I found this old mirrored bathroom cabinet, intended to hang on the wall above a bathroom sink, for $30 at a local thrift store. The backside is meant to go up against a wall (so it isn’t mirrored) but when placed on the floor it works perfectly as a cool mirrored chest for my art supplies!
After taking up painting (see my "getting started with painting" post for tips on how to do this!), I learned that, as an amateur, framing my canvases could make my pieces look more polished and better than they actually are. But framing paintings can be really expensive if you don’t DIY, so I quickly got to work learning how to do it myself. There are many different levels of framing, and here I’ll show you the very easiest one. Anyone can do it, it requires no power tools or specialized supplies, and it costs about $5 in materials! This method works for any canvases that are stretched on wood frames. The method I’ll show you how to do is called a “flush mount,” but you can easily adapt it to make it look more like a floating mount (like with the blue painting to the left).
A high-quality area rug is a great way to quickly and easily transform a room from cold and sterile to warm and homey. After all, a rug can really tie a room together, can it not?
There are plenty of cheap rugs available out there at places like Target, Amazon, and Home Depot, but most of these are made of synthetic fibers. These tend to wear out quickly and, to be honest, always look kind of cheap. I've put together a list of my favorite natural-fiber rugs that can warm up your living room, bedroom, or dining room. For great tips on how to place and size rugs in different rooms, see this link. And click through to after the break to check out my list of rugs!
I found this awesome bedside table for $15 at my local Goodwill. Rattan furniture has really made a comeback in recent years, and I love the rich, caramel-colored glaze on this piece. Plus, it opens up for storage and has all kinds of cool nooks-and-crannies, giving it a sort of treasure-chest like nature.
A friendly reminder to never underestimate the power of Craigslist for filling your home with beautiful and unique items. Here's an amazing, hand-made oriental rug I got from a nice fellow for a mere $125. It really ties the room together.
Found this awesome pink glass lamp at a local thrift store for $20. The best part about it? How it glows and turns my home pink at night.
I'd been lusting after a classic Eames lounge chair for years when I came across a knock-off in a used furniture store in town. This was a knock-off from around the same era as the Eames proper (unlike the more modern knock-off Eames lounges, which, honestly, are still super nice!), made by Plycraft, and in my opinion it still looks pretty damn cool. But this one was a mess: splitting in the plywood, cracks in the leather (not the good kind), and rust *everywhere*. But for $125 I wasn't going to pass it up. When I got it home I realized how bad the damage was: I couldn't even safely sit in the chair because of a crack in the plywood where the back attached to the seat.