easy last minute pumpkin DIYs!

i love pumpkins! and look at all these fun last minute easy pumpkin DIYs!...more

DECORATING WITH SIDEWALK FINDS!

Who doesn't love a freebie?!  The super frugal part of me loves salvaging, recycling, or restoring  items left on the sidewalk for dumpster doomsday.   I do have standards - "ix-nay" on cruddy couches, old mattresses, and the mounds of cheesy stuff.  Ew.  But, oh boy, my enthusiasm goes through the roof whenever I come across anything that has loads of potential and boasts good quality. Honestly, I can't believe some of the stuff folks toss to the curb!   Yes...I guess you can call me a "curbside shopper."  ...more

Fall Decor: Gold Painted Branches

As I have gotten older one of the things I really like to do is subtly incorporate the changing of seasons in our home....more

The Goldilocks of Halloween Decorating

Growing up, my family only decorated the house for Christmas, no other holidays. It just wasn't my mom's thing. I do remember one ceramic jack-o-lantern shaped candle holder and I loved getting it out when I was young. (I still have it and my kids know how important it is to me.) As I got older, I'd bring home bales of hay, cornstalks, and pumpkins to create a fall facade on our front porch. ...more

Your Home Decor: A Starting Point

 Have you just moved into your first apartment, and are wondering how to begin setting up your home decor? Depending on where you live, space can be very limited, and frequently condos and apartments lack character along with space.The tips below will give you a place to start by adding storage and a bit of character. Once you have the “outline” of your room, you can begin filling in with art and knick-knacks and special lighting—all the special touches that reflect you. ...more

Why I Bother to Decorate a Temporary Living Space - Apartment

When Hubby and I first moved into our apartment, I  had no intention of decorating. I figured that I would only be living here with Hubby for a short time. Boy, was I wrong! We've been living  in our 3rd story apartment now for about two and a half years....ever since we were first married! {Here's my post on living minimally in our little apartment} While I accept this as necessary for now, I am quite ambitious to eventually buy a home....more

easy ways to de-old lady your house

I've mentioned before my never ending home decorating work. Our house is over 70 years old. The prior owners had... interesting taste. Everything was basically old lady chic when we moved in. If you're facing similar issues, here are my tips on some easy ways to de-old lady your house too....more

Building Bookshelves: Prettying up the Family Room

Two Broke WivesOne of the more drastic projects of late is building bookshelves on either side of the fireplace.  We wanted to add more character and storage to the family room and thought adding the bookshelves was the best way to achieve that.  The nice thing is my dad has done several carpentry projects over the years, so he volunteered to help us. (Thankfully because we would have been a mess without him. We would have gotten it done, just would have taken about 100x longer!)...more

Set a Theme and Let Your Attendees Do the Decorating for You!

In fundraising, budgeting is imperative.  When hosting an event, big dollars are often spent on decorations to create a fun and lively atmosphere.   Here's a great idea for how you can decorate and get that party vibe without spending your hard earned dollars.•     •     •     •     •...more

Welcome to My House: Playroom

Welcome to My House: Playroom One thing I love about bloggers (maybe you hate it) is when they open their homes up on their blog. I'm going to do this from time to time (it's not going to be something that I say I'm going to do every week)....more