Money is a tricky business full of social pitfalls and unspoken rules, so imagine my surprise when, shortly after moving to New York, a near-stranger looked me straight in the eye and asked, "So, what do you pay in rent?"
I went to Norway last month and, while I saw a bunch of stuff I wanted to buy, the exchange rate prevented me from doing a ton of shopping. Until I win the lottery, I'll have to stick to budget options that are at least Scandinavian in spirit, if not in reality.
Kathryn and Perry have a cozy home they created with just a few key pieces and their own handiwork. It's clean and comfortable and just what they need with nothing extraneous. Here are three DIY projects that help you get the look of their dining nook and create something similar for your own home.
I see great things for you this summer, and many more weeks of travel, fun, and hanging out with friends and family. If you are worried about spreading yourself too thin financially, use these tips to invite others over and not worry the whole time that you'll have to eat ramen noodles for a month to make up for the cost.
If your playroom is currently looking more like a play pile, and your kids' bedroom more like a giant closet full of ill-fitting clothes, a thorough clean out is probably in order at your place. But wait! Before you throw it all out, have you considered having a yard sale for it...online?
Having an outdoor space is almost like having a mini vacation locale just outside your door. It's a place for a change of scene, a spot to "get away from it all," even if it's just for a few minutes with only a cup of coffee for company. (Hey, that's a vacation for me!) This outdoor haven, one of our favorite outdoor spaces of 2013, fits perfectly into its surroundings and offers the serenity necessary for a respite. Check out our budget-friendly finds to recreate its welcoming, cheery look.
Simple design can be ideal for budget-friendly decorating, because you don't need too many things to replicate the look. This dining room from Kim & Kyle's Graceful Home is a classic example of a less-is-more, high-end feel that maintains interest through the use of empty space and playing with texture. Check below for some cost-conscious choices.
Cinderblock furniture is something we tend to associate with college apartments, along with inflatable furniture and futons and cheap reproductions of Van Gogh's The Starry Night. But cinderblocks have two chief advantages over other building materials: 1. they're cheap, and 2. they're really cheap. Plus, you don't really need to nail them or drill them or any other such thing, because they're so heavy they'll stay in place all on their own. And the best news of all is that cinderblock furniture doesn't have to look terrible. Really. Check out these ten examples.