I LOVE this part of my living room. Its so incredibly cozy, colorful, and warm. To give you an idea of the location, this area is right before you walk into the Bonus Room / Office, which was featured on 10 Amazingly Priced Items in My Bonus Room!
Almost everything in this picture was either FREE or under $5. Seriously. The only thing I paid full price for, and over the $5 amount, was the Tree of Life picture and the frame.
I always dreamed of owning a Tiffany style lamp, but the prices were way above my budget/comfort level. Huge thanks to Goodwill, who made my dreams come true for only $3.99!
The one downfall in this picture, and pretty much everywhere in my place, is the ongoing fight I have with the unsightly electrical wires. I live on the second floor of a duplex. Its an OLD house, and pretty much has never been updated. All of my electrical outlets are 2 pronged, and there aren’t very many of them. I just bought some clear zip ties, so hopefully I can make it a little easier on the eyes.
Last, but certainly not least, that’s my cat Butters sitting on his cat scratcher. Hes my big, 21lb baby boy!
Living Room. Lights off. Catching up on tv shows. This is where I am. My home. My sanctuary!
So this is a little nook in my “bonus room” aka a second bedroom. There’s alot going on here, but I wanted to focus on the “purchases” I made, rather than the decor I made by hand. I will save that for another time.
Okay lets see what we’ve got here….
1. Cat Hanging Wall Decor From GOODWILL. Price $0.99 This piece is made from a piece of slate that someone drew a cat and some funky pinwheel shapes for the background. It has two holes drilled in it, and the hook as been made by a piece of leather rope. I couldn’t pass this up, especially for 99 cents!
2. Inspiration Plaque from WALMART. Price $3.99 I found this little inspirational wall plaque when I visited a Walmart that I don’t’ usually go to. This is the ONE item in this picture that I am not 100% sure of the price, but I know it was definitely $3 and change, so I put the “worst case scenario” price just to be safe.
3. Laugh Sign from YARD SALE. Price $0.10 Cute sign. 10 cents. Whats more to say? :)
4. Throw from THRIFT STORE. Price $6.00 This is a SMALL throw made by I’m assuming a church member, and is sold to the open public Saturday thrift store. I felt it was a little pricey at $6.00 but it was so colorful, I grabbed it.
5. Desk Lamp from CURB ALERT. Price $FREE$ Desk and Office Lamp my friend was about to put to the curb. I love the classic look to it. Can’t beat the price either!
6. Hanging Lantern from ROSS. Price $24.99 This Hanging Lantern I got a year ago from Ross for $24.99. It was one of those items you knew if you didn’t get it then, you’d never come across the same item / price combo every again. Anyways, a couple months ago I went on Pier 1’s website, and I saw the EXACT SAME LANTERN for almost $90! It was a such a proud moment for this budget decorator!
7. Curtain Panel from TARGET. Price $24.99 (per panel) Boho style Curtains from Target. They were on my Hoiday 2012 Wishlist- My top 5 Boho Chic Decor Items- All UNDER $30
8. Desktop PC from CURB ALERT. Price $FREE$ Desktop my neighbor junked. I took it home, threw in some extra ram and a fresh copy of Windows, and its done me well ever since!
9. Computer Desk from CRAIGSLIST. Price $15.00I literally got this desk yesterday. I saw it on craigslist and had to have it. This desk can handle all my multitasking needs. (as seen in this picture)
10. Desk Chair from GOODWILL. Price $4.99 Cute, comfortable, and cheap.
Well, that was quite a extended hiatus, huh?
With lack of camera that can take a half decent pic, I felt I couldn’t further proceed with this blog until I got my hands on one. Well, I didn’t really get THAT great of one, but the Goodwill lady felt like hooking me up today, and literally GAVE me one. I guess it pays to be a frequent shopper! Anyways, I’m back, and I’m ready to go full steam ahead! So much has changed and evolved in my home, and I can’t wait to share it all with you! Stay tuned!
Bookshelf is complete!
I purchased two new items for the area.
Pelican Art Glass Figurine, $19.99 , Home Goods
Color stones inside Mason Jar, $2.99, Ross
Just bought a couple new things today. Once a week, after all of the major cleaning has been accomplished, I like to reward myself with a thing or two!
Owl Pillow, $14.99 - Home Goods
Orange lamp with lampshade, $24.99 - Home Goods
Shower Curtain Rings can come in handy when crafting, so never feel obligated throw out an incomplete set. I had a bunch of leftover beads from a previous project. To kill the boredom on a lonely afternoon, I beaded five strands of fishing wire, (of various lengths, ) onto a wire shower curtain ring. I hung it on the skinny piece of wall between the two bedrooms of my apartment. Miscellaneous household items can make some pretty sweet wall decor!
The living room - Thus far. 12/11/12
What I’ve spent on some items seen in the picture
- glass coffee table, Goodwill, $3.00
- Floral chair, Craigslist, $30.00
- Silver Lamp, Walmart $5.00
- Colored Glass Bottles, Ross $1.99 - $4.99 each
- Bookshelf with covered green cloth, Curb Alert, FREE
- Seahorse Statue, Ross, $6.99
- Bowl on Coffee Table, Home Goods, $7.99
- Silver Bowl on side table, Goodwill, $1.99
- Brown Weaved lampshade w/ black base, Curb Alert, FREE
- Glass side table, Curb Alert, FREE
- Bamboo plants, Dollar Store, $1.00 each (5 count)
- Mason Jar w/ handle (holding bamboo) Goodwill, $0.99
- Rug under coffee table, Gift, Target, $59.99
- Giraffe Picture with Frame, Michaels, $11.99 (photo) $9.99 (frame)
I wanted to share with you the piece of furniture/accessories that started my obsession with all things Boho.
When I moved into this apartment almost 6 months ago, I was horrified by the green rugs. They were extremely unforgiving- you could see every speck of smutz. Even worse was my fear of never finding anything that would match this brilliant shade green.
Soon after settling in my new place, I walked into Home Goods. I was greeted with the most beautiful, vibrant pillows I always dreamed of, but never found. I spent hours oogling over the different patterns, fabrics, and rich colors. However, I went home without purchasing anything.
I didn’t get much sleep that night. I was totally obsessing over these pillows.
I had recently left a long term relationship where I was being abused for four, miserable, years. I wasn’t allowed to have an opinion, let alone be able to decorate our living space. I rearranged the furniture in our living room ONCE and the wrath I received afterwards was enough for me to have no further opinion on the future placement and purchases for our apartment.
Anyways, I finally got smart, broke off the relationship, and started renting an apartment in my home state of New Jersey. Its the second floor of a house that was made into a 2 bedroom apartment, with an attic type architecture. Now that I’m here, I have finally have gained the ability and self confidence to be the woman that was once lost in the darkness of this horrible man. I know it may sound weird, but these pillows were the start of me being me. They were literally speaking to me in my sleep.
Morning came, and I went right back to Home Goods. I picked up my three favorite pillows. I stopped at Pier 1 on the way home, and picked up 2 more pillows. I had two black throw pillows from my previous couch, and two old walmart pillows. I came home, and happily situated my new purchases on the futon couch I also recently bought. A few days later, my neighbor/friend gave me a crochet blanket a woman made shortly before she passed.
The happiness that these pillows have provided me was immense. I started caring more about the way my place looked. I wanted it to represent the very essence of who I am- bold, lively, fun, unique, and awesome.
Every week I try and treat myself to something new for my place. Each purchase brings me joy, a joy that doesn’t fade, because it lives here with me.
This is me. And if this is you too, I wanna help. Thus, the creation of this blog!
I refuse to spend big bucks on a handcrafted item I can easily make myself. A great, and truly one-of-a-kind addition to any Boho Chic look, is a beaded light catcher! Want to make your own? Read below!
- a tree branch
- thin nails
- beads of various sizes /colors
- fishing wire
FYI- If you have old/broken/outdated jewelry around the house, grab those for some of your beads. You can also add some faceted plastic beads online, (CLICK ME!
) for decent prices.
Time to create!
- Get your tree branch. You can literally find one outside like I did. If you’re lucky enough to live by a water source, you have the bonus of finding a piece of driftwood. The branch dictates the length of your sun catcher, so choose wisely.
- Choose how many strands of beads you want. Take a nail, and hammer it on the branch. Each nail represents a single strand of beads. Continue to hammer nails along the length of the branch. You can space it equally, or haphazardly, depending on the look and amount of strands you desire.
- Once you’ve hammered in all the nails that will hold your strands of beads, take a ADDITIONAL 2 nails, and hammer them on EACH END of the branch.
- Cut a piece of fishing wire the length of the tree branch, PLUS an extra 3 inches.
- Take the fishing wire you cut from Step 4, and knot each end onto the nails from Step 3. This will be your “hook,” to hang your beaded sun-catcher.
- Go back to the nails you hammered on from Step 2. Proceed to cut a single piece of fishing wire. The wire you have just cut, will be the length of the particular strand you are about to bead. The length for this, and every other strand, is totally up to you.
- Knot one end of the fishing wire onto the first nail you hammered from Step 2
- String the beads of your choice on the length of the wire.
- Be sure to leave room at the end of the now beaded wire. Knot the bottom securely so the beads won’t fall off.
- Repeat Step 6 through 9. (as for Step 7, you go to the next empty nail.) Do this until every strand has been beaded and knotted.
- Place finished product in a sunny spot, indoors or out!
I used old jewelry beads, remnants of a broken wind-chime, and a few, newly purchased beads, to finish off the look. I made each strand a different length to jazz things up a bit, and added little mirrors to the bottom for extra reflection! I love how you get that handcrafted, unique Boho Chic look, for literally pennies!
Up-cycled Jars and Christmas lights, turning my non-functional, eyesore of a window, into a luminous bottle garden!
I bought two strands of 20 count indoor clear Christmas Lights, and lined them on the back bottom of the window sill. I purchased them at Walmart for a couple bucks each, but in case you don’t feel like venturing out, CLICK ME for a similar product, with free shipping, for $3.46
I have a collection, (border-lining on obsession,) with jars and bottles. Alot come from empty food jars, other come from the Goodwill (49 cents each!) and some have actually been dug out of the ground. Most bottles are clear, but I like a splash of color amongst them all. Find what makes you happy.
A luminous bottle garden is a fun, ongoing project, that doesn’t require a high skill level of artistic ability Suddenly, you’ll find yourself giddy over baby jars like never before!