Adding Pattern & Palm Fronds for a Budget Friendly Living Room Update

Even updated spaces can be refreshed with just the simple addition of one element: adding pattern plus a simple shift of accessories. This homeowner already loved her simple and clean hotel look I did a few years ago, but to help re-energize it on a budget (for under $200), I added a great pattern to the space with window panels & pillows made from four shower curtains I found on clearance along with adding some other clearance & thrift finds...


Simple clip rings were used to attach the panels.

Three of the four shower curtains were cut & sewn together plus finished with a band of a wide grosgrain cream ribbon creating two 96" printed panels. Thankfully, since I don't sew, my friend Jose managed to make these. The homeowner already had the double rod & bracket mount, plus 2 pks of drapery clip rings. With the fourth panel, I also had Jose make 4 printed pillows. To layer in the patterns a bit more on the sofa (without getting too crazy), I shifted some other (subtle printed) pillows she had around the house.

With the fourth panel, I asked Jose to make 4 printed pillows to add to the sofa. To layer in the patterns, (without going too crazy) I shifted some other pillows she had around the house. A few new white vases (found on clearance at Homegoods for $5) subtle printed pillows from around the house.  I relocated the faux flower filled vase off the dining room table to the buffet and flanked it with two verdigris lanterns I found on clearance for $10 ea. From another room, I brought over a shell filled globe, sat it on 3 woven Ikea placemats, and flanked it with 2 $1 taper holders I found while thrifting. To update the look of the chandelier, I added 6 mini shades I also found while thrifting for only $1 each.

 I added some starfish (extras from another project) to a basket she had on the bench, plus I added an apothecary jar I found on clearance at Pier 1 for only $10. I filled it with more of her shell collection - after this picture was taken.

I switched out her floral & picture display from the thrifted console table for some FREE palm fronds (cut from front yard) I placed in the new white vases - PLUS - I added her sentimental Key West conch in an over sized cylinder she had in storage. I pulled two bleached curly willow sticks from an urn she had, to add more height & drama for the tropical summer vignette. Coffee beans worked great as fillers plus complimented her vanilla scented candles.



4 Shower Curtains $32
4 pillow fillers $16
3 white vases $15
2 lanterns $20
6 thrifted mini chandy shades $6
2 thrifted taper candle holders $2
3 round woven placemats $9
1 Apothecary Jar $10
18 yds of ribbon $38
Total cost: $148 +TX = 157.62

2011 Update


2011 Update


2011 Update

Sometimes, it's just the little shifts, shopping thrift, or little changes that can create the biggest impact.

It also pays to sneak a peek through clearance,
and look at reusing those items in new ways.

2011 FL Living Room Update

If by chance you had stopped by yesterday and already viewed this post, my apologies for the repost - Thank Blogger! For whatever reason, Blogger had lost half my post from yesterday. So rather than try to re-fix the post (tried 4x's already) I'm re-posting a new one. Thank you for your patience... Hopefully after tomorrow's Birthday Bash & Trash Sale (aka Garage Sale), I'll have an updated post on Sunday - if not, see you back here on Monday! Now back to organizing goodies for the Community Garage Sale happening tomorrow! If you'd like some info on it, please email me at

THANKS AGAIN for stopping by!!



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    Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...
    I really like the updates. Looking for items in the clearance section is such a great idea!
    Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting
    August 4, 2011 10:41 AM

    Gloria Fox @ Potentially Beautiful said...
    Beautiful update!
    August 4, 2011 11:22 AM

    Aledia said...
    Very nice! I'm glad I'm not the only one that uses shower curtains for other purposes than what they are designed for! :)
    Have a great day!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect
    August 4, 2011 11:59 AM

    marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...
    It looks fabulous. I love all the changes and using the shower curtains is such a great idea. The white also adds such a clean and bright element to everything. Beautiful. Hugs, Marty
    August 4, 2011 12:06 PM

    Heidiopia said...
    Awesome job, Lynda! Love that you used shower curtains for the fabric-- I'm always on the hunt for clearance shower curtains for the same purpose!
    Heidi @ Show Some Decor
    August 4, 2011 1:14 PM

    Anonymous said...
    Your mom must be very happy!! ;-)
    August 4, 2011 3:51 PM

    NYCLQ said...
    Thank you very much Rashon, Gloria, Aledia, Marty, and Heidi!! And yes Anon - even though she paid for my service ;-) mom is enjoying her updated space!! xo Thanks for stopping by!!
    :D Lynda
    August 4, 2011 7:51 PM

    Janelle said...
    Love everything you've done here, Lynda! The chocolate fabric, all of the awesome accessories, the gallery wall...your Mom must be very happy with the jazzy update!!
    August 5, 2011 12:04 AM

  2. Brilliant! email me and tell me how you attached the shower curtains to the drapery panels. Love the print!
    xo xo

  3. Each and every time I look at your re-designs... you knock them out of the park!!! And each and every time... you leave me inspired!!!
    I continue to love your work. You approach each project individually, yet manage to leave a signature 'Lynda Look' that looks chic and pricey. And on a budget no less!!!! WOW!!!
    Keep 'em coming!

  4. I love the shower curtains! I especially love that you turned one into pillows! So clever! Looks wonderful and I know this project belongs to a special person to you which makes it even better.

  5. I love turning shower curtains into panels. Regular curtains can be super pricey but shower curtains are typically always on sale and come in fun modern prints just as good as a more expensive [pre-made] panel. Love the pattern of the ones you found, your home is very lovely! -Happy Monday!

  6. Great idea with the shower curtains, I've also used table clothes as well for curtains. Thanks for sharing. We hope you will consider helping kids with cancer by linking into the Miracle Makeover party this coming week
    at Together we can change things! We appreciate you.

    Sherry, DGB Team



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