Brenda from The Funky Junkie (don’t you love her blog’s name?) is a master at thrifting and today she’s sharing some creative ideas for sprucing up your home decor without breaking the budget — this girl is good! Will you please come decorate my house, Brenda?!
Hello Style Me Thrifty Readers! How lucky is Madeline to be on her fabulous honeymoon this week? If her classy style is any indication, I have no doubts that she had one of the most beautiful weddings ever and deserves every second of relaxation!
When she asked me to do a guest post while she was away, I racked my brain trying to think of something new to write about that this fashionable girly has not already done. She suggested writing about an exciting part of my life with my husband lately: buying and decorating a new house of our own!
We moved into a townhouse last November, and since it’s just the two of us (no kiddos or little fur babies yet!) we have had a blast making the place into something just for us — and the list just keeps growing of things that still need to be done, partly due to my Pinterest obsession and Ian’s love for adventures in Home Depot. It has definitely been a process, but there are a few parts of our house that I am particularly proud of, given that we are two somewhat-newlyweds on a budget.
1. Our retro couch. My husband’s boss retired last year, and had some furniture that she was selling before moving to Florida. Ian mentioned to her that we were looking for a new couch, and the one that she was selling was absolutely perfect for our style. For $100, I would say we made off pretty well.
2. Thrifty art. I love thrift stores and I always make a point to browse through the art section in every one I go to. I have found some amazing gems, such as these local art prints of Old Town Alexandria. They were still in the plastic when I bought them and only several bucks each!
3. The vintage kitchen table. Before Ian and I got married, this table sat in my aunt’s basement for at least 40 years; it was the table that my mom’s family used while growing up. Not only does it make a vintage statement in our kitchen, I love the family history behind it!
If you are in the process of buying a new house, or are just looking for some fresh ways to spruce yours up, there are a few things I would recommend to fellow thrifty decorators:
Ask the previous owners to leave stuff behind. We knew that the previous owners of our house had to move at the last minute for a job, so we had our realtor tell theirs that if there was any furniture that they were planning to throw out, to just leave it behind. We ended up with an Ikea chair, two couches in the basement, some lamps, and a houseplant because of this! It was a great way to save some money and furnish our home at the same time.
Don’t be afraid of used stuff. You don’t have to tell me this, but some people tend to be skeeved out by buying things that other people have used. Don’t be! If you aren’t into using other peoples stuff, places like HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Kohls, and Tuesday Morning have amazing home decor for super cheap.
Expect it to be a long process. As someone who spends a lot of my free time on Pinterest or watching HGTV, it’s easy to want your house to look picture-perfect right from the get-go. Just know that it will take time to get to where you want it. Don’t be discouraged!
All this is to say that with a little bit of cash and a lot of creativity, your house can look just as good as those you see on TV. And if not, who cares — as long as you love it, that’s all that matters!