accessorizing an apartment for under $300

??????????????????????Back in the fall, I was approached by La Sierra Apartments here in NB to spruce up a corporate apartment.  One unit, in a weeks time? Well okay, no problem. The challenge: use furniture in inventory and spend next to nothing.   SAY WHAT??  Every design idea I had instantly imploded.

How was I supposed to do art, drapery, lighting, and fun accessories on a couple hundred bucks?  (I know it’s possible, but I’m used to accessories budgets in the thousands.)  Sure, it’s easy to come up with endless ideas when you have a nice budget to work with, but this was going to be a little harder.  A rug alone could break the bank.

I had to get creative.  But really, I needed to relax and go with my instincts.  I was made for this.  I don’t like paying full price for, well, anything.  I’m always looking for a deal, and now it was time to put my bargain hunting to the test.  And I had like 4 days to do it.

I started with a vacant apartment.   There were a lot of warm, brown tones in the apartment (wall color, fixtures, flooring, etc) and in the existing furniture I was going to use.  The armless chair I picked was in this fabric:


So I decided to pull out the grays tones and run with that.  The goal was to combine warm and cool to create an inviting & simple, yet contemporary space.

I bought a 36×36 gallery wrapped canvas at Michael’s with a 40% off coupon.  I then took a couple of hours one morning, busted out my (literally) 8-year-old paints and created a neutral abstract painting.  This was going to be the piece that tied the browns and grays together.


Here’s what the final result ended up like:

accessorizing on a budget

apartment decor for under 250 dollars

The lamp shades, pillows, and drapes were from Target.  The drapery was on clearance – jackpot!  The drapery hardware (not pictured) is from IKEA, as well as the rug ($19.99), and floor lamp ($14.99).

IKEA frames + your favorite pictures - Accessorizing on a Budget

These IKEA frames were under 10 bucks a pop.  I took some pics of local landmarks (Gruene Hall, the Comal River, and the Faust Bridge) and printed off 8x10s of them at Target.

I apologize for the very few crappy iPhone pics, but it turned out pretty good!   The only thing I would have liked to do differently is include some vintage bargain finds if I had more time to search for them.  Where are your go to places for great accessories on a budget??

Target pairs up with FEED

I was walking through Target the other day and what did I find?  Probably the most lovely collaboration I never thought would have happened.

target and FEED

target feed-boutique-model

Consumed in our daily lives, many of us don’t think about how many families are struggling just to survive.  It’s estimated that about 17 million children are living in food insecure households in just the UNITED STATES ALONE.  I’m so happy Target is bringing awareness to this very important issue by donating to such a great cause.  For every purchase you make from the Target FEED collection, meals will be provided for children and family across America!

Target and FEED

  1. FEED for Target Women’s Crossbody Bag in Navy 20 meals
  2. FEED for Target Men’s Denim Baseball Cap  = 12 meals
  3. FEED for Target Bakeware – Medium 100oz  = 16 meals
  4. FEED for Target Women’s Gold V-Neck Graphic Tee   =  14 meals
  5. FEED for Target Ceramic Canisters  =  10-12 meals each canister
  6. FEED for Target Women’s Stackable Bracelet Set of 3  =  12 meals


View the entire collection here, or to learn more visit: .

(All photos from Target and FEED projects)

casa de updates

Hello my readers! Are you still out there? I know I fell off the face of the earth lately. Of course the new house has been consuming my life.  I wish I had some other exciting stories or amazing revelations to share with you…but I don’t.  So in that case I will now attempt to entertain you with the latest updates at the new casa.

Last week, we finally finished painting! Okay that was a lie. We are not done thanks to the knotty pine bonus room from hell. I’m in one more coat denial so of course I believe this is the last coat. We shall see…

Our final paint palette ended up looking like this:


For our fun sized powder room, I decided to do an accent wall of wallpaper in the pattern below. My hope is that it will make it seem a little bigger. You know like maybe 4 x 5 feet instead of 3.5 x 4!

Candice Olson Wall Covering

Perhaps the mack daddy news of all is that we just had the wood floors last week. For the first time I actually felt like this whole thing is finally starting to come together!

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I love how they turned out!  It’s crazy to think just the floors and paint can make this much of a difference!

PS. We just moved everything in on Saturday!  I’m not going to lie – it’s a little strange. It doesn’t quite feel like it’s our home yet, but I’m sure that will come with time.  Kinda hard to feel homey when there are boxes everywhere I guess. 🙂

PPS. I am the proud new owner of this new clearance mirror at target. $19.99 . Come into my lovely home!

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That’s all for now!  I promise to get back to the regular posts.  I’ll be back sooner than later 🙂 xo.

3 fabulous bar carts + last minute entertaining essentials (that won’t break the bank!)

I cannot believe that this weekend is already Labor Day! Where has the time went?? Many peeps (including myself) will be having people over to celebrate the end of the summer.  And of course with company comes lots of food and drink.  And with that comes all the prep and presentation.  What’s a girl to do?  

One item that is great for entertaining is a bar cart.   These 3 are good-looking AND functional.


Libations Bar Cart, Crate & Barrel, $ 599


Raskog Kitchen Cart, IKEA, $49.99


Beckett Bar Cart, Williams-Sonoma, $999


Also, if you’re anything like me, you probably realize the day of the event there’s something you wish you would have thought of ahead of time.  It never fails: there’s always something you need at the last sec, whether it’s a new oven mitt or a serving platter.  Here are some items that are pretty to look at and helpful for serving guests.  And best of all – they are budget friendly!.

1) Carved Wood Serving Platter, Target, $19.99 

2)  Home Angled Beverage Tub, Target,  $18.71 (sale price)

3) Square Lacquer Trays, West Elm,  $24.00 final sale

4) Fiammetta Pot Holder & Oven Mitt, Anthropologie, $14.00 each 

 5) Slate Coaster Set, West Elm,  $16.00 for 4 

6) Rippled Dream Bowl in Turquoise, Anthropologie, $14.00

7)  Red Salt & Pepper Shakers, Target, $10.49  

8)  Polycarbonate Beverage Dispenser, Target,  $29.99 

11 great finds at Target

While perusing in Target last week, I saw so many new spring items!  Interesting new pillow patterns.  Stylish end tables at a great price. And cute accessories.  Enjoy!


a) Blue Green Lattice Thank You Cards –  I’ve seen these before but I loved them and had to include them!

b) Lucky Linen Hemp Boudoir Pillow – I love me some linen (says its not sold in stores, but I saw it there the other day)

c) Variegated Striped Throw in Cream – also comes in blue, red, brown, and purple!

d) Wire End Table (available in stores only at the moment) – for $69.99 this is a STEAL.  Get one before they’re gone.

e) Taryn Flat Sandal – love the color! perfect for Spring

f) Loreal Tangerine Crush Nail Polish –  Bought this and its stunning.  Great way to flaunt Pantone’s color of the year!

g) Brown Geometric Outdoor Pillow – this will hold up indoors or outdoors and the brown color will mask dirt

h)  Blue Ikat Pillow – LOVE! Also comes in a rust color!

i) Red Grainsack Stripe Pillow – simple pattern goes with just about anything!

j) Decorative Metal Cutout Lantern in White – cute lantern at a great price

k) Decorative Accent Table – simple and colorful!