Thrifty Back to Shopping Finds!

My little Emory starts 1st grade on Tuesday.
How can this be? I feel like it was just yesterday that I was featuring her cute little toddler self on What's Emory Wearing Wednesday. (cue the tears!)

Since our lives have been jam-packed with action lately, I am scrambling last minute to get her some back to school clothes! I don't want to buy too much (since she grows so fast!) but we definitely needed a few things!

Mix in a few pairs of jean shorts she already has and we should be set! My first stop is always Old Navy, you just can't beat the price! They are also having a 20% off sale with the code: FASHION, so that helps too!

Backpack: Reg: $19.94 Sale: $15.00
Leopard Shoes: $16.94
Star Shirt: Reg: $10.94 Sale: $8.00
Green Vest: Reg: $19.94 Sale: $12.00
Striped Shirt: Reg: $10.94 Sale: $9.00
Gold Belt: Reg $7.94 Sale: $6.44
Chambray Skirt: Reg: $19.94 Sale: $16.94
Black Shorts: Reg: $19.94 Sale: $15.95
Coral Shirt: Reg: $14.94 Sale: $12.00
Glitter Shoes: Reg: $19.94 Sale: $16.00

Lucky for me Emory is still fitting a 5T from the toddler section in tops, which sure makes things a ton cheaper! 

Best part, I can grab all this stuff for just over $120, which I would say is a success.
Have you started your back to school shopping yet?

Note: this is not a sponsored post, I am just a big time Old Navy fan!


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DIY Poster Board Abstract Art Tutorial!

In the last year or so I have really started to enjoy painting.
Now don't get me wrong, I am NO artist.
I actually know nothing about proper painting techniques, materials, or anything art related. 
After attempting many abstract pieces, I have come with a method that seems to work for me. So why not share a little tutorial right?

This piece is currently sitting in my master bedroom, but lets be honest, it might make its way to the living room.

This project is super easy and affordable! You should be able to purchase all supplies for under $10.00! I buy my paints from Walmart and Michaels (they are usually less than $1.00 a bottle), and I use seriously cheap brushes. Just call me classy.

Here we go!

Note: I used the flat side, not that glossy. 
Oh and footmarks courtesy my kids :)

Easy right?
The painting will look a little flat when finished but throw that baby into a frame and it will come to life, I promise!

Hope you give it a whirl!



Thrifty Tuesday: $700.00 Teen Room Design!

It has been a while since I have shared an affordable room design with you, so today I couldn't resist whipping one up!

I mentioned this purple locust rug a few days ago when discussing my plans for my living room.
Since then I can't get it out of my head! I adore the pattern and color.

This teen room was inspired by that rug, and I am pretty positive that any teen girl wouldn't mind hanging out in this space.

I know I love redesigning my kids spaces as they grow and mature, but killing the budget to do so is just not an option. This entire design board (plus bed!) is just over $700.00! You can't go wrong with that price right?

Pom Pom Pillow: $29.00
Side Chair: $89.00
Be Pillow: $44.00
Locust Rug$149.00
Desk: $109.00
Pouf: $35.00
Print: $24.00
Sconce: $34.00
Bed (not pictured): $169.00
Duvet: $29.00

Total: $711.00

Oh and this space would easily transform into a boys room too. In fact, that rug is offered in black and white as well!


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The Perfect Affordable Desk.

A couple weeks ago when we first arrived to California I headed to Ikea and bought the least expensive desk I could find. It was $20.00 and served its purpose but was not the look I was going for.  It also did not have a drawer, which is a big problem for me.

I spent way too much time than I would like to admit at Ikea trying to make one of their desk options work, but ultimately I just didn't love any of them.

Last week I came across this white Threshold desk from Target. It is only $109.00, is white, has a drawer, and I just love the simplicity.

As always, I surfed the internet looking to see if someone else has used this desk, and of course they did, because it is a great looking desk for a great price.

Closet Full of Nothing shared these photos of her white threshold desk a few months back.

Of course styled beautifully too. 

{all images from Closet Full of Nothing}

You really can't beat the price or look of this desk.
To me, it is the perfect affordable desk.

Here are a few more of my favorite affordable finds...

So what do you think?
Do you like my desk selection?



New Land Of Nod Must Haves!

Have you had a chance to check out the new items at Land of Nod?
Not only have they introduced a campaigner style dresser, nightstand, and desk to their line, they also have really stepped up their styling game! 

The inspiration pictures are just jaw dropping.

I know this is a children's store, but I can't help but use their products in adult spaces too! Like that desk...I kinda need it for myself.

A little round-up of all my favorite new products....

Well done Land of Nod
I love.



Rug Vote!

Ok, I have been obsessing over this rug situation for far too long now.
The nice thing about designing a space for myself is that I can change my mind regularly...which I tend to do often.
I do know that I want a layered look and the larger (bottom) rug will be a natural fiber, like jute or something similar. Since purchasing 2 rugs is not-so-much in the budget, I am doing my best to add a few affordable options in the mix.
I have been pondering ahese 6 lately....

1. Passages Rug (3x5 - too small, maybe for the entry?): $136.00
3. Magical Thinking Rug (5x8): $89.00
4. Tile Wool Rug: (5x8) $349.00
5. Locust Rug: (5x7): $149.00
6. Magical Thinking Striped Rug (4x6): $109.00

I think I can get away with the second rug being smaller. Just big enough to add that pop of color and pattern.

I have a few ideas of what I want to happen in this space. . I would love to get my hands on some ethic textiles, a pop of color in the drapery, and some graphic and abstract art is a must.

I quickly threw together a design board, with each picture only representing a general look, not the necessarily the exact item.

Ok, shall we take a vote?

Does your head hurt yet?!
I would love to hear your opinions!


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A Fresh Start: My Family Room/Office Tour

I can't believe it has been over a week since I last posted! Getting settled, flying to Atlanta to speak at Haven, and having my Mom in town really consumed all of my time. I'll admit, I am so excited to get back into my regular routine, start decorating my house, and of course posting on this little old blog again!

I am VERY excited about our blank slate. The crisp white walls literally make me want to cry tears of joy. I just love them.

Let me show you around...

Here is the view from our front door. Our living room will also host my office, so making this space beautiful yet functional is a top priority.

We need a rug, pillows, art, drapery, accessories, and a coffee table or ottoman.

I really want to add lots of texture into this room. I am thinking a variety of woods, metals, and I would love to add some furs as well.

I plan to add some serious pops of color and pattern in this room. I am thinking some DIY block print drapery and layered rugs!

I have big plans for the wall above the sofa. A few very large DIY art pieces should do the trick. I have some ideas brewing.

I have already purchased a white lacquer TV stand from Ikea as well as a blue wingback, side table, and lamp from TJ Maxx!


Obviously this space has a looong way to go and I can't wait to share the process with you.

I do feel like the blank slate leads for a ton of possibilities, which gets me really excited!

I can't wait to get started!

I'll be sharing the rest of my home tour this week and hopefully get started on some projects! I hope you follow along.


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