Being thrifty also can help you find fixtures with a history. DIY blogger Dena Stormer snapped up this ceramic light fixture, from a Luby’s cafeteria, for just $40 at a flea market in Texas. All it needed was a gloss white paint to freshen it up. She made the calendar/diner sign and crafted curtains using vintage chintz fabric.
An upholstered headboard adds plush comfort, and bright throw pillows tie yellow and red into the bedding in this Dwell with Dignity install. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company recommend picking pieces of furniture that go together but don’t match perfectly to get a designer look for any budget.
A new rug took up $110 of the $500 budget. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts found this fleece rug with a geometric pattern on sale and saved more with a 10 percent off coupon. She bought two ikat window panels and got one for 40 percent off. Those savings allowed her to buy discounted fabric for custom pillows and the elephant end table, which cost $40 at a thrift shop. The fiddle-leaf fig adds natural beauty to a corner with no need for wall art.
A bold wall color, reminiscent of Tiffany blue, is one of the most inexpensive ways to start off a bedroom makeover, says Atlanta designer Jennifer Foster. The room now has a sophisticated playful style, with a daybed from a home decor store that makes room for a baby grand piano passed down from a grandmother. The lamps also are off the shelf from a discount home goods store.
Let your love for vintage jars shine. Light fixtures made from Mason jars fit with a vintage, rustic or farmhouse kitchen design. These single pendants made of upcycled jars cost about $125 each, says Atlanta designer Jenn Ryan, owner of Jenn Ryan Designs and Reclaimed Lighting. Chandeliers made with a trio of Mason jars can also be found for less than $200 through online artisan marketplaces.
While trying to complete a quick design, Jo Torrijos, a design blogger at A Simpler Design from Atlanta, revamped an old black bookcase by painting its top, sides and front edging only to save time. She used Annie Sloan's Duck Egg Blue chalk paint to contrast with the dark paint on the inside of the bookcase. “To 'transform' this into a headboard, I left all my styling bits in place, and simply moved the bed in front of the bookcase,” says Torrijos.
Turn an old wooden box into a caddy for your bath and body essentials, or stock it full of travel toiletries for overnight guests. Hang the finished bath caddy in your bathroom, or the guest bathroom, and fill with a variety of bath and body potions only an arm's length away from the tub or shower.
Frankie, a picky, perfectionist nurse at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, has his mind set on finding a rowhouse with all the bells and whistles under 200-thousand dollars. He always gets what he wants, so why should this be any different? Will Frankie's diva attitude get in the way of his house hunt? Or will he be able to find exactly what he wants because he sticks to his guns?
A prison supervisor who shops to relax must decide whether she should cut back on her shopping or change her $168K price point. Monica has just been transferred from Mississippi to Texas for work and is living out of a hotel. She's got all her shoes and handbags in storage and is anxious to find her first place with a large walk in closet, of course. She soon realizes she doesn't want her mortgage to be more than a thousand dollars a month, which drastically lowers her price point. When her realtor miraculously finds a home within her new price range that has nearly everthing on her long must-have list, a friend encouarges her to lowball the offer. Will she risk the perfect house by offering a price so low the seller walks away?
Kelly and Phabian have already made 8 offers in their search for a place for their family in Livermore, CA, but are still waiting for a ''yes.'' Just when they think their luck is changing, they get bad news about their dream house. The couple must face big decisions if they are to achieve their goal of home ownership.
Kim and Terence are getting married in 60 days and want to find their first home before the wedding. Will this double deadline force a compromise onwhat they want in their first place?
Young Baltimore attorneys Gabby and Zak have great earning potential in the future, but they don't have a lot of cash on hand as they buy their first place. This becomes a huge challenge when they ask the sellers for $30,000 in closing costs. When the sellers refuse, the couple must get extremely creative or lucky to save the deal.
After Audra and Brian adopted 4 siblings, their 1,000-square-foot rental very quickly became cramped. An exhausting and indecisive home search finally unearthed a hidden gem. Unfortunately no one can come to terms with closing costs. The realtors make one last ditch effort to close the deal, but will it be too little too late?
Velvet is looking for her first place in Austin. After she rejects one home for foundation issues, will the next home's need for another major repair could keep her from closing?
Fresh out of the Air Force, Chris and Melissa are looking for a house where they can expand their family in Plano, Texas. His determination to get a good deal conflicts with her tendency to fall for every good-looking house they see. After battling each other for negotiation supremacy, bad luck befalls the couple not once, but twice, as deal breakers rear their ugly heads. Will the third time be the charm, or will their dream of homeownership get tabled?
Daniel and Bret are at odds over their priorities: one wants a large house, the other, a large yard for their dogs. When existing homes don't fit the bill, they look at new-builds. Will they find a place they both love, or will someone have to compromise?
Faced with only a few months before their wedding, LaKeasha and Jared race to find their first place in Baltimore. Already paying $1600 in rent to go month-to-month, they are eager to get out of their small apartment and settle in before the nuptials. When they find what they think is the perfect place, they overlook a potential deal breaker. Could their dream of homeownership get derailed before they even leave the station?
With their conflicting taste, it's hard to imagine Audra and Justin ever agreeing on a house. But when they finally find a home that meets all their must-haves, they impulsively leap before looking. Can they get out of this contract? And will they ever find a place they both love?
A couple living in downtown Baltimore, Maryland is tired of noise and no parking. With a baby on the way and their apartment lease nearly up, they're under pressure to find their first place quickly. But Dan would love to live way out in the country, while Griffin wants the convenience of suburbia. Complicating matters, their first place can't be too far of a commute for Dan who works in downtown Baltimore. Finally they agree on a suburban home that's been newly renovated, but there are three other buyers interested as well. Dan and Griffin have to figure out a negotiating strategy that will ensure they get the only home they can both agree on.
A Baltimore couple, Carlton and Taisha, don't have time to waste in finding a new home. Their rent is skyrocketing and they need out before their lease is up. So why do they continue to 'sleep on it' before making an offer? They fall in love with several homes but lose out on them before the next day. Will they ever pull the trigger on an offer? Or will they always be a day late and a nickel short?
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