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The Okla Home Tour

Hi friends! Thanks for joining me on my home tour! Today I’m going to share a peak of my living room. As a lover of all things Joanna-Gaines, I definitely looked to her for inspiration while styling this space. A blend of new pieces and antique finds, a neutral color palette, and loads of chippy goodness give this room the perfect farmhouse feel!

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As you walk in the front door, you’ll be greeted by the smell of fresh linen, our sweet-but-energetic Belgian shepherd Harley, and one of my favorite projects ever, my DIY Cotton Wreath. To learn how to make your own (for only $20!) click here.

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After passing through the entry way, you’ll step into our main living area. This photo shows the antique chair James and I re-upholstered together last winter, click here to read more about it. Also shown are the coffee table we built together (see the matching buffet below!), and the TV stand that was passed down to us from my in-laws. When it comes to furniture, I love blending different styles to add interest to a space!

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This is my favorite seat in the house! We bought our Ikea Ektorp sofa and chair this spring and I’ve been SO pleased with them. I love that they come with removable slipcovers! Whenever they start looking dingy I just pull them off and throw them in the wash with a little bleach. Voila! Good as new.

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I always have a blast scouring thrift stores for items I can use to decorate my home! The glass candle sticks, vintage books, and chippy window shown here are a few of my favorite finds! If you’re ready to start discovering the fun of thrift store shopping on your own, check out this post to learn what items to look out for!

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Our buffet table displays some of my favorite details: a lovely white coffee service, and a pack of hand-written letters dating back to 1922. I love having these little snapshots of history on display in my home, each one offers a glimpse into another life and they are so much fun to read!

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That’s all for today! I hope you’ve enjoyed the tour, come back and see us!

-Meghan

August 17, 2016 0 comment
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I absolutely LOVE shopping thrift stores for my home decor. It’s a cheap hobby that challenges my creativity, BUT for those new to thrifting it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by, how do I put this nicely? Vast amounts of junk.

To help you cut though the clutter and get straight to the good stuff, I’ve made a list of 10 Home Decor Items to Buy at Thrift Stores. Keep an eye out for these things every time you shop and you’re sure to have your first thrift-store-score in no time!

1. Lamps & Lampshades

When purchased new, lamps & lampshades can be EXPENSIVE! Instead of shelling out $80-$100, check your local thrift store first. With a little creativity, an outdated lamp can look as good as new! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started!

DIY Farmhouse Inspired Burlap and Zinc Finished Lamps by Rustique Restoration

2. Vintage Books

Instead of buying vintage books at antique stores where they can cost anywhere from $5-$25 a piece, keep an eye open for them at thrift stores. I usually find them for about $.50 each! Check out my post below to learn how to recreate the antique look for less!

 

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

3. Silver Trays

I feel like I see 10 of these every time I hit the thrift store and I have to restrain myself from buying them all! Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a few and create a stunning gallery wall like this one from Jillian Harris.

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Gina & Jeff by Jillian Harris

 

4. Antique Furniture

I love antique furniture because it has quality and character that todays mass-produced pieces seem to lack. The possibilities here are endless! Here’s a great post by Love of Family and Home. Pinterest is a wonderful resources for thrift store makeover inspiration so check it out when you’re ready to start your first project!

Goodwill Chair Makeover by Love of Family and Home

 

5. Baskets

Baskets are a fantastic thrift store find for those of us looking to add a little organization to our lives. Here’s a great tutorial for staining and stenciling out-of-date baskets to give them new life!

 

Updated Storage Baskets with Stain and Number Stencils by Making Home Base

 

6. Picture Frames

You can never have too many because there are just SO many things you can do with them! Fill them with printable art, group them together to form a gallery wall, turn them into chalkboards to display important messages, or repurpose them into serving trays! Let your creativity run wild!

Reclaimed Wood Tray by Confessions of a Serial DIYer

 

7. Mismatched China

I love the look a mismatched set of china creates! Display it on a wall or in a hutch to add a little southern flair to your decor!

A New Decorative Plate Wall in Our Dining Room by Driven by Decor

 

8. Vases

Please, never ever EVER pay full price for a vase. I see HUNDREDS of them at thrift stores just begging for a little TLC. Use some pretty vase fillers, ribbon, twine, or spray paint to create a style you love.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase by Hammer and Heels Blog

 

9. Chandliers

One persons trash is a DIY’ers treasure! Chandeliers are a beautiful way to add character to your home, but purchased new they come with a hefty price tag! Try searching your local thrift store first. A little elbow grease and some spray paint work wonders on outdated brass fixtures!

Brass Chandelier Makeover by Reasons to Come Home

 

10. Fabrics

The textiles section of the thrift store is a great place to find fabrics that can be used for recovering throw pillows, reupholstering seat cushions, or sewing curtains. Check out these beautiful ruffled curtains Rachel from Maison de Pax made using old sheets!

DIY Ruffled Curtains by Maison de Pax

 

April 18, 2016 1 comment
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I love using old books as decor in my home, and I always keep an eye out for them when I hit the thrift stores, but they can be hard to find and I’m not about to shell out $5-$15 for a book at an antique store.

Here’s an easy DIY hack: look for paperback books that are just old enough to have started yellowing. Usually books from the 70’s or 80’s will do the trick. The covers don’t need to be pretty, they just need to have a nice title page. These books are CHEAP, I usually only spend .50 each. 
Once you’ve selected your books, carefully tear off the cover and peel off the spine. Then dress them up a bit with some twine, ribbon, or any other embellishments you like. And voila! You have vintage goodness for a fraction of the price 💗💕

April 12, 2016 0 comment
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Here in Oklahoma we are lucky enough to experience all four seasons throughout the year; sometimes we even experience all four seasons in one day! Fall has finally arrived, and one of my favorite things about the change in seasons is that I get the chance to try something different with my home decor. I don’t know about you, but I get tired of looking at the same things for months on end, and find that rotating my decor for the seasons is a great way to keep my home fresh and interesting. Here I’ll share 5 of my favorite frugal ways to incorporate seasonal decor into my home.

  1. When choosing seasonal items, use colors and styles that complement your year-round decor (such as art, furniture, curtains, pillows, etc). This will save you money by allowing you to use pieces you already have and reducing the amount of “seasonal” decor you will need to purchase in order to create a unified look. For instance, during the spring and summer months I use lots of grey, blue, green, and yellow. So I kept these colors consistent with my fall decor, and simply added a few accents of a light orange shade. You’ll see more example of this in the photos below. The most important thing is to think of your home decor as a whole and look for pieces that interact well with each other. If you don’t think it would blend seamlessly with the items you already have, don’t buy it!
  2. Use a chalkboard to display seasonal messages! I got mine from Hobby Lobby for $9.99, and I use some chalk pencils to do the calligraphy myself.

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For this fall I chose “Eat, Drink, Give Thanks”. Here are some other phrase ideas to get you started.

Winter: “Eat Drink & Be Merry” “Baby it’s cold outside” “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” “O Holy night”
Spring: “Bless our nest” “Bloom where you are planted” “He makes all things beautiful”
Summer: “You are my sunshine” “Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After” “Amazing Grace”
Fall: “Happy fall y’all!” “Fall in love” “Autumn, the years last & loveliest smile”

The options here are endless, have fun with it!

3.Use vase fillers as a cheap and easy way to change up your decor! 

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I bought three boxes of this filler from Hobby Lobby for $8.39 each, and I’ve used it for literally everything from my apothecary jars, to decorative bowls, and centerpieces. For an even thriftier way update your home’s look, visit your back yard or a local park to find leaves, pinecones, acorns, flowers or other FREE items that can be incorporated into your decor. I’ll admit I’ve even used my fresh produce as a decoration from time to time, I guess I never really learned not to play with my food.

4. A good accent pillow and throw blanket are the #1 quick fix for your living area! They require almost no effort, and will make your home feel cozy and welcoming. Here is where shopping within your color scheme really saves you money. I could easily go out and spend $100 on a new set of pillows and blankets for every season, but instead I chose a pumpkin accent pillow and plaid throw blanket that compliment my year round color scheme so they can be mixed and matched with pieces I already own, like my paisly pillow. I’ll also be using the blanket through the winter season as well so it will do double duty. These two pieces ended up costing me about $35.

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5. Change out your framed photos! Almost everyone has access to a smart phone capable of taking great photos, and it only costs a few cents to get them printed at Walgreens or from websites like shutterfly.com, that’s what makes this my favorite frugal way to update my home for the seasons! Choose some of your favorite family “throwback” photos from the current season, or go outside and snap some of your own. Either way it will add a touch of character to your home, and you will enjoy seeing the faces of the people you love most. To make this even easier, store the unused photos behind the one currently being displayed so you can find them for next year.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my secrets for creating great seasonal style on a budget. I would love to see photos of how you use these tips and tricks in your own homes!

October 30, 2015 1 comment
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