From Trash to Treasure

Good Morning!

Today I am sharing my latest thrifty find and how I made it work in our home.

My friend, Anneke, has a great blog called This, That, & Life. She is always finding things on Craigslist and making them awesome. I’ve done the Craigslist thing to sell a few things and buy a few things but don’t go on there often. Anneke influenced me to look on it after I read yet another one of her Craigslist praises.

I am happy to report I have solved another lighting issue in our home and my love affair with gold continues.

These wall lamps were listed for FREE. I immediately saw the potential and jumped on THAT. Obviously they needed some tweaking though.


I had just ordered this chandy and these shades for my living room. (both purchased from

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So, since these spaces are adjoining I decided to go the same route with the wall lamps. I found gold-lined black shades in-store at the Home Depot and they are a good match to my chandy shades.

I love a good inexpensive home project and this one only cost me the price of the shades and the napkin rings. Two wall lamps with cord covers for under $20–$18 dollars to be exact!


I love how they turned out. The napkin rings were clearanced at Target after the holidays for $.88 each. Just by adding a little detail and new shades they work in this space.


I played around with the decor. I don’t know if it Β is Downton Abbey that influenced this look or our anniversary trip and the beautiful cottage we stayed in, but I am really feeling English inspired decor right now!


I slip-covered the bench cushions in an old tartan I picked up at a flea market. The colors are perfect.


It’s a little Equestrian, a little masculine, and a little whimsical and I am diggin’ it!


Are you feeling the Downton Abbey vibe in home decor lately? This makes me wish I had a horse and grounds to go riding on. Oh, to be Lady Mary!

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    • says

      Yay! I love that they get to film at Highclere Castle. I am not really into the opulence and over indulgence of that era in high society, but I do like aspects of it. xo Kristin

  1. annekemcconnell says

    You’re to sweet Kristin! LOVE that you got those lights for free!!! I was feeling outnumbered on twitter last night as everyone DIY home decor blogger I knew was raving about Downton Abbey! Haha, I was watching the Biggest Loser. πŸ˜‰ BUT, the bench looks awesome!

  2. says

    I absolutely love this idea! Napkin rings – genius! You’ve inspired me to finally get moving on the sconces for my dining room. The whole vignette looks fabulous!

  3. Anna says

    take your pretty boots and call Sarah…she has two BEAUTIFUL horses who LOVE to trot! Looks good Pink…Love it!

  4. says

    Aren’t you the clever one! I don’t know that my decor will be inspired by Downton Abbey, but I would sure love to wear Mary’s clothes.

    • says

      Oh, yes! She always has the best clothes πŸ˜‰ I go through stages with my personal decor. I like to take away from different periods but in a modern way. xo Kristin

    • says

      They were already plug-in. I was thinking about just hard-wiring them, but I liked the look of the cord covers so I went with it. We have plaster walls and an old house, but I got lucky because Dave used to be an electrician. It’s handy having your own personal sparky on had πŸ˜‰ xo Kristin

  5. Carrlyn Ward says

    Kristin, I am like you, I love gold too, I love Tartans, Brass Chandies, boots, RL, horses! I wanted to sell my Large Brass one. My boyfriend took it to a consignment shop here in Scottsdale and they told him that they couldn’t give it away! Duh, really? What’s with that, right?! Well, people with “good taste” like them! XO


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