I find myself constantly rearranging the furniture in my house within four walls, or ultimately from room to room. Switching out wall art and decor to improve the Feng shui. Maybe I’m just bored? Nah! I am just continuously inspired and like to create a fun, comforting space within my environment; after all my home is a reflection of me. Plus it makes me feel warm inside when family and friends come over and admire all of my personal touches; especially when they were hacks that I was ever so pleased with.
Interior design has always been a passion of mine, originally learned from my mom but was able to pursue my sentiment ages ago by working at Pier 1 Imports for five years. Making little to no money there, and spending my paychecks on their merchandise…. I learned that I needed to start cutting corners on how I dressed my home. Years later, now a stay-at-home mom, and not wanting to waste my fiance’s hard earned money on overpriced home goods, I’ve learned how to nest for less, but still maintain a unique, personal beauty in my home. First it starts with shopping at lower cost places, such as Goodwill/Savers, or The Christmas Tree Shop, TJ MAXX, Amazon, Tag Sales, etc. But another important key that I’m currently working on is that you also have to improvise and be crafty! (That’s my new thing, working on being a more crafty mom!)
So here are some of my (home) projects I’ve been working on lately. Hopefully they’ll inspire you, or help you save some money next time you want to rejuvenate a room in your home!
My bedroom is probably the room that I am most unhappy with and constantly want to change. Well, was unhappy with. I was lacking the proper closet space; well not so much the space but a lack there of organization and closet doors. After running to HomeGoods & snagging a wood and metal shelf with four different compartments on clearance, and ordering some 3-drawer plastic bins on Amazon for less than 10 bucks each, hanging my clothes neatly and in order on my industrial clothes rack, my nook was half way to my dream closet. Next came my predicament with the missing doors. The next best thing to hide away the space was via a curtain. As I’m sure many of you know curtains are super expensive. So rather than spending $40+ on just one panel (I’d need two to cover the closet in full), I decided to go a different route. Maybe a tapestry? Nah. #1 most of my tapestries are kind of old and worn, #2 new tapestries are expensive and #3 I didn’t feel like punching holes or sewing anything to fit on a curtain rod. BOOM IDEA. A shower curtain. That way I could get exact measurements to cover the frame, it’s way less expensive than actual curtains and with the shower rings being connected to the curtain rod, it’d be easier to move it back and forth. So that’s what I did. Went on Amazon and ordered a $21 beautifully printed fabric shower curtain! Not only did I save myself $60+ but I added a bright and vibrant flow in my dark navy colored room. For finer touches I spray painted the generic rings gold since that is the color most accented within the domain.
My next unsatisfactory element of my bedroom is my bed, or I guess the accent wall behind it. I have enough wall art and knick knacks to fill the space but it still always felt a bit…empty. I realized I needed a headboard. Again, here we go with things that are overpriced. I looked on Pinterest for DIY headboards, or for headboard decals, great and beautiful ideas but again super costly. So I put on my thinking cap and thought well crap what can I do instead? Again, BOOM IDEA. A throw rug as a headboard. Ingenious I thought. On the same shopping trip in which I acquired the shelf for my closet I found a perfect rug that matched my room and loved enough that eventually when I switch it out, I can use for its actual purpose. A woven piece embroidered with dark navy blue, just like my walls. Again, another clearance item! I’m a bargain hunter that’s for sure. Along side my wind chimes, prayer flags, mirrors, Himalayan salt lamp and cozy bedding, I found my ever so longing for zen. Needless to say I was thrilled to have achieved the look and comfort I was going for, for less nonetheless!
Let’s face it if you’ve ever gone into a store, or wandered the web, or have gone on Pinterest…there are some freaking cute and awesome home decorations out there! One of the most popular things I’ve been seeing as of late are these adorable geometric shelves. In fact I have a few triangle ones that I bought at Hobby Lobby for my daughters nursery last year. And I wanted more. I want more. The dollar store, specifically The Dollar Tree is truly one of the most underrated places, I firmly believe that. Especially their craft section! One day I bought a bunch of popsicle sticks with the intention of doing crafts with my baby. Well after putzing around on Pinterest I figured I could actually make those geometric shelves myself with the remnants of the long gone tasty cold treats. My first batch wasn’t perfect, but my second one was a bit better. I’m perfecting my craft each time. So far I’ve done two tiny shelves by layering popsicle sticks and gluing them together one by one. They now sit happily on my living room wall. My second attempt was pretty much the same, but thinner, resulting in a simple wall hanging to fill the corner behind my bedroom door. Both batches were covered in spray paint, some gold and the others yellow.
Lastly, I’ll touch on something else I’ve recently made and intended to play around more with. Monogram letters are great for yourself, your kids, or even better, as a gift. So I went with the cliche monogram idea and something I loved, a cactus! All you need is cardboard, toothpicks, paint/a paint brush, and a flower or succulent. (Whether purchased or handmade! I purchased mine for $3 at Michaels.) I’m a plant whore, haha. Or I guess you could say plant mom. Anything that has to do with flowers, succulents, cactus’s, I need it. And need is an understatement, I kid you not. In my opinion plants bring this literal life to your home. Such a serene and calm homey feeling. So I made myself a ‘Cactus M’. Now the M can be for Morgan, or for my daughters name, or my soon to be new last name. Ooooo something versatile, even better! I’ve always been an artsy fartsy type of gal, but mainly when it came to writing and photography, I’ve never been artistic in the sense of hands on and literally making things. So since it gives me great pride to actually make something with my own hands, and I’m trying to save us money — that’s my biggest technique on nesting my home and making it 100% the way I want it to be.
Despite these being just a handful of quick tips, I hope they’ve helped or inspired you. In the future I’ll be doing more posts on DIY things, especially since I’ll be making lots of Christmas presents this year. Any questions, or ideas to pass on of something you’ve done DIY for cheap, please pass it on, I love the input. Thanks all xX.