Farmhouse Style on a Budget: Aqua and Red

 I love changing things up.  Are you a changer-upper?  Right now I have red and aqua in our dining area.  I lean towards soft colors, but the red just seems to make this space happy.

This little desk was a junky mess when I found it at a thrift store several years ago.  It has lived life in many rooms, including the screened porch.  Last fall I used the leftover paint from our pantry door (Sherwin Williams Watery).  I think she's beautiful now.
I gave her a little bling with these cute knobs from Hobby Lobby.  They did not meet approval from my children, but I like the touch of sparkle.

This little space cost one dollar to throw together.  The lamp came from my son's room with a shade from the living room.  The tray is a Goodwill find from six years ago.  I shopped the house for the lantern, bird, and clock pillow.  The enamel pot came from my father-in-law.  He informed me that it was, ahem, well used during his childhood.  I love that it has a LIFE magazine sticker on it.

The red/white check towel was a gift from my mom.  When I was in high school, our kitchen was wallpapered in this exact check.  I love her sense of style!
I found this skeleton key in the dollar section at Michaels. There were several colors to choose from and I wanted them all, but I showed restraint... for now.

My current centerpiece.  Striped straws make me smile.

This print was $0.22 for an 8x10.  I found the free printable on Pinterest and uploaded it to Kinkos.  Since it is only black and white, the price is incredible!  Blue burlap frame: TJ Maxx.

Red and aqua? Happy colors
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  1. Your colors are wonderful! Love that it is frugal but so beautiful!

  2. So pretty! :) love those colors together.... reminds me of the country :) Please feel free to share this or any of your beautiful posts at our link party :)
    Kendra @ www.joyinourhome.com

  3. My first kitchen was red and white checks and I still love it. The aqua with it is beautiful...and I think the sparkle handles are the great finishing touch. I shop my house, too when I want to make some changes. I just bought 20 of those lanterns for a wedding. Love yours here. ~Pamela


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