Today, after a crazy couple of weeks, I am finally posting again. The boys schedules have been jam packed and frankly that 14er had me a little tired.
I have been trying to get the first floor of our house decorated since we moved in December. It is a slow process because when you first move in to a house, there is so much to buy. Not to mention, August is one of the most expensive months of the year if you have school aged children. I felt I was constantly writing checks; registration for school, signing up for sports, buying sports equipment, school clothes, shoes, cleats, the list goes on and on…..
If someone gave ME a big check, I would paint a few more rooms in the house (we have painted 5 so far), buy a couple light fixtures, get new backsplash and marble countertops in the kitchen, maybe a farmhouse sink and new faucet, fix up my powder bathroom, and a couple other things, but the check fairy is not coming anytime soon (and I am no longer receiving a pay check), so I must find cheaper ways to decorate.
I love the traditional and French Country look (I also love incorporating modern pieces in with it as well) so sometimes I feel like my decorating style is all over the place.
When I was looking for new furniture for our house, I came across the cutest framed pictures at Nell Hills and Olathe Glass. I did buy furniture at Nell HIlls and many decorative items at Olathe glass, but to pay over 50.00 per framed print seemed crazy and I knew I could do this on my own.
I have great luck with frames at Wal-Mart from the Better Homes and Gardens Collection. They always have vintage looking frames and really cute items that you would not expect to be at Wal-Mart. When I was shopping late last spring, I found the frame that was almost identical to the framed prints I loved. The best part was that they were under 20.00 each. Now I just needed the art to go in them.
For speciality items like art, thank you cards, stamps and unique gifts, Etsy.com is a great place to search. I ended up finding a seller that sold me prints identical to the framed prints I found at Nell Hills and Olathe Glass. My savings for the frame and print were more that half the cost of the stores and it looked identical.
I thought the newly framed prints looked great in the dining room!
I love how it turned out and the money I saved doing it myself!
Stayed tuned… My favorite season is just about here and I am getting ready to do some fun fall projects including a mantle banner and painted pumpkins!
Have a great weekend everyone!