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$20 Structured Tote from Walmart!

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

I have been dying over THIS Michael Kors structured tote for months, but now that my go-to bag is a diaper bag I haven’t been able to justify such a splurge!

I can however spend $20 on a similar tote, for the occasional night out with the hubs or any sans Jane outing!

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saffiano tote

I feel like most of my handbags are over-sized and slouchy, and this medium-size and structured tote is just what I needed to help this momma feel a little more up-to-date!

Copy Cat West Elm Abstract Art

Monday, July 7th, 2014

We have been loving the abstract art collection happening over at West Elm right now. Even though their prices are pretty reasonable, we thought creating a similar piece would be easy and affordable. We were right!

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 Here’s What We Did:

1. We purchased THIS two pack of canvases at Hobby Lobby. Using a 40% off coupon each canvas cost $2.50!

2.We used a paint color we already had and painted the darkest stripe, then added a little extra white paint with each stripe to create the ombre look.

3. To finish, we added a few strokes of pure white paint to add texture and depth.


We were pretty impressed at this $2.50 project to brighten up the house this summer!

If you like the look of abstract art, give it a try on your own! You can do it and save a bundle!


$119 Patio Set

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

Don’t you just love when the hardware store stocks up for spring? The smell of mulch and pansies and the aisles filled with planters, garden tools and patio furniture??  Ahh I just love it!

Designed to sell, it does just that and has me dreaming of endless possibilities for the backyard. A manicured lawn, a picture-worthy patio, oh and a fireplace would be nice too! ;)  Something rather similar to this:

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A girl can dream, right?!

The other night I was stunned while browsing to find this patio set for $119!!!

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Dreams can definitely become a reality with prices like this! Too good of a deal not to share!

Budget Fall Porch

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

With fall in the air, it’s time to get the front porch all ready! We’ve got you covered with a few low-priced items to make your porch welcoming and cozy…just like this…

Here’s What You’ll Need:

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1. An autumn wreath: Anything dried or leafy will work great. This grapevine wreath is a great price, only $12 after coupon.

2. Chrysanthemums aka Mum’s: Don’t you love their orange vibrancy…fall perfection! Huge tubs of mums are currently $13.99 at Costco, and only $3.95 at Walmart for a medium size.

3. Lanterns: It never hurts to add a little glow to the front porch. We use these Ikea lanterns all year round, and love their price of $7.99. If your front porch is small or huge, you may want to try this or this size. A mixture of sizes looks great all together too for any size of porch.

4. Pumpkins: Layer pumpkins in different sizes for a cozy atmosphere. For a more unified look stick with one color, or go all out with orange, white and greens to add depth and interest. We try not to pay more than $.20/lb for our pumpkins!

5. Doormat: Leave the dirt outside with this $4.99 one from Ikea.

You could go crazy-town with buying multiples of these items, but even just one of each will create a pretty and cozy porch and cost you less than $50.

Wreath + Mum + Lantern + Pumpkins + Doormat = Less than $50!

See more fall porch inspiration here, here, and here.

Look for Less: Floral Towels

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

I have been perpetually obsessed with Anthropologie’s Perpetual Blooms towels for what seems like an eternity…

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They are luxurious, beautiful and heavenly. The price tag of a bath towel of $36 is extortionately over my towel budget, so up until now I’ve purchased just one or two hand towels.

Fortunately, Target has come to my rescue – as it often does!

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This Threshold bath towel is a fraction of the price at $12.34! Right now, it is currently only offered in yellow, but I am hopeful for different colors in the seasons ahead.

Thanks Target for an affordable alternative!

Get the Look: Brass Flushmount Lights

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

I stumbled upon this image a few days ago on Pinterest:

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Hello lights!!! After paying hundreds of dollars on commercial-looking pot lights for our kitchen, these pretty flush lights look so much more appealing to me.

I was at my new favorite store, Home Depot and saw this similar looking flushmount in the lighting aisle for only $9.98. Wowsers!

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Hampton Bay Antique Brass Flushmount

The finish in person is way more bronze-y like the top image. Singly I’m not so sure, but repeated I’m thinking this could be a great upgrade lined along a hallway. What do you think of them?

Look for Less: Bathroom Vanity Lights

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

Ever since we moved into our house back in ’07, I’ve been wanting to change out the builder grade lighting. The vanity lights were on top of that list, but all the ones I fell in love with were more than I wanted to pay.

That is until we found these little beauties at the Home Depot last week:

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2 Light vanity sconce only $24.88

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3 Light vanity sconce only $26.88


Similar looking fixtures are going for a lot more, look at these:

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Although lovely, this one is $129 at Pottery Barn

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And this one is $149 at Restoration Hardware

For 1 of PB or RH fixtures I could have about 5 of the Home Depot versions; more than enough to switch out all the vanities in my whole house. I’m convinced, so’s Em…are you on board?

The only question is, do you prefer the 2 lights or 3? I’m still debating!

(HERE’S what my bathroom looks like now.)

Get The Look: It’s Complicated

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

We love Nancy Myers and all of her films. It’s Complicated is no exception, and what I love most of all about this movie is the beautiful set designs in picturesque Santa Barbara, California.

My two favorite sets are her cozy chef kitchen and ‘the bakery':

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Beautiful marble, industrial appliances, warm wood tones and the thought of yummy hot bread and chocolate croissants, what’s not to love?!

Here are a few products I am craving to bring a little of the movie into my every day:

 A French kitchen island

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A cafe-worthy appliance, like this Breville Frother

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And lastly, some pretty spring blossoms.

Hopefully the sunshine and the blossoms will be here soon so I don’t have to dream about sunny California anymore! Do you have a movie you would love to escape to?

3 Steps to Simple Design

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

A few rays of sunshine this weekend was enough to get me excited for spring, and in the mood to simplify things around here…

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These designs are simple, deliberate and stunning. Here are 3 steps to create a similar look:

#1 Clean Slate: Remove everything you don’t love or need from the room. Organize and store accessories you’ve removed so you can change them out seasonally.

#2 Add staple furniture. Now is the perfect time to re-arrange the furniture. Don’t stop rearranging until it’s both functional and pleasing to you.

#3 Add minimal accessories. Lots of times over-accessorizing can overwhelm and destroy a room. Remember: Less is more! Minimal accessories in earthy, wood tones add zen and warmth to a space. Baskets to store small items, as well as sisal rugs are great for this look, and don’t forget to add a living plant or fresh flowers for the finishing touch.

Breath and enjoy your simplified space all ready for spring!

Get the Look: Pintuck Duvet Cover

Friday, February 1st, 2013

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We LOVE white bedding, but to some of our clients and friends it’s a little too plain for their tastes. That’s why duvet sets like these are great since they add a sense of drama and luxury with the pintuck texture.

We’ve been admiring West Elm pintuck duvet (found HERE) for a while now, but can’t resist Target’s version (see HERE) for about half the price. With savings like that, go ahead and spurge on a couple of cushions too!

Get the Look: Somethings Gotta Give Living Room

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

You guys know how much we love World Market, especially for accent furniture. I always get excited as a new season approaches to see what’s new on their website.

This chair recently caught my eye.

 It reminded me of one of my favorite houses of all time…

Do you recognize it? The stunner is from the movie, Something’s Gotta Give.

Perfectly traditional, awesome architecture (windows galore + beautiful molding), casual pale blue accents and slip-covered furniture make this room a perfect beachy getaway in my eyes. Don’t you just want to kick of your flip-flops and lay reading a book in here?

Here’s a few things to create a similar ‘Something’s Gotta Give’ zen to your place:

1. World Market Jolie candlestick floor lamp

2. Hydrangea (Sarah’s fave) from Costco

3. Billy bookcase system from Ikea

4. Hovas sofa from Ikea

5. West Elm stripe rug

6. Traditional candlesticks

7. Ektorp chair from Ikea

Get the Look: Williams Sonoma vs. Crate & Barrel Pie Dishes

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Last summer, Em and I fell in love with THIS pie dish at Williams Sonoma. Priced at $45 we had to resist.



At Crate & Barrel, they have THESE similar ones for less than half the price:


This smaller one is particularly adorable; and at $7.95 it may just be perfect for this party of two.

Get the Look: Pottery Barn’s Stripe Duvet vs. Ikea’s Emmie

Monday, June 18th, 2012

I saw this bedroom in the recent Pottery Barn catalog, and instantly wanted to take a nap. So summer breezy, and relaxing.

The duvet cover is the eye catcher, but at $149 it’s out of the question on this student budget.


Have no fear, Ikea is near! Their twist on the classic stripe is to add a gingham on one side. This really adds a nice touch, as you can swap out the look as often as you make your bed. To top it off, their set includes pillow covers and it’s priced at only $39! See HERE.

There’s no doubt the Pottery Barn would win on quality; but if you’re looking for a quick switch, we’d go with Ikea, especially if it’s just seasonal.

Have you fallen in love with a look that’s out of your budget? Pop us an email, and we’ll see if we can suggest a thrifty version.


Copy Cat: Pottery Barn vs. Target Jewelry Tote

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

I’m not one to wear or have a lot of jewelry, but I do really like jewelry boxes especially the ones at Pottery Barn. There’s something about the milky creams and silver accents that call my name, and perhaps one day I’ll have need for one.

This box from Pottery Barn has caught my eye for a couple of years, it’s priced at $39.00.

While strolling thru Target a week or so ago, I spied this little copy cat, priced at just $19.99, BUT this week it’s on sale for only $16!

If any of you are still looking for a Mother’s Day gift, I’d say look no further!

Get the Look: White Ikea Curtains

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

As promised on yesterday, I’m back to mention a sale going on this month at Ikea. Their Merete curtains are on sale this month for only $19.99 a pair, with your Ikea family card (see HERE).

When we first moved into our house, we used them on all our large windows on the main level. I remember them being more expensive, perhaps $35 a set…so this is definitely a good deal.

(my living room)

Comparing prices online, confirmed this is a great price; as Target has theirs priced at $34.95 (HERE), and West Elm’s are $69.00 (HERE).

Below are a couple of different ways they could be used:

White is always a go to for me, as it makes spaces even brighter. However, if you’re not in love they also come in brown, purple and beige.

And as always be sure to hang them as high as possible to elongate your room :)

Our Master Bath Reveal: Hand Painted Wallpaper

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Good morning. I hope you all had a lovely weekend!

Last Monday I guest posted about my master bathrooms hand painted wallpaper, over at Lil Luna. But incase you didn’t see it there, I wanted to it show off here too.

I’ve been craving a wallpapered accent wall ever since we moved into our new home about four years ago, but there were a couple of problems with this. Firstly, the walls are textured; and secondly, wall paper can be quite expensive. After seeing fellow bloggers hand paint walls (see HERE, and HERE) I was more than inspired to create my own.

My first job was to decide the pattern I wanted. Originally, I was going to do something very clean and graphic like Johnathan Adler’s Nixon Wallpaper, but decided against it because free-handing lines can never be perfect, and I don’t trust stencils not to bleed. So, I went with a design that was inspired by Oh Joy’s Petal Pusher, figuring florals were more forgiving than straight lines. :)

I love the finished look of the whole bathroom, it really does feel way more chic in there now, and it only cost me $5! And time.

I spent probably a total of 20 hours painting. Supplies used were: 1/2 a tub of Martha Stewart’s Metallic Paint (only $5.48 at the Home Depot), a paint brush, and some masking tape.

Paint is by far the most affordable way to change up a room and make a massive impact, but for some reason I think most people are scared of getting the paint brush out. My advice is to just go for it; I think you’ll surprise yourselves. :)

Pottery Barn Candlesticks at Target

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Sometimes when I have a gander around Pottery Barn I lust after all the pretty white candle pillars. If I had a million dollars…I could easily spend a few on these pretty glass candlesticks:

I literally gasped out loud when I found them on a recent trip to Target:

Oh Target how I love you…now I just need an excuse to buy them.

(Sorry for bad picture, I was shopping solo without my professional photographer, Sarah).

So if any of you have been dying over these at Pottery Barn like you can snatch them up at your local Target!

PS. Happy Pancake Day! Click HERE for our English pancake recipe.

Updating a Room with an Inexpensive Zig Zag/Chevron Rug

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

A bold, dramatic rug is one on the quickest ways to instantly update a room.  Chevron rugs are all the rage right now, just look at  how much of an impact they’ve add to these spaces:

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Up until now chevron rugs have only been found at pricey places such as Jonathon Adler, but last week I found them at Urban Outfitters!

5′ x 7′ Zig Zag rug for $74!!!

All three colors are so fantastic!  Also, Urban Outiftters has a flat rates shipping fee of only $10, and free shipping on orders over $150.  Hmm, I think I could think of a couple of rooms that need ‘updating’… :)

Get the Look: Jonathan Adler

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Last week we had a lovely afternoon shopping in Newport, and we were happy to stumble across a Jonathan Alder shop. It was like a piece of heaven on earth, and I left drooling over his style, it was just the inspiration I needed to spruce up my house for summer.

Of course designer prices are not in our budget just yet, so here’s some more affordable options to pinch the look:

Get the Look: An Irish Cottage

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

There’s something about an Irish cottage by the sea that beckons me to visit. I can easily imagine myself eating breakfast on a spring morning with the window open letting in the salty breeze; or in contrast, snuggled up with a wooly blanket by the fire on a stormy evening. The style is functional and basic, with an abundance of effortless charm.

This cottage is owned by Alex Blaker, you can read more about it HERE

Images by Philip Lauterbach

Of course you don’t have to live in Ireland to get this look, here are some little treasures we found at our local IKEA:

Click to see more info on these: SHELF, JAR, BASKET, LANTERN, HOOK, BOWL, PITCHER.

Hope you’re all feeling the Luck of the Irish, see you tomorrow!