Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Decorate your Lake,Beach or Mountain Home

Barn Doors New or Old

Barn doors look great in homes
Barn doors look great in homes | Source

Decorating for a Rustic Mountain of Lake House

Decorating for a rustic look is really simple. There are so many easy ways to add a rustic touch and not spend a lot of money.

Try to visit antique stores or flea markets and look for old looking iron pieces, baskets vases, jars, even silver,. You can often find an old candle holder and add a candle with berries and twigs placed around it. I have seen beautiful wagon wheels propped up in front of mountain homes that look awesome. Fill an old wheel barrow with your favorite seasonal plants.

Another antique find I love to come across is a tobacco basket. They look awesome over a mantle. I gave one to my sister once for her farm like home and she adores it. You will be more likely to find these in the lower southern states.

Look in the outdoor department of your hardware store or Home Depot or Lowe's for these same pieces.They are so much less expensive than Pottery Barn or Restoration Hardwood if you find them at your local home goods stores or hardware stores.

You can also find neat light fixtures in the outdoor lighting department that work great in a mountain home for overhead hall lights and/or bathroom hanging lights. At the end of the summer season you can often find rustic planters on sale to set around the house with various kinds of limbs or greenery. The birds will thank you for adding pine and berries to your pots and it adds a beautiful wintry rustic look.

You can also find iron pieces to place on your walls or over your bed at antique stores or even along the road when traveling through small country towns. Never miss a roadside garage sale.

I have a rustic Christmas tree with lake ornaments that I like to keep up all year. It was easy to find the wooden ornaments after Christmas like birds and fisherman.

I found an old replica miniature sailboat at the flea market. Flea markets often have all kinds of neat things to decorate with. Old window frames can be replaced with mirrors and used on a wall.You may even find your tobacco basket and many other old baskets that look great. Antiques are often sold at flea markets.

Barn doors, old or new look great in a lake home.


These are easy to find in a  craft shop or home store. Very inexpensive also/
These are easy to find in a craft shop or home store. Very inexpensive also/ | Source
I love Pottery Barns Linen's. Wait a month or two and they usually go on sale!!!
I love Pottery Barns Linen's. Wait a month or two and they usually go on sale!!! | Source
The baskets and mirrors do it for me in this bathroom
The baskets and mirrors do it for me in this bathroom | Source

Whiskey Bottle Lighting

These are made for whiskey bottles. My son made similar ones from canning jars.
These are made for whiskey bottles. My son made similar ones from canning jars. | Source

Beach House Deco-Mesh Wreath

Deco Mesh Wreaths can be fun to make for your home.
Deco Mesh Wreaths can be fun to make for your home. | Source

More Decorating tips.

I like to roll towels and put them in a rustic basket at the back door on the way down to the lake for anyone to grab on their way out. This was an idea I discovered from staying a beach condo's when my husband was working in Florida. You never know where you will get your ideas from.

You have to keep you senses alive at all times to sniff out great ideas.

It can be fun to go with a friend to the bookstore for coffee and spend the afternoon just looking through decorating books to help you discover what your true likes and dislikes are. Never feel limited by someone else's taste. You need to follow your heart and use your instinct as you pick color, décor, etc. There is no right or wrong, just different

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I used a glass vase for potpourri, a handful of candles , even wheat tied together with a bow. Collect baskets and hang from wooden beams or on a rack in the kitchen.

Hang fishing gear on the wall for décor. My husband and I were out kayaking and found a deserted bee hive. We MADE sure it was deserted before attempting to collect it!!!. It looks great on the mantle.

Some people have begun collecting wine corks. You can make a neat wreaths out of them or save them in a rustic bowl.

Old copper bowls are great to have around with dried hydrangea in them. Remember there are no rules. Use your imagination.

Grapevine wreaths are great either decorated or left plain. It has become very popular and looks great to tie a big bow with a piece of burlap. You need about 3 yards for a big one but one yard will make a great looking bow.

Take a course in deco mesh wreath making and have some fun.

We have an old rocker that the seat has fallen out of . I like to put a flower pot in it in the summer. Quite a conversation piece. I see this all the time on Pinterest these days. Now my rocker has fallen apart so I will have to come up with some new ideas.

Use Christmas lights in the trees for a fun summer party. You can even hang them inside mason jars.

Old oars look great mounted on the wall as do vintage water skis.

I like to use quilts on the beds. They are both cozy and warm. Throw some warm blankets in a basket by the sofa for a chilly night.

Use rustic outdoor pieces such as candle holders on your porch. You can even use citronella candles and keep the bugs to a minimum at night. Once I used leftover glass bathroom lampshades over small candles on our long dining room table. They gave off just the right amount of light for our dinner guests.

Anything vintage looks great. Quilts hung on walls and over stairwells. You might consider collecting cloth napkins and keep them in a cute basket instead of using paper ones which helps saves the environment too. Use birdhouses inside on windowsills. Your ideas are as limitless as your imagination.

Warm colors on walls look great. Try using one single wall for accent in a bold color like orange or red. Buy an old picture book of vintage boats and frame some of the best photos. This is an inexpensive way to get some great art. We have even framed puzzles for our lake home.

I really have been fortunate not to spend too much money to decorate our home.

I found several things from the Smith and Hawken department of Target during an after season sale.

I am teaching my husband to let me stop at roadside antique shops . These have some of the best finds. Enlist a friend to go with you if you like. Many times I would have left things behind but my friends have kept me from losing some of my best ideas.

My lamps were mostly mail ordered from JC Penney. We found great rustic cabinet knobs online at a discount shop.

I used a sisal rug for the first time and love it. It came from Overstock.com and some of our bedding was purchased when Eddie Bauer sold their bedding department. The other quilts either came from TJ Maxx or Smartbargains.com. I did quite a bit of mix and matching when I could only find odd pieces.

I found some Indian Looking throw rugs and a couple of small sisal rugs from Smart Bargains.com also.

My husband and I put in our own tile in the kitchen and bathroom and still have two bathrooms to go. We did have our deck widened and I have been able to find some deer proof flowers for the yard. Unfortunately this is an ongoing battle but there are some plants that deer do not care for like lenten roses, liatris, coreopsis, decorative flowering onions, heuchera and some ferns. My favorite plant of all time is Black and Blue Salvia does not seem to interest the deer or bunnies and it is easy to cultivate for other parts of the yard.

Try using inexpensive rocks or bricks to build up a flower bed. Watch for cute bird feeders or stone bunnies and or any cute item to decorate the yard. You can easily install outdoor lighting to light your path from the lake. Landscape lighting can be inexpensive when purchased off season and is a great accent to your yard.

Several of my decorations were just things I had around the house that I thought would look better at the lake.

Crooked wood is a fun way to make a rustic stair and porch rail.. They look awesome up close. Don't forget you are at your vacation home to relax so find a good spot for a hammock and throw an old quilt and pillow over it to make it more inviting.

Goodwill online in Texas has some great deals on Longenecker Baskets. Even Big Lots has been great for little novelty items to use and they carry cute wind chimes.. Just keep your eyes peeled and you will be surprised what you come up with. Wind Chimes are awesome in a rustic home surrounded by woods

I really enjoy decorating so whenever Pottery Barn Outlet has a sale I scoop up candles and Potpourri. I also like Old Time Pottery and Marshall's or Home Goods for seasonal deals. I always look at the broken discounted things first. Then I move over to housewares and see if I fall in love with anything. Tuesday Morning is another fun place to find things. These stores even carry small pieces of furniture.Hobby Lobby also carries a nice collection of furniture that is usually on sale.

Recently we splurged and upgraded our den with a faux leather sofa and used sale rustic pillows from Pottery Barn for accent.

Our previous owners left us with quite a bit of wicker furniture and we are in the process of painting them brown.

I have used some colors I hate but after living with it for a year or two we are ready to paint again.

For about 4 years we lived near Amish Country where I found crocks, wreaths, candles and stars.

We still want to remodel our old bathroom and put prettier counter tops in the kitchen but all in all we are pretty happy with how things have come out. We originally had a pink kitchen, a navy blue bathroom with pale blue carpeting and a purple guest room. I would say we have come a long way and had fun doing it.

I was originally not a lake person. I love the beach but the peace and serenity of the lake and y seeing my family enjoy the house I have to say I am truly a convert.

Seashell Pillow

Throw pillow with seashells sewn on with small beads. Quick and easy beach house decor.
Throw pillow with seashells sewn on with small beads. Quick and easy beach house decor. | Source

Making a Burlap Wreath

Rustic Touches Make your Lake or Mountain Home Your Escape

A rustic iron lantern filled with a candle and potpourri
A rustic iron lantern filled with a candle and potpourri | Source
Hang baskets on walls, Scour flea markets for all kinds of finds like antique lamps
Hang baskets on walls, Scour flea markets for all kinds of finds like antique lamps | Source
A rustic wagon looks awesome on a lake house porch
A rustic wagon looks awesome on a lake house porch | Source
An old gate added to a more modern porch makes for a rustic feel
An old gate added to a more modern porch makes for a rustic feel | Source

Crafting for Your Home

Crafting is a fun way to decorate your home. Run through the pages of Houzz or Pinterest to get new crafting ideas to make you home more what you want it to be. Take notes whenever you go through other lake or Beach homes and don't be afraid of making your own style. It is YOUR home. Wreath are easy and fun to make. Burlap Wreaths can be very easy and cost effective.

Remember there are no right or wrongs just different styles. Have fun no matter what.

Make some Crafty Things

I made a mirror decorated with shells for my daughter when she was attending classes in Charleston. This is a great idea for a beach home. Take a Styrofoam tree form and cover it in shells for the holidays at your beach home. You have to do something with all those shells!

Saving money can Be Fun

It is a little like extreme couponing. If you have an idea of what you want the rest just falls into place. Hope you enjoy decorating your home as much as I have mine !!!

More Decorating Ideas

An Iron Leaf bowl filled with yarn balls
An Iron Leaf bowl filled with yarn balls | Source
A copper bowl with dried hydrangea blossoms.
A copper bowl with dried hydrangea blossoms. | Source

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Peggy McWilliams 5 years ago

Great job. Interesting ideas. Wish I had your eye for decorating!

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