Friday, July 31, 2009
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Enjoy a few more examples of casual decorating with a touch of whimsy!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I am a wife, mom and HGTV junkie! I have a background in design and a degree from The Art Institute of Dallas. I love to decorate and I love to save money! If I can do both at the same time it makes me giggly!
I just love good design! I am interested in design in all forms! I like to think about why it works (or why it doesn’t) – from an ad in a magazine, a book cover, a logo on a sign, the layout of a restaurant, pretty much everything - and of course, anything for your home!
I decided to join Blogland myself after spending hours and hours enjoying and being inspired by all you creative, funny and talented folks out there!
I love to talk about decorating! If you have any questions or would like a little advice please send me an e-mail!
My family doesn't get it! We recently bought our current house and now that we have a home to love, they don't understand why I'm not done with looking at houses!
It is just something that I never grow tired of! There are just so many different kinds of homes out there. My favorites are the homes in New England. I love me some Cape Cod! I'll take dormer windows and built-ins any day!
And the whole basement thing is a big mystery to me! We don't do basements in our part of Texas! It just amazes me to think about how these houses come with living rooms, family rooms and all that on the top one or two floors and then...they will have a basement level the same size footprint as the house! A whole other floor with yet another family room, sometimes another kitchen, another bedroom and another bathroom! What do families do with all that space?
I am so thrilled that our house is big enough so we all have different places to "be". The kids have their bedrooms, we have ours. Someone can be in the family room, someone else in the kitchen and then the computer is in a corner of the sunroom. So we are not on top of each other all the time! That was a big deal when we were looking for a house! I wanted to be able to be in one corner of the house and NOT be able to have a conversation with someone in the other corner of the house!
And of course...did they get a good deal on their house? Did we get a good deal on our house? It's a subject that I just never get tired of!
My philosophy is to never pay retail for anything - if I can help it! I get such a thrill over finding a bargain! If I can create a beautiful home by shopping wisely then I have double the satisfaction! Lately I've been spending a lot of Saturdays going to yard sales and thrift shops! This is something that I enjoy doing with my family - my mom is my favorite companion. Occasionally the menfolk join us too, but they have a much shorter attention span! Mom and I understand how to shop!
Everything in the picture above is from a thrift store, clearance price or yard sale! These items have a home in our sunroom keeping in line with my garden theme. I love the bright colors and, of course, the birds!
To me that's truly living "The Good Life" - to not be wasteful by paying too much. Shopping smart and having a blast doing it! Saving money makes me giggle!