Spring Cleaning + Decorating on a Budget

Oh Spring cleaning. It happens every year, whether we like it or not. Out with the old, in with the new. De-clutter, toss, clean. Decorating on a budget? We’ve all been there, right? Well, I’ve been trying to simplify nearly everything in my life over the past couple of months – from my closet, to our bungalow and even my desk at work. I’m not sure how it happens, but I somehow always end up with clutter here and there, especially RIGHT after I’ve cleaned and de-cluttered. Does that happen to you too? One thing I’ve been really trying hard to do is to only buy things that I really, REALLY love… and I actually think it’s been helping. One great example is this vintage mid-century lamp I found on Sunday at the Fairfax Flea Market. I’ve been looking for a new lamp for our living room for-like-ever and am so happy I never settled on others. Can you believe this near-mint condition made in the USA, metal meets plastic beauty only cost $20? Yes, keeping things simple can actually save you money!

I’ve also really been getting into flowers lately – especially foraging and picking them around my neighborhood and basically wherever I go (shh… don’t tell my neighbors). Thanks to my friend Mel for the inspiration! I’ve been putting them in pretty much every single room around our bungalow. The best part is that I simply use mason jars as a vase and voila – you have a beautiful and simple piece of decor for any table top – home, kitchen, work… literally anywhere! The desk shot above are some flowers I picked up last week from Trader Joes, but here are some pretty little buds I found on a tree branch in the parking lot over by our studio in Atwater Village. Now if only I can figure out how to keep them alive longer… any suggestions?

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