We are back with our monthly decorating challenge, and this month’s theme is Decorating with Trays.
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It wasn’t until the last couple of months that I have ever decorated with trays. This is why I love these monthly challenges, they make me step out of the box and try new things.
As I have said in the past, I am one of those people that decorate a room, and then I don’t touch anything again for 5 years except to occasionally vacuum off the dust (and that isn’t often enough). I can tell the apple didn’t fall far from the tree because the unnamed child hates when I change anything in this house — even if it’s for the better. We have lived in this house for years with the same boring builder-painted, white walls, and when I even added some taupe to the walls she freaked out. She would rather have things look boring forever, just so things never change.
I on the other hand, might take a while to change things up, but then I am happy with the results and glad that I did it.
As you all know, I am a garage sale junkie. Most of the decor I have in my home comes from thrift stores, estates sales, or yard sales. I love looking on decorating blogs and how they are constantly spending big money to remodel their rooms once a month. Admittedly, they do look fabulous, but that type of spending is not in this gal’s budget. Plus I think adding vintage items to your home gives it character you just can’t get from chain stores. I like to have a mixture of modern and vintage decor items.
The tray below came from a yard sale for $3. I decided to have it be the focal point of my coffee table. I love that it is mirrored so you aren’t limited to certain colors to use on it.
I added my turquoise vase with some pink roses as a pop of color.
I also added a little wildlife along with a small frame and a vintage bottle.
I purchased my other tray from Decor Steals, and it’s on my antique buffet. It’s a bit more on the rustic side.
I added my boxwood wreath as well as an old trophy with some flowers, some vintage finials, a vintage clock, and an old creamer.
This last tray vignette is more on the modern side.
I found this cute little hot pink tray on clearance from Target last week. I added some old books, a Buddha sculpture, a cloche I made from an old clock and an owl I got at a yard sale.
It really popped against the green bookshelf I made over. If you didn’t see the before picture of the bookshelf last week, make sure you head over here.
And, please be sure to head over to see what the other ladies in the challenge came up with!
We would love for your to join in on the challenge too! If you haven’t already joined our Facebook group, you can join here.
We are also kicking off a monthly Instagram tour!
This is how you play
- Add your own post
- Tag it with the #DecorEnthusiast hashtag
- Follow all 6 of your hosts.
We will choose one winner that will be featured on all 6 blogs.
RestorationRedoux – ArtsyChicksRule – OurSouthernHome – ChristyKJames – RefreshRestyle – TopThisTopThat
We can’t wait to see what all you have come up with!
Christy@Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer says
Your trays are so pretty, Shanna! I love the mirrored one and what a steal!! XO
Katherines Corner says
what a fun challenge, beautiful trays! I invite you to share this creative post at my Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. You can link up from Wednesday at 7PM (MST) to Sat midnight) Hugs!
Love your beautiful trays and how you’ve used them. fondly ~lynne~
Christy @ Our Southern Home says
I absolutely love your use of color and vintage eclectic style! I didn’t realize how versatile trays were until we did this month’s challenge!
Marie@The Interior Frugalista says
Love all three trays Shanna but I’m swooning over the rustic one and all the elements in the vignette – so pretty!
laura@top this top that says
oh my…how i love that pink tray and how it looks against that green.
Debbie @ Refresh Restyle says
I love all the color and your tray decorating is beautiful! I bet you’re going to start changing stuff more often 😉
Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule says
I love all the pretty colors you always use Shanna! Your trays are perfect!
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