Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

For this week's Frugal Round-up, I'm sharing a couple of fun makeovers...

First, Burlap and Lace shared a perfect IKEA hack.  I'm loving these wall shelves created using IKEA brackets and boards.  That's it and they look incredible!

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My New House: A Living Room Sneak Peek - New Slipcovers~

The house is slowly starting to come together.  Today I wanted to share a little sneak peek of the living room with you.  It's not done, but there are some fun things starting to take shape!

The most exciting thing for me is that we got new slipcovers for the sofas!!  I'm sure you all know by now what a fan I am of IKEA.  And especially of the IKEA Ektorp sofa.  I bought my first Ektorp sofa when we lived in Massachusetts.  And then bought another a couple of years ago.  The thing that I love so much about the sofas is the fact that they are slipcovered.  To me, that means that I can change them up when I change up my space rather than needing to buy all new sofas!  Hello savings!!

For this new house, I decided to finally try out the charcoal slipcovers I talked about in this post.  They are the Svanby Grey covers.  And I am in love.

Just so you can see how different my sofas have looked over the years...here's a little visual tour of my past three (yes, three!) residences...

First, in Massachusetts my sofa sported a tan slipcover.  It lent itself well to the autumn tones that were so popular around 2007

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Back to School Dinner 2014~

We have a family tradition that makes going back to school a little more special for the kiddos:  our annual Back to School Dinner.

Each year I let the kids choose the menu...and I throw them a fun dinner where I introduce a theme for the year, the kids each set a goal for their school year, and we just enjoy one another's company as summer comes to an end.

This year I took it easy on myself and  purchased the decorations at Target!  It made the festivities all that much more enjoyable (for me anyway - the kids had fun regardless).

I always like to give the kids a little bag of goodies.  When I first started this tradition, I gave them school supplies, but now that everyone's lists of supplies are so specific, and they don't usually get them until the first day, goodies it is.  

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

I have some fun features to share for this week's Frugal Round-up...

First up, Design Your Dwelling shared a tour of her pretty dining room.  Love those pendants and I'm swooning over the art!!

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My New House Part 2: Being Smart~

Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive response to my previous post about our new house. Your words of encouragement mean the world to me!

If you're anything like I am - and you most likely are or you wouldn't be reading my blog (ha!) - you're probably anxious to see photos of the inside of my home.  And good ones are coming...I promise.  But just so I don't leave you all hanging, I'm going to share a few iPhone pics today while I tell you all a little bit about the reasons that I chose the home I did.

As I mentioned in my previous post, I work as an interior designer for Ivory Homes which is the largest home builder in Utah.  Because of the work that I do, I am well informed about new construction.  So when I decided that I was going to purchase a home, I debated on whether I should buy a previously-owned home, build or buy a quick move-in (also known as a spec or available) home.

There are pros and cons to each.  So let me explain my thought process...and hopefully it can be helpful to someone out there who is going through something similar.

1. Buying a previously-owned home.
Pros:  You can usually get more square footage and/or property for your money.  Some very desirable neighborhoods simply don't have the option of new construction. Renovations are fun!??
Cons:  The finishes in the home are likely not exactly what you'd like.  Renovations can be costly.  There can be structural/mechanical issues.

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Happiness Happens Day~

Hello Lovelies!

Today is Happiness Happens Day!!!

photo credit: Matthew Mead

I wanted to pop in on this lovely Friday to tell you about an awesome giveaway from HomeGoods (one of my very favorite places!)  Trust me,  you're not going to want to miss out on this one...and it's today only!!

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Frugal Friday~

Welcome to this week's edition of Frugal Friday!

There were so many fun posts linked up to last week's party that I had a really hard time just picking a few to share for this week's Frugal Round-up, but I narrowed them down to some that I think you'll really love.

First up, I adore this neutral foyer shared by So Much Better With Age.  It's so light and airy.  Such a great transformation from the "before"!

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