Let there be light! Lamps on a budget

I love lamps. They instantly add coziness and warmth to a room, but choose the right bulb wattage. There are so many to choose from now and can really make a difference on the glow it puts out.

A chart that might be helpful for choosing the right wattage

Below are a roundup of some of our favorite lamps. Target always has a great selection and don’t forget TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Home Goods, Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby and hit up your favorite thrift store if you’re up for the hunt!

Under $50

RANARP work lamp with LED bulb off-white 17 " 7 " 5 ' 3 "
Clean work lamp with an old soul. Comes in white & black
Industrial & Concrete
HEKTAR floor lamp with LED bulb dark gray 53 W 71 " 12 " 73 5/8 "
Simple floor lamp. Would look great behind a chair or in a corner that needs some love

Under $100

Antique Brass Arc Table Lamp - Image 1 of 6
Minimalist. Comes in black or gold. Would look cool on bedside tables and don’t take up too much space
Sampson 22" Table Lamp
Rattan. Would bring a light and airy feel to a room
Gives off a luminous glow with the frosted globe
SKOTTORP / SKAFTET floor lamp base w light blb, arched gray 84 " 69 " 17 " 19 " 79 " 13 W
Acts as an overhead light but sits on the floor
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Retro table lamp

Under $200

A plug in wall sconce
Earthy & Modern. We have this one in our living room and love it!
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Preppy. Would look great in an all white bedroom or in a living room
Bejou 60" Tray Table Floor Lamp
2 in 1: A lamp and a table! Super sleek and modern
Wicker Black Table Lamp - Image 5 of 7
Boho Vibe

Fun Outdoor Lighting Options All Under $50

Edison Style
SOLVINDEN LED string light with 12 lights outdoor/multicolor 13 ' 1 " 16 " 14 ' 5 " 3.0 W 27 ' 7 "
Colorful & Fun
Clear Glass Solar
SOLVINDEN LED solar-powered pendant lamp outdoor/globe pink 2 Lumen 9 " 7 " 7 "
Would look cool hung in a tree

Go light up a room!

A French Inspired Bathroom Makeover

This project was long overdue so it feels like a huge accomplishment that we are finished! When we first started re-doing mom’s bathroom, all we knew was it was going to be white because we had white paint given to us for free 🙂 From there it all fell into place with the look we were going for. The bathroom was dark and outdated and now it is airy, light and romantic.

Total cost: $0.00! My mom has A LOT of stuff in her house so we were able to pull all the accessories from other rooms and stuff she had in storage.

The Before

The Inspiration ~ French Style

The After

It is now an inviting space and feels like a luxurious french hotel bathroom – now all you need is a glass of wine and a bubble bath to complete the look!

Comment below if you have any questions about the re-do!

*Inspiration photos courtesy of Pinterest & Decoholic.

Styling a Bookcase

Bookcases can help pull a room together by making it look more organized. Below are a few different ways to style one.

Make sure you get a cute librarian to take care of your books
Keep it neutral
Group by color
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Turn the books around to create a more organic and textural look

Stack them horizontally & vertically

A Lost Art: Card Making

Who doesn’t love receiving cards? They are a beautiful gesture and can make a person’s day…but they can be expensive! If I do end up buying cards it’s typically the blank on the inside pack of 10 at TJ Maxx for $4.00. But I’m here today people, to encourage and support you to get out your elmer’s glue, glitter and sharpie pens and start hand making your cards! This may not be fun for everyone and you might love wandering the aisles in Target for that perfect card – but I think nowadays we don’t do much with our hands but type, scroll, pin and click away and making a card can be a much needed escape from technology. Now go cut out scraps from those magazines you have piling up and draw, doodle and glitter away to customize your card for your person. Even if it looks janky, I promise they will love the time and thought you put into it!

Step 1: Gather the essentials: scissors, glue, glitter, magazines, card stock paper…etc. For your actual card, it can be as simple as a piece of white printer paper or some fancy/colored/thick scrapbook paper you’ve had since middle school. Maybe use a brown paper bag or a gift bag that has a fun print on it that you’ve been saving to re-use.

Step 2: Weed through magazines and cut out letters to spell out their name or a word that describes them. Look for images or words that remind you of them when flipping through magazines.

Step 3: Start gluing away! Add polka dots or write out their name in glue and sprinkle glitter on top – cut out a picture of their head and put it on Oprah’s body…etc…etc…oh and don’t forget the back of the card. That’s prime real estate to get creative!

Happy card making to you!

The wonderful world of wallpaper

I love me some wallpaper.

When it came time to re-decorate a wall in our bedroom/nursery, I knew wallpaper was the way to go without spending too much money (and putting more nail holes in the wall). Wallpaper can be EXPENSIVE but I found lots of affordable options on Carter and Main, Amazon and Walls Need Love. We wanted a print that was mature enough for adults but young enough for baby. We decided on a peel and stick wallpaper because we live in a rental and it will be easy (hopefully) to take down. We landed on a whimsical forest print and love the way it turned out! You would think with the bold and dark pattern it might make the room feel smaller, but it actually made it feel bigger. Wallpaper is also a safe way to decorate a wall where a crib is up against – there’s no heavy mirror or framed art that could fall on your little one.

Final Pick: Amazon’s Groovy Garden

Total Cost: Wallpaper + extremely sharp cutting tool + smoothing tool = $131.96

Some Tips: Before ordering, measure your walls to see how much you’ll need. We got by with 4 rolls for 1 wall that measures 14 feet by 16 feet and had enough leftover to cover part of my closet. You could also use the leftovers in a drawer, cover the back of a bookshelf, or frame it for a piece or art.

Before & After

Below are some prints that might just be what you’re looking for to add some flavor to a room.

Dreamy and full of wonder | Wild! | Sweet for a nursery, bedroom or bathroom | Fun and corky | Calming | Modern neutral | Bold and artsy

Happy wallpapering to you!

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