Frugal Friday~

Hello Frugalistas! 

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

Now it's time to check out the great posts I'm sharing for this week's Frugal Round-up...

First up, Brepurposed shared a great Pottery Barn Knock-Off Filing Cabinet.  She did an amazing job!  I love it!!

Next, check out this fun raised palette bed that Kammy's Korner created for her son!
So cute!

Read more after the break..


One Room Challenge - Room Prep Has Begun~

Welcome to week 5 of the One Room Challenge  hosted by Calling It Home.

We're in the final stretch, and a lot is going on this week so that the room will be ready for install and I can share the BIG REVEAL next week!

It occurred to me that I had never actually shown a photo of the space, so I snapped a quick one with my cell phone last night.  Not the best photo...but let's face it, that will make the reveal look that much better!  Lol!

The  space has a bit of an awkward layout.  I've tried to work out a different spot for the bed, but the location it is in this photo seems to work the best, so we're going with it.  

We're using the bed which I purchased from Home Decorators when we first moved in to our home,  I had a bit of a different vision in mind for this room when I bough it, so the color is sort of a greenish gray.  My daughter has requested that we paint it white...a project which is still on my to-do list.

The hot pink bedding (left over from her previous bedroom), and the nightstand didn't make the cut this time around.

Read more after the break...


Open Shelving Saves The Day!~

I thought it would be fun to share a project from several years ago.

"But this is an interior design blog,"  you're thinking.  "Shouldn't you be showing us more up-to-date ideas?"   Okay, that's true...to a degree.  The idea I want to share is perfect for anyone who moves into a house that needs a bit of updating.  (Please forgive the small photos....they are from my early blogging days, and I couldn't make them any larger without losing clarity.)

Awesome Open Shelving!

This is the kitchen from my first house back when I lived in Massachusetts.  And this is how it looked when we purchased the house - more or less. Boring oak cabinets. And no pizzazz.  In this photo we had already replaced the vinyl flooring with tile, and painted the walls Cathedral Gray by Ralph Lauren - they were dark red before. But we hadn't done much else. (except, apparently, leaving a mess on the counter...ahem.)  Please notice the ugly floating cabinet to the left of the window.  Why in the world do builders do this?  The cabinet looks sooo out of place all by its lonesome.

Here is the kitchen after (please remember this is circa 2008)! We painted out all of the cabinets in Ralph Lauren's Nantucket White. We replaced the outdated brass hardware with new black hardware (Of course if I were re-doing this kitchen today, I may have just kept that brass hardware - Lol!). We also replaced the range hood with a new black version. (We had purchased the oven and refrigerator for our previous rental home and brought them with us.)

Then we removed that ugly "floating" cabinet to the left of the window and replaced it with fabulous open shelves. So. much. better.

Read all about the open shelving after the break...