Budget Living
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10 Style Tips for Pulling Off a Mix & Match Dining Set
The mix and match dining set is a great look. It can be seen across many different interior styles — Scandinavian, modern, bohemian, eclectic, etc. It does, however, take a bit of thought and planning to pull it off, because you can’t just order one up from the store. In many cases it’s also a very budget friendly option, because you can use either dated, thrifted or random chairs you have around to create a look.
May 14, 2014
Tips for Talking About Money (Calmly!) With Your Significant Other
Money is one of the top reasons couples fight. In fact, a study by Jeffrey Dew published in The Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies found that “financial disagreements are stronger predictors of divorce relative to other common marital disagreements.” Yikes. No matter your relationship status, here are some ways to avoid altercations over money. The Goal-Setting Big Talk Many scuffles over money are due to fundamental differences in the way individuals look at money.
May 13, 2014
Be a Negotiation Ninja: 5 Ways to Save on Rent (Without Getting a Roommate)
Who likes to save money? We do! Especially when it’s on the most painful bill of the month: rent. Don’t resort to a roommate — try these five things first. 1. Know your market. This is your first line of defense against signing an exorbitant lease, only to later realize you’ve overpaid. Look at multiple listings in the neighborhood, talk with current residents, and always, always double-check a site like Rentometer to see how your potential rent stacks up.
May 13, 2014
Kitchen Remodel Makeovers: 20 Great Before & After Transformations for Every Budget
A "before & after" bonanza of reader-submitted projects, organized by budget.
May 13, 2014
One Minute Tip: How to Build a Simple Planter Box
It’s Spring! Time to build your planter boxes! Here’s a quick video how-to from our ever-lovely garden expert, Ben Gould. It’s Spring! Time to build your planter boxes! Here’s a quick video how-to from our ever-lovely garden expert, Ben Gould. From Ben: • The Star: Ben Gould happened upon his passion for gardening when trying to find the most inexpensive way to travel the world through the WWOOF program in Belize and India.
May 12, 2014
Worthy Splurge: 5 Things That Are Never Worth Skimping On
In the midst of all this talk about budgeting and saving money, it’s important to realize that not everything can be done on the cheap. There are areas of your life at home where more money equates to better quality. Not just better quality construction, but also a better quality life (and sleep!) for you. These are five things around the house where you should put price aside and buy exactly what you want—even if that means saving up for awhile.
May 12, 2014
Budget Backyard: 10 Ways to Use Cheap Concrete Cinder Blocks Outdoors
Your backyard’s new best friend may be the humble, lowly cinder block. What it lacks in pizzazz it makes up for in versatility, durability and affordability. Each one costs a little more than a buck and, with some imagination, can be used in countless ways to add function and flair to your outdoor space.
May 12, 2014
Before & After: IKEA BEKVÄM Stool Solves a Special Problem
We’ve see the IKEA BEKVÄM stool in every room of the house, but Kylie shares a hack that I have never seen before. With a few modifications (and nice new coat of paint), see what Kylie now uses it for in her kitchen these days, and the problem it solves… As you can see, the stool got an extra story with just a few pieces of wood and some screws. Now her daughter Matilda can get in on all the action, without asking to be held.
May 12, 2014
4 Ways To Expand Even the Tiniest Budget for a New Nursery
So many parents-to-be dream of a brand new nursery for their brand new bub. But what if money is tight? What if there’s a measly $50 sitting in the new nursery fund? Never fear, there are ways to expand even the teensiest of decorating budgets, that are simple and bound to provide results. 1. Sell old furnishings. If the room you plan to have the nursery in is currently a guest room or study – have you considered selling your old pieces of furniture online?
May 12, 2014
Frugal Living: 5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying Anything New For Home
The urge to run to a store and buy a new object when something in your home breaks can be a strong. Or, discovering a need for a new furniture piece or accessory when you find a spot in your home that’s a little too blank can inspire a new purchase. But if you’re trying to save money or just be a smarter consumer, you might want to pause a minute before whipping the credit card out to ask yourself these five questions first before buying anything new for home.
May 10, 2014
Bunk Up On A Budget: A Room for 2 Kids For Less than $900
Do you have two kids sharing a room? With twice the fun, you have half the budget (I’m right there with you). Today I’ve dreamt up a shared room with a tropical twist. It’s a scenario that works for boys or girls, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Want this look? Though not pictured twice, the idea is to create a harmonious look by getting two of the same yellow duvet and red throw, but change up the sheets and pillows. Sources: 1. Techno BILD Poster, IKEA, $12 2.
May 9, 2014
Fat Quarter Crafts: 10 DIY Projects that Use Just a Little Fabric
Crafters are thrifty by nature. There’s a general can-do, can-fix, can-repurpose attitude shared by crafters. We can and will use every single solitary last scrap of material if it is at all reasonable to do so. And every crafter is familiar with the moment after finishing a project; being confronted with the terrible task of deciding if your leftover scraps are reasonable to save or (the horror!) too small and destined for the trash.
May 9, 2014
How Much Does it Cost to Install a New HVAC System?
We’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. If you can, let us know the type of system you chose, how large your space is, and specify materials vs. hired labor if needed. Approximates are fine. Since costs vary, your region of the country is always helpful too!
May 9, 2014
Tell Us: What’s the Most You’ve Ever Spent on Artwork?
Art, more than perhaps anything else in this design game we so love, is utterly personal. To some, it’s the icing on the cake, considered an accessory and added at the final stages. To others, it’s the raison d’être, the starting point for any successful design. However you feel about art’s role in a room, these days, luckily, you can find it at all prices.
May 8, 2014
Style on a Budget: 10 Sources for Good, Cheap Fabric
I’m a bit of a fabric junkie. Which, unfortunately means that I know how expensive it can be. But just because one’s budget isn’t big doesn’t mean it’s necessary to settle for vinyl or burlap, unless that’s what you’re going for. With a little digging, it is possible to find great, affordable fabric for any project.
May 8, 2014
Before & After: IKEA Hack Makes the BESTA Even Better
Suzanne saw potential in IKEA’s popular BESTA shelf, and not just as vertical storage. When flipped and tweaked, she was able to make it into something else entirely. Keep on reading to see the pretty remarkable transformation… This might just qualify for a hack and a half. Using the IKEA BESTA as a base, Suzanne custom created a DIY tufted banquette that’s sophisticated and stylish (and offers extra hidden storage as a bonus).
May 8, 2014
100+ Tips for Frugal Living: How to Get Thrifty and Save Money
You might have financial goals at this point in your life. Or, you might not. But here’s the good news: it’s completely possible to save money and still have a happy, fulfilled existence. You just have to adopt a frugal mindset, and put practices in place to help you succeed. To help you out, here are 100+ ways to get thrifty and reduce your cost of living… 1. 6 Tips for Creating a ‘Buy Better, Buy Less’ Budget 2. How To Have an Adult Apartment on a Budget 3.
May 7, 2014
How Much Does It Cost To Buy & Install Linoleum Flooring?
We’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. If you can, let us know the type of linoleum flooring you used, how many square feet you installed, and specify materials vs. hired labor. Approximates are fine. Since costs vary, your region of the country is always helpful too!
May 7, 2014
Best Bargain Buys: 10 Stylish Duvet Covers for Under $100
A third of your life – that’s the amount of time that you spend in bed. Sure, you could make do with boring bedding. But why would you want to when you could spend it wrapped in saturated, soft, imaginative textiles? Whether you love brights or neutrals, geometric patterns or florals, there should be something here for everyone. Your unconscious self will thank you. All the prices listed below are for full/queen size. Top row: 1. Dotted Stripe Duvet Cover, West Elm, $95 2.
May 6, 2014
The Look for Less: Jamie’s Living Room on a Budget
Jamie’s home, while small in square footage, is abundant in delights. Full of treasured objects, life, and light, her L.A. bungalow exhibits a well-balanced mixture of vintage and modern, natural and synthetic, and graphic and understated. If, like me, you fell in love with her style, here are some affordable items that will help you replicate the look. Believable Buff by Sherwin Williams First Row (in descending order, by price): 1. Karlstad Sofa in Isunda Gray, IKEA, $499.00 2.
May 6, 2014
How To Eat Well When You’re Low on Cash
With the obesity epidemic in America rising, it has become clear that the bulk of the problem (no pun intended) has a lot to do with the higher cost of nutritious foods, opposed to the super-cheap cost of fast food and processed foods. We could go around and around the mulberry bush on that subject alone—but if you’re low on cash and want to eat well what are your options? 1. Cook for yourself.
May 6, 2014
Before & After: A Bunch of Old Pallets Gain Purpose
Kevin rounded up some old wooden pallets by driving around to various warehouses, and through Craigslist. He had a project in mind, and just needed a bunch that were roughly equal sized. Want to see what he did with them? This impressive reclaimed wood backyard deck is the result! After measuring the space, he laid the pallets where he wanted the deck to be. Starting with the first row, Kevin lined up all gaps and used pavers to level and support the pallets.
May 5, 2014
What to Look for at the Flea Market (or, How To Repurpose Almost Anything)
Spring has sprung, and you know what that means: antique fair season is in full swing. People crowd into these markets, hoping to find the treasures buried amongst all the junk. But the truly clever DIYers and repurposers out there know that sometimes, the junk IS the treasure. These DIY ideas from our video archives will have you looking at the flea market in a whole new light. 1. Turn old sheets into new curtains. 2. Repurpose an old rake head. 3. Turn a vintage shoe form into a lamp. 4.
May 4, 2014
Apartment Search Secrets: 5 Things To Do Right Now to Find the Perfect Home
Cool your jets. Yes, you want to move and you are excited to get started. But, before you type a single keyword in your search box, open up Craigslist, or even put the word out on Facebook for leads, there are a few easy things you can do first (aka right now!) that will make a world of difference in your hunt for the perfect apartment. Figure out what you really can spend each month on housing…really.
May 2, 2014
How Much Does it Cost to Buy & Install New Carpet?
We’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. If you can, let us know the type of carpet you chose, and how many square feet you installed, and specify materials vs. hired labor. Approximates are fine. Since costs vary, your region of the country is always helpful too!
Apr 30, 2014
How to Stay Cool Without an Air Conditioner
In Seattle, many people don’t have air conditioning. We just don’t need it — the temperatures are mild most of the year, and in the summer we usually have one week of moderate heat that we manage to get through. But every couple of years or so, we get a massive heat wave. The rest of the country tends to scoff at our “heat.
Apr 29, 2014
A Cheap Fix: DIY Concrete-Finish Floors, Walls & Countertops
Have you heard of Ardex Feather Finish? I hadn’t either until we featured this floor about a month ago. But I couldn’t ignore the fact it this DIY concrete finish kept popping up in my blog feed over and over again, used to remake and refinish some high-cost areas around the home—we’re talking floors, walls and kitchen counter tops—for cheap. Really cheap. All the projects I’ve found made it sound incredibly easy too.
Apr 29, 2014
How To Save Money: Focus on the Present
Do you put away more personal savings by focusing on the future or the present? It seems counterintuitive, but the answer, recent studies say, is the present. Life is a beach. Do you ever notice how many books about personal savings show someone relaxing on the beach on its cover? The message is to visualize your future self, the one with tons of money in the bank, living the good life—- maxin’ and relaxin’.
Apr 28, 2014
How Much Does It Cost To Buy & Install Laminate Flooring?
We’re asking readers to share how much they spent on a given item, project, or upgrade in the home. We hope this information proves helpful to anyone needing to get a basic sense of how much something costs, and how much you can expect to pay to hire someone. If you can, let us know the type of laminate flooring you used, how many square feet you installed, and specify materials vs. hired labor. Approximates are fine. Since costs vary, your region of the country is always helpful too!
Apr 28, 2014
The Best Flatware for Entertaining Outdoors
What makes for great outdoor flatware? Above all else, it should be inexpensive and easy to clean (keep grandmother’s intricate silver inside). Bonus points for any set with natural or nautical details that make make a casual backyard barbecue feel like dining in a posh yacht, glam campground or lavish maharajah tent. Each of these options is not only beautiful, but priced just right to entertain four for less than $60 (and most are under $40).
Apr 23, 2014
IKEA Hacks: DIY Ways to Make Cheap Wardrobes Look More Expensive
We often turn to IKEA for cheap storage options, which makes their basic wardrobes a popular item in a lot of homes. Clever DIY projects and hacks pop up as people discover ways to upgrade the units to look more expensive and custom-built in their spaces. Here are 8 great projects to think about yourself: Designer Tommy Smythe updated his PAX doors with molding and vintage knobs. Combined with the sleek black paint, this new storage looks high-end and beautiful.
Apr 16, 2014
Before & After: A Seriously Stylish Kitchen Renovation on a Budget
Does this kitchen look familiar? It is the Apartment Kitchen. I believe it was installed in every apartment built between 1978 and 1995. It is difficult to hate the Apartment Kitchen — it just is. But there is not much to love about it, either. So when One Kings Lane editor Kerstin, who had the Apartment Kitchen, met stylist Megan Pflug, who was looking to do an “easy but stylish” kitchen before and after, she jumped at the chance. Yes — it is the same kitchen. I know.
Apr 11, 2014
Small Space Living: 25 DIY Projects for Your Living Room
When you live in a small home, you’re always looking for ways to get creative with the precious space that you have. If you’re going to commit to a piece of furniture or accessory, it needs to count — you’ve got to really love it. It’s a bonus if it’s got storage involved and more than one function is always a win.
Apr 10, 2014
Paper Crafts: Free Foldable Fruit Printables
I recently came across these cheery fruit templates from Mr Printables. Designed for children’s play kitchens and grocery stands, they would also make colorful decorations in a kid’s rooms (think mobiles and garland). I also imagine these sweet fruits as fun centerpieces for outdoor summer parties. Templates include: apple, pear, banana, pineapple, kiwi, lemon, watermelon, strawberry, raspberry and blueberry. You can find them here.
Apr 10, 2014
DIY Home Renovation: How To Tile Your Bathroom Shower
Unlike painting, tiling isn’t as quick and easy as it looks. Tiling is for those who enjoy tedious, repetitive perfectionism. And I can’t say that I do, but in the end, the three days that turned into three weeks (seriously) was all worth it. Clean white subway tile transforms spaces — all in such a timeless way. So, before you start mixing the thin-set, check out the lessons I learned about how to tile your bathroom.
Apr 9, 2014
Spring Gardening: 10 DIY Plant Markers
Planning to plant a full garden or even just a couple of pots for your window sill this spring? Here are 10 clever marker DIYs so you can label them in style. TOP ROW1.Gilded Garden Markers2.Soda Can Plant Markers 3. Painted Rock Garden Markers4.Ceramic Tag Plant Markers 5. Painted Popsicle Stick Garden Markers, DIY from Aimee Bee BOTTOM ROW6. Clothespin Plant Marker7. Spray Painted Magnetic Letter Garden Markers 8. Twig Seed Markers9. Chalkboard Garden Markers10.
Apr 8, 2014
Before & After: A Thrifted Table Gets More Glam
Tiffany loves thrift shopping and regularly brings home furniture that’s seen better days. This $5 table looked a little worse for wear, but nothing that a couple of coats of white paint couldn’t fix. When disaster struck, the tabletop veneer got ruined, and Tiffany was forced to find a new solution…. Since the top wasn’t salvageable, Tiffany made an entirely new one!
Apr 2, 2014
The Ultimate Kids Arts & Crafts Box Checklist
Want to make an arts and crafts station for your kids, but don’t know where to start? How about an empty box, and our handy Ultimate Arts and Crafts Checklist? Here are forty of the most common, popular items used in kids’ craft projects, almost half of which you probably have lying around the house already.
Apr 2, 2014
Spring Secondhand Shopping: Guide to Thrift Stores, Flea Markets & Yard Sales
For some people, spring means Easter, gardening, and baseball. For me it’s all about the start of yard sales, flea markets and thrift shopping. The weather is nice, and families everywhere are doing their big, annual purges. They haul everything to Goodwill, or out to the garage to sell….and into my eager, waiting hands. In the spirit of the season (and my obvious excitement), here are some of our favorite posts of the subject.
Mar 28, 2014
How To Frame Your Art on the Cheap
I never quite felt like a real adult until I framed my first piece of art. All through college, I pinned giant collages of unframed art to my walls like a life-size scrapbook. Post-grad, I’ve slowly started framing my favorite pieces. Custom framing is expensive, so I scour thrift stores for well-made frames with glass and hit up my local art supply store for the rest of what I need to do my own custom framing. Ready to get started?
Mar 27, 2014
Before & After: Loveseat Avoids Reupholstery Redo
Upholstery is one of the those projects you start with really good intentions, but they often peter out before the piece is totally done. Sibylle knew that recovering her newfound loveseat would be a pain in the ass, and decided to go a totally different route. Behold! A painted upholstered sofa! Yep, Sibylle went to town on both the wood AND the fabric parts. Using textile medium, and matte black paint, she transformed this vintage loveseat into a more modern piece of furniture.
Mar 26, 2014
Cheap, Yet Chic: Low Cost Living Room Design Ideas
We live hard in living rooms. It’s where we entertain, relax in the evenings, watch TV, and do countless other activities each day. Yet when we get sick of our surroundings and need something different, it’s tough to make big changes in the context of our busy lives and small budgets. That’s when small, cheap tweaks come in handy… Here are eight small ways to switch it up at home, on a budget: 1.
Mar 25, 2014
Before & After: Hardwood Floors Reach a New Plane
Patrick is an avid DIY’er, but you’re about to see the toughest job he’s ever taken on. It wasn’t for the faint of heart, and he should’ve asked friends to help, but after a week of hard work, he transformed his hardwood into the floors he always wanted… Can you believe he planed his entire hardwood floor BY HAND? No, neither could I. But plane it he did, and therefore Patrick wins the award for DIY endurance. Hands down.
Mar 24, 2014
The Ultimate Casual Gathering: Slumber Party For Grown-Ups
A party can be equally intimidating to guests (wear the right outfit, provide sparkling conversation, know somebody beyond the host) as it is for the host (play the right music, serve the right food/drinks, invite the right mix of people), but nothing says “come as you are” like an invitation to a sleepover party! Why should you host a slumber party immediately, and why should you accept an invitation to a slumber party immediately? Let’s count the ways.
Mar 21, 2014
DIY Project: How To Remove and Install a Kitchen Sink
Earlier this week, I showed you my newly renovated sink and backsplash area in my kitchen. If you’re interested in learning how to remove and install your own sink, follow these steps to complete the process yourself! A new kitchen sink that fits both width, length and depth of the existing space Plumber’s putty Your brand new sink!
Mar 21, 2014
Style Makeovers: Dated Kitchens Refreshed Without Renovating
Kitchens can be daunting and expensive to remodel, yet they remain the room people want to renovate the most. Whether you’re on a tight budget or a renter with constraints on what you’re actually allowed to do, the kitchens shown here are excellent examples of what can be achieved by simply painting cabinetry, removing cabinet doors, swapping out lighting or hardware, or upgrading appliances.
Mar 19, 2014
Inexpensive Improvements: Room Changes for Under $100
Spring is a great time to revitalize a space — but you may not have the extra money lying around for an expensive overhaul. No matter. Here are several quick, easy, and inexpensive improvements that will give you a new look in no time. PAINT is the obvious choice for freshening up a room on the cheap, but be careful not to rush into it.
Mar 19, 2014
6 Tips for Saving Money on Everyday Expenses
Thinking back, I blush at how naive my husband and I were when we purchased our first home. There were so many things we failed to take into account as we rushed headlong into home ownership. We may have learned the hard way, but since then we’ve discovered just how expensive it can be to run a household — whether you own or rent. Now that I’m off work for a year with our children, we’ve had to scale back even more to make ends meet.
Mar 17, 2014
Bargaining for Beginners: 5 Smart Strategies to Score A Better Deal
Feeling the financial pinch? We may live in a (mostly) fixed-price society, but that doesn’t mean that you need to pay sticker price for every single purchase. Learning how and when to bring out the big bargaining skills can save you major moolah. Read on for five basics. 1. All prices are negotiable — Welcome to a whole new world of buying!
Mar 17, 2014
But It’s a Bargain! Tips and Tricks for Not Buying What You Don’t Need
There are few things as alluring as a deal. My inbox overflows with them: advertisements from retailers I frequent, flash sale sites, and group deals. And more often then not, I click through, just to see if there is something I might need. The reality is that if there is something I really do I need, I will seek it out.
Mar 17, 2014
How Much Money Should I Be Saving Each Month?
Today we’re discussing how to jumpstart a stalled savings account, and the easiest way for me to wrap my head around such an undertaking is by knowing the cold, hard, seemingly-impossible financial facts.
Mar 17, 2014
Practically Painless Ways to Build a Nest Egg
Time is of the essence when it comes to building a nest egg for retirement. You can clip coupons and fill the change jar forever, but if you’re simply saving instead of investing for retirement, you’re missing out: how Invest any savings you have, beyond an emergency fund and savings for immediate major expenditures. Interest rates on savings accounts are so low that your savings won’t keep up with inflation if your extra savings aren’t otherwise invested.
Mar 17, 2014
10 Strategies For Saving Money at the Grocery Store
Whether you’re shopping for yourself, sharing groceries with roommates, or buying food for your family, the cost of food can constitute a significant part of your bottom line. If you’re savvy, saving money on groceries doesn’t require compromising on variety or quality. Here are 10 tips for keeping food expenses down. 1. Use your smartphone to manage shopping lists. My family uses AnyList, and the ease of use and list sharing makes it simple to stick to a list.
Mar 17, 2014
Basics of a Household Budget that Works
Getting a handle on your finances is extremely satisfying. I’d even say it’s downright freeing. No more anxiety about where the money is going and can I afford this and how much should we be paying for that. Here are a few overarching principles and practical points from my own household budget, considerations that I think apply to any budget. 1. Pay off debt.
Mar 17, 2014
10 Easy-to-Find Secondhand Staples (and How To DIY These Thrift Store Finds)
Here are 10 secondhand staples you run into at thrift stores all the time, and 10 corresponding DIY projects to modernize them. Most are simple projects that are both do-able and transformative. Keep them in mind the next time you are wandering around a flea market, or in your favorite Goodwill. Mismatched Plates: These DIY tiered stands are inexpensive to make, and a great way to use old dishes.
Mar 14, 2014
Temporary Solutions to Give New Life To An Old Paint Job
Even if you would love to change the color of your walls, repainting isn’t always possible. Perhaps you’re renting and you aren’t allowed or maybe you’re saving up for a new paint job down the road but want to spiff things up in the meantime. Whatever the reason, here are a few ways to make an old paint job look better for the time being. Clean the walls. Sometimes walls that look like they could use a new coat of paint could really benefit most from a good cleaning.
Mar 13, 2014
Before & After: Simple Lampshade Hack Gets a Gold Medal for Glamour
Once again, you don’t have to be a trained woodworker to make something for your home. Armed with some wrapping paper, reader Angelica did something quite clever to this basic table lamp… She went for the gold! For this simple project, cut strips of wrapping paper at the height of the lamp shade and about 2.5 inches wide. Apply Mode Podge on the back of each strip and affix the wrapping paper onto the lamp shade, pressing smoothly to remove any air bubbles.
Mar 11, 2014
DIY Indoor Activity: Make Wrapping Paper With Your Kids
I find that the best kind of indoor activity during these cold winter days is the kind that will occupy the kids and be productive at the same time. This is a do-it-yourself project that is so simple but will speak volumes when you use them to wrap gifts. Giving a gift wrapped in homemade wrapping paper communicates an extra personal touch, and is made all the more special if your kids have a hand in the project.
Mar 10, 2014
IKEA Recycling Bin to DIY Top-Entry Litter Box
The first time I saw a top-entry litter box, I wondered where it had been all my life. That top-oriented entrance hole looked like it would cut down dramatically on my cat tracking litter out of the box on her paws and eliminate accidental out-of-the-box spraying. Unfortunately, that kind of litter box can be expensive. But now someone has figured out a way to make one with a simple IKEA hack.
Mar 7, 2014
Decorating with Light: 10 Pretty Ways Use String Lights
Many people probably associate strings of lights with the holidays, which makes sense. But a simple string of white lights can be such a great whimsical, playful, modern or simple home decor accessory any time of year. And as a bonus it’s a great source of light — imagine that. I think it’s key to stick to white lights to avoid the whole Christmas vibe (unless it’s a children’s room, then go nuts).
Mar 6, 2014
Organization Motivation: 6 Easy Ways to Save Money by Getting Organized
Whether you love organizing or you hate it, we can all agree that the end result is nice. But organizing a space, small or large, doesn’t just make it look better; it has additional effects, less obvious but no less desirable. If you need a little extra nudge to get you into an organizing mood, check out these six ways that organizing your home can save you a considerable amount of money. 1) Eliminate duplicates.
Mar 5, 2014
Goodbye, Big Blank Walls: Large-Scale Solutions
Having a blank canvas to work with is fun, but when it’s really big, that can be a bit of a challenge. First there’s the question of just what you might want to put up there that’s the right size, and then there’s the question of how to do it affordably. Here are some of our favorite fixes for big, blank walls. 1. Architectural salvage elements: Salvaged elements such as shutters are big and have lots of character.
Mar 5, 2014
10 Impressive DIY Wall Art Projects from Our House Tours
“Decorative art isn’t necessarily created just by bona fide artists. Everyday folks can get in on the action too, and make custom work for their walls. We asked our house tour residents to tell us about their DIY art projects, and the results are endlessly impressive. 1. Above, a Southwestern rug-inspired painted canvas from Kathryn & Perry’s “Have Less Do More” Apartment: My proudest DIY has got to be our little dining nook/statement art wall!
Mar 5, 2014
Before & After: Hemnes Hack Gets The Dubai Treatment
It’s rare when the words IKEA and Dubai appear in one sentence. Dubai, with its reputation for luxury and modern excess, hardly calls to mind budget furniture. However, UAE resident Jacqui wanted to insert a least a hint of glamour into this old Blue Hemnes dresser, and bring a little glitz to her master bedroom. Here’s her hack… She started by painting the dresser a dramatic jet black, then added a nailhead trim around all the edges. Spray painted gold knobs complete the look.
Mar 3, 2014
Make It Work: The Complete Guide to IKEA Hacks & Projects
You know the saying: give someone a fish and they eat for a day. But teach that person to fish and they eat for a lifetime? Wise words, and completely applicable to IKEA hacks. Because, we can show you good examples of “Before & After” projects all day long but, sooner or later young lady, you’ll find yourself standing in front of a broke-down MALM dresser and you won’t know what to do. And then where are you going to be? Huh? Can you answer me that?
Feb 28, 2014
Big City To Small Town: A Personal Cost-Of-Living Update
Nearly a year ago, I wrote about how moving from San Francisco to rural Illinois would change my economic reality. Some friends even assumed that it was so cheap to live in the country that I wouldn’t have to work at all! My plans actually changed a bit, and I’ve spent the last 8 months in one of Illinois’ small towns (Pop.
Feb 28, 2014
9 Ways to Score Free Furniture (So You Can Save for That Investment Piece!)
Sticking to a budget when you’re furnishing a space is tough, especially when the furniture that’s considered to be “cheap” these days really isn’t all that inexpensive. If you’d much rather spend your money on a modern Eames chair or a Moroccan rug instead of a couch or bed frame, you’ll have to make some compromises—and borrow heavily from your overall budget.
Feb 28, 2014
10 Inexpensive Ways to Add Life to Any Space
Sometimes you feel like your home needs a refresh, but you aren’t looking to spend a lot of money. These are my 10 go-to tricks, whether I’m preparing for company, getting things photo shoot ready, or just feel the need for a little pick me up without spending much money. 1. Bring the outdoors in with houseplants. A little green can go a long ways towards bringing life into your space. Choose something low maintenance, like a succulent, if you have a less than green thumb. 2.
Feb 27, 2014
DIY Home Decor: 5 Hand Stamped Statement Walls
Do you have a white wall that needs a little something? Take inspiration from these fabulous walls and consider hand stamping them. You can make your stamp from inexpensive materials like craft foam, cardboard, or potatoes, and the project doesn’t need to be ornerous — all of these walls were completed in a afternoon or two. Pictured above: 1. Dot Wall, DIY from Oh Happy Day 2. Yellow Diamond Wall, DIY from Design Sponge 3. Clementine Wall, DIY from A Beautiful Mess via The Kitchn 4.
Feb 27, 2014
DIY Home Decor: 15 Takes on Classic Macrame Hanging Planters
I am always on the lookout for new hanging planters, but I usually find them to be out of my price range or just not quite right. Recently I spent an evening searching online for DIY versions, and I rounded up 15 tutorials based on the old school macramé planters of the 70s. There are plenty of ideas to inspire you, using a variety of materials — rope, cording, leather, brass fittings, even t-shirts.
Feb 25, 2014
Before & After: Office Cabinet is All Business Up Front, Then Party in the Back
This office credenza is all business. It’s gray, it’s functional, but pretty it is not. Owner Joanne took this cabinet to task, refinished it in about 4 hours in her driveway, then found a better place for it. Want to see? What was all business in the front, is now a party in the back. The formerly buttoned-up credenza fits nicely in her nook, and is now the perfect furniture host. It holds drinks, stores glasses and wine, and blends in nicely with the rest of the home.
Feb 20, 2014
Start from Seed: Tips to Grow Your Garden Cheaply
Last year, I spent a bunch of money on annuals and perennials for my small backyard plot. This year, I’ve vowed to be more like my dad, who always jump-starts his garden indoors (see above). To that end, I’ve bought some flower seeds and begun my research. Costs add up quickly at nurseries, and the savings of seeds versus plants is obvious. The five flower seed packets I bought, including low-fuss zinnias and bachelor’s button, cost $10 and change.
Feb 20, 2014