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Use floating plants to provide a layer of green that's perfect in stacked glass containers. Try floating duckweed, a tiny shoe-shape plant, in the bottom container, with water lettuce floating on top.
A vintage wire egg basket is the perfect starting point to create a distinctive light fixture. Look for a basket with an interesting pattern and a hole in the bottom for wiring. To fashion a shade, cut a strip of sheer fabric to the length and width of the inside of the basket, plus one inch for finishing. Sew the strip into a tube and stitch or glue to finish top and bottom edges. Tie the shade to the basket using twine and a large embroidery needle. Hot glue a small twig nest to the handle for a sweet touch.
Find a classic bird-watching field guide at a used book store. Carefully cut loose sheets from it and use finishing nails to hang them in a grid to get the look of vintage prints without the cost.
Bring the outdoors in, literally, with these sun catchers. Sandwich a leaf (hosta, fern, caladium, and palm) between two framed panels of glass, available at imports stores. Fresh leaves will turn brown, so you'll need to swap them out every few weeks, or use dried leaves and coat them with acrylic artist's spray to prevent discoloration.
A symmetrical grouping of flower prints turns a blank wall space into a conversation piece. To make them, photograph flowers with a digital camera and have them blown up and printed on canvas. Frame them in a simple wooden frame. If your photography skills are shaky, frame pretty calendar pages instead.
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