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.

DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Before you put away all you Thanksgiving harvest decor, perhaps squeezing in one final craft, and what also might be a new family Thanksgiving tradition! What was first to be just a regular canvas table runner, ended up transforming into a easy DIY craft to the end the Thanksgiving holiday season! Check out my oh-so last minute Thanksgiving DIY Table Runner!

What You’ll Need: 

Acrylic Paint | Thanksgiving/Autumn Colors

(Yellows, Mustard, Spicy Orange and Red)

Sponge Paint Brunch

Canvas Colored Table Runner

-I purchased mine from Target for $3 (DollarSpot)

++Permanent Marker/Sharpie

…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!

Directions:

  1. Have your little craft assistant’s know exactly where they will place their handprint before the paint. In the photo below, I have the boys arrange their hands with one above the other. (Youngest then oldest, above.)
  2. Have each child pick their Thanksgiving colored paint, and paint one (palm up) on each hand.

  3. Using your sponge paint brush, paint the palm with the paint.
  4. “Stamp,” the palm of each child one at a time, on the desired spot, which they practiced in step one.

    I noticed, as we placed our first palm print, the canvas did retain much of the paint, so a second application of paint was needed.

  5. Apply, another application of paint on the palm, if canvas did not pick up all the color.
  6. Set to dry.

After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.

I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.

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Names:

  1. Using your sharpie, simply write your child’s name on the canvas beneath his/her handprint.
    You can add in his/her age id you’d like to.
    OR even the date/year.

And viola!

This was such an easy craft to do. But it appears as my older son is aging, this craft will no longer be enjoyable for him come next year.

(INSERT ugly cry face. My kids are growing so fast!)

Happy Belated Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy HOLIDAY crafting!!

Let the Christmas decorating and shopping begin!!

Pioneer Woman Haul

If ever I become successful years and years from now, from blogging or my YouTube channel, I’d love to create my own home accessories line either sold at Target or WalMart!!! Ree Drummond, star of The Food Networks, The Pioneer Woman, has created a line now sold a WalMart!! While we love to save money, and live better, Ree’s ‘Pioneer Woman’ collection features home kitchenware and dinnerware products. From Flea market spice/tea boxes, to a Cowboy Rustic Cultery Set. Check out my latest obsession with Ree Drummond’s ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ collection from WalMart!

 

Check out The Pioneer Woman’s site with all her products, and more!!!

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I’ve been watching Ree on the Food Network for quite awhile. I love her rustic look, Southern food recipes, and the lifestyle as a city gal-turned-rancher’s wife, creating down-home dishes on her picturesque Oklahoma ranch.

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The Pioneer Woman | WalMart

All of Ree’s fall kitchen dinnerware, seriously brings out the cowgirl in me. Every visit I make to WalMart, I try to convince myself that I need to totally flip my kitchen into a rancher wife’s kitchen! But with the eclectic style I have, I love pulling in items from all sorts of styles. The line as great patterns, colors, textures, at all at affordable prices!! Take a look at those yellow tags!!

Less than $10 for a kitchen accessory!! I want it all!!!! My heart pounds so fast, whenever I visit my local WalMart to check out the Pioneer Woman line!!

Check out this fabulous Vintage Bloom (print) Glass Baker with Tote!!

Yes!! The tote!!! Freaking adorable!!! I want, I want, I want!!!!!!!

(I literally added this to my Elfster)

Gimme, gimme, gimme!!

The line, as a wide variety of kitchen accessories, from placemats, tablecloths, table runners, kitchen towels, to napkins. Honey, if you’re not falling in love with this line, sorry. We can never be friends.

The floral patterns are similar to prints I’ve seen at local boutiques, to World Market, and also a few in Anthropologie.

My first ‘Pioneer Woman’ visit to Walmart was back in late September, and I noticed Ree’s new Fall collection. I walked through the home kitchen aisles, as WalMart like’s the scatter the collection throughout the department. The was amazed with all the fall country patterns and colors. My first purchase was the Food Storage containers. I bought one Large rectangular container, one Large round, and a small round. I also purchased a set of ceramic measuring spoons!!

Ree’s designs are beyond comfort. The plastic container set is ideal for meals on-the-go, with secure lids, and built in vent tabs for reheating. Options with 3 different sizes, both rectangular and round pieces are way too adorable and functional!!

 

The Pioneer Woman Rectangular Food Storage with Vent, Multiple Colors

The Pioneer Woman Round Food Storage with Vent, Multiple Colors

Container Set (Set of 3), $10.41

Each container, prices from $2.98-$3.98 each.

Food Storage Details:

Sizes:

Small, Medium, and Large

(6.30 x 6.30 x 3.94 Inches)

Make: Plastic

Colors:

Country Garden & Bloom Dot

The colorful measuring spoon set is a great addition to my kitchen. As I love the rustic flare, of fall floral print, it also provides precise measurements for all ingredients. Each spoon as its own unique design, and I love how it’s dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe!!

The Pioneer Woman Fall Flowers Ceramic Measuring Spoons

Price: $5.46

Measuring Spoons Details:

4-Piece Measuring Spoon Set

Microwave Safe

Dishwasher Safe

Oven Safe

Make: Ceramic

Size:

6.85 x 3.58 x 4.06 Inches

 

And I bought more…..

As the month went on, my visits to WalMart became quite frequent. Times I would get off work, before I pick-up the children from school, to while I wait from my boys at Karate. My longing for more Pioneer Woman, was like the itch of having a Pumpkin Spice Latte everyday the first week it’s back at Starbucks. During the times, I even visited my parents, I’d ask my mom if she needed to go to WalMart; and of course she did.

My next Pioneer Woman/WalMart haul was a small one, but still added to my collection. I purchased 6 $2.00 plastic placemats, and The Pioneer Woman Napkin set. Staying focused within Kitchen Home accessories, I didn’t do too much shopping during the visit.

 

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market 4-Pack Napkin, Teal

Price: $4.97

Napkin Details:

4 pack napkin set

Machine Washable

Make:

52% Poly/ 48% Cotton

Size:

18 inches squared

The vintage inspired and vibrant color, spice up my breakfast nook, as I leave these napkins sitting on my new WalMart plastic placemats. The mix and match set of florals and geometrics, fill my kitchen with fun, and modern feels. The fabric napkins are new to us as family, as we come from paper disposal ones. Starting the season in Fall with fabric napkins, will hopefully start new habits, and savings without buying paper napkins! (Let’s be cute, and also save! I tell my kids!)

Stay tuned for more Pioneer Woman Hauls now until the Holidays! This obsession, seriously isn’t going to stop. I’m all in people!

 

Budget Friendly Living Room

I was going through my storage bins in my garage, putting Halloween decor away from my living room, when I realized many of the item’s purchased were from all budget friendly stores. My decorative pieces all came from a Thrift store, as all my anchored/staple living room pieces were LITERALLY all coming from a budget friendly source. With having a small budget, to basically no budget at all, styling with whatever you have or even a few bucks, you can definietly achieve a simplistic living room chic look.

Before the holidays kick in and your newsfeed is cluttered with Thanksgiving anything, and Pinterest inspiration, I thought this would be a great opportunity, to plug in this post of the “transitional” time in decorating. Setting back to your living room, before the next seasonal change. Many of us, may be putting away all our spiderwebs, candlesticks, and skulls, but a few of us, may still be at a clean slate of no sign of holiday decorating. I get it, holiday decorating can get expensive. So why bother buying it, when you haven’t established your unique style to your living room just yet? Here’s my few tips on decorating your living room on a slim budget!

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Here is small list of my budget friendly go-to’s for living room decorating! I cannot stress enough how much good stuff I find, every time I make my visit to these oh so favorite spots of mine.

 

  • Target
    We all love Target. Only thing is, everyone loves Target, so if you continue purchasing e v e r y t h i n g there, the possibility of someone else (a friend, neighbor, co-working, or even family member will have it too!) Who wants that?! Be different, have your own unique sense of style. Check out their Dollar Spot, and aisle end caps of CLEARANCE items. Also, know your Target’s Markdown Schedule!!Usually….its:Thursday – Housewares & Decor

 

  • WalMart
    The prices at WalMart cannot be beaten for brand new kitchenware items. Particular celebrity brands love teaming up with big chain department stores especially in the houseware department –so keep a look out for that!
  • Ross
    Many great decorative pieces can be found at Ross, also great quality bedding can be found. Don’t get flustered if the mess is too much. Remember it’s all about the hunt. Ross isn’t suppose to be a Nordstrom! That’s why it’s cheap and affordable!

  • Local Furniture Shops
    See this Craigslist ad?! It’s actually my sofa!!! Checking out local furniture shops in your area gives you an opportunity to support local family owned businesses, vs the big time home stores.Craigslist
  • Craigslist
    Craigslist is my NUMBER ONE source of anything shopping for the home or kitchen, or basically anything DIY, or ready to flip. It’s all about the key words!! Search out of the box key words, or outside sources that may be relatable to what you want.
    Example:
    “CB2, Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Etsy, UrbanOutfitters, World Market, Rustic….”
    This coffee table was purchased from Craigslist for only $25! After careful searching on the site, I was able to find a coffee table that actually ties in with my new sofa!Last but not least the one store that I once would visit 2-3 times year, now I’ve visited 2-3 times a month is……
  • IKEA
    I live very very close to an IKEA, so having that near to me is very refreshing. I can come in very casually looking for inspiration for my home. I check in my boys at the Ikea Playplace, and that gives mommy a solid 1 hour of browsing around child FREE. ***Be sure to check out their frames, plants, and kitchenware for affordable prices that beat other retailers. Those are the hot spots for me.

BUT Tiffany, what about…

Garage Sales, Flea Markets, Thrift Shops

Oh girl, you know me, that HAS to be ANOTHER blog post!!! I promise I’ll post one soon, on my favorites items to buy for your home from those exact places!!!!

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In the mean time, follow me on IG so you can see what’s happening now!!

I usually do find myself at the thrift shop once or twice a week!

ALSO!! Be sure to check out what I’ve found in recently from Craigslist and other fabulously frugal places!!

! Cough cough….Target!

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Thank you guys so much for visiting my blog! I love to share where I buy items, because I love the hunt!!! This is a short list of my budget decorating go-to’s — Stay tuned for more budget decorating hauls, and tours of my new home in Sacramento!

Warm & Cozy Decor

Let’s face it friends. Fall is so much better than summer. You can pile on the plaid, go all out on the throw pillows — and don’t forget the mugs! Mugs, on mugs, on mugs!!!! The years comfiest decor season is here, and I want to share with you the best ways to do it up. BIG and on a budget.

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I’ve noticed I don’t provide enough style ideas on my blog, so I want to start now! Here are a few Fall Decorating Ideas (Collected from Pinterest/HGTV/HouseBeautiful/ and some of my favorite YouTube Budget Stylists) The list below is my spin-off of interior styling to make it work on a budget, and not to break your wallet before the Holidays! Let’s get started:

  1. Swap In Seasonal Greenery
    The branches pick up warm colors of the space. Go outside, and collect leaves with your kids, create a fun and cool fall leaf garland!
  2. Build Up The Fire
    A fireplace, is def a focal point to any room. Warm it up at night, with throw blankets & lots and lots of piled on pillows
  3. Add A Cozy Throw
    Throw blankets are a massive MUST HAVE during the fall season. Check out your local Ross/Marshall’s/TJMaxx for discounted and awesome cozy throws!
  4. Hang A Wreath
    HomeGoods or DIY!!!!!! That wreath already starts at the door, letting anyone know walking by, you’re ready for fall!!
  5. Style Your Porch
    Restyle your outdoor space. Out with the summer patio look, and in with the “mountain range/Tahoe retreat.” Check out Craigslist for patio furniture local neighbors are getting rig of. Or KMart/WalMart to Target — Check out their summer clearance, and restyle main pieces of patio furniture adding in warm weathered textures, and prints!
  6. Tablescape
    Your dinning room should have that statement piece. My current dinning table has wooden candlestick holders (Threshold Target Brand) purchased from Goodwill! Style them with a long table runner, warm candles, and some pumpkins!
  7. Attention Nook
    Aside from your dinning area, don’t forget to add the cozy love to your breakfast nook. Fall is about gathering together. Be sure to give additional table scape details to that breakfast nook. From Placemats, to autumn neutral florals (From Trader Joes) in a thrifted vase!
  8. Bath Mat
    Most people wouldn’t think about redecorating the bathrooms. But I do!! From the bath mat, towels, to the decorative pieces to use in the powder room. Continue on the look of fall ALL throughout the your home!
  9. Layer LOTS of Rugs
    Too many carpets? There’s no such thing. It’s an open invitation to put your feet up.
  10. Reading Corner
    Fall is the time I read the most books! Designate an area for quite reading. Curl up with a glass of wine and you won’t miss the warm weather quite so much.
  11. Let There Be Light
    Plug in some extra lamps!! This is something new I’ve been learning. With the shorter days, you’ll want to add brighter lighting to your favorite spaces. Nothing better than that soft glow sprinkled around your living space.
  12. Rethink The Dining Room
    For a more relaxed feel, add pillows to stiff-backed chairs. I’ve purchased 2 chairs from the Goodwill Outlet for ($12 for the pair!) After repainting them,my DIY mind, wants to repaint them just for the cold season! (Possibly a splash of plum or a dark peacock green jade.)

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Check out more of my interior styling ideas for the season!

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Have you been transforming your home for the wall winter season? Comment below or tag my on IG for your fall decorating trends!

 

End Of Summer Clearance Finds

Summer is over, and  well, according to what the people say the first official day of autumn was September 22nd, which was 3 days ago. While I’ve pushed out all my autumn decor, and putting away my staple summer decorative pieces — retail stores have been marking down their summer inventory! Here are a few items that I’ve stumbled upon from UrbanOutfitters to Target!!

While shopping my at favorite retails, I always make it an effort to check out the stores backend of the store, or “end caps” of department aisle. UrbanOutfitters is one of my most favorite places to purchase marked down items. Whenever it’s the end of a season, retailers have to get rid of their previous inventory. UrbanOufitters apartment clearance items are a go-to for me!

While visiting Santana Row I had spotted a few ceramic mugs on the shelf. Stacked on top of one another, and mixed with a few political mugs. Mugs marked down to half the original price, is a definietly a home run. I had spotted 4 mugs that I was crushing over. A milk glass-esque mug, to 2 aqua and navy blue ceramic mugs. Originally $8, and cut down to $4.99, I knew I couldn’t pass them up.

See folks, I have a decorative mug problem. I collect mugs. And not just any mug. I like mix matching, simple mug coffee/tea cups. Usually mugs can cost you over $12.99 to $14.99. So seeing $4.99 for a cup is a steal!!! I ended up purchasing a “Natural High” mug, and a soft faint aqua colored mug. My personal kitchen style gravitates towards, soft, dainty, and eclectic. Really, I don’t have a name for it. If I like it, I buy it. I don’t like really giving a name to my style because it’s always changing. One minute I’ll love rustic pieces, another month I’ll be strictly all about vintage. What can I say? I can’t stick with one style.

I’ve come to terms that my house will never be at its finished complete perfect look. I’m always constantly buying more things every week. Yes. Literally, every week. From little small contributions to my home, my collection grows at a stable pace, with an evolving look, that turns to something new every time. Check out my newest page on my Home & Style page of my blog! From there you check out my interiors page, and see posts of my home!

Summer clearance mark downs are really fun. Something self-control is needed at hand. Example. If you find yourself at Target, and see all the fall/Halloween decor everywhere you look. It’s only September, and October hasn’t even hit. All the Halloween decor impulse shopping can honestly wait. Take your butt straight to the back end of the store and check out the Home & Garden clearance section. Marked down items from gardening tools, patio pieces, to fun summer picnic accessories. Check out these half dipped wooden coasters. Last seasons current trend of half painted pieces create a simple, modern fun touch to everyday pieces.

I scored the set of 4 coasters at $3.99 at Target. Each coaster had a wooden finish, with a half dipped painted touch from colors of white, aqua, coral, to sea-foam. A perfect pair to the set of 2 mugs I had previously purchased at UrbanOutfitters.

If you’re on budget with home decor, and need to spruce up the home, it’s all about adding small decorative pieces. At times, I lean on fresh florals to add life to my home, other times, I just need something new.

 

Check out the total of my new pieces:

 

UrbanOutfitters:

Natural High Mug, $4.99

Aqua Mug, $4.99

Target Coasters, $3.99

TOTAL: $14

A small amount does accumulate over time, as small purchases like these are made, but to me it’s all worth it. These coasters, and mugs have been in use everyday within my household.  What are your current end of summer marked down finds? Comment below!!

Autumn Details

Welcome back readers!!!! We’re now entering the season of fall as the first leaf falls to the ground –indicating it’s fall (autumn if you may). If you’ve been following me on IG, you’ve probably noticed I’ve already started pushing out my fall decorations. If not, please do follow on IG! There, you can see what’s currently going on, and usually a good indicator on what’s to come on an upcoming post. Sometimes, I get inspired by you guys! Yes YOU!! I get a few followers who comment, and always ask, “where did you I get that piece?” “How much?” “You made that?!” Yes! All those questions, come to me, and make me want to create a blog post covering all your questions!!

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If you’ve been following me for a while, autumn decorating is one of my favorites throughout the entire year! The orange spices, colorful hues, mustard yellows, and warm glow to decorative pieces give such cool and calm energy to the home. Also, my favorite feeling…Warm and cozy. Currently, in Sacramento, the temperature is still hot and toasty, but that wont stop me from decorating!!!! As some people love to easily jump into Halloween decor, I like to ease in autumn. Pumpkins, toasty faux leaves, cool metals, and yarn tapestries are what I have. This year, I’ve incorporated many of my gold accents as well.

You can check out my post on decorating with Gold Accents HERE.

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Last year, I wrote a post on being Frugal in Fall. This post, is quite similar, but just an updated version on how I’ve been styling my new home here in Sunny Sacramento. (If you’re new to my blog, welcome! You can catch up with my move to Sac HERE.)

Now, I’m a huge thrift store shopper, garage sale extraordinaire, an avid Craigslist shopper, and flea market goer. Antiques, vintage, secondhand, sold-as-is, and clearance are my main shopping goals before I go full retail. You can call me fabulously frugal. If you walk into my house, I promise you every since piece, item, furniture, picture frame, shelf, all once came with an awesome price, and pretty cool story at finding it. It’s literally my hobby, and job as the head of the home decorating team of my household.

Let’s start off my goals at approaching to shop for the fall season.

  • Walk Into Target
    Yes, you read it. Check out Target. Or World Market. Wherever a festive display of home decorating pieces are neatly and specifically arranged to make you buy. CAUTION: You may have to hold yourself back from purchasing all the cute items. BUT you don’t want to. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading my blog post at this moment.
    Walking into Target or Cost Plus World Market, is to gather inspiration. See items, up front, how they styled it (Props to all the visual merchandisers out there!!! I was once one, looong ago…) See the small vignette styled pieces. Also, take a close look at the prices. Those prices are what we’re trying to avoid.
  • Price Check
    Once you’ve gathered inspiration, go directly to the clearance/sale section. It’s usually at the back end of the store, or at the end of every aisle. See if there are any pieces from last year’s collection, or inventory they may be trying to get rid of.

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Here are a list of items int he picture above – on where I purchased my autumn accessories.

(TOP Picture) Bronze metal pumpkin candle holder, Savers Thrift Store $2.99, faux pumpkin, Flea Market $0.99

(BOTTOM Left Photo) Leaf Candy Dish, Savers Thrift Store, $1.99, Outdoor Glass Gold Lantern, Target, Clearance $9.99 (Originally $19.99), Gold Tray, Target $11.99 (Originally $17.99)  

(BOTTOM Right Photo) Pumpkin candy jar, Savers $3.99, faux pumpkin, Flea Market $0.99

Folks, total everything up, that’s about $30 dollars! Minus, my gold Threshold trey, which I’ve had the past 4 years. Strictly, all fall decorations were a total of $20!! Cover 3 different areas in my home.

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This photo above is a vignette I’ve created on the top of an IKEA china cabinet I have near my dining area. I styled 2 wooden crates stacked on top of each other, paired with 3 birchwood branches. Both the crates, and birch wood branches were purchased on Craigslist!!!!! YES!! Craigslist! A common source where I purchase a lot of my best finds. Even the IKEA china cabinet it sits on was from Craigslist!!

  • What To Search 
    A fews years back I was into event styling. I’d help style, and assists a wedding planning in San Francisco over the weekends as well as being hired independently through close family and friends for their parties. With not much of huge budget, I’d source out to Craigslist and search for what I was looking for in particular. (i.e: Wedding Decor, Rustic pieces, crates, escort card holder you name it!!!!) From there I’d find countless brides, getting rid of their wedding stuff!! After that, the rest is history, and over the years, I’ve collected many,many pieces, which have become my festive/seasonal decorating.
  • Strangers Trash
    Oh honey, that’s where you’re wrong. It all depends on what you’re looking for. How is it that I’ve managed to collect so much through all these years? All secondhand, from people who no longed needed it, and just styled in new ways!!

So before you end up buying the entire home decor collection at Target, check your local thrift stores, garage sales, or Craigslist. You’ll never know what you’ll find! Happy hunting, and happy decorating!! Stay tuned for more decorating tips, and ideas this month all about fall!!!

 

Also be sure to check out more posts on my IG feed!!

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Gold Accents

I’ve been all about gold accents around my house!! They just bring a a simple modern clean look to the home. Gold accents also go great against color!! Sometimes when color is missing, hints and sprinkles of gold items help tie in the room together. Now, I know decorating with gold can get intimidating. It may be too bold for you…Hey, I was the same way.. So I started off with gold stapler from Target. (Yeah, you know that Nate Berkus Limited Edition Stapler that everyone has. Especially the gold scissors.)

Yes. I started off with something as small as a simple gold office accessory. And honestly guys, it doesn’t take that much to get the love of gold to get going. The obsession kept growing as I stepped into every retailer, and always saw gold accents, decor, accessories everywhere.

 

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During my last Craigslist flip of my bamboo desk, I styled the blue lagoon desk with some Target Threshold gold accents.

 

You can read more about my Craigslist Bamboo Desk HERE!

Click on the pic for a closer look and see the detailed step by step process of transforming this Craigslist find!

Decorating with gold accents don’t have to expensive too. Of course there are amazing decorative items at West Elm, Z Gallerie, and Restoration Hardware, but let me tell you. There will never be a time I shop at those retailers. Clearly because there is no way in hell I can justify any of their prices. So let me start off with some ideas on gold items you can DIY, or look out for when on a budget. Just remember, gold decor doesn’t have to be expensive.

DIY Gold

If you haven’t picked up yet on my blog, I’m in love with DIY projects, and being budget friendly as well. If I can make it vs buying it full price, I will. With that said, a good DIY project is so much full filling. If you like being creative, and enjoy the process of making something awesome– DIY it! Incorporating gold accessories don’t have to be items that sit on the shelf to be pretty and sterile. Make something, and place it in your home, being proud of your work. Try making a piece of art work using gold acrylic paint or spray paint or a functional piece too! Some ideas could be like these fantastic Pinterest finds:

  1. Geometric DIY Art (By: Sum Of Their Stories)
  2. Gold Painted Elephant (By: Build-Basic)
  3. Gold Dipped Bar Stools (By: HoneyBearLane)
  4. DIY Mirror Frame (By: Pretty Providence)
  5. DIY Abstract Art With A Golden Touch (By: LollyJane)
  6. Himmeli Geometric Sculpture (By: Ash And Crafts)

 

Street Cheap Gold Decor:

When I say street cheap, I mean free to less than $10 to basically nothing! It’s also goes with the Gold themed DIY. When you’re on the hunt for secondhand keep a special eye out for things you love. From gold textiles, figurines, and if you’re lucky, and vintage find! All these items and also be flipped, or they just need a good cleaning. Here are places to search if you’re looking for a “canvas” for a GOLD diy project.

  1. Thrift Stores
  2. Flea Markets
  3. Garage Sales
  4. Craigslist
  5. DollarTree/99 Cent Store
  6. Target DollarSpot

 

Affordable Gold | Retailers: 

I understand not everyone is into the hunt through secondhand. It’s just not you to search through thrift stores or flea markets. Here’s a list of my favorite go to budget friendly retail shops. (They’re also my favorite spots to go shopping at during the holidays!) —-Psssst, when gold decor comes out REAL hard.

  1. Marshalls/ TJ Maxx/ HomeGoods
  2. Ross
  3. IKEA
  4. Target
  5. Cost Plus World Market

What are your favorite gold items to decorate with? Are you a gold DIYer? Or do you just buy from your favorite store who has a wide selection of gold accented pieces? Comment below!

Craigslist Bamboo Desk

Everyone, my craigslist game is on! The family and I just got back from a week long vacation visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. After day 5, I was already craving to go home back to Sac just to settle down and gain back a normal routine. And guys, when we arrived..I made no plans to waste time and let my creative itch rest. The Sunday evening we arrived home, I hit Craigslist, and searched my tail off to something to transform.

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Is it me? Or am I on fire on Craigslist?! Vintage Bamboo desk, that is screaming for a new paint job!!! ($30)

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I’d like to present to you my latest Craigslist transformation. A vintage wooden bamboo desk purchased for $30 (Originally $40, but the lady spotted some cracks, and knocked off $10 bucks!)

So it all started with the intent to browse through Craigslist for a desk for my oldest son. The school year is about to begin, and with entering 4th grade, I wanted him to have a solid big boy desk. Well, my search derailed, as I spotted this fantastic vintage bamboo desk for $40. With a few knicks and chips, it was not bothered by the imperfections. I jumped to contacting the seller and arranged a pick-up for Monday morning.

The boys and I traveled about 20-25 minutes north from Sacramento to a town called Orangevale. A neighboring city to Citrus Heights. My 9 year old son helped me carry the desk into the car, and we went straight to the closest home improvement store for paint and supplies.

As we got home, I just used some wall spackle to fill in the imperfections of the desk, which was the reason the seller took off $10 of the original price. The wall spackle is something I had already after using it to fill in holes at our previous residence. Simply, using a joint putty knife (flat surface tool –basically the handyman version of a kitchen spatula) spread your spackle using the putty knife to the surface of your project. If you look closely at the above picture, I filled in the holes of the top desk surface, and also on the right corner side of the desk.

Spackling Process:

  1. Spead spackle.
  2. Set to dry. I waited 30 minutes since they were small areas.
  3. Scrape away excess compound from surface with your putty knife.
  4. With the blade at a 90-degree angle to the surface. Take care that you don’t remove the spackle from the hole or crack when you remove the excess.
  5. Use a damp cloth to remove any compound adjacent to the patch that you didn’t remove by scraping.

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After evening out our imperfections using the spackle, my son and I gently sanded down the desk, and also gave it a good cleaning with a wet cloth. After that, the painting process began. The color palette I decided to go for was a navy blue, and blue lagoon by Valspar.

The color selection was chosen upon my family room IKEA area rug.  (MARSLEV High Pile, Tuquoise, Beige Rug) Also, the main reason I was searching up desks on Craigslist was because my son needed a desk. This bamboo may or may not be his, but will be placed within our common living area, which can be used as a pop-up desk area for anyone to use besides mommy. Hehehe.

We painted the exterior of the desk in the Blue Lagoon, and interior (drawers), and dark mid-night blue. I also kept the bamboo hardware the original color, but gave it a fresh look with Krylon Satin Ivory spray paint I already had.

Paint Colors:

Exterior: Valspar Blue Lagoon (CI 189)

Interior Drawers: Valspar Dark Night (4003-4C)

Hardware: Krylon Color Max Spray Paint in Satin Ivory

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Before purchasing this desk, I had already knew how I wanted to style it! Gold, gold, gold!! If you’ve been shopping at Target lately,  I’m pretty sure you’ve noticed the College/Dorm Room decor and essentials. Over the summer, I’ve been slowly collecting the gold items at Target. From outdoor patio gold glass terrariums, gold candle holders, to the DollarSpot file and mail holders!

Speaking of dorm room essentials, please be sure to check out my latest YouTube video!!! Yes!! I’m back!!! Seriously, it’s been like a year! But I’m hitting it hard on all social media platforms that I’m able to handle! Check it out!

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Target has tons and tons and tons of gold embellished items. From the dorm room accessories and decor, to Nate Berkus office supplies and decor. After walking throughout Target I got exactly what I needed, with still a little more wiggle room to get more elsewhere (like my favorite discount retails: Marshalls/TJMaxx/Ross and also the thrift stores!)

I purchased this awesome desk lamp, and paired it with a Target glass terrarium I purchased a few months back. I love pairing surface items in three, or 2. “Grouping” items with different heights compliment each other quite well, especially when on a desk, table, or night stand.

Target Gold Buys

Desk Lamp: James Collection LED Task Lamp -Threshold ($29.99) 

Lantern/Terrarium: Lantern Gold Metal – Small Threshold ($12.99)

Geometric Candle/Pencil Holder:
Threshold ($4.99)
Magazine Holder:
DollarSpot ($3.00)

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I’m so happy with the way the bamboo desk turned out! Stay tuned for more Craigslist furniture flips and transformations, as I continue to furnish my house here in Sac! Happy August!

Frugal In Fall

It doesn’t make much to style a home for fall. Honestly, decorating for fall is easier than decorating for Christmas, in my opinion. Here’s a quick example of a style coffee table that isn’t so Pinterest Perfect, but fabulously frugal. Everything currently on my coffee table was all less than $10 each. All you need is time, and willingness to check out for local thrift stores, weekend flea markets, Dollar Trees, and clearance sale days at your favorite retailers (My Fav Spots: Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and also Bath And Body Works!)

Here I’ll list a few items I purchased at my local favorite shops, that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. These items can be styled so easily with any style you have that suites the personality of any home, willing to add in the touch of fall!!!

(Above photo, leaf candy dish, Thrifted @Savers)

 

What’s on my coffee table:

(My current living room coffee table)

  • -Pumpkin Candle Holder
  • -Leaf Candy Dish
  • -Faux Pumpkin
  • -One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle
  • -Decorative Skeleton

 

Pumpkin Candle Holder

Purchased a thrift store last year for $4. Every fall I go on a seasonal decorative hunt strictly for pumpkins. Last year, I collected quite a few, but a great beginning to a tradition I plan to continue every year for fall decorating. The metal bronze like pumpkin candle holder had enough space to fit in a decorate pumpkin which I added.

Leaf Candy Dish

Also thrifted, purchased at a Savers for $2. A Better Homes and Gardens brand (Originally sold at WalMart) this candy dish sit’s perfectly next to my pumpkin display. It usually contains bobby pins I take off at the end of the night, car keys, sunglasses, or misc. tiny toys I find on the carpet through the day. OCD Me usually clears out the leaf dish, and placing the random items back to it’s proper place.

Faux Pumpkin

I purchased a bunch of these faux pumpkin’s during a visit to a flea market last year. Faux pumpkin’s are usually scattered in different corners of my home. Bookshelves, night stands, coffee end tables, they add that simple decorative harvest touch to the home. Easy to style. Easy to decorate.

One Wick Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin Candle

A one wick candle purchased at Bath And Body Works. Stay alert with those coupons, and special clearance days. These babies usually cost $12! So expensive, but when you can buy these candles on those special days when its a buy 2 get one free, or 50% off days, it’s nice to capitalize on those sale dates! Candle buyers know. Sale dates are IMPORTANT!

Decorative Skeleton

(A simple Halloween touch!)

This is one of the easiest ways to decorate for Halloween and Thanksgiving. Pumpkins throughout October and November are a no brainer. Adding a simple Halloween spooky skeleton takes literally no effort. I purchased a garland of skeletons from the DollarTree, and took them apart. Easily adding them wherever it seemed right. The skeleton man, sits aside from the faux pumpkin. Easy styling made simple, and simply remove it the day after Halloween, and there your styled pumpkin arrangement is still presentable for Thanksgiving!

I hope these simple festive fall decor tips helped!! Thrift stores, flea markets, and DollarTree spots are my home. My holy grail spots to shop before settling with Target! If you are frugal budget friendly stylist like me, comment below, and let me know how you style for the fall harvest season on a dime!

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