Decorating with Antiques


Inspiration can come from many different places. My inspiration often comes from other bloggers and it’s my hope that I inspire you.

I have been blogging for about year (more on that later), and I will have to admit that I knew what I wanted to share, what I wanted my focus to be, but it took me about 6 months to really pin point where I needed to be. And it wasn’t until I went to Blissdom a couple weeks ago, that I realized exactly where I have been and where I want to go with Hoosier Homemade.

My passion, niche, as they say, is homemaking. I love sharing homemaking tips and hope that I will inspire other Women and Moms to be able to “make their house a home.”

I have recently found several fabulous decorating bloggers, who share their passion for helping others decorate their homes, Melissa at The Inspired Room, Cindy at My Romantic Home, (to name a few)which is where I was inspired to give my Living Room a little makeover.

After decorating our Mantle for Valentine’s Day and then St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was time to change the rest of the room around. I had been wanting to use some antique lanterns that I had found in the basement for quite awhile, but I wasn’t really sure how I wanted to use them, until I saw Gina’s post yesterday.

This is the finished makeover. But, since I really want to inspire you, let me teach you how I did it.

  1. This is what the area looked like before I started, magazines and books everywhere, lamp and some angels on the table
  2. Many people would think this table is trash, but to those that enjoy the antique, vintage look, it’s very neat
  3. I added some lace to soften the edges and a few “old” books
  4. And a lantern, I liked this one the best because it’s really different

  1. I added in the second lantern
  2. And then a wooden ball, it’s red to tie in the color of the lantern
  3. I found these boxes in the basement too
  4. And added some candles

  1. Another candle to the outside of the boxes
  2. Then it was time to decorate under the table
  3. I placed this box I found in the basement
  4. And added a basket to hold some books

  1. Some more lanterns
  2. And some books in the basket, one of my favorite artist, Susan Branch.
  3. I added some baskets and boxes to the side

See this cool horse?  If you happen to know anything about it, I’d love to hear. The people that lived in the house before us, must have known I was coming, because they left all these great finds. And once again, I was excited to get a makeover I love without spending a dime :)

What inspires you?

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  1. Hi Liz!

    Great redo! Don’t ya love “shopping your home” for new and fresh looks for all you treasures?
    .-= Diann @ The Thrifty Groove´s last blog ..A Wee Bit of a Cloche =-.

  2. Thanks for taking us through step by step! It looks GREAT!!

  3. You have created a lovely display and congrats in advance to your bloggin aniversary.
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  4. Gattina says:

    Very nice ! you are very talented !
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  5. It looks wonderful, but I’ve got a question… You placed the box & basket over the air vent? Doesn’t this create an air circulation problem?
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  6. angie says:

    you have some great treasures
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  7. leann says:

    I do believe that you inspire me! Love your style and the how to!!


  8. You’re HIRED! Come on down and fix me up! That’s beautiful.
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  9. You are so creative!
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  10. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Great decorating :) I need to do something with my dining room….do you commute…hahaha :)
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  11. Marilyn Holeman says:

    Dear Liz,

    I came to your website via your link to The Inspired Room, and I must say, you inspired me to get something done today! My husband’s necessary but UGLY computer devices were sitting on top of my bookcase. I realised that I could put them in a basket, and they would still do the job, but I wouldn’t have to look at them! It was such fun creating a simple vignette up there. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m signing up to follow your blog.

    Blessings, Marilyn

  12. Jerri says:

    Hi Liz. I love all your stuff. My parents are big antique collectors. And I have several boxes of treasures from their attic. I can’t wait til it gets warmer so I can go out to my storage building and look through them.

    Also, thanks again for the giveaway. I got my package a couple of days ago. The garland is adorable! I’m probably going to borrow this idea so that I can make some for other holidays. And I’ve been craving gummy bears lately, so I was very excited to get those. Yum!
    .-= Jerri´s last blog ..Friday Follow =-.

    • CupcakeLady says:

      @Jerri, You are very welcome! Glad you got your package and you liked the gummi bears. Those were the ones I passed out at Blissdom. I was thinking I would make some more garlands for other holidays too!

  13. Andy Porter says:

    I love those kind of makeovers! The lantern is so cool on top of the old books! What fun finds you have!
    .-= Andy Porter´s last blog ..Creative Cats!!! =-.

  14. Oh my gosh, I love that horse. Love it, love it, love it!

  15. Christy says:

    Besides the fact that i don’t have a basement, there is no where in my house that I could come up with these lovely treasures – great job. I want to shop in your basement! LOl

  16. Very nice. I have a hard time knowing what to do with individual elements. You put them together nicely!
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Menu Plan, Week of February 21 =-.

  17. Oh wow!! Those look awesome!!! I just love seeing what all the crafty people do.
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  18. Staci A says:

    It looks wonderful! I love the table you used. I’m such a sucker for antiques!
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  19. I love what you did there!!! :) Great job! I love antiques too…
    .-= Angie @ The Country Chic Cottage´s last blog ..Sheet Music Rolls and we have a WINNER! =-.

  20. Margaret says:

    I want that horse! OMG! It is so adorable, I was hoping someone could give you some info about it, I’m sure it’s worth a fortune, those old pedal cars go for bucks, but I’ve never seen one of these. That’s going on my new search list at ebay!

  21. Kelley says:

    Wow…you certainly found a great treasure..thank you for sharing!
    .-= Kelley´s last blog ..Seven,Seven, Seven, Seven SEVEN =-.

  22. Susan says:

    What a lovely display! I love all things antique and vintage. These items “speak” of a day when life was simpler. Wonderful job putting all of those elements together.
    .-= Susan´s last blog ..Garage Sale Shopping Tips =-.

  23. Hi, Liz, nice finds! Wish we had gotten to meet up at Blissdom, I didn’t know you were there too, but there were SO many people this year. Happy blogging anniversary!

  24. Ohhh… LOVE the horse! That is one special piece. What a lucky break that it was left for you. Very nice display I might add. Loads of character just the way I likem’. :)

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  25. Love all your house “finds”. the horse is wonderful and is worth something. Don’t leave it behind. really great piece.
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