Saturday, November 10, 2012

Living Room Redo on a Budget!

If you guys know me, you know I hate paying full price for anything. I'm obsessed with clipping coupons, finding promo codes, the clearance section at Target, and anything that just screams EXPENSIVE... but really isn't.

So, imagine my joy when Jodi wanted to talk to you guys about redoing her living room and making it look like a million bucks! But obviously didn't cost a million bucks. :)

Take it away, Jodi!!!

I'm so excited to be guest posting for Mia today!  I'm even more excited that I'm one of her sponsors this month!  My name is Jodi and I blog over at Blue Skies and Apple Pies.  I love DIY projects {naturally Pinterest is my BFF}, cooking, going adventuring, and living life in general.  I also like long walks on the beach, candlelit dinners, and horseback riding... JK!

{Insert awkward moment}

Moving on...

Anyway, I guest posted here at The Chronicles of Chaos in September and talked about Thrifty Decorating with a Fall Flair.  Since becoming a first time homeowner this is my new favorite topic!  Moving into a big empty house gave me lots of motivation to think of inexpensive ways to make my house feel more like a home.  I'm becoming an expert at thinking outside the decorating box, and I'm back today to share some inexpensive ways that I have added character to the most used area of my home: the living room.

One of my favorite trends right now is painting a striped wall.  I typically try to stay away from investing in trends that are too permanent or expensive since I tire of things easily.  But, I had been staring at a picture on Pinterest of a striped wall for months and decided that I had to pull the trigger.

Painting this wall was a fairly quick project that cost very little, but had a huge impact on the look of my living area.  You can check out how I did it here.

Also when decorating a space its important to think: what items do you already own?  What do you have access to that doesn't cost any money at all?  I've had these Ball jars sitting around empty for a month and after picking up branches in the yard I realized that sticks would be the perfect Fall filler.  I can't stress enough how much money this can save.  I don't know how many times I have gone out and bought something new when I had something just as great laying around in the basement/year/closet.

I recently went to a huge Fall festival and picked up this antique tobacco basket.  It was HUGE and is definitely a conversation starter.  I also think an item like this is a matter of taste.  As soon as I saw this basket I knew it had to be mine.  It was only $30.00 and takes up a big portion of one of my living room walls.  With an item like this you'll love it or hate it, but be true to what it is that you like.  Its your home after all.  At the end of the day it should be a space that you love.

Finally, I want to stress the fact that you should never underestimate a good yard sale.  There are some major finds to be found right around the corner in your own neighborhood.  I bought this picture for just a few bucks.  Its an original painting and looks great after I reframed the canvas in this inexpensive IKEA frame.

To see my whole living room redo follow my blog!  I can't wait to share with you all the fun projects I've been working on!

And thanks again Mia, for having me!!!


So there you have it guys, a living room redo that won't break the bank. :) Thanks so much to Jodi for visiting today. If you guys don't know Jodi yet, hop on over to her blog and say hello. I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do!

Oh wait.. don't go just yet... Jodi is feeling generous today and wants to give away a $20 Starbucks gift card and a fall scarf!! There's a great way to save some money, let Jodi buy your next few cups of Starbucks! :)

Enter to win here:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck! Ciao, lovelies!


  1. I can't buy anything full price when I know I can use coupons for it. Case in point the craft store. I will go by it like 3 times out of a week (i drive past it everyday for work) just so I can get 40 % off each item i need...

    Great guest post!

  2. Love this post, I went over to Blue Skies and left a comment on her post paint and paint! Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. I love finding deals, and I love this post. Thanks for hosting, Mia!

  4. Thank you for hosting this awesome giveaway! :)

  5. I headed over to Blue Skies and Apple Pies blog and commented!

  6. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT ME AND MY EMAILS TO YOU...[if i were actually talking...hahaha! kidding!!!] Ahhh, totally know this feeling though. Too funny!

  7. peppermint white choc mocha-tall, five pump, nonfat! :) Thank you for the contest!

  8. I'm coming over from POTC and just wanted to tell you that the living room looks wonderful! Lovely blog!



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