We moved into Home #3 in May of 2013, approximately one month before I gave birth to our second son, Jacob. That was a fun experience being super pregnant in the Texas heat while moving! But over the last two years we were able to really personalize it and make it our own. I don't buy expensive furniture and most of my decor is from thrift stores or discount home stores.
My dining room is a mix of old and new. I found my trestle table at a local thrift store for $100. It was brand new from a high end manufacturer but it had a small knick in one of the corners. The chairs were $10 each from a thrift store as well. They were originally cane back but the caning was broken in some areas. I had them upholstered and large nailhead trim was added. Of course my favorite part of the room would have to be my Target tablecloth curtains!
I had two large frames from Target from my first apartment out of college. I decided they would be a good size in the entry hall but the art was outdated. I found some awesome wrapping paper that looked like ocean waves and I used it inside the frames and now I have artwork that probably cost me about $5 total (cost of the wrapping paper roll)!
The sunburst mirrors were on the clearance aisle at Kohls for $20 each. The large mirror above the buffet was from World Market like 15 years ago and it was a dark brown finish. A little gold spray paint can totally change the look of a mirror frame in 15 minutes! The light fixture is from Joss and Main. The buffet is the most expensive piece in the room and I think I paid $650 for it at Weirs.
Because we bought this house as a spec, we weren't able to choose some of the builder selections, like the granite and placement of the appliances, etc. I was however able to choose my backsplash and cabinet color. We added the cabinet hardware ourselves. The barstools are from Ikea.
Under the staircase is one of my favorite thrift store chair makeovers. After a little spray paint and reupholstery job, my little $15 chair is now chinoiserie chic! The mirrored chest had a large crack in the top so it was in the clearance area. I had a new mirror added and you would never know the difference! The mirror next to the fireplace was $30 at a thrift store and to this day is still a favorite find of mine. More Target tablecloth curtains flank the breakfast nook. At $13 each, they make great panels and nobody would know! And of course I had to bring my DIY seahorse art with me to this house.
Living Room and Kitchen Nook
The gray and cream ikat print chair was a $20 thrift chair I had reupholstered. To this day I still search for a mate for it so I can have two of them. My sofa was not a bargain. I got it at Crate and Barrel and just saw a similar one at Nebraska Furniture Mart for a lot less than I paid for this puppy. My weathered farm table was a thrift store find at $150. Chairs are Ikea and wing backs are World Market.
Okay, I love my new bed! Everytime I walk into my bedroom I get a little giddy because its so pretty and well made. I searched high and low for a tufted, upholstered platform king that had height to it because that wall with the arch window couldn't support a dinky headboard. I finally found this piece at High Fashion Home. All of the bedding is from Homegoods. The nightstand is thrift store piece refinished in a pearlized weathered gray. The curtains are Ikea. The dresser is JCPenney, like 10 years ago.
Nikolas just recently wanted to switch from dinosaurs to whales…so what he wants, he usually gets! Found the cute striped bedding at Ross and the wooden whale and anchor art at Marshall's. His furniture is Pottery Barn Kids and his nightstand is a thrift store find I painted navy blue (was red a month ago!) Curtains are Ikea. His bulletin board above his desk was a knock off of one we saw at Pottery Barn but I didn't want to pay $175 for it. I bought a poster frame at Walmart and spray painted it navy blue. Then I bought a roll of cork at Hobby Lobby and inserted it in the frame and there is our $15 bulletin board!
Unfortunately this was the splurge room and so none of it is from a thrift or discount store. Although I did find the ottoman in the clearance area of a furniture store. But the midnight blue velvety sectional was custom designed and the art prints are from Overstock.
The bookshelves and desk are Ikea. The stools are thrift finds I reupholstered. The window valances I made out of foam board, batting and fabric. The fabric is actually from a $15 shower curtain that I cut in half. The area rug was a friends that she was going to sell in a yard sale so I snagged it before anyone else could buy it. There are two large mirrors on the adjacent wall that you cannot see well from this picture, but they were free with a dresser I bought for a client. She didn't need the mirrors so I refinished them in a weathered pearlized gray and I love them!
This might just be my favorite room in the house because its so whimsical. I found his beautiful crib while pregnant and walking through the baby section at Target. It was on clearance because it was an unopened online return to the store. It was 75% off the original price and I absolutely love this crib! His glider was a $15 thrift store chair. I loved the sleek lines of a Pottery Barn Kids chair I had my eye on and then one day I came across this one that was the exact same (minus $1250). I had it reupholstered in this fun navy chevron print and its like new! His dresser and bookcase are Pottery Barn Kids pieces that I got a great deal on because they were floor models. The artwork above the dresser and crib are handmade by his doting mommy. The elephant head and bedding is PBK.
Mainly Ikea for everything but the train table and curtains are Target. (and for the record it never looks this neat and orderly).