Decorating With Yellow

Everyone. I have a new love in my life. It’s the color yellow. Now, it’s one of those relationships where the love has always been there, (because my current living room is actually already yellow themed.) BUT just recently, after my last DIY Dollar Tree Coasters I recently posted —while I was choosing the decorative paper for my coasters, I realized how much I really gravitate towards the color. I look around my home, and my even my latest Craigslist purchase were the color yellow. I’ve fallen deep in love with yellow. Take a look as my yellow fever grows within my home.

My yellow itch was my first Craigslist purchase of 2017. Just 3 days in into the new year, I was on Craigslist like a fat girl on cake. Trying to find, things people were trying to get rid of after the holidays. From reject gifts, or old furniture people are tired of. I’ve been in the market for 2 new bar stools because the current ones I had were too tall for my kitchen island.

At last, I found some cool modern yellow wood stools on Craigslist. The listing was in my local area, and brand NEW. Brand New people!! Also, it was a pair sold just for $80! That’s how much Target is selling it for just for one stool alone! I knew this was fate!!! I couldn’t help it, but jump on the opportunity and contact the seller for these two yellow bar stools!!!

Here’s the link for the bar stool I purchased. It’s currently at Target.

Windsor 24″ Counter Stool Hardwood – Threshold

Dimensions:

36.950 inches H x 17.500 inches W x 19.000 inches D

$79.99 Each

This classic stool is great for active families such as mine!! It has a comfortable pitch and sturdy wood construction. It’s easy to build, (my 9 year son built it!) The unique color gives it a punch of personality!!!! You can line up several of these counter height stools to add a sculptural feel to your space. Ideal for casual entertaining, it has a high fan back and footrest to help keep your guests feel comfortable. The stool’s seat is carved into a shallow saddle shape for even more comfort. Counter stools make a smart and stylish addition to any kitchen counter or island!!

  • Frame Material: Hardwood
  • Furniture Legs Material: Wood
  • Maximum Weight Capacity: 250lbs
  • Seat Width: 17.500 inches
  • Seat-to-Floor Height: 24.000 inches

See more of the Windsor Seating Collection HERE.

The next pop of color item in my home is my year round yellow wreath filled with wild flowers. I had purchased this wreath awhile back at HomeGoods, as I was in need for a Spring season wreath for my front door. It’s now the home on my garage door next to the front entry way.

I’ve also added in a Target ornament from last holiday season. There was a series of ornaments with an adventure theme and had two different variations of this ornament. I had purchased it on sale (from $3 to$1.50), and casually found a home for it placed in the middle of my spring time yellow wreath other than being with the rest of my holiday ornaments.

I thought the quote of “blaze your own trail,” on the little banner made sense as it would be the phrase you read going out the door.

Thoughtful?! I think yes!

Here’s more of my yellow obsession — my latest post of the DIY DollarTree Coasters. Yellow, bright, and super playful!

Click on link HERE to check out more of my DIY Makeover & Repurposing Projects!

Check out more on my Instagram for any of my yellow obsession for the home!

Mod Podge Coasters

I recently went to the DollarTree, and had purchased a few things prepping for Valentine’s Day, and I spotted these coasters. Located at the end cap of the kitchen placemats and cleaning supplies, sat these naturally absorbed coasters with different patterns. I grabbed one to check out the quality of them, and caught by surprise, they were a full on heavy set tile with a cork backing. I instantly took four for a complete set, knowing I could do something with these babies, just using some Mod Podge, and decorative paper.

Here a craft any casual crafter and especially a DollarTree shopper can enjoy!!

What You’ll Need:

  • Coasters (DollarTree/ WalMart $1 each.)
    Make sure the coasters have a cork backing, to avoid slipping.
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Decorative Paper
  • Scissors
  • Matte Finish Spay

Directions:

  1. Start by selecting a nice decorative sheet of paper. You can get scrapbook paper, sold by the sheet at your local craft store sold for ($0.50-$1pc) or you can use gift wrap paper. I used this high quality gift wrap that came in this booklet my husband got me.

     

    This book has excellent quality paper, with tons of different designs that other stores may not have. Definietly one of a kind paper! You can purchase this Gifts & Creative Papers booklet HERE.

  2. Cut out the same size square piece of the coaster to the decorative sheet.
  3. Apply a coat of Mod Podge to the surface of the coaster with the sponge brush, then apply the cut out paper to the coaster.
  4. Press firmly on the surface to remove all air bubbles. You can use a credit card or any hard plastic edged item to do this.
  5. Once air bubbles are removed, apply another light coat of Mod Podge.
  6. Set to dry. (5-10minutes)
  7. Lastly, add your Matte Finishing spray to seal the top of your coaster, to protect from water damage, and other everyday usage.

Once the finishing spray is completely dry, enjoy your new coasters!! Sip on a cocktail or beer while entertaining, or just a simple glass of water! Your visitors, guests, would never know these were from the DollarTree!!!!! Create fun festive holiday ones, using gift wrapping paper, or your specially selected scrapbook paper print!!! These coasters can be also great gift ideas!! I think I may be going back to the DollarTree to purchase a couple more this week! Arn’t they darling?!

Stay tuned for next upcoming posts. I’ve noticed I’ve been obsessing about yellow lately!! Home decorating posts on your way!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy 3 day weekend everyone!! And happy crafting!

Indoor House Plants

Nothing instantly energizes a beautiful home when filling it up beautiful indoor plants. Besides thrifting, I love going to HomeDepot or a local nursery and picking up a few cool greens to add to my living space.

 

Every morning when I come downstairs, I immediately feel refreshed seeing my healthy greenery nesting perfectly around my home. They give good energy, purify the air and according to the rules of feng shui, they sharpen focus and improve your health. (Amen to that!!)

My husband also works from home, and is 99.8% home all week, without leaving. I honestly, love the man for that, because I don’t have to worry about our packages getting stolen. But as for the occasional leave in the afternoon for coffee or lunch, he’s usually home. With a high-pressure job in tech (he’s a front end web developer), he’s glued to the screen in his office. I wanted to make sure my husband gets clean and fresh air to help himself, and our family at our best!!

Fun Facts about indoor plants:

  • Foliage improves concentration
  • Potting mix purifies the air
  • Flowers boost creativity
  • Leaves reduce illness
  • Plants = Good Mood

My current favorite plant is the Fiddle Leaf Fig-Ficus Lyrata

You’ve all probably have seen this plant so many times on design blogs, Pinterest, and magazines. I’ve been searching high and low for this baby! After frequent visits to HomeDepot, I finally spotted one for $24.99! This majestic specimen is a huge trend right now!!! Lush and sculptural, they make for excellent eye candy in photographs of some of the most beautiful interiors you see all around the internet!!

Since moving into a new home, I’ve been dying to have plants up even before putting up art and picture frames on the wall. I was craving it so bad, I even expressed to my younger brother I wanted plants, and plant stands for my 30th birthday.

…And so my wish came true, my brother delivered with my birthday wish with this Ikea bamboo wood, and white plant stand.

IKEA Stand SATSUMAS ($29.99)

Size: 30 ¾ “
This plant stand makes it possible to decorate with plants everywhere in the home. I actually keep moving the stand everywhere around the house. It’s usually placed with the day light hits it the best in the afternoon.

Check out other IKEA Plant Stand & Movers

I love having plants in my home! It gives a little bit of that outdoor feeling when we are hard at work for hours (for my husbands core-purpose) and also brings that wonderful airy feel of good energy all around!

What is your favorite indoor houseplant?

What’s In My Cart

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge thrift store shopper. I have no shame at all, claiming I love secondhand chic items. Some people call it trash, other call it treasures. And that’s what I love about it. The thrift store hunt, is not only the bargain prices you get, but also the amazing items you find during the hunt. In this post, I’ll share with you my favorite items I gravitate towards, and items I’ve been currently obsessing about……

Goodwill is my go to thrift store at the moment. Back in the Bay Area, I had more options, like St. Vincent de Paul, The Hope Station, EcoThrift, and also ThriftTown. Not only that, but just along within Berkeley & Oakland alone, had a few neighborhood antique/thrift shops I loved visiting.

When shopping at the Goodwill, I always get myself a cart. Knowing, I love love love love love me some glassware. Pulling around those dinky pull basket carts doesn’t do it for a thrift store shopper like myself. I gather, gather, gather, then shave off at the end.

HOUSEWARES is my main target at the thrift store. Item’s I’m ALWAYS aiming to buy include:

  • Glassware (Champagne Glass, Cups, Ornate Bowls, Mugs)
  • Serving Trays
  • Picture Frames
  • Bedding (I’ve found plenty of great printed pillowcases -Target/Ikea Brands, to name a few..)
  • Window Coverings

In the picture above, I was able to find a brand new window sheer covering (2 shades included), for $3 (Retail usually costs $14-$25 @JCPenny/Target)

Other awesome items I’ve been picking up lately are great glassware kitchen pieces. I scored a octagon shaped glass bowl, made from France, a Cost Plus World Market printed mug, and also an Anthropologie mint shade glass cup all between the costs of $0.95 to $1.19.

FYI: Anthropologie’s glassware can run $10-$12 a pop, for a single cup alone!!

Everything you see in the car above only costs me $23!!

A few items I’ve been super obsessing about  are Blue Willow China, and candlesticks. I’ve been following a few creative minds on instagram and the usage of candle sticks, lit a flame within me!! The simple look of antique gold with a simple wax tall candle stick, brought a new perspective to me to decorate my home.

Within the months of November to December, I’ve literally purchased about 12 candle sticks, and have scattered them around my home. The prices of these lovely candle sticks could range me from $1.99-$3.19 each. All pretty affordable, for the great detail and impact in brings as I style with them.

As for Blue Willow China, I was inspired by Mary Elizabeth on YouTube. A professional interior decorator & stylist, with the coolest taste!!

I’ve been following Mary Elizabeth for a few years now, and I can honestly say, she is one of the few channel’s that got me going to pursue my YouTube channel. I mean, I know I haven’t contributed to my YT in awhile, but I’ll get there. Give a girl break, I’ve been focusing so hard on this blog, as well as my family here in Sacramento, that it does become a little difficult to handle another social platform. ANYWHO! Enough with the excuses. Back to Blue Willow China!! –After getting inspired, I was obsessing over it on Craigslist, Ebay, even Etsy. All platforms offered great amounts of blue willow china. And then I said, “well, what about the thrift store………”

…It was a game changer.

Stay tuned for my Blue Willow (Thrifted Finds.)

 @HeyMaryElizabeth

If you’re interested in fun and cool interiors and pretty vintage decorative things, follow Mary!!! Trust me, any vintage/eclectic head, would love to be May Elizabeth’s bff!!! Go check her out!!

 

Floral Fun Festivities

I was HomeDepot over the weekend to purchase a few indoor houseplants, until I realized how amazing it would be to add some beautiful flowers in my backyard. From there I was obsessing about flowers anything….. Floral design, to floral print. This post, I’d like to re-share floral fun festivity I had hosted as a maid-of honor to my dear God Sister Rez.

Floral prints are always in style. If you’re an eclectic head such as myself, you obsess about any floral print, from dark tones to spring bright pastels. Exactly two years ago, I had hosted a Bridesmaid Slumber Party, to honor my God Sister, and long time family friend Rez. With an easy going spirit, and her calm, relaxed style, she was a bride, no other bridesmaid could complain about. I wanted to treat the night before her wedding with fun spring time florals, and at the time Target was all about the black and white, floral print.

Bridal Frame

Click the link to read more about the fun Gold theme details I added to the slumber party.

Black and white stripes, polka dot prints, topped with hot pink, and gold. This was such an excellent color combo, hot, fun, and playful.

A few snacks, Taboo, bottled water, (the girls were not much drinkers) it was so casual, and fun. The perfect combination of her friends and her personality.

With Valentine’s around the corner, what style do you plan to design with? Glitter and gold? Hot pink and black? Polka-dot hearts? Leave your ideas below! I’d love to know what you plan to go with?? Maybe something floral and fun??

World Market Must Have

Guys!! My local World Market is closing!!! I was killing time one afternoon while my son was at karate, and I over heard my local radio station that my Cost Plus World Market is closing. They’re going through their liquidation sale!! Once I heard that, I zoomed right over to the shopping center!!!!

For those who are unfamiliar with World Market, it’s basically the affordable shopping market to find unique and authentic global eclectic decor. From discovering handmade rugs, mid-century modern furniture, with styles from industrial, Moroccan, Indian, Vintage, plenty of patterns, and also selling items from furniture, lighting, rugs, curtains, tabletop, kitchen, to wines and snacks. One major item I’ve been eyeing for awhile is their Galvanized Cake Stand.

 

Cost Plus World Market

Galvanized Cake Stand ($9.99-$17.99)

Sizes: 10″, 12″, 8″

I was able to score the 8″ stand for $7, and the 10″ for $9, on clearance for 30%!!!!! Now, I obviously don’t need these stands for any occasion in particular, but I do see it used currently as my kitchen islands, storage area for fruits, and granola bars. Check out a few more inspiration I’ve been swooning over…

Inspiration:

Above Pic: Shop Magolia Market

I love the idea of using it as a plant stand.

When guests are around I definitely use the stands to serve small treats and toppings/garnishes.

I may use my new galvanized cake stands to store a few small plates, and glass bottles.

What are your favorite uses for cake stands? What about galvanized items? The industrial/ rustic feel of these carries, brings out the country girl in me…Just like how the Pioneer Woman line. Comment below! What are your favorite cake stand styling techniques?

Thriftstore Upcycle: Liquor Decanter

A few days ago, I had went to the grand opening of the newest Goodwill here in Sacramento. With my mental list of thrift store needs, I walked in ready and excited to find what new goodies I can get my hands on. I stumbled upon lots of glassware, and this fabulous liquor decanter for $4, with the topper!! I snagged it, along with other home accessories and went on my way. Now, I’m no huge drinker, I’d love to thrift me a bar cart – but not to display alcoholic beverages, mainly for desserts and sweets when entertaining.  I don’t even use my china cabinet properly for fancy dishes. I had plans to use my newly thrifted liquor decanter for my husbands Listerine.


I got the idea of using a liquor decanter from an Airbnb spot we stayed last summer in San Francisco. It was a cool loft located in Dogpatch. If you’re new to my blog, I go to San Francisco every month, checking in at cool Airbnb spots throughout Potrero Hill and the surrounding neighborhoods. My monthly visits are piggy-backing visits as my husband goes there for business. We always make a thing out of it, as he combines his business trip, extended to a weekend getaway for mommy daddy.

You can see more of our Airbnb Trips on my Instagram HERE.

Using a liquor decanter for Listerine, is one of the most clever things I’ve ever seen. Little details such as using an ornate piece of a bar accessory for simple daily tasks makes the task of mouth washing more pleasurable.

After placing the thrifted liquor decanter and top in the dishwasher, I couldn’t wait to ti take it upstairs to our master bathroom. The clean crystal clear glass looked even more amazing then when I purchased it off the shelf at Goodwill. I took my husbands (Costco size) Listerine and poured it in the decanter. Seeing the beautiful aqua blue – ultraclean mouth wash looked so good in the decanter!

 

Do you know that feeeling when you see something at Z Gallerie or West Elm, and you completely achieved a look such as theirs on your own, and under budget…

This was that. And that feeling rocks!!

Stay tuned for more of my Winter Break Thrift store finds!!! I gathered so many goodies this week, I can’t possibly write a post of them all!

So stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!

Goodwill Shopping Guide

Ok, so this post is so long over due, but over the course of my time blogging seeing related posts of thrifting, I’m pretty sure you can pick up the kind’ve items I gravitate towards at thrift stores. Thrift store shopping started at an early age for me, as long as I can remember, I remember summers as a kid walking into Goodwills weekends, and all school breaks. My aunty was a huge thrift store shopper, and in her early 20’s, living at my grandparents house (her parents house) she would bring me along on these fun afternoons of thrifting.

My parents were working all the time, but weekends were meant for garage sales, and flea markets. My mom and her sister would bring me along on a ton of errands which included mainly all secondhand shopping. So since then, I’ve been addicted. Anything secondhand, I love. I guess that why my style is very eclectic. I appreciate all the styles coming from different times, cultures, to different textures, shape, and colors. If you personally think they go, have appreciation for the style, and can style your finds in a unique cohesive manner…..AWESOME!! Read on, as I’m sure you’ll appreciate this post for thrift store tips and tricks…

My craze for thrifting is definitely up there. Not to the point of hoarding, and stockpiling a crazy amount of vintage plates, but a fairly reasonable collection of household goods. In a month, my family and I will reach our 1 year anniversary living in Sacramento. I’d like to proudly say, within the past 11 months, I’ve managed to decorate my home with plenty of items all discounted, Craigslisted, and also thrifted.

With having plenty of Goodwills around my area, I’ve found a few tricks as I shop. Just a disclaimer if you’re new to thrifting….Thrifting can be a hit or miss. Don’t expect you walking out of a store with everything you need for a particular living area in your home. It takes time to thrift, and as well to style. If you’re looking to complete decorating a room through thrifting, it may cost you a few visits at a couple different locations.

So here is my Goodwill Shopping Guide…..

  1. Shop Regularly
    With any avid thrifter, you know going to your local thrift store means having to check it multiple times within a month. If not that, always checking other thrift stores in your area. This gives you the advantage of searching through as much areas as possible.
  2. Know What You’re Looking For
    You would never walk into a grocery store if your intent was to meal plan for the week. Like thrifting, you have to know what you’re looking for. From books, sweaters, glassware, keep it simple. And focus on the item at hand. This will keep you less distracted by the rest.

    I always go for the home department, but I’ve trained my boys to search through books and toys. They’ve gotten really good at it, if I might say for myself…

  3. Go For It
    Never, ever, tell yourself that item you like will be there when you come back. Because, it won’t!!! I’ve gone through this many times. Even at garage sales. I took one look, looked away for literally 4 minutes, it was sold. Just go for it!!
  4. Be Creative (Pinterest Inspired)
    Not all the times thrift store goods are good looking. Look outside of the box, and create something new. Upcycle, repurpose, renew a piece of furniture, clothing, or picture frame. Need some inspo? Pinterest!
  5. Visit Stores In Different Neighborhoods
    Just like regular visits, expand to different neighborhoods. Also, make it good, neighborhoods. The high income rollers if you know what I mean. You may possibly score some awesome CB2, ZGallerie, Nordstrom goodies.
  6. Know Sale Days
    Sunday’s are sale days at my local Goodwill. Each sale day usually consists of a focused colored tag. From 20%-30%-50% off. Sale days, are the days to check out your local Goodwill. It’s soooo worth it.

 

So there’s my Goodwill Shopping guide. This obviously wasn’t a haul, which I typically like doing, but I’m starting to share a lot of my hauls on IG Stories on my personal IG account. (@tiffanymaca) I promise I’ll get in the habit of sharing more on my @tiffanystifings account. But until then, stay tuned on my thrift store decorating posts!!!

 

Holiday Clearance Finds

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! With family, friends, food, and gifts, the parties may be done for a couple days, until New Years Eve (tomorrow). Some of us may still be traveling, others may start taking down our holiday decor. The other group of us are probably holiday clearance shopping!!!!!!

Out of all of the holiday clearance shopping stores to check out, there are only a few I LOVE.

Cost Plus World Market

Michael’s Craft Stores

and…

Target!

As slowly started putting my holiday decorations away, there were times I took a needed coffee break, and purposely to leave the house….And of course I’d swing by the Starbucks at my local Target. For you Target lovers there, holiday clearance shopping is the next best thing to Christmas itself! From items from 30%, knocked down to 50%, then 70%, and all the way to 90%. Oh my lanta….Christmas decorations, gift wrap, gift bags, lighting, and other do-dads from $8 to $0.50 clearance ya’ll!!

You can also check out their website so see any items you’ve been eyeing out all Christmas season. I, on the other hand love the hunt, and checking whatever Target I roam into, and checking out their inventory. Or, whatever is left.

Ornaments, ornaments, ornaments…..

Remember those $3 ornaments?? What was $3 per ornament (which I DID hold myself back earlier this month,) are now all $1.50-$0.92-$0.30 EACH!!! Yes girl. YES!!! A whopping $1.50 or less for the cutest ornaments from Target!!

My Clearance Finds of 2016: (as seen in the picture below)

  • Navy Blue House Ornament, Target ($1.50)
  • Letter “C” Glass Ornament, Target (Last Christmas 2015, $1.50)
  • Small & Large Gold Deer Candle Holder, Michael’s ($4.99-$3.50)

What cool finds have you found this Holiday?? What great deals are out there? Comment below!!

Can’t wait to continue clearance shopping all break! Be sure to follow me on IG to see what awesome budget deals I find this end of the year.

Nugget Market

Since my move to Sacramento, there has been a change in grocery store retailers. We were so used to Safeway, Luckys, and Raley’s back in the Bay Are, but here in Sacramento, they offer Bel Air, which is part of the Raley’s Family Fine Stores (Raleys Bel Air Nob Hill Foods.) One other new grocery market I noticed in the Sacramento area was Nugget Market.

Nuggget Markets is a family-owned and – operated company dedicated to providing guests an extraordinary grocery experience. Founded in 1926 by Mack and William Stille, Nugget Markets has been committed to providing an extensive selection of quality products.

My local Nugget Market, West Sacramento, CA.

Address:

Nugget Market

2000 Town Center Plaza

West Sacramento, CA 95691

Nugget Markets has nine locations in and around Sacramento Valley as well as three locations in Marin County, and has recently joined the Sonoma Valley community by acquiring Sonoma Market and Glen Ellen Village Market.

Nugget Market is clean, consists of a friendly staff and always have the best and freshest products!  Yes, you pay a bit more then the average grocery store like Safeway, but the can definitely taste the difference!

What I purchased…..

So I wasn’t able to do a full on grocery run. Due to paying a bit more then the average grocery store, Nugget’s prices were very steep. What you see in the above picture is about $70 dollars worth of groceries. (Yikes! I know!) BUT you CAN definitely taste the difference! We’ve already ate all our pears, oranges, half way through our granola and finished our wheatbread loaf!!

My Nugget Market Grocery Haul:

  • 6 Organic Pears
  • 4 Organic Oranges
  • Bunch of Bananas
  • 1 Wheat Loaf
  • Old SoulCo. Beans Brazil Fazenda Alta Vista (Milk Chocolate Pean Citrus)
  • 1 Bottle Of Terra Doro Zinfandel Red Wine
  • Sweet Home Farm Granola
  • Bear Naked Vanilla Almond Granola
  • Cascadian Farm Organic Honey Almond & Chia Granola
  • Tate’s Bake Shop White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

Overall, Nugget Market is absolutely a place to check out for groceries. Their prices aren’t necessarily cheap, but they ARE very reasonable…less expensive than Whole Foods…but more expensive than Safeway.The high quality of ingredients is very well rounded; cheeses, beer, wine, produce, pastas, baking supplies.

There is something for everyone!

To my future visits Nugget Market, focus on all artisanal.

Enjoy!