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The simple casual cottage-y kitchen features two very good-looking solutions to common issues — lack of storage and outdated materials.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.
(Images: Country Living - Thanks, Andrew!)