Save space and add a rustic element with a sliding door. McNeal Walker Interiors repurposed a discarded door they found on the side of the road and turned it into the sliding barn door leading into this en suite bathroom in Atlanta. The door gives the chamber a rustic redo and provides privacy.
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.
Floor poufs are a low-price way to add seating without investing in larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa or chaise, say Gabriela Eisenhart and Holly Conlan with Wake + Loom Design. While you can find outdoor poufs for less than $50, you also can make your own fabric pouf ottoman in a pattern and palette that you prefer. Also, a garden stool is a versatile item that can serve as extra seating or a side table.
Using pallet wood is a way to make a custom table in the style and shape you want, but for cheaper than buying a new table. "It's a a unique piece that nobody has," says Georgia designer Beth Johnson. A friend made the table, which also can roll to different spots in the room.
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.
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.
Jennifer and Andrew are struggling to find their first home in pricy San Francisco. They begin their home search without a realtor and quickly realize they need help. They interview and hire Caroline who shows them a gorgeous townhouse. The only problem - it's over their $600K budget. Will Caroline be able to score them a fabulous deal so they buy their first place?
Pittsburgh couple wants a charming farmhouse, but the problems of an old house may be dealbreakers.
Julia and Matt have good jobs, a healthy savings account and big dreams of buying their first place. But Julia's past credit history comes back to haunt them. She's paid every penny but still can't be on the mortgage application. Their idea of the perfect first home will have to change as they get a financial reality check.
Dominique wants a move-in ready place but Roderick prefers to get his hands dirty on a fixer-upper project or two. The problem is, she doesn't think he's nearly as handy as he would like to believe. Wanting to ditch a costly month-to-month lease, they quickly make a move when they find a short sale townhouse outside Baltimore that seems to be the best of both worlds. Will it be worth the wait, or could this short sale end up costing them months, and lots of extra money in rent?
Mary Anna is ready to say goodbye to her parents and buy a place of her own in Nashville. After touring more than 50 homes, she finds the dream but a devastating inspection puts the deal in limbo. She'll walk away, only to get the surprise of a lifetime.
With a toddler and a new baby on the way, Malee & Jatin are desperately searching for their first place in Nashville, Tennessee. The couple currently lives with Malee's Mom and living conditions are tight so pregnant Malee really wants to find a place before their bundle of joy arrives. They are having trouble finding their #1 must have - a large, flat backyard. Will they find the perfect backyard before the baby is born?
Living near public transportation is a top consideration for first-time buyers Kristy and Doug, as Kristy has vision issues that make living near public transporation a must. But these two attorneys are more than ready to drive a hard bargain when it comes to negotiating on the sales price. Will they lose sight of what's most important in their quest to get a good deal?
Stiff competition from cash buyers has Pittsburgh newlyweds Joy and Tim scrambling to come up with a winning offer. After going 0 for 5, Joy and Tim have a strategy to beat the investors at their own game.
Matt knows what he wants: a unique loft space in Pittsburgh with some industrial "grittiness" to it. Unable to find an established property that fits the bill, he falls for a rezoned office space still under construction. Nothing is in writing, and Matt is already "sold," ignoring the warnings of his realtor and friend. Will his gamble pay off, or will his willingness to risk it all backfire?
Megan wants a home with low maintenance in the North Hills of Pittsburgh. But serious competition in her price range makes the home buying game difficult. Will Megan be able to out-negotiate the competition to get into her first place?
Dallas single Mom, Tausha, has a dream of buying a colonial home for she and her son Issac. Unfortunately Dallas is not teaming with Colonial style homes. She finally strikes oil and finds the perfect house with the perfect price tag. She puts in an offer and it is accepted but the appraisal comes back with a lower home value than she and the seller have agreed upon. Will the seller reduce the home to the appraised number or will Tasha's dream become a nightmare?
Ellen and Dan's apartment looks more like a sporting goods store than a home, thanks to their bikes, golf clubs and gear. The couple sets out to find their first place in the north suburbs of Pittsburgh, only to realize their budget and looming deadline could kill the deal and destroy their plans of home ownership.
Karolina and Lukas are getting married in 7 months and are desperate to buy their first home before they walk down the aisle. They put in an offer but the seller plays a cat and mouse game over $1,500 and tries to pressure them into making a quick decision. Lukas and Karolina feel very played and reject the seller's counter offer. Will someone blink, or will this home sale die over the last $1,500?
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