I’ve written a few times about my journey to being debt free-. As a quick recap, we owed $43,000 in debt and paid it off in 3 years. It was not easy, but now that we are done I can see how much stress the debt was causing us. When I decided that my husband and I should be debt free, I read everything I could on the subject and then came to my husband with a grand plan of how we were going to do it.
The plan involved drastically cutting our budget- something that I am sure you can guess he wasn’t super happy about. We got in a big argument about it and I told him- let’s just try it out for 3 months and if it isn’t working, we can go back to how things were. So if you can’t get your partner on the same page- try that! It worked for us. He started seeing the progress and we worked hard on our goal until we paid the last student loan payment in January 2016.
before- with wallpaper
Back in September of 2015 I started this blog and the first thing I did was do a tour of my house. My bedroom was made over in 2009- crown molding, wallpaper, drapes. We loved it!
As time has gone on, I’ve gotten sick of the wallpaper. It was a labor of love to put it up (my mom helped me do it one day), but I avoid taking pictures of this room because it is so dark. We added the settee a few years ago and everything feels so grey- too grey!
Hi Friends! So right now I am all about decorating, but I don’t have a ton of money to do it. Is anyone else in the same boat? You want a pretty home but you don’t want to spend a fortune. That’s me! Awhile ago I wrote a super popular post on how I decorated my home on a budget. Today I am back with a few living room on a budget updates!
Lighting on a Budget- I have been wanting sconces (a sconce is a lamp that attaches to the wall) for behind the sofa for years, but haven’t found the perfect pair that are in my budget. Our living room doesn’t have a great lighting situation, so some ambient lighting is definitely needed. A month or so I saw on a blog that my favorite Target lamp comes in a sconce (no longer available)!
Hello! If you remember, a few weeks ago I told you about the travel themed nursery I am helping my sister decorate for her baby boy who arrives this month! This week they installed a budget ship lap wall and I thought I would share all of the details. To refresh your memory, here’s the mood board:
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First of all they painted the walls a “Dancing Mist” from Lowes. My sister wanted a fresh and airy look and I think this helped calm the room down a bit.
Since Don was born (he is now 15 months old!), I have done my fair share of DIY projects around the house. My husband and I have opposite days off, so it is usually me in charge of the baby trying to take care of him and get some projects done. I LOVE redoing my house, so I make time for it. I have learned some tips and tricks along the way for how to DIY with kids that I thought I would share. If you don’t have kids, I have some tips for you too!
Hi friends! I thought I would wrap up the deck posts with a round-up of the resources and the budget. As you can see from above, my peony plant finally bloomed and I have been treasuring these gorgeous blooms!!! [Read more…]
Welcome! It’s final reveal time for my One Room Challenge room- the deck!!!
Since we have completed the deck, we have had two parties and this is the perfect hangout spot (especially after the baby goes to sleep)
It has been super rainy around here, but the clouds parted just in time for me to take pictures
The whole renovation started with painting the railing. We then added carpet, a rug, and recovered the chair cushions. [Read more…]
Styling School- how to accessorize
You might have noticed, but lately, at the end of every post I include a link to my free course where I teach you everything that runs through my head as I am accessorizing. So if you want a pretty home, but you aren’t sure how to arrange the pieces, I have a free guide for you. At my 9-5 job I am an Interior Designer for 15 furniture stores. I have taught hundreds of people how to arrange accessories in a beautiful way. I would love to also teach you all my tips!
Do you have old outdoor furniture that functions perfectly well but is ugly? That you’d hate to throw away, but aren’t sure how to update? I am going to share how to update old patio furniture. These tips will help you with any patio furniture update! [Read more…]