These terrariums, made of recycled and repurposed glass, include found items, feathers, coral, moss, twigs, seashells and stones. Stained glass artist Sarah Brueck Williams placed those items with "my nursery of plants that need help," such as Aloe juvenna and a few different Echeveria.
These striped wingback armchairs prove that a living room doesn't need a sofa in order to provide comfortable seating for family and guests. The chairs' soft green and cream tones are echoed in the window seat's upholstery, and the built-in display shelves feature accessories and found items in the same soothing pastel palette.
HGTV Star contestant Brooks Atwood gathered this collection of vases and vessels to decorate the dining table, but both Sabrina and Vern found it over-accessorized. "It’s better to have one great item than a bunch of items that are fighting with each other," Vern said.
Placing an eclectic array of artworks—drawings, found photographs—and keepsakes on a floating shelf means you can move things around and swap items out for new treasures when a vignette becomes old hat.
Designer Katie Ridder's eclectic "zam zam room" is filled with a collection of items she found with her husband on their various trips together. An Indian fabric panel found in Paris frames the door and sets the stage for the red, blue and yellow palette captured in the Moroccan rug. The fireplace was first mirrored and then layered with Moroccan mosharabi lattice panels.
A portion of the dining room wall was removed, opening the space up to the kitchen and making room for a new kitchen peninsula. The framed items in the corner gallery were found in the house and are from the former owner.
Scour home donation centers and nonprofit home decor stores for single pieces that can go into small spots, such as a bar nook. This industrial-style fixture was one of the items that McNeal Walker Interiors found at such a store and repurposed.
A rustic mantel shelf constructed from planks of real alder wood with a black finish sits on the wall above the cabinet. The attractive shelf offers display space for handmade, one-of-a-kind items found in Nordic countries, like a trio of hand-carved reindeer figurines.
Lamps are a necessary item, but an area where Atlanta designer Devon Garner believes you can save money. Her client liked a pair of unique-shaped lamps that cost $800 each and would need to be special ordered, but Garner found these new at a home discount store for less than $60 each.
Designer Stephanie Andrews, founder of Balance Design, is a big fan of hitting up antique stores for cool mid-century pieces, such as the tiered coffee table the used in this Atlanta home. Plus, the shape gives multiple places to display items, such as orange accessories that matched the bar stools.
James Angus and Jamie Bolton are serial garage hackers who have created the ultimate man cave. Faced with lack of space, they made use of reused and repurposed items found around the house. This includes cabinets left from a kitchen renovation. They stacked two over the washer and dryer and left room for plumbing pipe rod to hold loose hangers.
Vintage and antique items can be great alternatives to buying new. They are usually more affordable and definitely give a more unique look to your home. This little midcentury modern bar cart had seen better days when we found her, but with a little elbow grease and a fresh coat of paint, she looks brand new!
Found objects are an eye-catching alternative to artwork above a mantel. You can replicate this look by layering discs, made of wood or metal, that you find new at discount home decor stores or while rummaging through items at thrift stops, says Donna Mathis with Haven Design Works. Look for ones with different sizes, which also can save money, instead of buying three large discs.