Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Lots going on in my world this week...not the least of which is a visit from my sister!  Since I'm busy spending quality sister-time with her...my Frugal Round-up is going to be short and sweet today.  I just had to share this really fun living room tour linked up by Love Grows Wild.   Such cute details!  (Love the pendants above the TV)!

Read more and link up after the break...


An Earthy E-Design~

A few weeks ago, I got an email from an e-design client I worked with a couple of years ago.  She was asking a question about accessorizing her fireplace mantle.  It gave me the opportunity to go back through her files, and I thought it would be fun to share the mood-boards I created for her with you.

She favored an earthy color palette with touches of blue and gold.   I just love the ideas I came up with for her...

This is the keeping room.  Rather than using a traditional sofa and two chairs, I suggested using two settees. Or alternately four overstuffed chairs.  This is a perfect seating idea for a space that is primarily used for visiting.  Two ottomans were added to bring in extra seating in a pinch or to act as side tables if needed.

The living room was based around a sofa that the homeowner had already picked out.   The furniture was kept very neutral with subtle colors added in pillows and artwork.  Another pair of ottomans was added to this space (they're just such a versatile furniture piece) as well as a mirror to bounce light around the room.

The dining room had to be my favorite space...I gave her two rug suggestions.  One was a sisal...and the other was this bold zebra.  I was ecstatic when she decided to go with the zebra!  It gave the dining area the perfect touch of whimsy!

It was so fun to look back through these mood boards and to talk with a happy client a couple of years later! I just love my job!

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

It's been a hot one here in the Mountain West this week.  I don't know about you, but I need a vacation. Preferably at a beach.

Speaking of vacations, my first feature for this week's Frugal Round-up is this darling updated guest room shared by The Heathered Nest.  I'm absolutely smitten with the reclaimed wood ceiling!

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Make Summer Dinners Special with Pretty Place Settings~

Summer evenings are my favorite.  It stays light later.  No one is scrambling to get homework done.  They're quiet and leisurely.  I enjoy making dinner for my family in the summer.  (And that is really saying something.)

So why not take the time to make dinner more an event by using pretty place settings instead of dragging out the same old dinnerware night after night?

Today I wanted to share a couple of easy place setting ideas with you.  First up, bright and cheerful.  This type of mismatched place setting is really easy to achieve and helps to make any meal feel festive.  The more color and pattern the better.  ( I just make sure to set it off with my everyday white to keep it looking purposeful.)

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!  And a very Happy Independence Day to all of my readers in the good old USA!

For this week's Frugal Round-up I have a a beautiful home tour and a great furniture makeover...but seeing as how it is the 4th of July, I thought I'd start by showing you this darling DIY Planked American Flag shared by Maison de Pax.  How cute is this??

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A Vignette in Pink: My Mini Home Office~

My mini home office is in my master bedroom.  The other morning I woke up and really "noticed" it.  As I was studying it, I was caught by the composition of the little space.  When I was putting the space together, I didn't intentionally go out and buy/find accessories for it.  Rather, I shopped the house and gathered things that I loved and that inspired me.

What I noticed, made me smile.  Without intentionally doing so, I had created a vignette that looked very well thought out and on purpose.  It kind of made me smile.  All these years of decorating and design, and I have internalized it to a point where I can literally create something without thinking too much about it.

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How To Decorate: Making A Rental (or any space for that matter) Your Own~

Welcome everyone!

 I am so excited to be taking part in the How To Decorate Series hosted by Beth at Home Stories A to Z!

25 fabulous bloggers are participating in this series, and I am honored to be bringing up the tail end...last the best of all the game.  Lol!  But seriously, if you want some amazing decorating inspiration, make sure and start at the beginning on Beth's blog and follow all the way through!  If you've been following along, and are just joining me from my friend Brooke at All Things Thrifty, welcome!  I'm glad to have you here!!

The problem with being the last post out of 25 amazing bloggers, is trying to come up with a topic that is fresh and that hasn't been addressed already.  But then I got to thinking and decided that talking about how to make a rental (or any space for that matter) your own is the perfect topic.

For the past 5 years, I have been living in rental spaces.  Two of them.  One that I couldn't do anything to, and one that I have had the luxury of painting, but that I still couldn't change any of the major finishes in the space.  Both have taught me some valuable lessons that I want to share.

My current living room (in a rental space)

Regardless of whether or not we rent or own, we do not always have the luxury of being able to change the things we aren't happy with.  Whether it is because we are renting and can't change things contractually, or whether we own but can't afford to make the changes we want to make, we don't always have exactly the space we want.

So in this post, I want to address ways to make a space your own without making permanent or costly changes.  It is possible!

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