Rugs On A Budget

Not only is hard surface flooring (hardwood, engineered, cork, etc.) more expensive than carpet, but they often need rugs and this really raises the budget. Rugs come is all different sizes, their fibers can be both natural or synthetic and they can be handmade or machine made. There is a huge range of pricing depending on these factors. For example an 8x10 rug can cost anywhere from $350-$8,000+ give or take! That being said, if you used the majority of your budget on new hardwood flooring and you really need rugs or you just do not want to spend too much money on it,  I have your solution… (drum roll please) 

Create a list of the rug size and color(s) you need for each room. 

Go to a carpet store and check out their remnant carpet (rolls of carpet leftover from a large project)

Measure and select the remnant carpet that works with your needs (most of the time it’s final sale, so triple check before purchasing)

Ask the carpet store if they bind remnants (often times the remnant is not cut straight, so binding makes the lines straight and keeps it from unraveling or fraying)! If they do not bind remnants, they will be able to refer you to someone who does! There are online DIY kits, but depending on rug size, it is hard to cut a perfectly straight line and bind it so the raw edges are not exposed (they are very sharp). You can get it professionally done for approx. $1 a linear foot. 

A Natural, Low Maintenance Home Accessory that Adds Health Benefits!

Trapped indoors all day long is enough to make anyone crazy. When the winter is long and brutal like it is right now everyone needs a place to escape and find peace. 

Not only do indoor plants offer fresh oxygen which we especially needed during the winter, but they are a beautiful source of color and add beauty to any room. Plants have so many additional benefits: 

  • Reducing carbon dioxide levels.
  • Increasing humidity.
  • Reducing levels of certain pollutants, such as benzene and nitrogen dioxide.
  • Reducing airborne dust levels.
  • Keeping air temperatures down.
  • Oxygen producing and air purifying.  

While plants have many benefits, they can have a handful of drawbacks:

  • Allergies: if you suffer from allergies due to pollen or have trouble with the smell of perfume, indoor plants can cause harm. There are a handful of plants that do not cause allergic reactions. 
  • Black mold: houseplants require plenty of water. While these conditions are ideal for the plant, they are also the ideal conditions for toxic black mold. Solve this problem by keeping plants well lit and areas around plants well maintained.
  • Pests: insect infestation is the most common problem with indoor plants. Control the spread of infestations from new plants to existing houseplants by quarantining new plants for a few weeks and checking occasionally for fungus or insects. 

While there are indoor plants that are  finicky and lots of work (the last thing we need is another todo), there are many that do well with no more than one minute of care per week.  So if you have eight plants, plan on eight minutes of care per week.  Here are a few of my favorite indoor plants:

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Spider Plant: They have been a popular indoor plant for years because they come in different varieties and are great hanging plants! Spider plants do well with evenly moist soil and bright or medium lighting conditions. Room temperatures of 60 to 75 degrees keep them thriving.


Rubber Tree: This indoor plant can grow into an 8 foot tree and perfect for vaulted ceiling rooms which need to visual. If you would like to keep is small, it is easy to prune them!  Allow the surface of the rubber tree's soil to dry out in between watering. It thrives in lighting conditions from medium to bright, and a range of room temperatures between about 60 and 80.Snake Plant: One of the easiest indoor plants! This indoor plant grows well in a whole range of lighting conditions. The air should be somewhat dry, as should the soil. Any normal room temperature will work! 

Heart-Leaf Philodendron: This is a trailing indoor house plant that loves to make its way down from mantles or bookshelves. It thrives in a range of lighting conditions from low to sunny, preferring indirect light. It does well anywhere close to standard room temperature. Let the surface of the soil dry between watering; it should not be constantly wet.

Fiddle-Leaf Fig: Truly a beautiful looking tree and very easy maintenance. They can be trimmed back with ease. This indoor plant likes room temperatures between about 65 and 75 degrees, and exposure to bright to medium light. The surface of the soil should dry out slightly between watering. If it starts to look a bit pale, try moving it to somewhere less bright.

Find some pretty pots and add some natural beauty to your home! 


Frame Your Artwork On a Budget

It is soooo exciting to find a steal piece of artwork and then reality hits. It's going to cost a mini fortune to frame it. Most originals do not come in standard sizes and you will have to do custom which can cost 100's to 1000's. 

What I love to do is first find old frames at antique, consignment and thrift shops and then find the artwork. I found this old rickety frame for $5. 

Knowing the size of the frame, I searched for art that was smaller than the frame.  I found an affordable and beautiful piece by Leonard Seed. You can find his artwork here: This website has 1000's of artists and you can narrow it down to zip code to find local options. 

I took this frame to Michaels and they reinforced it with new back and brackets for $7 and then created a custom matte for Leonard’s painting. All together this cost me $20 and it looks beautiful. There are many websites that show you how to DIY it.  I think this is a good one - I am still a believer that it typically looks a million times better getting it done by a professional and still not having to spend that much money – win-win. 

Take it a step further and find multiple frames and create an art wall!