My 31 Days of styling journey has me looking everywhere for great pieces to style with. Sometimes you find the greatest things in the most unusual or unexpected places.
I went to get a bag of dog food for my pup and ended up leaving the pet store with my favorite new piece of decor. Weird, I know. Even weirder is I found it in the section for lizards and amphibians. Thankfully it was new and not used by one of those slimy creatures.
My new grapevine branch is the perfect natural styling accent. I choose one that had a cool curve and would be more sculptural when standing.
I played around with using it on the living room ottoman. With small kids, I prefer indestructible decor for ottoman styling. As long as they understand it is decoration and not for play, I think we’ll be good.
My newest object was only $11. Such a big statement, for a little cash. I styled it on the tray along with my new silver trinket tray I found at the flea market and some books I wrapped in paper.
So where is the weirdest place you have found decor?
Heather @ Southern State of Mind says
Love this! Reminds me of driftwood. Hmmm… weirdest place for decor? The trash??? LOL.
I love that branch and have definitely looked at those in the pet store before! I think I might see if I can find one w/ a shape I like after seeing one in your house :)
I have purchased a piece of fake coral from a pet store that stands vertically for my beach theme bathroom. I spray painted over the original red color to make it blend in with other items and I absolutely love it!
Nikki @ Deepest Ocean Blue says
It’s so weird that you posted this today. I was just looking for driftwood this morning online and kept coming across fish tank supply sites (which I never would have thought about). Good idea to look at the pet store. I’ll check that out!
Looks like it could be a piece of driftwood that you found on an exotic island… wink, wink, no one has to know you got it at the pet store. And not to go off topic from this post, but I love the books wrapped in paper – easy way to add accents to any décor.
Oh dear. Ill sound odd and my decor even odder but to me? A treasure of interest so maybe I should put it on a silver little tray I have and really showcase it.
In 2002 I was taken back to the site of my one room schoolhouse that I attended til our move to CA in the mid 60’s. it was barren. Nothing left. But I noticed where the boy’s ahem well in Swedish my Papa called them skoogin sat at the edge of the property was much greener. I refused to go THERE so I headed toward where the girl skoogin was, and as I got close to the drop off to the corn field, I saw a chunk of cement. This piece, close to 40 years sitting there from the schoolhouse for our skoogins did not have cement foundations! It’s cement mixed with larger gravel pieces, not smooth cement chunks of today. Just waiting for me at the edge of the school grounds. My humble beginnings of education were in a one room school house. Our water was from a pump house that did run off an electric pump outside we’d get our water from the end of the pipe. Inside an oil burner stove had been added in the middle of the main room. But we all did well academically for one is always listening in on the older ones lessons. My chunk of very old foundation. My early education foundation…literally!! I’m getting out my little silver tray right now to make it a true piece of decor, not something I set on the bottom shelf of my bookcase!!!
Gwen, what a cool piece to have!
The oddest place was in my closet. I pull of buttons, ruffles and anything from items that should have been donated long ago. I use them as embellishments for my tablescapes. We have an old aquarium that I will raid for anything usable. Thanks for planting the idea.
I decorated a whole bathroom around a pet collection from Target that I found several years ago. I used the dog food bowl for a soap holder, a treat canister for paper rolls, and a collar as a towel holder. Since then I’ve added figurines and even made some clay plaques in an art class. I love it! Pet store décor — I’m all for it!
Kelly, Wow! How creative. Sometimes the pet stuff is nicer than our own stuff. I know my pup has the prettiest water bowl!
I know what you mean! My daughter and I were shopping one day and were excited to find these wonderful pillows — very soft, beautiful colors and the perfect size to be bolsters on her day bed. The joke was on us when we read the tag to find they were dog beds! Fortunately, we aren’t to proud to live in the dog house!
Kelly, Haha…I love it!