Upgrade Thrift Store Art

When my husband and I bought our home almost three years ago, I listened to the advice of my family and friends about how to tackle decorating- go slowly and one room at a time. Yes, I ‘listened’ to this advice, but I did not abide by these wise words. I’m the type of person who, when I get something in my head, needs it done immediately. When this usually does not happen, I become extremely overwhelmed, neurotic, and completely fixated on this project or vision until I complete it (and become pretty crabby in the process). I sound delightful, right?

I had been searching for art work or pictures to fill my lonely living room wall space forever with no luck. I felt the Home Goods gods were against me because they have never failed me on any home decor quest before. The more I searched, the more discouraged I got, or I would fall in love with something that was out of my budget. That’s when I decided to take things into my own hands.



Transform Your Yard: Any Size or Budget

People often take great care to upkeep the front of their homes to add curb appeal while neglecting an extremely important part of their house- the backyard. Gone are the days where yards are only spaces for the kids or dogs to roam free and have fun; now, backyards are incredible outdoor living spaces for adults and the whole family. Anyone can transform their scarcely used space into a perfect spot for entertaining, dining, relaxing, or a cozy nook for reading- the possibilities are endless.

If you’re short on space or tight on budget, there are simple solutions for you. Or, if you’re ready to commit to a total outdoor makeover, you’ll find some inspiration below. From small patios and decks to terraces and verandas, get ready to transform your yard to the outdoor oasis you’ve been waiting for!

The Lone Bud

Every Saturday when my husband goes shopping, he comes home with flowers, and today was no exception. This morning he presented one bunch of purple tulips to me and one bunch of orange tulips to our four-month-old daughter. I love that she will grow up feeling loved and special as she sees her dad pick out flowers for his girls, and I also love that she’ll see it’s not just mom’s job to go grocery shopping.

As I was cutting and preparing the flowers, two of the stems broke, leaving them too short to include in the arrangement. I envy these adorable bud vases that my mom has, but I don’t have anything like that. I thought my tulip shaped juice glasses would be cute, but alas, even they were too big. I couldn’t bring myself to toss the sweet little buds; when I was little, I felt genuinely sad when I saw anything alone- I would bring the lone roly poly across the yard to his friends and ensure all of my stuffed animals had a partner to sit with in my room. This childhood sentiment (or compulsion) has stuck with me, which is why I felt for the poor little stems.

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