Friday, March 13, 2015

::: Console/Desk 10 Minute Ikea Hack :::

Don't you just love a good 'ol Ikea Hack??? This one is soooo quick and easy, it's a no-brainer. I had been searching high and low for the perfect minimalist console table to use as an entryway table/desk. I love the look of the marble ones out there but the prices are a bit high for my liking.

Blu Dot Minimalista Console Table
This one from WAYFAIR is $699.

That's where the IKEA VITTSJO Laptop Desk (only $39!!) comes in handy. 

VITTSJĂ– Laptop table IKEA Made of tempered glass and steel, durable materials that give an open, airy feel.
I considered painting it white or gold like others have done, but ultimately, I decided to leave it black. Pair that with my new favorite thing ever: MARBLE CONTACT PAPER and you have yourself a fancy table. Most other bloggers have used THIS one for $60, but I only need a small amount so I took my chances with THIS one from Amazon for $10.99. It didn't disappoint. 


Once you have your Ikea desk built, follow the instructions on the back of the contact paper and apply it wherever your heart desires!

Decide whether you want to add the marble contact paper to the shelf as well. I chose to cover it.


Desk/Console | Ikea
Marble Contact Paper | Amazon
Chair | West Elm
Pillow | Ebay
Bookends | Vintage
Geometric Terrarium | West Elm
Hanging Succulent | DIY
Gold Decorative Accent | Target
Lamp | HomeGoods, similar HERE
Frames | Joann's
Art | Various Online Sources

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

+++ Bathroom Before & After +++

FINALLY, an exciting before and after post is here! 
bathroom before and after

One of the first projects that we tackled in our new house was the hall/guest bathroom. It really wasn't THAT bad, but the tile color was gross and outdated and the vanity was falling apart. It was just your standard cheap builder grade bathroom. 


 bathroom before and afterbathroom before and after

        bathroom before and afterbathroom before and after

I wanted to stick with the "cheap" part but make it feel more modern and custom. We had the floors replaced with larger 12"x24" matte gray tiles that we found on Wayfair. It looks like the price is a bit higher now than when we bought it, but they are always sending out coupons. We replaced the broken vanity with the most affordable decent looking vanity we could find that fit the space. This one is 36" and is from Home Depot, although Lowes has one nearly identical. I took the original mirror down and had it cut to a circle for only $35 by a local glass and mirror shop! The vanity light is an outdoor wall light from Home Depot. It doesn't light up the entire room but we have a mounted ceiling light as well, so this option worked for us. The shower curtain was a little pricier than I would have liked because we had to find one that was 84" long rather than the standard 72".


bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after

DIY rope shelf

DIY Rope Shelf

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after

bathroom before and after


+++ Almost all of the decor items are from HomeGoods, TJ Maxx, and Target +++

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Monday, February 9, 2015

LOOK for LESS: Where to Snag Affordable Art

I love filling my walls with collages of beautifully framed art and photos, but it can get expensive quickly. Luckily, today I'm sharing my secrets for getting the sleek designer art look on a low budget.


I'm no photographer by any means, but a lot of my framed art happens to be photos I took on vacation. Vacations, or even weekend outdoorsy activities like a hike, can be great opportunities to take some scenic photos. Plus, they act as a great conversation piece when people come over!

Affordable Art

Another great idea from House*Tweaking, is to blow up a favorite family photo to an engineered print at your local Staples for only $3!!!

Affordable Art


Adding a frame to an online print can easily double the cost. If you're simply looking for something cheap, Ikea frames are great go-to. They make a gallery wall extremely affordable!

gallery wall ikea frames

If I'm looking for a higher quality frame with a glass front, I either scour the sale section of TJ Maxx/Marshalls/HomeGoods or I use weekly coupons to buy frames from either Joann's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby.


Minted's Art Marketplace features cool prints from independent artists at affordable prices. The bigger the print gets the more pricey it gets, but if you sign up to get their email coupons it becomes even more affordable. I got $25 off on the print below just for voting on some birth announcement designs. The frame was $10 from TJ Maxx.

bull framed photograph minted


This site is pretty similar to Minted in the sense that it features affordable prints from independent artists. This is a great way to decorate a bedroom or add to a gallery wall.

This fox print would look so cute in a nursery with 2 to 3 other animal prints.

baby fox print
8"x10" Fox Art Print // $17

Nature prints, like the one below, are a great way to add color to a blank wall space.

ocean waves photography art print
Montana Wave 8"x10" // $20

>>> MAPS

I love searching for old maps in antique shops or while traveling. Framing a map of the places you've traveled is a chic souvenir that you can use to decorate your home. This is a $20 map we bought on our honeymoon and framed using an Ikea Ribba.

ikea framed map

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