Ideas for repurposing often spring out of economic necessity, and thus they often begin with something that is usually thrown away or can be acquired free. If it is a good idea, it can become trendy and shabby-chic. Pallet furniture is an example.
First there was pallet furniture, then Christmas season brought pallet trees!
Last year I went to the Megacities exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The art for this exhibit was mostly made out of what some would consider “trash.” The art in the rotunda was made from plastic dishes!
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There is more than one way to create ambience, any sense will do: sight, sound, or smell. And if you can use them all…even better!
Candles are the easiest and most common way to create ambience. In our modern society, candlelight is quaint and harkens back to a simpler time. That’s why many restaurants use candles on their tables. I use candles in every room at home to create a feeling of comfort and coziness, and of course to indulge in my chosen “smells.” I bought this candle at a thrift store for $1.99 and chose a “Christmas Thyme” Yankee Candle votive to put in it.
Another thrift store bargain is this cd of French singers. I purchased it for $.50. I love old time Paris so this creates ambience for me too.
In my living room I continue the Paris theme with storage boxes and a picture of my grandfather in front of the Arc de Triomphe; he was stationed in Paris in WWI.
SIGH…Can I stay home from work today??