2/8/16

Social Media Create-A-Room Design #2

Welcome to the 2nd social media create-a-room design! This was a fun 10 rounds of voting in a span of 3 weeks. [If you are new to my social media accounts, here is how it works: the readers created a room design piece-by-piece by voting on furniture and textiles from a picture of multiple choices I offered, starting with a bed and voting until we had a completed, furnished room.] So here is the final room design created by YOU:


I have amazing readers, you all did a great job! Thank you for playing along. Below I have all the sources for the completed room. Below are the sources for the winning pieces:


Round 1 WINNER 

Round 2 WINNER



Round 3 WINNER



Round 4 WINNER



Round 5 WINNER




Round 6 WINNER



Round 7 WINNER




Round 8 WINNER




Round 9 WINNER



Round 10 WINNER



Did you love the outcome??? 

Thanks for playing along and I can't wait to start 

another social media create-a-room design! 

10/17/15

E-Design: Farmhouse Boys Room

Today I'm sharing an E-design I put together for a client! She wanted a woodsy themed room to go into her farmhouse style home. This was the inspiration board we started with:


This bedroom was going to house all 3 of her younger sons, so beds were the first thing I decided on. She already had one of these beautiful beds from Restoration Hardware, so we went with those beds and bought 2 more.


The next piece of furniture I knew I wanted in the room was this dresser from Land of Nod. However, it was too big to be nightstands and too small to be the main dresser. So I decided to have 2 side-by-side to give the illusion of 1 large dresser.


Below are all the details for the final room design: (Unfortunately, I am not able to give the sources because they are part of her client design.) 







9/28/15

SAVING MONEY: When to DIY

Welcome to the last week of the Saving Money blog series! In Week 1, I talked about having a plan before you start decorating and how to create that plan. In Week 2, I showed how to shop within a budget. In Week 3, I discussed the importance of making practical purchases. In Week 4, I shared how moderation in trends will save you money. Today is week 5 and I will be discussing how do-it-yourself projects can save you money OR cost you more money.



Naturally, the first solution you think of to save you money in decorating is to do-it-yourself (DIY). The internet is saturated with DIY projects with step-by-step tutorials and it is easy to automatically assume these projects are always the right solution to save money. However, the problem is that DIY projects aren't always the right solution. So how do you know when a DIY project is the right solution and will save you money? Below, I will discuss 4 topics that will help you determine whether DIY projects are the right solution for you. Here we go.....

1. Skill Level
The problem with the internet is that bloggers sometimes make a project look way too easy. DIY bloggers build and create all the time which means they are very good at their job. These bloggers most likely started with easy projects and then worked their way up to more difficult projects. This should be the same with you. The first thing you need to do is to determine what your skill level is. Are you a beginner, know-enough, or expert? If you find a DIY project tutorial that is too complicated for you to understand when you first read it, don't do it. Trying to follow a tutorial that is too hard will leave you frustrated and the finished product most likely won't be the way you envisioned.

If the result of the project doesn't turn out as planned, plan B is usually to go out and buy the item new from the store to replace it. Which means all the money you spent on that project is down the drain, so only attempting DIY projects within your skill level will save you money.

Not sure what DIY skill level you are at? Find out by taking a quiz HERE.

Style In A Snap Quiz


Example: Large Canvas Painting

Skill Level: Expert 
(however the artist made it look so easy you assume it should be beginner)

Shopping list: 
Large Canvas 
6 small bottles of craft paint
paintbrush

TOTAL Money Spent: $25+

Result: The painting was so much harder than you imagined and the final painting wasn't good enough to hang in your living room, so now you can either spend $25+ more and try it again or buy a new painting instead from the store. You wasted $25+ in a failed project, when you could have used that money towards a new painting in the first place. 

2. Tools Needed
Unless you are an experienced DIYer, you probably just have the most common tools (hammer, screwdriver, drill) available in the house. Years ago, I attempted the famous rain gutter bookshelves in my kids' room. I figured building these would save me money because I only needed to buy inexpensive rain gutters, brackets, end caps, and screws which cost about $60 for everything, which was pretty good, but I didn't add in the tools that I needed to buy:
Hacksaw: $5
Level: $10
Stud finder: $15
Sand paper: $5
Dry wall anchors: $5

TOTAL money spent on tools: $40

So my overall budget went up to $100 for everything. Which I realize still isn't terrible, but when you budget for $60 and end up spending $100 on a tight student budget, it is frustrating. Spending more than you originally plan is never fun.



However, if you plan on doing numerous DIY projects, then buying tools is a great investment. But if you are planning on doing 1 or maybe 2 projects, and then never use those tools again, then that is a great time to consider buying a new item instead of attempting a DIY project.

3. Time

Don't underestimate the value of your time. Is this project going to cost me too much of my time when I could be doing something else more productive. If it is going to save you X amount of dollars is that worth X hours of your time?

Also, when a project takes a long time to do, your patience level gets low and sometimes towards the end you just want the project done and aren't as detailed like you were when you started the project. Leave those DIY jobs to the professionals who will do it right.


4. Quality

Maybe you are thinking of painting a thrift store nightstand in a fun, bright color. Great project! Now to budget the project:

thrift store purchase price $15
sand paper $5
paint brush $5
primer $7
paint $15
new hardware $10

TOTAL $57
(I realize these prices are not exact, only estimates)

Below are just a few pieces of furniture I found in fun, bright colors that are pretty inexpensive:


Even if the overall cost of your DIY painting project is still cheaper than buying a new piece, you now need to determine if the quality of your finished project measures up to a new piece. If you have done furniture makeovers numerous times and you know the tips and tricks to produce a great finished product then maybe this project is for you. However, if you are new to DIY projects you might not have the knowledge yet to produce the best result and quality. Ask yourself if spending less for a lower quality piece is worth it or would you rather spend more money for a piece of furniture with higher quality.

So my overall 2 cents on DIY projects is this: they might end up costing you more money and they might end up saving you money. If you want to research and learn how, invest money into tools and supplies, and do multiple projects then DIY is definitely for you and can save you tons of money. However, if you are only planning on doing 1 or 2 projects and aren't patient or have enough time, then DIY projects probably aren't for you. Knowing which category you are in will save you money!

Thanks for a reading this SAVING MONEY blog series! I have so much fun sharing my tips with you. If you missed any posts click the pictures below:

Don't forget to read Week 1 HERE:


Don't forget to read Week 2 HERE:


Don't forget to read Week 3 HERE:

Don't forget to read Week 4 HERE:





9/20/15

SAVING MONEY: Adding Trends

The last 3 weeks I have talked about coming up with a plan, shopping around, and making practical shopping purchases. This week we are talking trends. You are probably thinking, I thought this series was about saving money and you are right, it is, just stay with me. Colors, patterns and textures trend at different times and become more popular and designers show us how beautiful it can be in a home so of course we want to bring it into our homes. I am going to share how to add those trends or personal obsessions in your home in a way that will save you money.



The bad thing about trends or personal current obsessions is that they fade and our love for them fades away too. Does that mean stay away from them? Definitely not, but let's say you suddenly fall in love with leopard print and decide to buy a leopard print sofa which costs you $1,000, you better hope you don't get sick of leopard print soon. Or fall in love with red and decide to install bright red carpet in your living room. This may sound ridiculously obvious, but my solution is to incorporate these trends in small amounts instead. 

Everyone has a different budget, so I have given some examples below on how to add those current trends and obsessions into your home, within your budget and in a way that you won't lose a lot of money if you get sick of it down the road.

Current Trend: FLORAL

Instead of investing in a huge floral purchase that you might regret, shop around for less expensive floral pieces to incorporate into your home. Are you willing to spend well over $200 for floral wallpaper that you might not love in a year or two? Are you willing to spend under $200 for a floral accent chair? Are you willing to spend $60 for a small floral accent rug? If you can't quite commit to any of those prices, then maybe $20 for a pillow or $5 for a print is the best purchase for you if you want to add floral. 



Even a small dose of floral can make a huge impact like these rooms below:






Current Obsession: LEATHER

For the most part, leather is classic and pretty much always on trend but sometimes we fall in love with it more than other times. Here are some options to fill that current personal leather obsession ranging from $364 down to $20. Leather is a good investment piece but if you aren't sure you will love it later, maybe purchase a smaller leather item to incorporate into your home.



A pop of leather makes a grand statement in any room like these homes below:


Current Trend: MINT

The best part about this trend is that it is just a color. But before you go and paint your walls or cabinets mint, think about adding mint to your home in a smaller dose and you probably won't get sick of it as fast. Paint is fairly cheap, but also time consuming if you want to change it down the road. Try one of these options below instead.



A pop of mint in an all-neutral room can be very eye catching like these rooms below:


Whether you decide to incorporate your favorite trend through a piece of furniture or through a small knick-knack, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you are aware that your obsession for the trend might end sooner than later. Being aware will help you make a better choice of how to add that trend to your home, which will save you money in the long run.


Stay tuned for the last SAVING MONEY post on DIY projects!


Don't forget to read Week 1 HERE:



Don't forget to read Week 2 HERE:


Don't forget to read Week 3 HERE: