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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Im dreaming of....

Definitely out of my budget but I loooooove this bar by Martha Stewart.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

We have moved.

As some of you may know, in August of 2008 Rex and I bought a 1940 Bungalow in the heart of downtown Austin. We have ripped, painted, hammered, tore down, ripped some more, and cried during our renovations. But, the dust has finally settled and our little “bungalow of joy” is finally done. Here’s the bad news….its for Sale! The plan was not to flip this house. But, Rex and I have decided 760 square feet is just too small for the two of us while downtown is also way too loud for our likings.
Something we said we would NEVER do is move to the “burbs”. And here we go! As we speak we have a house being built in the burbs and I dont think either of us could be more thrilled. Is it ridiculously I long for an HOA??
During all of this I can not help but daydream of all the “pretty things” I will fill my new home with since I will not be living on such space constraints.
I’ll start with the gorgeous address stamps and labels from The Paper Cafe. Arent they darling? I cant get enough of them. I know what everyone is getting for Christmas next year!

Decorating on a Dime

It doesn’t take six-figure financing to turn your bedroom into a dream design. Discover how to transform your bedroom on a dime.

If you’re a renter, the cost of having custom blinds made can be sky-high. Making your own curtains is a good way to hide cheaper blinds behind ‘em and add beauty to your bedroom. Just hem the bottom and the top, get a rod, and you’re done.

Buy some painting tape and paint a bold stripe or two. Or attach a removable wall decal to one wall or corner. DVider sells single wall decals in a rainbow of colors for about $25 to $45 each and Blikoffers packages of polka dots, chandelier silhouettes, natural plant graphics, and more from around $50 to $65.

If you like the lamp base but want to pump up the color, wrap and hot glue a brightly colored vintage scarf around the shades you have — it looks best if the light shines through both the scarf and shade. If you don’t like the base, paint it a beautiful deep blue or coral red with two coats of high-gloss spray paint.

If you can’t find one you love in your budget, make your own! Check out designer Amy Butler’ssewing pattern pages for instructions.

Most people think of overstock sales stores for brand-name clothing for less, but they’re also gold mines for bedding. Try stores like Loehmann’s and Marshalls to pick up Nautica or Ralph Lauren high-thread count sheet sets for as little as $22.

Headboards, especially custom, tufted ones, add instant glam to a bedroom. If you can’t afford to have one made for you, make your own. If you’re not up for the DIY commitment, try this easy fix: Hang a painting at the head of your bed. Or hang curtains behind your bed — whether there’s a window or not — in a striking fabric.

Buy a Trunk or Bench
Save money by using flea market or thrift store finds. Pick up an old bench to put at the end of the bed and reupholster the top of it in a foam pillow or tufted design. Or put an old trunk at the base of your bed or as a nightstand. Presto: extra storage.

Adding character to a room without the hefty price tag

Need to add character to a boring room but dont want to spend the money. Wall decals are a great way to add flair without the price tag. Wall decals are great for renters who are limited on what they can do to their walls. $32