How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug

How to Choose the Perfect Area Rug

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information. Ever since we whitewashed our brick fireplace, bought a new gray couch, and replaced our carpet with hardwood, I finally started seeing my living room vision come to life. But, the living room was still lacking something and in need of some love - rug love, that is. For the past couple weeks, I spent (probably too much) time searching for a new area rug for our living room. Related: -How to Frugally Decorate a Brick Fireplace -Paint Projects to Do This Weekend -How to Create the Ultimate Soft & Feminine Bedroom -Top Money-Saving Methods for Decorating In my opinion, an area rug is a large purchase, especially if you're looking for a rug that's 8x10 or 9x12. For some reason, the price of rugs seem to skyrocket when you jump from 5x8 to 8x10. Not to mention the shipping, handling, and taxes that compound on top of the price - geesh, you're looking at quite an expensive piece of material for under your feet. Choosing the perfect area rug was not a choice I made lightly. Not only is it expensive, but I figure it will probably live in my living ...
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How to shiplap a wall

How to Shiplap Your Walls

A note from Marly: I'm so excited to share this post with you about how to shiplap a wall. My friend Melissa over at Brown Dog Vintage recently created a shiplap accent wall in her master bedroom. It looks absolutely stunning. Take a peek at the tutorial below to see how you too can achieve this beautiful look. Enjoy!  This post was originally published on Brown Dog Vintage. Shiplap –  It’s on fire right now in the decor world and with good reason.  It’s timeless and classic.  It goes hand in hand with farmhouse style and I’ve been patiently (big fat lie – no patience here my friends!) waiting to add some to our builder grade house.  I’m in the process of updating our master bedroom and I knew this would be the perfect place to add a shiplap accent wall.  Check out what we did and how we did it on a budget! Related: -How to Whitewash Your Brick Fireplace -DIY Buffet Makeover Let me start by saying this is not a complete overhaul of our room. You can read more about our plans here. When I redo a space, I have to figure out how to get the most bang for my buck ...
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6 Easy Home Improvement Ideas that Cost Nothing

It’s no secret that my husband and I are frugal people. This especially goes for all home improvement tasks, as we first seek to DIY. If the task is something for which we’re unfamiliar, we put Google to good use and research like crazy, or we watch several YouTube tutorial videos in hopes of gaining the necessary knowledge to perform the task. There have been several occasions when the home improvement task requires a professional, but even in those cases we do our due diligence to find the best-priced professional without sacrificing quality. Frugality at its finest! Related: -How to Frugally Decorate a Brick Fireplace -Top Money-Saving Methods for Decorating -Paint Projects to Do this Weekend -How to Create the Ultimate Soft & Feminine Bedroom From tiling our master bathroom to installing our kitchen cabinets, my husband and I have tackled numerous home improvement tasks over the years. We saved so much money on those home improvements because we didn’t pay for labor. Knowledge and hard work really do go a long way. One of the biggest lessons I learned is that home improvement takes on so many faces. You don't have to build a table or know how to sew ...
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Awesome budget-friendly decor options for my fireplace

How to Frugally Decorate a Brick Fireplace

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information. Ever since moving into my two-story brick colonial in 2013, I have struggled figuring out how to style my brick fireplace. You see, it's not your typical fireplace. My house was built in 1978, and with that comes 1978 architecture. Instead of a typical brick fireplace in the middle of the wall, I have an entire wall made of brick and a fireplace that's left-aligned, instead of centered, on that wall. Additionally, I have an incredibly long fireplace mantel that tends to look unbalanced without the proper decor. Before undertaking the decorating aspect of the fireplace, I had to figure out what I was going to do with the brick wall itself. The brick wall is original to the house and was the same color orange brick as our brick exterior. The brick color didn't really suite the interior of our home. We considered a variety of solutions, including painting the brick, putting drywall over it, or adding a wood overlay to it. After much research and discussion, we decided to whitewash our brick wall. It was a tough decision because we knew once we painted it, there was no going back! We were ...
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Paint projects to do this weekend

Paint Projects To Do This Weekend

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information. I am an avid painter. In fact, I usually opt to repaint or refinish a piece of old furniture before I even consider buying something new. It's not because I love painting, but rather because I like a good deal. I firmly believe that it's possible to have beautiful furniture without paying outrageous prices. A little paint can go a long way. One of the techniques I use to score frugal finds is to utilize sites like Craigslist and Facebook yard sale groups. Fun story: Awhile back, my husband and I were looking for a double oven for our home. Do you know how much double ovens cost? A lot. There's no way our frugal selves were going to pay full price for a double oven. So, we searched on Craigslist for weeks and weeks, probably more than a month. One day I saw a posting for an almost-new stainless-steel GE Profile double oven listed for $625. I thought, could it be? Could it really be? Turns out, yes, it was legit. But, it came with a caveat. There was another interested buyer and if we didn't get it that night, it would ...
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How to Create the Ultimate Soft & Feminine Bedroom

How to Create The Ultimate Soft & Feminine Bedroom

This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure for more information. I am passionate about creating beautiful living spaces. My master retreat - or bedroom - is no exception. In fact, it may be the most important space in my home. I have an almost-8-month-old daughter, and my house has turned into a baby space, pretty much everywhere. There are toys and specially created living areas just for her in every single room. Yes. Every. Single. Room. That is, until now. You see, when we transitioned my daughter from sleeping in our master suite to sleeping in her nursery, I immediately leapt into action and reverted our room back to its former glory. While doing so, I added in some extra lush touches to make it even more soft and feminine. Related: -Simple Things to Do to Make a Happier Home -Top Money Saving Methods for Decorating -10 Habits to Implement to Maintain a Clean Home -Easy Hacks & Ideas for Your Home Now, after a long and exhausting day of being a mlogger - a mom blogger - (I think I just made that up. If I'm the first one, then I'm totally coining it), I get to relax in an oasis. Having this special space ...
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Such a fun and easy DIY project for this weekend!

DIY Paint-Dipped Plant Stand

Here in Maryland, Spring is in the air. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is plant flowers for the season. I was going through all of my gardening tools and accessories when I came upon a trio of old plant stands I had bought several years ago. The paint was chipping and they were beginning to rust. Instead of throwing them away, I decided to restore the beauties so I could enjoy them all season long. I am a firm believer in reusing and up cycling, especially if the project only requires a few coats of paint. It's a great way to save money, and if you do a good paint-job, your item will look brand new. Plus, you can customize the item by choosing a paint color that aligns with your personal style and caters to your space. It's no secret that I tend to opt for earth-tone colors, so it's unusual that I chose to use orange as the dipper color. Why orange? Well, I first determined where I wanted to place the plant stands. I have an area in front of our house that was looking a little bare, so I figured this would be the perfect area for ...
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Easter Basket Tutorial

Baby’s First Easter Basket Tutorial

Your baby's first Easter is such a special time. They're only going to have their first Easter once. I was debating for awhile if I was going to make a 'first Easter basket' since my daughter is only six months old and won't really know what's happening. When I thought about what to use as a basket filler, I realized candy wouldn't work because she doesn't eat candy yet. As I kept thinking about it, I decided she HAS to have a first Easter basket. She just has to! I was determined to make my daughter a beautiful Easter basket without spending a fortune. I never like to spend too much on anything - mostly because I know I can make anything beautiful without breaking the bank, and so can you. To fill her basket, I decided I would use some items I had around my home as well as some newly bought items I knew she would need in the near future. I spent around $30 on new items, reused other items from my home, and had the crafty materials in my stockpile. HERE'S MY 'REUSE ITEM' LIST: The 'basket' (I actually used an extra off-white storage bin I had lying around the house) A few Easter eggs (I had ...
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Love these easy, budget-friendly ideas

Easy Hacks & Ideas for a Cozy Home

I love decorating and updating our home. I, of course, want my home to be beautiful, but I don't want to spend a fortune to make that happen. Through creativity and budget-friendly hacks, I'm able to consistently update my home frugally and tastefully. I hope some of these ideas inspire you! (DIY Whitewash Tutorial here) (DIY Buffet Makeover Tutorial here) What budget-friendly tips and tricks do you have to update your home? See more home inspiration by touring my home ...
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Love this buffet & detailed tutorial!

DIY Buffet Makeover

I am so excited about this DIY tutorial! I adore this buffet and absolutely love how it turned out - just the way I had imagined. I only spent $75 on the buffet and had mostly all the other materials needed to do this home project. In this tutorial, I will break down the process in an easy-to-digest, step-by-step format so that you too can achieve this look with virtually any piece of wood furniture. Once you know the basics of wood working, you can apply your knowledge and skill to any wood project. My dad is a master with anything wood related. He actually owned his own woodworking business for twenty-some years, so as you can imagine, I have picked up a thing or two along the way. Fortunately, whenever I run into a woodworking related question, he's just a phone call away. Now that I have started tackling my own woodworking projects, I am able to take what I have learned, including my mess-ups and re-do's, and show you how to do it yourself without making the errors that I made. Many times a project like this seems intimidating, especially if you have never done it before. But guess what? You can do it! ...
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