Our Bedroom Makeover: And Why Our House May Always Be a Little Hodge-Podgey.


Note – I just finished reading the book Hope Heals and HIGHLY recommend it if you need some encouragement to soak up life, no matter where you are. Go HERE to grab yours. 

I'm just going to be really, really, really honest with you all right now.


I'm not gonna win the best penny pincher ever this week.  


Not even close.


Five years ago (fifteen years in. . . ) we splurged on bedroom furniture which I loved. We saved to pay cash for it, got a good deal, and after purchasing bedding I walked away and called the room done.




It never looked just right, you know?


So last weekend after touring a few model homes I came back to our beautiful-but-quite-hod-podged home and just started dreaming. 


We've spent years working on upgrading the brick and mortar parts of our homes as we've moved over the last twenty years, but have never spent much on our decor because we really wouldn't gain financial value from that. (Adding trim work to a home makes for a better sale, a cute dresser just doesn't!) So, every room in our home carries a few Goodwill, thrift stores, and hand me down treasures.


Which is perfect. And I'm so so thankful for them.

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I kinda wanted a “right” room, you know?


You see, my struggle with penny pinching is this:


I love beautiful things. But. (sigh.)  I hate what they cost.


Like, HATE what they cost.


But I decided to head to Home Goods, noticed a few lamps, and thought about how much I'd love to replace my Goodwill/garage store mix and match lamps (see the before HERE) with two coordinating lamps.


Just $59 each. Gulp.


Then I started looking at a few bedroom pictures on Instagram, and realized mirrors above nightstands were all the rage (I had no idea?)


So I grabbed two (very small ones ~ at $20 a piece I figured they were perfect!) to match the lamps and headed home.


The initial mirrors were way too small, so I checked out Hobby Lobby and found two for $100 each (eek), and asked my hubby what he thought. He didn't say he hated the idea, so I decided that was a win. 🙂


Guys, I feel guilty, but I love it.


Total cost to “finish” the room?  (Well, except curtains . . . keep reading . . . ) 


Updated alcove project outside our door ~ James also added all the trim work along the hallway upstairs like he'd done on the first floor





It wasn't necessary. We can live without it. We absolutely don't need it.






It makes me ridiculously happy. We had money in savings for it. And I absolutely love it.


And, I'm planning to love it for a long long time, because by waiting this long to finish it I've figured out what I really do love, and everything I picked I (think?) is pretty timeless.


Our make-shift free window shades which we got when we ordered shutters in other rooms of our home. We so need to replace them but I love looking out each day at our view ~ and I know new curtains will cost a bundle ~ eek!

So, there you have it.


If you're new to penny pinching and don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, let me promise you it's there.



By waiting for what we really wanted (instead of what we wanted right now), we can totally see the abundance of having plenty which we didn't have in those early years.


You'll get there too. 


Be patient. Stick with the Goodwill stuff. Check out your local garage sales, thrift stores, and online yard sales.


And then.


When you've penny pinched for just a few years and the money really is finally really in the budget, you can have that room you've always dreamed of too.


And it'll be oh-so-worth the wait. 😉 


And in the meantime? 


Whatever space you have.


Whatever you've got.


Clean it up. De-clutter. De-gunk. De-mess.


Because even when you don't have just the perfect space, the space you have really can be just perfect. 


Or at least better.




Take a few minutes this weekend to fluff up a space in your home ~ and make today a beautiful day. 


Here's the only “decoration” we had in our first apartment ~ a Mary Engelbreit card that I put in a $1 Dollar Tree frame. I still love it enough to keep it (hidden a bit!) on our night stand. 🙂 


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  1. Melanie K says

    Laurie, those mirrors are PERFECT with those lamps. Great choice!

  2. Thanks so much Melanie – I really do love them!!! 🙂

  3. I cant do it… I just cant. I don’t know if its not that important to me or if its what Im use to (my parents always went to yard sales , pre goodwill days and I buy everything at thrift stores, yard sales and off craigslist) My husband wanted to buy new furniture for our den but because we have sons and dogs I said absolutely NO… If we get new (and I mean brand new not new to me) stuff I cant ever enjoy it because I am always so worried it will get messed up. I feel like we can “live” on our preowned stuff and that’s what makes me happy. Your room is truly beautiful…. and Im am so happy that you love it… that’s whats important…..
    *however I must admit my favorite part is that view out your window….breathtaking ! My home is a Hodge Podge and I don’t see that ever changing (I don’t think there is any hope for me) lol

    • I sooooo understand that L! You know, for me part of it is that our bedroom is kind of a safe place – our dog doesn’t come upstairs, and our kids know that it’s kind of off limits for them to play in (a friend of mine told me she and her husband did that when our kids were tiny, and I loved the idea when I felt like the kids took over every other sliver of our home!)

      I definitely will keep most of my hodge podge stuff, but I am kind of loving a kind of clean space where things feel like what I dream them to be 🙂 but completely know exactly what you’re saying and appreciate your honesty! For us there’s balance (and if it couldn’t be paid for in cash I definitely wouldn’t be splurging!) I do kind of just love it though 🙂 even if I do feel a wee bit guilty about it!

  4. I absolutely LOVE everything about your bedroom. I’ve always been scared of adding color to our walls but the minty color you chose is beautiful! My husband and I have been married 9 years and we started off with hand-me-downs…like 40plus years old hand-me-downs. We moved to our new home 3 years ago and saved up for a new bedframe and mattress but didnt have the money for any new furniture other than two nightstands. He made me a headboard out of an old door which only cost us $60 (and I love it!). We bought a chest of drawers and dresser with mirror for $200. A coworker of his was selling. It had a few sracthes and kind of dated but I knew we couldn’t afford $1000plus for new furniture. Maybe in the next few years we can update our bedroom! You gave me some motivation!

    • Thank you Anna! I love it too 🙂 And I SO love so many of the mismatched spaces in our home because of finds like you have – they make our home liveable when we can’t afford the big stuff! Enjoy the space you have right now – it sounds like it’s just perfect. 🙂

  5. Love how your room came together! What is the name of the paint on your walls?

    • Thanks so much Jena! It’s Sherwin Williams Sea Salt. I love this color (and also love the color one more shade darker – Sherwin Williams Comfort Grey – I did that in my office and really do love it too!)

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