How to Inexpensively Redecorate a Child’s Room

Child room

If you are getting ready to, or are in the process of decorating your kid’s room, then you need to read this article. Specifically we’ll discuss inexpensive options and ideas that will delight your kids, and be friendly to your wallet! The Bed If you are setting your children up to share a room, the… [Continue Reading]

6 Easy-to-Grow Herbs That Will Have You Saving in Style


When it comes to pinching pennies, if you can do it yourself, you should. We all know this. However, time is frequently a pretty big factor in whether or not the DIY approach is really an option. Herbs are one of those places that many folks feel it’s easier just to buy at the grocery…. [Continue Reading]

Is Loft-Style Decorating Right for Your Home?

loft daylight basement lead pic

While the look may not fit in your typical mid-west farm kitchen, there are several situations where using the loft style of home decorating can work. Even if you don’t live in the middle of an urban metropolis. Read on.

Cream of Carrot Soup


I was not completely sold on the idea of carrot soup when I first heard it.  I gave it a try, though, and it quick became one of my favorite soups.  I’m partial to it in the fall, probably because of carrot harvest, but it is light enough to be on your table year round…. [Continue Reading]

Re-purposing Furniture and Thrift Store Finds

Giving New Life to Thrift Store Furniture

So many of us have items sitting in our garages and closets that we once loved or longer have the space for. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of our taste changing or our boredom with the same decor schemes year after year.

Add Some Chevre


Another great way to add some snap to a sandwich is chevre.  Chevre is a tangy, light, soft goat cheese whose flavor and texture make it a great layer on a  veggie wrap, for example, loaded with carrots, cukes, sprouts, and whatever other vegetable options are available to you.  Chevre cheese is a mid-priced cheese,… [Continue Reading]

Cream Cheese Sandwich Spreads


This isn’t a new idea.  Consumers of bagels had this idea long ago.  Put cream cheese on a sandwich!  I adopted the idea while in college in Cleveland and have never looked back.  Cream cheese is a wonderful replacement for aged cheese on any sandwich that includes deli meat.  It’s a less expensive food item,… [Continue Reading]

New Uses for Cheap Vinyl Tablecloths

vinyl table cloth

  Flickr Photo Credit: Kevin Eldon Found a few at the dollar store you couldn’t resist and need an idea to put them to use?

Decorating Diva of Recycled Items

recycled art

  Flickr Photo Credit: Normanack So, I spent some time looking for great recycling resources on ye olde internet. Here’s one super resource that really rose above the rest.

Budget Decorating: Using Old Game Pieces in a New Way

game pieces

  Flickr Photo Credit: ThunderChild5 Got some old game pieces you just can’t bear to part with. The fellow packrat in me feels your pain. 

Budget Decorating: The Power of Puzzle Pieces

puzzle pieces

  Flickr Photo Credit: Bludgeoner86 Ever wonder what to do with those puzzle pieces left over after some of the others get lost? Consider using them as a decorating medium.

Creative Curtain Ideas

creative curtain

Flickr Photo Credit: Emdot Wanting some stylish window treatments but short on cash? Here are a few ideas to help get you started.

Decorating With Flour and Feed Sacks

grain sack

  Flickr Photo Credit: Welsh Karen I’ve written previously about the burlap coffee sacks we’ll be using as cupboard curtains in the kitchen when we build. But there are other ways to use these unique items as well.

Budget Decorating: Paper Bag Walls and Floors


  Flickr Photo Credit: Tanakawho A few years back, I saw this technique used on an accent wall. It’s been filed away in my mind for future use for some time. Recently, while researching another blog topic, I ran across a reference to using this technique on floors that was supposed to hold up for… [Continue Reading]

Decorating With Discarded Ladders


  Flickr Photo Credit: Plakshun These things abound at yard / estate sales, thrift stores and salvage yards. Particularly the ones that are getting a bit rickety to stand on. But there are many things you can do with them around the house.