Category Archives: Home Decorating

Nice Drawers…

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Soooooo, how are everyone’s drawers lookin? Ya know, one thing I have learned with our house is that no two drawers are made equal. Which is rather annoying to me…I mean really? Is it THAT hard to make two drawers the same dimension? Oy.

Currently, our spices have completely taken over an entire cabinet. Granted, we usually cook A LOT… And various recipes usually call for various assortments of spices. And because of this we have grown quite the collection. And they are seemingly taking over!! I mean a whole kitchen cabinet dedicated to spices? I. Don’t. Think. So.

We have a tiny galley kitchen, and new to utilize every space as efficiently as possible… So we decide (in the middle of kitchen re-facing) that spices needed to be contained in a smaller space…. They were just simply taking over too much space in the cabinet. So after researching Pinterest and all of the “spices organization” pins… This is what I came down to:

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These are all really great ideas, but none that I feel I could make work in our home. Instead I have just decided to dedicate in entire drawer to spices… This is what we have so far:

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Now, I have noticed my organizing doesn’t look as clean as the other sources… BUT I do have some improvements up my sleeve. For instance I plan on ordering around 20 empty glass bottles from Penzey’s… I will be able to sort them vertically rather than horizontally and they will take up much less space that way. Those bottles also come with labels, so I can label the lids and won’t have to lay them horizontally (as I have) to see the labels. Eh, it’s another project in the making… But once it’s finished I think it will be fabulous!

Hope everyone had a safe Labor Day… Wahoo for a four day work week (though only two for me!) 🙂

Stumble It!

Picture Wall

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It seems like I have been very distracted lately… I’m not going to lie, blogging is not my number one priority (gasp!). BUT I am going to try to put out a little more effort towards this little guy, and apologize (once again) for my negligence.

With all of the projects we’ve got goin’ in our hizz-ouse… It’s fun to take a break from one big project to do something a little more fun. For me, this means stop with the moulding, trim and painting and move on to something a little more joyful….decorating!

I have been going back a forth on whether or not I want a picture wall in our house. Is it too modern? Will it put our traditional tendendicies over the top? Eh, I don’t know… But I still really want one, so what the hay? I mean it is OUR house after all, we can do with it what we want. Sucka.

With that said – I want a picture wall.

And really there is only one wall for this picture wall… Ya know with the addition of our bookcases and everything on the fireplace wall… So now the questions are: how many pictures? Matching frames or all different? Symmetrical or asymmetric? Abstract, people, places or textures? Color or black and white?

Oy.

Is it this hard for you guys to make decisions, or is it just me?

Well…. I have a few ideas in mind of what I want, I just need to figure out how to make it happen. But want to know my inspiration? Pinterest of course! Here are a few of my inspirations:

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What do you think? I’m trying to narrow down my decisions on how I want our picture wall to turn out… But until then, I’ll just have to keep ya posted. 🙂 goodnight!

Stumble It!

Tour de Casa

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The time has finally come…. to show you our Casa.

Oh wait, where are my manners?  Hiiiiiiiiyaaaaa! How’s everyone doing? Good? Great!

Didn’t really expect two posts in a row, did ya? Well hopefully I’m full of surprises like this… but don’t get your hopes a soaring…yet.

Before I begin, I feel as though I should issue a few disclaimers….this is our first home and we know that we will not be here forever.  We know it’s not perfect, but we kinda love it this way.  The house is our age.  Exactly.  The house is teenie…a mere 1200 square feet.  Okay that’s a lie, it’s only 1196 square feet. ARG!  And it may look a little awkward… but I’m awkward.  And I kinda love it. Okay onward…

Okay, here’s a veryyyy rough sketch of our floor plan.  Doesn’t the garage look absolutely massive?  It’s not.  Which just proves how horrid this sketch really is.  You may have also noticed that there are no interior walls.  Ummm, that’s a lie too.  I assure you, there is a wall between the kitchen and master bathroom….so I am (unfortunately) not able to bathe and make mac ‘n cheese all in one place.  Bummer.

Moving on….  This is a picture from our teeeeeenyyyy little dinette, looking into the living area.  To my right is the kitchen and door to the master bedroom and to the left is the hall.  A few things you may notice…. Carpet is throughout.  Ugh, yeah we don’t like it either.  But it was new when we bought the house so figured we let it stay a while.  Also, yes our backdoor is open.  It happens.

Okay…moving on again.  How about the teeeeeeeny kitchen?  Okay you talked me into it.  How about an awkward picture of the kitchen?  Even better.  Mostly because it includes the most awkward piece of architecture I have ever seen.  Can you see that beam?  With the two cabinets hanging from it?  And the light? Weird, right?  We know.  Trust me, it’s on the list.

As if the horrible tile in the kitchen wasn’t bad enough….you should check out the guest bathroom.  Tile. Laminate. And an ugly toilet seat. Ohhh my.

Okay, I think this should conclude the tour de casa.  You are all probably thinking “What were they thinking?”  But we have a plan, and a vision…and it’s fun learning as we go.  I know there are quite a few not-so-good things about this house, and I may have sounded negative.  But I can promise you that by the time we are finished I will love every square inch of our first home.

Hope you enjoyed the tour!  We have already started working (we are avid believers of show and tell, so I promise you’ll see)…and will probably continue working until it’s just the way we want it.  Toodles.

Our Built-In Bookcases

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Since I’ve started this little blog thing, I’ve realized that I’m going to have to play catch up on some projects we’ve already tackled around the house.  How about starting off with when we knocked two holes in the wall for two built-in bookcases on both sides of the fireplace?  Sound like a good starting point?  I think so too.

Before construction…or destruction….you pick 🙂

Pictured above you see a nice plain-Jane fireplace.  B-O-R-I-N-G! Well, that’s what we thought anyways…so we (by we I mean mostly me, though Boyfriend was up for my challenge), decided we needed something on both sides of the fireplace.  We had a few options…I could find some schnazzy to hang on both sides, ya know maybe some sconces or iron decor.  But for some reason it seemed like we would be settling.  Ya know what I mean?  Plus Boyfriend wanted our TV mounted on this wall, as he thinks that the fireplace should be the center focal point of the living room.  The problems I had with this, was the cords that would be EVERYWHERE for the TV, Internet, Surround Sound…you get the picture.

So we thought we could get a couple of bookcases to mask the cords and all of the clutter.  Now, take ANOTHER look at that picture and notice the floor vent to the left of the fireplace.  Can’t put a bookcase over a vent, right?  So there goes that idea.

Exceeeeeeppppppttttttt. Hmmmmmm…My mind started working.  Overtime.  Boyfriend couldn’t run fast enough.  I had A VISION.

Can’t deny my visions.

Never deny me of my visions.

So here was the game plan:  We knock holes in the wall on both sides of the fireplace, frame it out, and put in some built-in bookcases/bookshelves.  What a glorious solution.  Well done, me. Now for the execution….check out this mess:

Wowza.  See that dreadful mess?  I would almost be embarrassed, if the end result didn’t turn out so darn good.  Anyways, as you may be able to tell is that the spaces on both sides of the fireplace were actually closets…a coat closet on the left, and a bedroom closet on the left.  The good news is when it was all said and done, we only lost about 4 inches of depth in the coat closet so it remains a fully functional coat closet.  As for the other side, we made the bottom deeper so our subwoofer, internet box, dvd player, yatta yatta yatta.  But we had plenty of room to spare as the closet is pretty huge and now/soon-to-be “custom,” but more on that later.

If you’re still having problems seeing my vision, maybe I should just show you the end result… Or better yet, what about a before after?

What do you think? 🙂

I LOVE Big Lots and I cannot lie!

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I don’t know if you know this or not, but I’m a pretty big fan of cheap.  Well, I prefer the term *thrifty*.  And today was a very good day for me at Big Lots because today was Friends and Family day.  Yep that’s right, Friends and Family Day.  Do I have a family member that works for Big Lots? Nope.  Do I even know anyone who works at Big Lots?  Nope (though I should by now…I’m practically a regular.)   Anyways, today they were practically begging customers to take one of their “20% off your ENTIRE purchase” coupons, valid today only.  Didn’t have to ask me twice.  Actually I took two.  Not sure why.  But it felt like a good idea at the time.

Back to why I love Big Lots.

Well it’s cheap…I mean *thrifty*.  And their stock is constantly changing.  Home decor, furniture, cleaning supplies, electronics and even groceries.  I’m not going to lie to you though, I only go there for the home decor.  And sometimes the furniture.  And the cleaning supplies if they have what I like.  But that’s it.  Until next time…

So today, upon paroozing around the store, I stumbled across this little jewel and immediately texted my boyfriend telling him I wanted it.  Today.

I’m not sure if you can see that price tag or not…so let me put it in writing for you.  $272.00!!!! What the?  Pretty sure that beats the IKEA sofas I have been pricing.  And what’s even better is that this sofa is EXTREMELY similar to two sofas that I love, love, LOVE but cannot afford (from Ballard Design and Home Decorators).  Actually, let me just show you a picture of one them.

This sofa’s price tag is closer to the $1,000.00 mark (so twice as much a sofa-love-seat-combo at the ole BL)…

So I sat on it, rubbed it a little..and then sat on the sofa next to it.  And the sofa behind it.  And the sofa behind it and to the left.  Long story short, this sofa kinda had my heart.  It was soft, cushy, comfortable and just the right color for my living room.  And what made this situation of mine even sweeter? Boyfriend said “go ahead.” Wahoo!! I got the Go Ahead!!! VICTORYYYY.

So next I chased down a guy with a black spikey hair wearing an orange Big Lots vest and put my order in.  They had a sofa and love seat in the back, still boxed up, ready to be loaded into the back of Boyfriend’s pick-up (which I just happened to be driving in case I came across a good buy).  I was pretty pumped.  Really pumped actually.  All of the money I just saved made me want to sing a happy, happy song.  And buy a lamp.  Well, two lamps actually.  Matching ones.  They were very pretty.  AND on sale, remember 20% everyyyyyything, right?

I didn’t buy the lamps. 😦 I should’ve though, huh? I mean think of all the SAVINGS from today.  I’ll try to post pics of the furniture in my living room.  It looks good.  I promise. Til’ tomorrow fraaaans. Deuces.

Hello world!

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Welcome to Ever So Thrifty!! A blog I developed for myself, as well as others, to compare notes on our various forms of “thriftiness.”

I’d like to believe that I’m a nice, young girl living in Oklahoma.  I love God, my boyfriend, my family, my friends, my dogs, our HOME and ALL projects! Really…all projects – crafts, home projects, decorating, cooking, crocheting, sewing, gardening and most of all, the art of saving.  See, I tend to be a tad on the frugal side. Okay, slash that… I’m EXTREMELY frugal.  But I blame it on the economy, my penny-pinching dad, my income, my boyfriend’s income… okay screw it. I’m frugal because I’m frugal.  I hate spending money on an item when I know I could have either made it for less, or used a coupon which would have made it cheaper.  It bugs me. REALLY bugs me.  I could have a problem.  But it’s MY problem…and I kind of like it. I can stretch a dollar like no one’s bizz-nazz.

So a little about myself, I’m a 20-something year old and I graduated from THE University of Oklahoma a little over two years ago with a degree that I loved.  At the time.  After graduated I was immediately offered an office job, which I took (and still have), which gave me a sense of financial security.

This financial-security-feeling sort of drugged me and I did the most reasonable next step in life…  If you are, at all, thinking “get married,” then you clearly do not know me.  At all. Nope, I bought a house.  A house that blinded both me and my handy-dandy boyfriend because it offered a very promising vision.  A house we believed (and still believe!) could someday be more than a house, but our HOME.

Our house is the same age as us.  Really. The year it was born, so were we.  Though we are all the same age, Boyfriend and I treat this house as if it were our baby.  Our dogs are treated the same.  So it’s okay if you consider us to be parents… we kind of are.  Emphasis on kind of.

Yep, the dogs are in bed. Under the covers. MY covers.

Long story short is that we started this house project with a whole lot of enthusiasm and what we thought was knowledge and skill.  Little did we know.  Really.  The last year has really been an adventure for us, but we learn new things and start new projects ALL THE TIME.  This blog is sort of our journey.  Our ways of pinching pennies, decorating and designing our home, and figuring out how to make it our own.  There will be a WHOLE lot of DIY obsession, and little tid bits about our lives along the way.

I promise not to filter…you will see it all including the GOOD, the BAD, and even the UGLY.  You will see our adventures and our misadventures throughout these projects.  So please feel free to give us advice, words of encouragement or money.  Haha, not really. But really.  We’d love to know what you think!

Let’s be friends! (Don’t worry we don’t have to be Facebook official…yet) 🙂