Holiday Weekend Wreath Project

succulent-wreath-lStumbled across this baby on the Southern Living site and can’t wait to make one for myself. The best part about succulent wreaths is that they’re living, so you don’t have to replace them all the time!

They sell at Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn for upwards of $100, but in true rehabber fashion, I think this is more of a DIY endeavor. How low do you think I can go?

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Rehabbin’ Runs in the Family

My cousin bought this buffet at a yard sale for $50. Doesn’t look like much, huh?

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I kept saying, “do two tone, do two tone!” but she had a vision.

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Yikes! Here is is during the sanding process.

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Here it is in her house!

Isn’t it great!? Can you believe this beauty was only fifty bucks?

And, lesson learned: the most important thing to remember about rehabbing an item for your home is to do what you want!

Nate Berkus Holiday Collection at Target

Who doesn’t love the feel of designer luxury without the “designer” price tag?

I just love collaborations between designers and Target (I flipped for the Calypso St Bath collection) and this collection by Nate Berkus  is out just in time for the holidays. I like the mix of blues, golds, dark grays, and neutral browns. Smoky and sexy with little pops of color– chic.

These elephant place card holders are my favorite part of the collection:

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At two for $10, you get major style without breaking the bank.

Like a true rehabber, I see them playing a totally different role in my home than just holding place cards. I think they would be super cute on a bookshelf holding photos of friends or family when not in use for a party. Leave it to me to reappropriate something!

Multipurpose with a little sparkle to brighten up every day… now that’s a deal!

Makeover Made Cheap!

Here’s the thing…

I am SO TIRED of my living room. It is really, really pretty. I have a beautiful sage green couch that you just sink into, a gorgeous hand me down paisley goldish-colored chair. I have a green and gold rug with gorgeous vine designs with accents of burgundy and the tiniest bit of blue peeking out. To accent that blue, I’ve anchored a gorgeous baby blue vintage kitchen door onto my main wall. The walls are a pretty dove gray (it took 3 different colors to get there). Yes, the details are there, but they’ve also been there pretty much since I moved in three years ago… and it is dark! These colors are gorg but I wanna switch it up for that bright, airy, LA vibe. Hey, we’re so close to the beach, why not?!

You’d think that’d be an easy thing for a rehabber to fix, right? Well, I guess this little thing called time keeps getting in my way. Oh, yeah, and his friend money.

This project has been mulling around in my mind since Spring. I got rid of my dark wood coffee table and side table and started the stenciling project and made the $2000 dollar (but better cause it was under $20!) coffee table. Then I ordered a slipcover, but it didn’t fit. So I took it back, and the project has been on stall ever since. I think my mom is sick of me sending random texts saying, “hey, do you think making a slipcover is too hard for me?” (My sewing skills could use some work.)

Last week, I started cleaning some stuff out and re-arranging in preparation to begin this project again. The goal? Breathe new life into my living room for under $500. (And I would prefer to avoid painting the walls at all costs… after trying three colors, multiple coats of each, and painting three coats to get the maroon ceiling white (what’s wrong with my landlord?) I said, “God as my witness, I will never go through painting again.” Scarlett O’Hara brat attacks aside, let’s avoid painting, the gray is there to stay.)

Think I can do it? Is $500 reasonable for a total living room makeover? Do you have any tips?