Monday, April 15, 2019

The Best Home Decor Items to Buy Secondhand

The best home decor items that you should always consider buying secondhand.


I love decorating and redecorating our home, but I don't love spending a lot of money on new furniture and decor.  Lucky for me, I also love thrifting and hunting for deals, which makes swapping out decor and redecorating both fun and super affordable. 

I've shared my favorite sources for buying used furniture and decor and I thought it would also be helpful to share my favorite home decor items to buy secondhand.   The thrill of the hunt is my favorite part of thrifting and I often visit thrift stores, auctions, estate sales and flea markets in search of specific items in mind.   

Home decor items to buy secondhand

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Simple Vintage Modern Basement Office

Creating a beautiful vintage modern office in a basement living room. 

A month ago, I shared that major changes are coming to our little house.  In order for those changes to happen, I had to move my office from the addition to the basement.  I knew I wouldn't be able to keep everything that was in my previous office space,  but I did keep a few of my favorite pieces to create the perfect vintage modern basement office. 

Vintage modern home office

Friday, April 5, 2019

Queenstown Gray and Wood Mid Century Modern Dresser Makeover


A mid century modern dresser gets updated with paint and stain for a beautiful two-tone makeover. 

I know, I said I wanted to start trying new painting techniques (and I promise the next furniture makeover I share will be full of chippy goodness), but I couldn't resist updating another tall MCM dresser.   Mid century modern furniture is my favorite to update, especially when I'm able to refinish the original wood and create a two-tone finish.  I've painted many mid century modern dressers in the past and love the contrast of using both paint and stain.  

Queenstown Gray and wood painted mcm dresser

Monday, April 1, 2019

Dollar Store DIY: How to Make Decorative Moss Balls

Learn how to make decorative moss balls using supplies found at the Dollar Tree.


Happy April and happy Dollar Store DIY day!  Last month, I shared how to make DIY sharpie art bowls and today I'm sharing a super easy way to make decorative moss covered balls.  

Making DIY moss balls is nothing new and there are many different tutorials floating around, but I wanted to share how you can make them using only supplies from Dollar Tree.  You only need 3 supplies, $6 and less than 10 minutes to make these decorative moss balls.  It doesn't get much easier or cheaper than that!  

DIY Dollar Tree decorative moss balls

You can make a bunch of moss balls and display them in a dough bowl or glass vase for an easy table centerpiece or make just a few for affordable shelf decor. 

***DESIGN TIP*** Display decorative objects in odd numbers, in particular, groups of three.  Odd numbers create visual interest and force your eye to move around a grouping.  

Friday, March 29, 2019

Friday Favorites: Mid Century Modern Lighting From Amazon

The best stylish and affordable mid century modern lighting from Amazon!


With the start of our kitchen renovation less than two weeks away,  I've been spending a lot of time researching and making decisions on hardware, paint colors, counter stools, lighting and everything in between.   Some aspects of the process have been easy (like choosing cabinets and hardware) and other aspects have been a bit more challenging.  

Lighting, in particular, has me a little stumped as I work to pick pendant lights, sconce lights and a dining room light that all coordinate.  I'm totally splurging on the sconce lights for over the kitchen window, which means the rest of the lighting has to be both stylish and affordable.  I really wanted to go a bit more modern in the dining room, so I headed to Amazon where I found plenty of great affordable modern lighting options. 


The best affordable modern lighting from Amazon

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Best Way to Paint Over Dark Stained Furniture

Learn how to paint over dark stained wood furniture to avoid tannin stains and blotchy bleed through.  

It's been a while since I've shared a DIY project, so how about a pretty furniture makeover?  

Have you ever painted dark stained furniture and had splotchy stains appear through the paint?  There's nothing more frustrating than going through the hard work of sanding, cleaning and painting a piece of furniture only to have tannins bleed through the paint.

The good news is, you can avoid bleed through and correct a splotchy paint job with a few simple steps.
 How to paint over dark stained wood furniture


Monday, March 18, 2019

The Best Vertical Gardens to DIY Now

A small space or blank wall is all you need to create beautiful vertical gardens with these DIY planter ideas!


The days are longer, the weather is warmer and spring is right around the corner.  Whether you like to grow your own fresh herbs,  plant beautiful flower gardens or simply want to add a pop of fresh greenery to your home, these DIY vertical gardens provide perfect space-saving growing opportunities.   All you need is a blank wall or small outdoor area to create beautiful herb, flower and succulent gardens. 

        DIY vertical garden ideas
Between budget-friendly outdoor projects, awesome DIY backyard games and space-saving vertical gardens, it's easy to create beautiful outdoor spaces and gardens for less.