There is no lack of old world charm here in Italy =)？ Cobble stone streets， porticoes， Roman columns， wrought iron gates， villas on rolling hills…；..so it was no surprise that I wanted to replicate a piece of it in my living\dining room =) But how could I do that on a budget？ Welldecorative pillow shams， below is what I came up with…；..and if you are looking for some old world charm with a small budget， look no further…；.you will be surprised at what you can come up with! (In the description， I’；ve also included the cost…；.converting euro to dollar when applicable =)pillow cases linen
Here’；s what I did：
On the walls：
-I added a rod and scarf (both bought from Walmart when I was in California!) to resemble a tapestry.？ I then added a grape vine I found at a local store here in Sicily.Total cost： $20
-For the picture， I ordered it on line ($12) glued silk grape leaves I had (from my craft stash) around the edges to give the picture？ a “；real”； look and then placed the picture in a wood frame ($15) I bought from a local hardware store. Total cost： $27
-I really wanted a beautiful old world style table， but the prices were too expensive. And I wanted wrought iron too! Hmmmm…；..So I decided to buy a garden table made with cement and broken rock pieces， having wrought iron legs!! ($150)？ Never under-estimate the beauty of a garden table! Not only is it pretty， but so original!
I added a piece of fabric I had， two bottles of wine from our wedding， two olive themed candles from our wedding， two candle sticks ($1.50 for the both)， a wooden fruit basket ($7.00) and artificial fruit ($9.00) Total cost： about $18.00
I found these garden wrought iron chairs that were for an outdoor bistro set. But I really liked the chairs and so I ordered 6 chairs ($35 each) to accompany my table. Total cost： about $210 total for 6 chairs!
Curtains： Went to my local mercato (street market) and bought the fabric. At the time， I didn’；t have my sewing machine， so I basically just turned in all the raw edges using fusible webbing! Total cost of fabric and webbing for the curtains？ (for one window and one balcony door!)？ $80.00 (…；..In America， it may be cheaper just to buy ready made curtains…；.I guess it would depend on what you are looking for？)
So my whole dining room portion cost around $500! Not bad huh？
If you need more old world themed ideas on how you can decorate on a limited budget， just ask…；.I’；d love to help!
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