Thrift Store Picture Frames

The first official weekend has finally passed, and I’m here at home styling any shelf I can spot within my home, that needs some additional detail. An easy personal touch to the home are family photos. Memories of the past, mile stones, or special occasions. Whenever the family and I have our yearly family photoshoot I almost immediately print them all out. From standard size 4×6 prints to 5x7s….By natural instinct, I print them out, to get the task of printing out of the way.

This weekend, I had finally gotten the opportunity to address the photo prints, and put them into frames. When it comes to home decor, buying frames is one of those home finishing burden’s no one really wants to do. Just like rolling up clean socks at the end of folding all your clean laundry. It’s the task that you saved at the end.

Well, I have some budget friendly/picture frame news for you!! The thrift shop has oodles and oodles of picture frames waiting for you!! Picture frames at the thrift store have been my staple for while. From $0.20-$.70, these decorative beauties have been saving my so much money, as well as providing my photos a well structured, good quality home to admire in my living space.

When it comes to shopping for furniture, or any home accent piece, I know that first-hand experience is important in helping you make an informed decision about the item you are purchasing. It’s easy to walk into Target, IKEA, ZGallerie, and Pier1Imports, but we all don’t have the funds to do so. So, thrift stores have been my first choice in anything home decor.

Thrift store shopping isn’t for everyone, BUT flea markets, garage sales, and Craigslist are also great alternatives for secondhand shopping. While others love spending $5-$15 for a one 5×7 frame, I can enjoy my 5-7 golden frames from the thrift store. You decide. Your savings. Your style.

Happy thrifting!!!

 

Wicker Basket Tray Wall Art

Whenever I visit my parents house, I love “shopping,” around in search of things my mother probably does not need. Let’s be real, our parents love to hoarder things, from shoes, flower pots, kitchenware, or old bedsheets from when you were a kid in the 90s. This past weekend, I was able to score a wicker basket tray with handles from my mom which she had thrifted. She was using it as a stand for another tray that was placed on her small coffee table. A tray on a tray? You’re wondering? I was thinking the same thing..

I straightforwardly asked my mom if I could have it, and she plainly just said yes. Did I have a vision for this wicker basket tray? Not yet…..Well, not until I saw the Spring 2017 Catalog for Target. I’ve gathered a bit of inspiration from the spring collection, as home interior trends for summer are slowly coming in. From wicker basket textures, to boho, international ethnic bold mono marks. Target, World Market, HomeGoods, and IKEA alike are all over these summer time trends.

After collecting inspiration, I knew the perfect easy DIY for this wicker basket tray. All you need is a little hot glue, and some of my favorite greens. Succulents!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hot Glue
  • Wire Pliers
  • Faux Greenery/Succulents/Air plants
  • Wicker Basket Tray

Directions:

All I did was break my greenery stems, and plastic air plants and arranged them on opposite sides of the wicker basket.

  1. Cut the plastic greenery using a wire plier. This tool comes so handy, especially when cutting wired floral stems.
  2. Arrange the greenery in a way that suites your liking.
    I love adding that natural flow of growth of the greens. Although they are fake, still style the succulent plants in a way that look natural and organic.
  3. Hot glue your greenery securely to the wicker basket.
  4. Nail on wall, and simply hang around your living space!
  5. Enjoy!

Wasn’t that painless? I love simple short DIYs that cause nothing, and take no more than 30mins! It’s literally ready to hang instantly!!!

Thanks to my mom for scoring this wicker basket tray from a thriftstore for under $3!!!!

Low Budget Easter Buys

I’ve been really close-fisted about festive decor lately. As much as I want to walk into my local Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods, I just don’t want to fall into the trap of buying Spring decorative pieces that are over priced. Check out a few purchases I’ve made within the past month, from candies, Easter decor, and other Spring seasonal accessories.

Easter Decor – Spring Signage | Target

Target’s selection is fairly cute in with their Spring & Easter items. I’m guilty of purchasing this super cute Spring wooden sign, which cost me $3. I really held it down this year going to Target, and not purchasing every single Easter item in sight. I seriously deserve an award.

Easter Decor –  Little Accents & Sweet Treats | The99CentOnlyStore

Besides buying everything from Target for Easter basket items, I wanted to check out the 99CentStoreOnly. This place, always surprises me. After checking out my local 99CentStore, I spotted these adorable bunny figurines for how much……$0.99 girl! So I just bought 2. Just two. I had to hold myself back….


A few favorite things I also like purchasing from the 99CentStore are candies and treats. I was able to score some Ghirardelli Chocolate, Mini M&Ms, and also Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Mini Easter egg carton. All great and favorited chocolate brand named candies, the kids are familiar with, at affordable prices!!

After the 99CentStore, my budget saving booty wanted to check out what Walmart had in store for the Easter season. Boy was I blown away!!!!!!

Easter Decor – Festive Garland | WalMart

From decorative Easter eggs, chalk craft eggs, to Welcome signs, and so many other baking, and crafting items at affordable prices, I didn’t know where to begin. I went ahead and purchased the spring carrot garland, which was about $5, but it was something different that Target didn’t have. So of course, I snatched it – and is currently hanging on my fire mantle. I honest to god love this garland.

Paired with my carrot garland, I noticed I was missing some greenery on the top of my mantle, so I checked out Michael’s to see if there was anything I could purchase, that could balance out the carrot charm from Walmart.

Easter Decor – Faux Greenery | Michael’s Craft Store

Michael’s usually has a 40%-50% off their spring florals during this time, so purchasing a $14 faux green foliage garland at $8, is totally justifiable. Purchasing a green garland to accent my Walmart burlap carrot garland, pairs perfectly together, as it brings the spring feeling into my home, sitting right within my family living space.

What have been your favorite spots to shop for the Easter holiday? Any places worth checking out, that won’t break my wallet?!?!

Spring with Green

Pantone has released their new Spring Color of The Year, and has declared it as “Greenery.” A color that is natures neutral and sprinkled around everywhere within Mother Nature herself. As greenery can be a bold beautiful color, (check out Pinterest, and other Pantone inspiration HERE.) I can understand how it can be a little intimidating to style with in your home. For most of us, you can interpret the Pantone color of the year to be the light fresh yellow green you see within lemon trees, but as for I, I can interpret it another way….

Before I even knew about the Pantone color of the year, I already a color scheme already selected for my living space to represent the spring season. Below, I had my obligatory Target ‘Bloom,’ garland, styled on my Craigslist purchased IKEA hutch, with birch wood logs, and my birds/bird cage sitting high above.

To me, this represents the spring season perfectly within my home. With small touches, a festive garland, and Ross/Michael’s Craft store items, I was able to create a small vignette of spring, using a bit of green hues.

The shade of greenery can be bold and brave as it reminds me of greens and foliage. I love incorporating the color with small touches of its authentic form….Through fresh foliage and green plants.

Below, is a picture of my current dining room. I love simplicity, with a touch of rustic, and distressed wooden textures. From pastel greens on my wooden buffet table to my distressed wooden end chairs of my farmhouse dining table. I love painting furniture with a little green inspiration. Wooden textures are my favorite, so styling with something as fresh as wild florals and a green house plant, gives off the fresh feel vibes of greenery to the room.

The greens from the fresh foliage automatically gives the mood of spring don’t you think?!

If you want to know more about my decorating ideas, especially budget friendly furniture, check out my Decorating Page of my blog!

I swoon over textiles, furniture, and organization! My house is always changing. Just like how I like updating my mugs! I go through obsessions of styles, patterns, current trends, and always shop with a frugal budget. I’m constantly adding new things to my shelf, re-arranging, and also styling with decorative boxes, baskets, and throw blankets. Who doesn’t enjoy a good throw blanket?! This is the area of my blog, where you could see all the corners of my home, from buffet table styling, to coffee table reads!

have you incorporated the Pantone color of the year within your home?! Or at least tried — like I did?

Weekend Thrift Store Haul

After 5 days of working, my Friday’s usually are made up of a “quick,” stop to my local thrift store. When I say quick, I mean I have about an hour and half to myself between getting off work, and picking up my kindergartener from school. Last Friday, I decided to check out a Goodwill in West Sacramento. This location was a little bit in the “hood,” but having a mod podge of retailers and restaurants next door such as a Mexican taqueria, an ‘I Love Teriyaki,’ spot, and the DollarTree, I felt, just a tad — safe.

As I walked into the thrift store, I knew the exact items I was looking for. Brass, vases, candlesticks. Seriously, thats all I look for. Candlesticks have definitely been an obsession of mine for the past couple of months, and vases have just started to love due to the fact of Spring, and having fresh florals in the home as decorative piece is always nice.

I was able to score an IKEA vase called the SOCKERART (Retailing at $9.99), and purchased it for $3.19!!!

I also got a cool vintage syrup dispenser for $0.69!! It was mission the lid, but I really liked the clear vintage look, along with the size, approximately being 4″ tall.

After I had rinsed all my kitchenware, I took a moment in researching some info on my tiny syrup dispenser. It had so happen that my nice vintage cut glass creamer or syrup dispenser was from the early 1900’s, and can run for about $25. (WHAAAH?) Now, of course, you’d think:  “Tiffany, why aren’t you reselling these pieces?” See, if I wanted to make a profit out of my finds, I honestly, would have already done it. But……My focus are on my blog, and making my own personal brand (through TiffanysTidings.) 

One more item I scored at the thrift store was a brand new unopened Dixit board game. I so excited when I spotted Dixit. To sum it fairly quickly, it’s the visual version of Apples To Apples. This card game was introduced to my family as a gift from my sister-in-law. With cards with pictures, you shape the stories it tells…. Dixit is perfect for adults, children, family and friends. Anyone with whom you share a love for stories.

Curious about Dixit? Read more about the game HERE.

DIXIT

A picture if worth a thousand words!

I got the board game for $4.19! And Amazon has it for $24.97!!! (Heeyoo!!)

After my awesome scores from Friday, I ended up finding some down time on a Sunday afternoon. Leaving the husband and kids behind at home, mommy was able to get some THRIFT time. I went to a different Goodwill in Sacramento, which happens to be my go-to thrift store. Here is where I landed the motherload!!!

I scored more candle sticks, gold picture frames, a cool UrbanOutfitters inspired (vintage) mug for $0.24, and a great condition LIFE board game!!! The family and I have been really into board games/card games lately, so any way purchasing them at a discounted price helps, and checking the thrift store for board games is THUMBS UP by this mama!!

If you’re a fan of thrifting and enjoy my thrift store hauls, be sure to check out my THRIFTING Page of my blog! It’s the one place of my blog where all my thrift store posts are at!!

I honestly can’t wait for the weekend! More thrifting, more savings!

$300 Dining Room

In the early years of being a stay-at-home mom, I often found myself in a pickle as I stayed at home caring for my young baby boys, but staring into my home and its empty canvas. You may not have known this about me, or maybe you have — for those who know me personally, I did once attend art school, pursuing to become an interior designer. Life happened, pregnancy got me, and school unfortunately did not fall through. During my long days at home, I’d stare at my walls, and blank canvas of our current home and imagine all the beautiful pieces of furniture that are out there. Of course, reality strikes, and says “With what money honey?!” 

We are are not made of money. Some of us are blessed to live in a household where the husband and wife can live conformably and have extra expenses for home decor from amazing decorative retailers. Some, may not. I’m blessed enough to be able to stay at home, and also have a job that allows me to purchase household decor and accessories, but money is tight when it comes down to bigger household decorative expenses…..So I had to get creative in furnishing my home.

Over the course of moving, and jumping from apartment to a 5 bedroom, 3 bedroom, and back to 3 bedroom, furniture and moving expenses can go out the window. From upgrading space, to downgrading, I had to play it right for our wallets, and our time. In the past, I was able to put in the time and elbow grease to actually flip pieces of furniture I found on Craigslist. (My oh so favorite place to shop for everything home decor and furniture.)

When we scaled down to a smaller home, it was easy for my to get rid of furniture and let go of them, as I knew those were DIY projects that were only pieces of furniture to hold our time at the current house. At this time, it was easier to part ways with my low budget furniture as the money and time spent painting it, was well worth while.

Investing in new furniture as you go.

As years went on moving city to city, and my children growing older, I found myself purchasing furniture off Craigslist that were a little more expensive. I was looking towards highly quality items, as in the past, there weren’t so great. The years also grew financially, as we were able to afford a little more. (Not so West Elm, but possibly World Market used*)

My taste also changed over the years, sometimes it was totally worth to spend the $90-$100 for that china cabinet, as I knew it was something I loved, and wanted to be in our collection of home furniture. If you loved buying used, it’s always cheaper. BUT always know, it’s always a hit or miss on Craigslist. You’re not always going to find exactly what you’re looking for.

DIY, DIY, DIY

In my last home, my husband’s childhood friend started a business of making wooden tables and benches. He would take custom orders from start ups in San Francisco, and also created his own Etsy site. I contacted him, and he made us our know dining room table. At a lower price, it left the table unpainted, for me to paint myself. This was the start to my $300 and under dining room.

Once we had moved to Sacramento, I had a blank room, with only a dining table. I was so off, and didn’t fit our home, I headed straight to my computer to hut for pieces to compliment the room.

What You See in my dining room:

Dining Table (Gift) = $200

Discounted handmade dining table, given to me and my husband.

Chairs (Goodwill Outlet) = $12

I purchased the pair of chairs for $12, and painted + distressed it myself.

Buffet Table (Craigslist) = $50

+ New Knobs $8

This was a. already painted buffet table, which my son and I distressed, and I added new knobs to add my style. The knobs only cost me $4 each!

TOTAL: $270

Now, if you total up everything above, that brings my dining room area at $270!!!! With a few upgrades, elbow grease, I’ve managed to decorate my dining are with secondhand items, and a lucky chance of scoring an affordable dining table, all with networking.

If you want  to check out more of Decorating Style, you can check out my Decorating Page HERE.

For more secondhand scores, and my thrift store finds, I also have a Thrifting Page on my blog. Click HERE.

Stay tuned as I have some fun exciting products to share, to make your living room space, a lot more comfortable, and cozy!!! Couple included!!!!

Hexagon Hooks

Add a graphic element to a space with this urban style minr Hexagon Hook set from Target! The perfect look is super inexpensive located at the DollarSpot of Target. I love mixing design styles, from mid-century to bohemian chic.

The hooks were a set of 4, with a copper hook in the middle. There were also others from white and gray as well, which looked so sleek and modern, but I ended up going for the mint green (You know I love me some soft mint).

I knew these hooks would be so functional in my home, but at the time of purchase, I didn’t know perfect spot for them just yet. Once I took them home and opened up the package, I looked around my home, and eyed my front door entry way.

As we’re currently renting at the time, I want to refrain from drilling many holes within the walls, especially the doors. In order to stick the hooks on a flat wall surface, I plan to use these wall Command Hooks (shown above), which are a perfect sticky adhesive for anything to hand on the wall. After much thought, I found the perfect spot for the hooks! My garage door at the front entry way!

In the top left photo of the collage, it shows a picture of my front door next to the garage door (with yellow wreath). This is the main entry where the family enter and exit within our household. Notice the usage of using the color yellow? Hehehe…From the wreath, to opening the garage door seeing our vintage locker.

Check out my past post about decorating with yellow. HERE.

Once I was ready to apply the hooks using the Common strips, be sure to follow the instructions thoroughly.

  1. Start with wiping down the surface with and hold rag, to remove any dirt, grease, oil, and dust.
  2. Apply your Command strips on your hook and firmly apply on surface.
  3. Wait 1 whole house before adding weight or hanging anything on the hooks.

Using these decorative hexagon hooks, are obviously intended for purpose. As we all have our busy lives, we all need as many container storage spots, surfaces and basket bins to get our lives organized. Hooks, are used to hang coats and jackets, and other clothing items. But as for me coming in and out the door constantly throughout the day, I love hanging our reusable shopping bags, busy bags, and also errand bands (things that don’t fit in my purse.)

Are you a family with constant movement in the household and strive off of an organized system, from storage lockers, hooks, basket bins, and a whiteboard schedule? That’s us!! Stay tuned as I continue to post more little home improvement posts, both that are decorative, and functional!!

 

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?