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 […]

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How to Shiplap Your Walls

How to shiplap a wall

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 […]

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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 […]

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How to Frugally Decorate a Brick Fireplace

Awesome budget-friendly decor options for my 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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DIY Paint-Dipped Plant Stand

Such a fun and easy DIY project for this weekend!

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. […]

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Baby’s First Easter Basket Tutorial

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 […]

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