So . . ., you've finally found the perfect place, lots of storage, nice size rooms, all the extra amenities. But, then you're told "no painting and no making holes in the walls"! You feel all your decorating plans going out the window. What can you do to make the space your own.

Well don't despair. There are many ways to get around the restrictions and limitations and I am here to share the ways I've overcome them over the past 18yrs.

I hope you enjoy my tips and will also share your own. I'll also be sharing some of my on going projects. Once again . . .

Barbe aka Bee

June 19, 2012

Treasures In a Small Spaces!

A friend took me to the cutest mini-antique and craft mall while I was on vacation.  Our plan was to check out some local antique stores, but life got in the way.  By the time we were able to go, the stores were all closing. : (
So we decided to go to Ross's and then she remember the little craft mall.  You can see more of what they have to offer at there website here: NW Creations and Collectibles !

As you can see, its not really a large space but its packed with goodies.  Wanna see some of my great scores . . .?  Well, if you've been following me for awhile, you know I love most things blue and white.   As you can see in the pic below from my Old Projects page, I love the combination of blue and white ceramics and china.

My favorite piece is this gorgeous clock  I found at a yard sale years ago.

So you can imagine my excitement when we were walking the aisles of this small store and I glanced down a a shelf and saw these . . .
 This vintage victorian style set has no chips.  I love the details of the little table and tea set.
Can you believe how well it goes with my clock!!!    I was so afraid it would be too expensive, when I lifted one of the pieces,  I turned the bottom to my friend to check the price!  Yippeeee!!!  Only $15.99!  I immediately took all 3 pieces up to the counter and told them to start wrapping it, LOL!!!  Imagine my joy when I was told that it was also 20% off!!! **doing happy dance** I wasn't taking any chances on one of those freak accidents when something gets chipped because I decided to carry it around until ready to pay.  Yes, I am clumsy. -_^   Here they are all together . . . 

 Thus feeling quite satisfied at my great score, I would have been quite content to leave the store.  But my friend was still looking around the back aisles and so, back I went to find my her.  After a bit of window shopping, we were working our way toward the front and more home crafts which by the way was fab.  When out of the corner of my eye on a bottom shelf, something was just calling to me. LOL!  Are you ready for it . . .?

 Isn't it lovely and for only $12!  If you've been following my bedroom makeover you can see this will fit in perfectly with my color scheme, as well as, for holding a weekly bouquet of roses from my garden.
The color is more a soft pearl white with aqua leaves and pink rosettes.  And the weave pattern is stunning.  It's really quite heavy also.

So there you are, my "treasures in a small space"!  So what have you found or created lately?  What do you think of my finds?  By the way, I'm trying to think of the next rental design obstacle.  Do you have any ideas?  After all that's what this blog is about and I've really gotten caught up in my projects of late.  Any of you renters with a design dilemna caused by rental regulations?  I would love to interview you about how you've overcome the problems or you can just share your idea.  Please leave it in the comments or send me an email.  Have a great week everyone,
Partying at these blogs:
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
Tuesday's Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Overflowing With Creativity @ It's Overflowing
Wow Us Wednesdays @ Savvy Southern Style
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm
Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty Decorating
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Open House @ No Minimalist Here
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch


  1. Hi, You really hit the jackpot when you found those blue and white pieces. They look wonderful with your clock...Connie

  2. Great finds! Receiving an extra 20% off was even better. Have a great week, Barbe.

  3. I love a bargain! Whooppee getting the extra percent off!

  4. I always love a good deal. That clock is very ornate! Lot of pretty details.

  5. Gorgeous finds!! Lucky you :) Thanks for linking up.

  6. Don't you just love it when something you fall in love with comes with a great price? Those are great finds - love the colors!

  7. Oh, this post should be called "GREEN", because I'm green with envy my friend! Those are gorgeous pieces, I collect the victorian figurines as well in blue and white. Fabulous score, they are amazing!
    Thanks so much for sharing them with us at WIW.


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