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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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!!
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.
36.950 inches H x 17.500 inches W x 19.000 inches D
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!!
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!
Check out more on my Instagram for any of my yellow obsession for the home!
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:
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.
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!
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:
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)
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?
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:
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.)
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!!
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.
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)
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.
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)
…..And don’t for get your kiddos!!
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.
After each child as painted their handprint, and as been sitting dry, grab your sharpie.
I used red and black thin tipped sharpies.
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!!
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!!!
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.
Food Network The Pioneer Woman (TV Series)
10a | 9c
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!!
Container Set (Set of 3), $10.41
Each container, prices from $2.98-$3.98 each.
Food Storage Details:
Small, Medium, and Large
(6.30 x 6.30 x 3.94 Inches)
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!!
Measuring Spoons Details:
4-Piece Measuring Spoon Set
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.
4 pack napkin set
52% Poly/ 48% Cotton
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!
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!
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.
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!!!!
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!
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!