My friend, RuthAnn, is a fabulous decorator! Still in love with the 'country look', she has incorporated beautiful pieces and collections into her home. Her latest treasure hunts have her searching for blue transferware. And a treasure hunter she is. She has mastered the rule #3 of decorating, as given by Emilie Barnes in her book, Designing Your Home on a Budget. That rule is that you should 'buy what you love, but never pay retail'. Her decorating style incorporates treasures of heritage; pieces that belonged to her grandmother, great-aunt, and mother. Accenting those selections are pieces of handiwork from RuthAnn's many craft projects and ideas. Her collections are rounded out by purchases from thrift and antique stores. And she has mastered the art of being a savy eBay shopper! She's created an environment filled with beauty; a real feast for the eye. An inspiration and a gifted homemaker, RuthAnn has found the 'essence of home' as exhibited by her gifted touch and loving care.
Emilie Barnes Rule #3 for decorating on a budget: The fact is that you don't have to spend a lot to get a rich, fabulous look. Before you pay retail for anything, try garage sales, flea markets, discount stores, sales and your grandmother's attic. Full price should be your last resort. Remember, a dollar saved is two dollars earned.
Transferware photos by RuthAnn