Making Treasure from Trash (and other household hacks)

One thing most of you guys know about me is that I love decorating my home. Hopefully soon, we will have a home that we own to decorate as well (yay for no more renting in the future!)

Another thing you may know about me is that I hate spending more money than I have to on home decor. Just check out our curtain fiasco in my previous Around the House post here

So I have vowed to take thrift store finds or other inexpensive home decor and make it into the best declarations ever! Here’s what I mean:

IKEA hacks

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Ikeahackers is a great resource for DIY projects from items that can be bought from IKEA and upgraded to look more unique and expensive.

Thrift Store Treasures

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Not only are thrift stores like Goodwill, AMVETS, and The Salvation Army great causes to donate your gently used and unwanted items, but they are usually a great place to find one of a kind and vintage pieces that are great on their own or spruced up to become something new! I found a great set of three pillar candle stands at Goodwill for $10 for the set! Super Steal!

The blog Pennies and Blessings (photo credit) also has a great list of things to look for!

Flea Market Finds

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See my post all about my best friend’s amazing Flea Market Finds here!

Let’s hear about your favorite thrifty home decor! Share your stories below!

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Welcome to Our Home!

So I told you guys I would give you a house tour as soon as I got here. Before I do that, though, you will need to know that some organizing and redecorating will be in order over the next few weeks! Our home looks amazing and Jeff did a GREAT job on getting everything set up and organized! Now it’s time for refining and decorating.

Kitchen

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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Master Bedroom

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Master Bath

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Master Closet/Guest Bedroom Closet

To be shown at a later date (i.e. too unorganized to show) 🙂

Guest Bath

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Guest Bedroom/Office

Wayyyyy to disorganized to take pictures of right now… Lets just say that I made a big mess of everything on my desk and made good use of the bed as a storage area when I was hanging the new curtains in there….

So as you can see there is a lot to be done! The apartment is beautiful and I’m in love with the location, I just can’t wait to make it a home with decorations and personal touches!

Pinterest Post: DIY home decor with COLOR!

So as I’m sure many of you can tell by my Around the House posts as of late, I tend to stick to decorating with neutral and pale colors. My life’s motto is simple, clean, and organic. I love the simplicity of whites, beiges, grays, and earth tones. They just look so polished! My husband, amazing as he is, loves a little color in our rooms, though. He’s an adamant earth-tone lover, too, but always mentions how neutral my tastes are.

This week I have been scouring Pinterest to find simple, colorful DIY home decor ideas. Here’s what I’ve found (and will be doing when I get to Cali):

Dipped Plates

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Brought to you by: Uncovet 

Chevron Kitchen Rug (In Coral)

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Brought to you by: The House of Smiths

Bright Wall Art

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Bright Curtains

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Brought to you by: Taylor Made

Fresh Flowers

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Brought to you by: My hubby, hopefully! 😉

So that last one isn’t really a DIY, but a girl can dream, right?!

Pinterest Post: Easy DIYs for the Spare Bedroom

Happy Thursday!! Can You believe it’ll be June in two days! Crazy how time flies!

If you read yesterday’s post about my Dream Master Suite, you’ll know that the countdown to Cali has begun! I am in full planning mode for decorating our new place, but if you need to know anything about me, it’s that I hate spending excessive amounts of money.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love quality products and am willing to pay for it, but I have paying so much for something I can easily make myself for a fraction of the cost! Cue Pinterest! I’ve been finding some great ideas for every room of the new apartment, but the office is going to be my most challenging endeavor. It is not only an office, but our guest bedroom, and all of our OSU paraphernalia is in that room (diplomas, graduation tassels, acting like big kids = office appropriate) .

My challenge is to make the design for the office/guest bedroom theme cohesive. I really don’t want to go this route

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because I want our guests to feel at home in the room when they visit, but still need to be able to incorporate all of our college decor since there’s no other place that it’ll fit.

Here’s what we’ve got currently:

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Keep in mind, Jeff just blew up our air mattress and covered it to get an idea of how big the bed will be in the room. We now have an actual bed with a headboard, I just don’t have pictures of it yet!

This room need a LOT of help, though. The entire room needs a theme or inspiration to focus it. I’m thinking the overall feel for the theme will be Rustic & Red.

The first thing to go will be the brown bedding…too dark. We’ll switch it to clean white linens with DIY scarlet and gray throw pillows like these:

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I’ll hang a huge DIY bulletin board like this one by Anne  the Adventurer on the wall next to the desk and move the small rolling organizer and bookshelf into the closet for tucked away storage!

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Some DIY graphic prints in vintage wood frames by the desk will add a little personalized and rustic flair.

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As you can tell by the photos of the room, you see that we have some beautiful real-wood furniture and decor made by family members. The wooden bench was made by one of Jeff’s uncles who has passed away and the lamp was made by my father. We also have a huge hanging bookshelf of similar color that has two buckeye leaves and a Block O carved into the surface that will hang above the desk. All of these elements will help really pull our smorgasbord room together! I’ll post pictures of the before and after as soon as I move and get everything done!

Flea Market Finds

This weekend when scaling my Facebook Feed, I noticed that one of my nearest and dearest friends, Lindsey went to the bi-annual flea market super-fest not too far from her home in Ohio. Many of her pieces of furniture, decorations, or home decor have been purchased at a flea, thift, or antique store. She finds her favorite items at places like Anthopologie and then sets out on a mission to find a similar item at a much cheaper price. Here are a few of her finds:

Note: All photos are property of Lindsey (she’s a graphic designer…and a super amazing one at that! Check out her website!)

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So needless to say, I will be hitting the flea market when I get to Cali to decorate the house.

What are you best flea market finds? I’d love to hear about them!

New Uses for Things You Already Have

Let’s face it. Money is a big issue in our country as of the last few decades. There are so many people in debt because we look at most of our belongings as disposable. What if there was a way to use the items we don’t want anymore for a different use? Up-cycling is exactly that: taking things you already have and remaking them into something new. Examples, you ask? Take a look!

Got an old entertainment center you no longer need? Make it into a…

Changing Table!

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or a….

Laundry Room Workstation

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An old dresser or bookcase can become a…

New Desk

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or a….

Mud Room Organizer

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or a…

Set of Under-Bed Drawers

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How about those other odds and ends you have lying around the house?

Hangers into towel hooks

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Bricks into bookends

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CDs into closet dividers

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The possibilities are endless! The whole point is that when you get an urge to go shopping for new home goods (like I do constantly!) instead look around your house for items to re-purpose and reuse. Green initiatives rock!