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December 18, 2012

Catalog Inspiration - Looking Beyond What's For Sale

I always love getting home catalogs in the mail, especially around the holidays and the upcoming change in seasons.  Such great products for sale, but whats even better is the inspiration that comes from these catalogs for design & decorating!  Whether you can find great ideas on how to decorate, or other items that you can try DIY'n, you will find yourself starting to look beyond the item(s) for sale.

Take this Pottery Barn Kids Christmas Catalog Page for example.
The items for sale here are the stockings.
 I was immediately drawn to how this mantle was decorated.  And here were my thoughts:
#1.  Love the lit-up snowflakes hanging on any mirror
#2.   These letters look awfully familiar (HERE), I could DIY my own to look like the letters in this 'PEACE' with a little metallic paint!
#3.  Love these trees!  It looks like these could easily be made from cardboard and a little glitter paint!

Now here is another Pottery Barn Kids Catalog page that I saw this past Spring and was inspired as I was decorating Olivia's bedroom.
The item for sale here is the dresser.
 Here were my thoughts on how they decorated the dresser:
 #1.  Birdcage, of course!  Olivia's bedding has birds on it and you can find birdcages anywhere these days!
#2.  Free Standing bird.  I already have it!
#3.  Books.  The LOCAL THRIFT STORE is calling my name!!

And here is the picture I snapped of the results of this Pottery Barn inspiration for Olivia's room...
* I found my bird house at a yard sale this past summer for $1.  It was a forest green but I just spray painted it pink.
* I got my books at my local thrift store called Deseret Industries.  They all had paper covers on them.  MAKE sure if you are looking for books like this to look underneath the paper covers because you will always find awesome colors!
* I got my cute bird at Tai-Pan Trading for $3!

Now here is a page out of West Elm's Christmas Catalog
I love this living room picture.
 #1.  I love the mono-toned vases on a lower shelf.  I always wonder how to decorate lower shelves on tables.  This would be easy.
#2.  These tree ornaments!!  Love these!  I could DIY these in no time!

I am loving this Christmas page in the recent Williams-Sonoma Catalog!
In this picture, the stocking, the glasses, and ingredients for the hot chocolate are for sale.
 #1.  I am making this stocking for sure!  I love it!  BTW, you can find the tutorial later this week!  This stocking is for sale at Williams-Sonoma for $39.95, I am making mine for $2!!!
#2.  This ornament garland!  Can you believe how simple and cheap this would be to make?  This adds the perfect touch!
#3.  Hot chocolate bar.  I love this idea.  They have hot chocolate, peppermint sticks, marshmallows...Yum!  You could add different flavors of hot chocolate along with whipping cream, etc.

Remember the felt Christmas trees I made HERE that I said were Pottery Barn inspired?  Here is the picture out of their catalog that I received my inspiration from:
#1.  These darling trees are the first thing that caught my eye when I looked at this picture.  Of course they weren't for sale so I thought I'd make them for about $1.50 a tree.
#2.  How cute do these flowers look on this garland??  They look like tissue paper flowers like the ones I made HERE.  This look would be so easy to make yourself!

Those are just a few examples that I have looked at recently.  If you were inspired by this post, you may want to sign up to receive some catalogs!  If you are like me and can't afford most (if not all) of the items from the places listed here, it's okay...just look beyond what's for sale!
Some of my favorite catalogs to browse through are: Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Ikea...

I would love to know...
What are some of your favorite catalogs to look at?

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