Thursday, October 20, 2011


This is how I decorated the first floor of our house for only $75. 

Princess and I headed out for a day of treasure hunting. We went to TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Tuesday Morning, Michael's Crafts and Dollar Tree. We also searched the house for objects to repurpose. 

We took the house from a completely blank, cluttered and disorganized mess to this. 

Most of the items in the wall unit we already had. The only new thing that we purchased is the candle (4th item on the top shelf) from Michael's, using a 40% off coupon.

One of my favorite finds was this vase, made in Spain from recycled glass. It was only $17! The stuff inside we found at Dollar Tree.

This vase and the plate/bowl were quite the bargain, too. We found them at Marshall's. The filler for the vase was from Michael's. The books came from my bookshelf and the photo we already had. I do plan to hang a photo of mine on that wall. I'm just not sure what yet.

 We hung these pictures that we already had and yes, we still have the camouflage wall. We've decided on the lightest green . . . sort of. I'll update you later on that once we actually paint the house. That's planned for December.

This Aztec/Mayan calendar was from our trip to Mexico two years ago.

I've had this framed poster since before I met the Lizard King.

This is the arrangement on the wall in our entryway. It's a nice big wall, so there is lots of room to add photos as the years go by.

I also bought colorful dish towels to go with my colorful Fiestaware.

Our house now feels like home and I find that I am a happier, better mommy when things are in order. Doing these few little things has made our family life so much better! All that for only $75 - that's therapy at a bargain price.


  1. Love it! It's amazing how just a few pieces and some photos can turn a house into a home. Very nice Shady. Can't wait to see how the paint looks.


  2. You did an excellent job! I love getting things spruced up and I too feel so much better when things are organized. Right now so much of my life is still in tupper containers I do not feel like I can do anything. I desperately need some stuff to get organized.

  3. Great job! I envy you having a mantle to decorate, and love your gallery wall.