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You’ve already re-painted the walls and feng-shui’d the furniture. What else can you do to add a little excitement to your interior design? Here are 10 out-of-the-box ways to jazz up your home.

1: Houseplants

Forget the gardenias out of Better Homes and Gardens. Go for the fuzzy pink appendages of the acalypha or the crawling tendrils of the spider plant.

2: Egg Chairs

Already a staple of modern homes and hip offices, egg chairs are also great for snooty neighbors or in-laws who still don’t think your husband is good enough. Let them try to turn up their nose when they’re cradled in an egg!

3: Crazy Rugs

The best thing about a colorful or brightly-patterned rug is that it requires no commitment on your part. If it works out, great! If you decide you don’t like it after all, you won’t have to rip up the flooring to get rid of it.

4: Upside-Down Mirrors

Hang your mirrors from the ceiling for an off-beat look that’s still functional. It’s an easy way to add a little whimsy to your home without having resort to major renovations.

5: Chandeliers

Give your guests something to gawk at with the purchase of a grand chandelier for your den or living room. The odds are good that they’ll go right home and order their own, so you’ll start a neighborhood trend!

6: Furniture Reproductions

If you’d like a vintage look without the vintage stains, consider something like modern classic furniture reproductions, which will offer all the groovy style of yesteryear but with 21sty century utility and comfort.

7: Painted Interior Doors

Not only is it fun and quirky, but the next time someone asks for directions to the bathroom, you can just say, “The purple door down the hall.”

8: Upholstered Stairs

Give every step a unique design, like a different color, pattern or image. It can become a fun family project if everyone chips in with ideas or works on it together, like making new step for every birthday or milestone.

9: Storage

Who says organization can’t be interesting? Cut your shelves into the shape of dolphins or flowers. Install rails on your ceiling and keep all your plastic tubs hanging above your head.

10: Stenciled Floors

If you have wooden floors, it’s easy enough to grab some paint and a few stencils and make a one-of-a-kind design. Most people only do this to their walls, but you’re thinking out of the box, remember?

Do you have a modern pieces in your home? What’s your favorite piece?

Thrift store reindeer makeover & my Christmas dining room

made over thrift store decor

Check out this little reindeer basket I found at a thrift store for a couple dollars last month. He received a makeover with some white Chalk Paint and I used gold gilded wax on the antlers! This was my first time using gold wax and I love it!! I just did the front of the antlers and sanded around the edges. He also has a new red jingle bell nose 🙂

Thrift store reindeer makeover using guilding wax

Chalk Paint and gold guilded wax

It was so fun in fact, I decided to paint the ends of a large pinecone I had. I also hot glued some faux berries to make it look like a Christmas tree. What a fun little craft!

faux berries on a large pinecone

He turned out so cute I made him the centerpiece of my dining room table!

Thrifty Christmas Decorating by Fancy Frugal Life

I wasn’t going to decorate my table this year, but our home is going to be photographed next week for next year’s December edition of Central Valley Magazine. (Yay I’m excited they will be taking photos of our decorations and my family!)

I will be writing an article about decorating for Christmas and featuring some DIY projects from my home. I’m thinking about including some tips for decorating a classy table on a budget.
Reindeer decorated tableThe other day I scored some very nice very real looking garland at Michael’s for 70% off. I twisted together a long piece of pine garland and gold leaf garland and used that as a base.

frugal Christmas centerpiece
These cool flowers were just a couple dollars each at Michael’s and I added a bunch of gold dollar store decorations and pinecones.

faux flowers
gold and cream garland
The ruffle table runner I sewed from drop cloth remnants is still my favorite.

ruffle dropcloth table runner

dollar store decorl used my white plates and then laid a dollar store door knob hanger across the top. I also added some faux berries inside my napkin holders.

dollar store door knob hangers ontop of plates
Fancy Frugal LIfe dining room table


frugal christmas decorating

 Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


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DIY Christmas Flower Arrangement (Teacher’s Gift)

Tader Joe's Flower Arangement

Hi! I had to show someone the pretty flower arrangement I put together for my daughter’s teacher! I’m the home room parent so this is a gift from the classroom parents along with a larger Trader Joe’s gift card.

Today I was eying a pretty arrangement like this at another grocery store for over $40 so I went to Trader Joe’s, bought $14 worth of flowers and put together this! I tied together lace and ribbon (that I already had) to a simple vase to make it festive for Christmas. The fresh berries and branches I think are so cute.

Christmas Flowers under $15

I think it’s fun to buy the flowers separately and make your own arrangement, do you?

It looks so pretty on my dining room table I want to keep it! 🙂

Christmas Flowers

The other thing I made from there was this pretty swag.
gold and white christmas swag

Well the fresh branches were already together and only $5.99 so I added my own ribbon and hung dollar store ornaments that went with my Christmas stuff.

DIY Holiday Swag

It looks so cute and smells nice in this room!

hanging swag from curtainsThanks for stopping by!


My Christmas 2013 Home Tour

Christmas Home Tour 2013

Welcome to my home for Christmas! It took me so long to get everything out and up, and even longer to clean up! I can’t believe December is flying by so fast! I’m so excited to share my Christmas stuff with you guys. Our tree moved this year to behind the couch and I really love it.

I spent so much time taking and editing these photos I don’t have time to go in and explain each one so here are the highlights. You might have to look at the pictures and come back and read this part 🙂

Beside the tree on the left, hangs the new ornament wreath I made a few weeks ago! I love the colors and how it looks in this room. That is a fun satisfying project 🙂

 See the fresh pine swag that I’ve hung on our curtain rod on the right of the tree? It’s from Trader Joe’s and I’ve added some cute ornaments and bow. I love how it smells!

The mantel has some new signs from Kirkland’s this year. This is what I spent my sponsored post money from them! Love it!  They have some great stuff this year, I wanted it all. Also note my fun dollar store stockings that I added ruffles to last year.

The stairs have garland and wreaths going up it again and another new “Santa Stops Here” sign from Kirkland’s. I made that pallet Christmas tree a couple years ago.

I wanted to point out my little tree especially for the kids’ handmade ornaments. I even made some popcorn garland!

Here’s how I’m displaying Christmas cards this year. I took apart an old flower arrangement I had and made a swag for above the canvas.

My parents just gave me this sweet white ceramic vintage tree with the peg lights. Don’t you love those? We always had one growing up. I’ve never seen a white one and love it!!

Last year I snagged some pretty cream and blue ornaments @ 75% off from Target after Christmas clearance  and added a few from my local dollar store 🙂

ornaments dollar store
2014 christmas decorFamily Roomsilver santa

whole treegold and white christmas swag
wreaths up the banister
christmas tree
bottom of tree
Family Room 2Christmas Mantelruffle stockings
kids christmas treeSanta Pallet Sign Kirklands
handmade ornament treemore handmade ornaments
bowl full of ornaments
Christmas Card Display
christmas swagWhite ceramic vintage tree
vintage tree

front porch

Thanks so much for stopping by! I love putting together our house for the holidays and hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! Merry Christmas!



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