Inspirational Limitations

"Thrifty Chic" is a book I've been enjoying lately.  So many inspiring photographs, but the one thing that has resonated most with me is this in the introduction:

"If you can't afford to furnish your home the way you would like to, you may also find that thrift can be inspiring.  It forces you to look at things with a fresh eye..."




This is something I've contemplated time and time again... limitations bring on inspiration.  I've found that true for myself.  If there was no limit to what we could buy, our homes would likely be filled with things inspired by someone else.  

27 comments:

  1. I like that quote. I believe in being thrifty with furniture, they have character and a story. Lovely blog doll!

    lm.x

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  2. Excellent thought! Very true! I love reading your blog! Always inspiring! Hope you & your Family have a Beautiful weekend!

    Big Hugs ~ Teresa

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  3. That is very true. Because of limitations, we are more selective and purchase only what we really love not what someone else thinks we should love or have.

    ~ Tracy

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  4. I agree with Laura May. I love pieces that have character; especially those with stories behind them!
    Love it!
    Kathy

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  5. That is such a great quote. I often day-dream about how beautiful I could make my home if I had a whole bunch of money. But then I realize that having to hunt for things and then think of ways to repurpose items is challenging and fun! Also, when I finish a room and it looks great, it makes me love it even more to think of all the work and creativity that went into it. I think that if we just had a lot of money and picked things out from stores I wouldn't love it as much.

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  6. I have been meaning to read this book for sometime now.. thanks for the inspiration! I am a huge advocate of that quote and think the challenge to find & see things with a different eye is so much fun.
    :) Lara

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  7. So true! I married at 20, and my dh lost his job 4 months later. It was a quick learning curve, and I had no choice but to be thrifty. My favorite things in our home are the ones that were free...they all have a story! I just posted yesterday about my latest find...a fabulous old old dresser found curbside. Crackly paint and logo. One of my new favorite things!

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  8. I have that book too. It's very inspiring, especially for someone like me moneyless and with a brand new home to decorate!!!

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  9. Very true statement Rie. Financial limitations have lead me to pull from my neighbor's trash and create, create, create!
    Happy Friday to you. :)
    T

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  10. Exactly what I blogged about today... there has been little money for decoration,etc around here the past months, but I have been more creative than before...

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  11. I couldn't agree more--lacking in finances has made me a much more creative person, forcing me to see things in new ways--ways I wouldn't realize if I could just go out and buy everything I wanted, when I wanted. It inspires hobbies, sewing for instance, and soon I hope to delve into woodworking. I feel so blessed to have these opportunites to expand my horizons and keep growing as a person!

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  12. I love that quote! And it's so true. I find my mind filling with ideas when I come across a treasure (in my eyes) that needs some TLC. And it is so much fun to see what you can unearth while you're thrifting or yard saling :)

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  13. It's true...............i love that quote !!

    Happy weekend hugs from Ria.......

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  14. Could not agree with you more! Infact today my husband and I are creating a pole lamp out of an old table lamp, wood post and a few L brackets...all because the Potterybarn lamp that I LOVE is $150.00...and I know my "limitations" :)...I will post the project when we are done and link back to you...because it is a great example of what you are talking about:) Always love what you say and what you post! Blessings today!

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  15. Love that quote and the book looks amazing!
    Take care, happy Friday!

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  16. So true...my last post was about not being able to buy everything we would like. The wait to find just the right thing at a bargain price is part of the fun. It makes us more creative with the things we already have and with what we see when we're out thrifting.

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  17. Our home has become very unique over the years because we've made the best out of what we had or could find and use in creative ways. I never imagined living in a home decorated like this but I wouldn't have it any other way.

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  18. Hey Rie...I wanted you to know I did linked to you on my blog today because you inspired me with your words today...Thanks!

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  19. Rie! I love this post...my hubby and I are going on a date tomorrow morning ...garage selling! Romantic right? We love it!

    This will be the first time in forever that we've been able to go by ourselves...can't wait!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  20. Oh , I agree. We have furnished our newly purchached home with thrift finds. I go in the direction they take me. It's sometimes unexpected but always fun. I find my home warm and cozy because of it. All of our objects come with a story. I especially like that.
    olive

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  21. I've just discovered your blog and I have to say you are now up there with my top favourites. I look forward to many more inspiring posts from you. Thank you for sharing. God has blessed you with many beautiful gifts.

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  22. I'll second {or in this case, 22nd} that emotion! You are exactly right: you want your home to be a reflection of your own inspiration and the "digging" that you have to do when on a budget can really be seen as a blessing if you look at it in that way. Thanks for the wonderful food for thought! xx P&H

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  23. What a great book!
    And how wonderful to discover you and your lovely blog! I see a lot of familiar faces here in your comments, so nice to meet you!

    All the best,
    Anne

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  24. I'm so happy to have discovered your wonderful blog! I totally agree with the quote - very little that we have in our house wasn't a thrift find. WOnderful to have found you!

    xo Erin

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  25. Hello!
    It seem´s to be at very beatiful book.
    // Camilla

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  26. Just found your blog...I'm hooked! Your home and family are beautiful. Can't wait to be inspired!

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