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.

Monday, March 11, 2019

The Best Stylish Counter Height Stools

The best counter height stools for a beautiful and stylish kitchen! 

Ever since deciding to move forward with our kitchen renovation I've been spending my days meeting with our contractor and kitchen designer, packing, researching and making lots of design and decor decisions.  It's quickly made me realize I have champagne taste on a beer budget.  Well, I've always known I had expensive taste, but planning and picking materials, products and decor for a new kitchen have REALLY made me realize just how expensive my taste is.  Every time I found something I knew would be perfect for our home it was either out of our budget or more than this frugal girl wanted to spend. 

Of course, there's the option to just buy what I want and stretch our budget, but I'm all about saving money and searching for something less expensive.  The thrill of the hunt is my favorite part of the design process, so searching for budget-friendly alternatives is something I actually really enjoy doing.  There's just something so satisfying about finding a great deal, saving money and spending less. 

Lately, I've been searching high and low for budget-friendly counter height stools for our new kitchen island and thought I would share some of my favorites. 


Kitchen counter stools

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Our Next Big Project

Exciting changes are coming to our basic ranch style home!


If you follow me on Instagram then you may already know that big changes are coming to our small ranch home!  Changes that I envisioned, planned and dreamed of doing since the moment we moved into our home.  Changes that I never thought would take thirteen years to complete, but life has a funny way of not always going as planned.

In 2014, I shared our phase one renovation plans that involved tearing down our carport and building a kitchen/mudroom addition and oversized two car garage.  It was a major project to tackle, especially for my husband who did all the excavating, digging, rebar, footer, concrete and leveling work.  We were thrilled when the addition was done, but we definitely weren't ready to jump into another huge project anytime soon.

Ranch style home before

Monday, March 4, 2019

How to Make No Bake Sharpie Art Bowls

Learn how to make inexpensive no bake Sharpie art bowls using dishwasher safe Mod Podge! 

It's a new month, which means it's time for a new Dollar Store DIY

About a month ago, I went on a Dollar Tree run and ended up taking pictures and putting together a list of my 50 favorite Dollar Tree items to hack makeover and update.  While there, I picked up four plain white bowls that I knew would be perfect for adding Sharpie art.  Creating Sharpie art on mugs and bowls is nothing new, but I wanted to share how easy it is to make no bake Sharpie art bowls that are also dishwasher safe.

DIY no bake sharpie art bowls

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Budget-Friendly Vintage Modern Hall Bathroom Refresh

Achieving a vintage modern makeover with simple budget-friendly bathroom updates.


Our upstairs hall bathroom was the first room in our home to receive a major makeover when we moved in over 12 years ago.  It was extremely dated with bright blue floral wallpaper, baby blue tile, a dated medicine cabinet (with broken fluorescent light) and a damaged fiberglass tub surround.  We didn't waste any time completely gutting the bathroom and giving it a major makeover.  I picked tile, a vanity and fixtures I loved, but over time my taste has changed and it no longer felt like me.  It was a perfectly good bathroom but was no longer a space I loved.

Over the years, I've made a few minor updates including new paint, decor and eventually replacing all the fixtures, but it was about time I turned our main bathroom into something that better fit the style of the rest of our home.

With a tight budget in mind and a makeover plan, I made a few new purchases, shopped my house and updated what I already had to give our bathroom a beautiful vintage modern makeover.

Budget-friendly bathroom updates

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Before & After: White and Wood MCM Desk Makeover

A damaged mid century modern desk gets a fresh new makeover with bright white milk paint and stain! 


The other week, I shared a beginner's guide to prepping, repairing and painting furniture, but I feel like it's been forever since I actually shared a furniture makeover!   With the barn being closed for renovations and the weather not being ideal for sanding and painting I've definitely put the furniture painting on hold.   I did, however, manage to sneak in a little white and wood mcm desk makeover that I'm excited to share with you today.  


White and wood mcm painted desk

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites: The Best Textured Throw Pillows

Create beautiful spaces with 20 of the best gorgeous textured pillows! 


I kind of have a thing for throw pillows.   Large, nubby textured throw pillows.  I'm partial to black and cream ones, mainly because I like the contrast and texture they bring to our home.  Keeping pillows neutral also allows me to swap them out from room to room, which is why they're one of my favorite home decor essentials.   HomeGoods is my favorite place to buy affordable throw pillows, but since HomeGoods isn't an option for everyone, I scoured the web to find 20 of the best perfectly textured, perfectly nubby throw pillows. 
20 of the best textured throw pillows