to wall studs. I have mine mounted to a bookcase.
a vintage school desk with storage
I spruced up this book case with white paint and vintage wallpaper. I find that having toys displayed on shelves invites younger children to play with them more easily rather than being lost deep inside a toy box.
Above our family book case I hung a collection of vintage plates, none of them costing more than $2 and the plate hangers were very inexpensive also. I didn't have any criteria for matching my plates, I just chose what I liked and they seem to work together in some way.