I'm so excited to share the first room that's done (at least for now) in our home! You all know I love pretty things, so having a corner of our home that just feels a wee bit finished makes this momma feel good. (Note, I am not a decorator at all, so I'm sure there are things that aren't right here but I'm okay with it!)
When we moved, I really thought we'd think about getting a new kitchen table and chairs (I love this set that we found on clearance years ago at Lane furniture, but it's taken a beating from my kids over the years!) However, once we moved in and set the room up, I decided that for now the kitchen table is just fine, we just needed to change out the rug and a few of the decorating items around it.
I'd gotten the rug in the picture above at Maple Rugs in Scottsboro (if you're in North Alabama and need a rug, you've got to check them out), but it was too small for the area, and much darker than what I wanted.
So, when I saw this rug a few weeks ago on our Cincinnati trip (it was at the Frontgate Outlet), I knew it was perfect! It was a sample rug, and cost right around $120, which while not the most penny pinched deal ever, sure wasn't a bad price for a rug that large. (It's an 8'x10′ rug though, and is priced at $229 online, so I'm pleased with my deal!) The only thing bad about it is my (very) messy eaters – so far I've had success cleaning up spills with this homemade carpet cleaner but I sure wish I had found something a wee bit darker!
The best change we made was this lamp in the corner (I'm so much happier with it!) It originally had this shade on it, but at the Ballard Design Outlet I fell in love with the blue shade above (on sale for $21 ~ had been $69.) I grabbed it but knew I needed to update the base of the lamp, so grabbed a can of spray paint yesterday at Hobby Lobby and in about five minutes that project was done.
(One good thing about having no grass outside? You can paint right out your back door without having to do any prep work!) 😉
Here are a few other things I added and pictures of the room . . .
Hobby Lobby had this print on sale for $14 – perfect, don't you think? The piggy salt & pepper shakers are my daughters' – the girl loves her pigs and I think they're pretty cute. 😉
I just re-arranged a few pillows we already have (I'm not sure those will stay, but it's a start)
(We're supposed to get landscaping that will hide those electric boxes you see in the window below as well as the house going in next door today – I'm so hoping they get here because it will help out our view so much!)
Added the large blue plate in the corner (that made such a difference – on sale $20 at Hobby Lobby yesterday too)
Of course, the lamp (a friend told me a few days ago about a cord concealer you can find at Lowe's – I've got to check it out!)
Here's the grand total of what I spent to fluff up the room (thankfully we re-used what we had already, which definitely helped):
- Rug $120 at Frontgate Outlet
- Spray paint for lamp $4
- New lamp shade $21
- Dream picture $14
- Large plate wall hanging $10
- Total = $169
This post is linked to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! I'd love for you to join me over on Pinterest (I love that place!) If you have a blog and have done a little fluffing in your home, I’d love to see it, so leave your link in the comments section. Also, if there’s a craft you’ve seen on a website that you’re hoping to make, feel free to share that link as well (I’m always looking for new ideas!)
See previous Friday Fluff Up projects and ideas . . . and Happy Fluffing!
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