Wednesday, June 25

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 3

It’s day #3 and I’m so excited to do the big reveal of Alison’s room makeover!

And I know you’ve been waiting ever-so-patiently this week to see the final result. I love that about you. I won’t make you wait one more second. So, without further ado… (drumroll please)


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As a recap, here’s the whole process from beginning to end:

1. Shop your home – look for artwork, frames, and greenery from outside.
2. Head to the thrift stores with a general idea in mind of what you would like to purchase.
3. Bring it back home, paint it, distress it, and mix it in. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful! Thanks, Nester, for that freeing thought.

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 3

“Nester Notes”: 3 Steps for Successful House Therapy

1. Start in one room.
2. Don’t do everything at the same time.
3. Start with what you have.

I’m so thankful my friend, Nester, was able to join us this week! But this isn’t goodbye – you can visit her blog anytime by clicking here.

You can also bring her style and expertise into your home with her book, The Nesting Place.

The Nesting Place

Click here to purchase your copy! Buying this resource today from Proverbs 31 Ministries is a great way to support our ongoing mission of getting Biblical truth into every home. Makes a perfect treat for yourself or gift for a friend. Thank you for your support!

Today, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of The Nesting Place. To enter, leave a comment telling me your favorite thing you learned this week.

Tuesday, June 24

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 2

It’s day #2 of our room renovation project, and today we’re going to talk about the transformation process.

How do we pull something together and make it feel like a home?

I wrestle with this a lot.

I overanalyze, deliberate, buy too many things that I’m not sure if I like, and I’m indecisive as to what to do with it all when I get home. So I’m thankful that The Nester is with us today to share tangible ways to pull a room together. Check out the video below for more:

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“Nester Notes”: 3 Steps for Pulling a Room Together

1. Pull everything, except the big furniture, out of the room. Put the big things in the right place.
2. Focus on your main wall(s). For us, this was the gallery wall and the fireplace.
3. Spruce things up by adding in the “Tchotchkes and Gee-gaws.”

This all seems pretty do-able now, even for me. That’s a miracle.

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 2

Maybe you’re wishing you could invite The Nester into your space. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough Nesters to come into everyone’s home, but you can buy her amazing book, The Nesting Place, for help with all of your decorating needs. It’s so easy to understand – I feel like she jumps right out of the pages and into my space.

The Nesting Place

Click here to purchase your copy.

Stay tuned for one more post tomorrow on the finished room. I promise you don’t want to miss the big reveal!

Today, I’m giving away 3 signed copies of The Nesting Place. To enter, leave a comment below telling me which room in your home you’re going to tackle with all the new tips you’ve learned this week.

Monday, June 23

Turning a House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 1

I stood in the grocery store line staring at all the picture perfect homes featured on the displayed magazine covers. Their glistening perfection mocked my reality.

Those homes looked so inviting and put together.

How did they know to paint that table that color? Put those different patterned pillows on the same couch? And hang those pictures in an offset way that still looks so very balanced?

I decided to go home and give it a whirl. But I walked into my space and felt overwhelmed and paralyzed.

Have you ever felt that way?

We want our homes to have a welcoming look that functions well for our family but for the life of us, we can’t figure out how to pull it all together. And even if we have a decorator’s knack and a grand vision for making our space lovely, our budget taps us on the shoulder and reminds us of just how limited we are.

Well… what if I told you that what you’ve already got in your home, coupled with a little thrift store shopping, is enough to turn at least one of your rooms into a space you’ll love?

Turning Your House into a Home on a Thrift Store Budget: Day 1

That’s why I want to do a special series this week. We are about to learn together how to turn a house into a home on a thrift store budget. One of my co-workers, Alison, has agreed to be our featured makeover.

Alison only has $250 and three days to take her den from drab to fab.

And since I’m really no help at all in this area, I’ve invited my sweet friend, Myquillyn Smith (also known as The Nester), to do this fun decorating project with me and my team. You don’t want to miss our thrifting and sifting and wandering through all kinds of fun places!

I think you’ll find some simple ideas that you can easily incorporate into your own space.

And the best part? You won’t break the bank. Not even close.

Watch the video below to see what I mean. (If you’re viewing this in an email, click here to watch the video.)

“Nester Notes”: 5 Simple Reminders for Thrifting, Yard Saleing and Antiquing

1. Go with an open mind. Don’t walk in looking for a 20-inch green leather ottoman. Instead have a general idea of things you could use like a wooden chair, a lamp, a large decorative vase, etc.

2. Ask yourself, “If this was in Anthropologie would I love it and want to buy it?” If the answer is yes, you should buy it now!

3. Look first at size, shape, condition and function of items. You can usually change the color and fabric if you like it.

4. Don’t expect to find something every time you shop. Grab a drink from Sonic and just enjoy the process of looking through the items. If I can hit five stores in one day, I usually (but not always) end up with a few interesting items.

5. Start small and work up to bigger risks. Don’t buy the $150 dresser from the thrift store in hopes of refinishing it if you’ve never tried it before. Instead, start with the $7 night stand. What’s the worst that can happen? You hate it and lose $7. But if it works?! You now have a nightstand you LOVE for just a few dollars; this is SO worth the risk.

Isn’t Nester so smart and adorable? You will absolutely want to get her book, The Nesting Place. Click here to purchase your copy! You’ll find it chock-full of great tips, beautiful pictures from Nester’s home, and sweet perspectives teaching “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.” You’ll feel right at home reading it.

The Nesting Place

Today, I’m giving 3 commenters a signed copy of The Nesting Place. To enter, leave a comment below telling me which friend you plan to invite to join us here on the blog this week.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for more decorating tips and to see the exciting progress on Alison’s room makeover.