The May issue of Country Living is The Bargain Issue, full of ideas for stylish living on a budget. A feature on the California cabin home of RH's art director, Brooke Hanson, proves the point that easily sourced, wallet-friendly pieces can look utterly fantastic when combined in simple, smart ways. Jump below for pics, sources and prices...
The bedroom photo shown above features items from what just might be the ultimate trifecta of affordable style shopping, IKEA, Etsy and a flea market. Yup, those are $19.99 IKEA frames, a crocheted pillow from Etsy for $40. and a squirrel nutcracker that Brooke picked up for $8 at the Alameda Point Antiques Faire.
Along with the very of-the-moment chevron poufs (sourced from West Elm) that fit below the sidetable for space saving extra seating in the 600 square foot home, this corner also includes a few other smart solutions. Why have a big screen tv take up surface or wall space when a ceiling hung megasized 10 foot screen takes up no otherwise usable space and is so much more fun? The curtain treatment on the angled window could have easily been a trouble spot due to the unusual shape, but the smart idea of using a wire hanging kit solved the issue for $5.99.
The simple casual cottage-y kitchen features two very good-looking solutions to common issues — lack of storage and outdated materials. The extra storage was solved by a DIY shelving project. the two shelves are made from maple and feature simple heavy hooks and basic brackets and wire supports, made for a grand total of $62. The old laminate counters got a fresh, colorful new look for the cost of a quart of Krylon enamel, in a bold, warm red.
For more of Brooke's charming home and inspiring ideas, check out the May issue of Country Living, online and on newsstands now.
(Images: Country Living - Thanks, Andrew!)