Friday, July 28, 2017


$100 Room Challenge Living Room Before and After |

The living room is now finished!  I spent basically all my budget from the $100 Room Challenge on a couch which I was lucky enough to find on Craigslist.  It was actually listed for $100 but I was able to negotiate ten dollars off and used that money to rent a pickup truck from Home Depot (which was actually twenty dollars so I am ten dollars over budget - oops!) to carry my new find home.

$100 Room Challenge Living Room Before and After |

The rest of the room is furnished from the rest of my home.   We were lucky to start with a blank space since we just moved into this house, which always makes it nice when designing a new room.

$100 Room Challenge Living Room Before and After |

My favorite part of the challenge was filling in the space on the shelves.  Finding ways to keep the items balanced and simple was definitely a challenge.  I posted some tips in my previous post on styling bookshelves.

$100 Room Challenge Living Room Before and After |

Am I crazy to think about the next phase to update the room???  I would love to put a rug in to soften up the room and replace the artwork over the mantel with a mirror.  the blank wall behind the piano could also benefit with artwork as well.   One can always dream right =)?  But overall, I am very happy with how the room turned out!

Here is one last before and after of the room.

$100 Room Challenge Living Room Before and After |

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

5 Tips for Styling Bookshelves

5 tips to styling bookshelves |

This is week three of the $100 Room Challenge and this is where I tackle my favorite part of the room: the built ins.  

I love love love the look of built ins but styling them can be much harder than you think.  Making the shelves look organized, interesting and functional all at the same time is quite a challenge.  If the shelves were in my office or bedroom I would definitely just be cramming them with my beloved books but for shelves that are in the open, you want to make a statement without overwhelming anyone since that is usually the first thing you see when you enter into a room.  Here are my five simple tips for styling a bookcase.

Tip 1:
Have a clear and consistent color scheme.  You don't have to go crazy and make everything monochrome, but arranging items that are within one or two harmonious colors helps to greatly unify things.

Tip 2:
Layer and stack.  Grouping items in twos or threes give your eye direction when looking at the shelves at a whole.  You do not want to have items the same height grouped together so place vases in two different sizes together or books stacked vertically on one shelf but then horizontally on another shelf.  This adds interest to your shelves and keeps things from looking too uniform.

Tip 3:
Add art where you can.  Pictures of your family, or framed pieces of artwork that you like are great to put behind objects as it adds depths to your shelves.

5 tips to styling bookshelves |

Tip 4:
Think about balance.  I like to think of the shelves like scales.  You want to have similar groupings of vases or art or books on one side as well as the other to unify the whole room.  You want to balance both the number and types of items as well as color of the items.  The shelves should be filled in but not feel to overwhelmed with items which leads me to my next tip...

Tip 5:
Edit, edit and edit.  It's easy to try to pack everything you own onto the shelves but you want to highlight the items that you really love and find beautiful or sentimental.  I am the worst when it comes to this because I love to keep everything.  But if it is not something you really cherish, or find beautiful then you can place it somewhere else in your home (I have boxes in the garage that my husband can't wait for me to get rid of!).  

And there it is!  I finally have a place to put the decor and books I have collected through the years.

5 tips to styling bookshelves |

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

$100 Room Challenge Week 2

Over the weekend we finally moved into our new house.  While we still are in the midst of unpacking, we did find time to place our piano into the living room.  The piano feels a bit big for the room, but it's the only real place to place it unless we want to forgo our dining room.  Hopefully with the right decorations the room will feel cozy and bright.
My goal now is to use my budget to purchase a couch for the other side of the room and then utilize some of our current decorations to fill in the mantel and bookshelves.  Since it's summer, we place a few of our bird on the mantel for now.  

And here is what the room looks like for now:
$100 Room Challenge |

It's still pretty bland with all the blank walls but some artwork and with a styled bookshelf that should hopefully change!  Now off to find a couch for less that $100 and maybe hopefully have some money leftover for a mirror to go over the mantel place.  I am definitely feeling that Craigslist is my friend for this project!

Some mirrors that I am eyeing if budget was not an issue are shown below.  I definitely am a fan of a round mirror, preferably with a gold or wood frame to add some warmth to the room.

And here are some other very talented bloggers who are part of this challenge.

Monday, July 10, 2017

$100 Room Challenge

I know I have been MIA from blogging recently but I have good reason I promise!  We are actually moving this week.  Between running around packing and dealing with contractors (we  are trying to refinish the floors before we move in) and trying to squeeze some summer fun playing with the kiddos, it's been hard to find time to post.  If that wasn't enough, I threw my hat in to participate in the $100 Room Challenge hosted by Lemons, Lavender and Laundry.  I am super excited to be part of this challenge and hopefully I can actually make something happen!

Since we aren't actually moving in until next week officially, I took a quick snap of the room I was thinking of updating.  I'm super excited about the built ins since I have always wanted them.  With only $100 to work with, we are definitely filling in the room with our existing furniture from our old house, but there are some fun things I think I can manage to DIY if I can wrangle some time away from packing and cleaning and of course playtime with my little ones!

I can't wait to fill this space!

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