Quick, easy, inexpensive decorating tips

Furniture and decor I've purchased, Handmade decor for my mini house

Here’s a room box I recently made.

The placemats are snippets of burlap.

The oversized planters are napkin rings.

The flowers are from the Dollar Store.

The wooden vase is from a craft store. It came in a bag of about a dozen wooden vases for a dollar or two.

The table is another Dollar Store purchase, painted red.

The floors and walls are scrapbook paper.

The plates and mugs were inexpensive purchases from miniatures.com.

The only “splurges” in the room are the chairs and faux light fixture.


The best part of all? The whole room came together in a matter of minutes.

Tip: Pull off a a bit of the burlap all the way around each placemat to give them a nice, even look.

Tip: Adding trim makes all the difference! This room wouldn’t look quite right or finished without it.

If you like the napkin ring planter idea, but think these feel a little too oversized for use inside a dollhouse or roombox, put them outside the house on a porch or beside a front door instead.

All photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.


Make your own modern white chandelier

Handmade decor for my mini house

I came across the awesome website How About Orange yesterday. It’s filled with all kinds of 3-D papercrafts, complete with clear instructions, photos, and templates. By shrinking down the smallest template and printing it at 75% of its normal size, I was able to create this mini (non-functional) paper chandelier, inspired by modern chandeliers like this one, this one, and this one.

Tiny, easy to make light. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

Tiny, easy to make light. Photos by Holly Tierney-Bedord. All rights reserved.

This will go in the dining area, hanging over the table.

Thanks to the clear instructions on How About Orange’s website, I was able to make two of these in a short amount of time (the first just to see how it went, and to discover that it was a little too large; the second one being the one you see here that will actually go in my dollhouse). No glue or tape is required to form the ball. You could probably tweak the template to make the petals spiky instead of round, or use something like sheets of thin plastic or felt to create decorations or ornaments (the original intention from How About Orange’s blog).