July 29, 2010

Frugalicious Friday & A Giveaway...Wonderfully Wordy!




Welcome to the 41st edition of Frugalicious Friday!

Okay guys before you link up...check out my interview with HGTV's Leslie Segrete!  You know Leslie...one of the designers from Trading Spaces and While You Were Out!  Yup, you can't miss this interview...click here! 

If your new to Finding Fabulous...This day's all about sharing your fabulous, thriftiest, most frugalicious home decor finds! And if you revamped your find in a fab Craft or Diy project, well tell us about that too...we can always use a little extra Diy inspiration!

The guidelines for this day are pretty simple...if you made it, then link up cuz we want to see your fabulous finds, crafts & Diy projects!


We've got a fun Giveaway today from Wonderfully Wordy...a fabulous on-line vinyl lettering company where you can order the phrase you want, in the font you like...and even choose the color that matches your decor!  Yup, customization is what this on-line vinyl letter boutique is all about...love that!

And did you know that Shelley (that cute mamma above)... the creative mind behind Wonderfully Wordy also writes the blog House of Smiths?  Yup, I know you know her blog...she's got some FABULOUS design & decor ideas doesn't she?

Okay, back to the giveaway.  Check out a few of her fun Vinyl Lettering Ideas...

For our Giveaway today Wonderfully Wordy is offering a $20 shop credit towards any ready print item in their inventory!

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Here's how to win...

2.  Follow Finding Fabulous (in case you haven't yet)...and leave a comment.

1.  Link up your fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects...and leave a comment here!

2.  Follow Shelley's on-line boutique...Wonderfully Wordy here...and leave another comment here!

Okay guys, three comments and three entries...giving you three chances to win this fabulous shop credit!  So link up...cuz we're on the lookout for FABULOUS without breakin' the bank!  I'll announce the winner next week in my Frugalicious Friday Favorites post.

Good Luck!





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Interview with HGTV's Leslie Segrete!


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I was sooo excited the other day when a representative for Leslie Segrete came across Finding Fabulous, contacted me and asked if I'd like to interview Leslie in a post about decorating outdoor spaces. 

What?  Are we talking about THE Leslie Segrete...designer from HGTV's Trading Spaces & While Your Were Out?  Here on Finding Fabulous...YES! 

And so without further delay...The fabulous Leslie Segrete is in the house!



Here's our interview...

J. My blog is all about Finding Fabulous...for less! Do you have any money saving tricks up your sleeve for decorating outdoor spaces on a budget?

LS:  Outdoor lighting is a wonderful way to brighten up your outdoor space so you can enjoy it day and night. The best part is, it doesn’t have to cost you a bundle; choices can range from simple twinkling lights for about $4 a strand or decorative lantern string lights for around $10 to low voltage landscape lighting for under $80.


If you’re entertaining, something as simple as multi-color paper lanterns with string lights can spruce up your outdoor area dining area when draped under your umbrella or pergola. We even have simple white twinkle lights wrapped around a wrought iron trellis for a festive feature in our yard all year long.


A fire pit is a fun and comforting focal piece to add to your outdoor living space – and best of all… it won’t break the bank! A fire pit can create a central point for a seating area perfect for after sunset conversation and the occasional ghost story. Plus, a fire pit is great for one of the classic summer activity of roasting marshmallows and making S’mores.


Finally, a barefoot and weather-friendly outdoor rug can add a sophisticated yet comfortable look to make your deck or patio more unique. An outdoor rug can also help to create a seating or dining area in an open yard if you don’t have a deck or patio. If you stick to a rug with neutral colors you can add color by accessorizing your outdoor space with vibrant flowers and landscaping. For a more festive feel add a burst of color on the floor with a vibrant and bold patterned rug option.

J.  What are some of your favorite design elements when decorating an outdoor space?

LS:  It’s super important to play off of the natural settings of your outdoor space. Design around a stand out tree, favorite garden spot, or even architectural feature like a trellis, arbor, or pergola. By using a special spot in your backyard you can instantly set the tone for what that space is going to feel. Then, depending on your budget, your outdoor space can be simple, with a natural paver patio, a table for dining or a seating area depending on how you like to use the space, and of course a grill for relaxed outdoor dining. Or, build your dream outdoor space with a fully functional outdoor kitchen. Imagine a great cooking and prep area from natural stone complete with a sink and a refrigerator for a truly gourmet experience. Go for all weather materials and choose some great outdoor seating. Build a pergola for shade and a base for climbing plants to wander and of course add landscape lighting. Be sure to highlight your favorite tree and add down lighting for a soft moonlit glow.

J.  If you have a little bit of money to spend, what outdoor decorating updates would you recommend for summer?

LS:  The most important product for your outdoor space is all weather outdoor furnishings that suite the way you use the space. If you enjoy dining out of doors cover a table and chairs with an umbrella. If you’re a loungy conversational type, consider comfy chairs or group two love seats with some tables. Either way your outdoor space is an extension of your home and should be a place to relax. Outdoor furniture has come a long way; treat yourself to comfortable seating with plush cushions. The best part is that it is actually affordable. Then when your budget allows, layer on the decorative items that really show your true personality.

J.  If you could buy one item to update an existing outdoor living space...what would it be?

LS:  If you have some money to spend and you’re looking to replace that old grill of yours, a grill in a fun new color is a great addition to your deck or patio. I love to entertain and host large barbeques, so a grill with a large cooking surface is important to me. Kenmore has some really great options for grills. I love the Kenmore red grill available at Sears and Kmart because not only can it cook up to 40 burgers at a time but it also adds a splash of vibrant color to your outdoor space – sure to impress any summer guest!

However you choose to spend your summer décor budget make choices that are going to last year after year to maximize your spending, so go for that grill or perennials that will stay with you for summers to come.

J.  Which design style do you gravitate towards when decorating outdoor spaces?

LS:  I really love to let my natural settings inspire me. It really depends on what the surroundings are for how I decorate the space. If its poolside I think of more clean lines all weather resin wicker seating with comfy clay toned or white cushions. If it a shade fern lined garden I think of a nice table setting for intimate dinners outside. Of course lighting is super important. Some spaces beg for Moroccan lanterns while others just sparkle with white Christmas lights.

J.  Many people decorate the insides of their homes, but forget about their decks and porches. What advice would you give these people?

LS:  Get outside summer is almost over! You don’t have to spend a ton just get some adorable and functional furnishing that are made for outside and use that space. If you are lucky enough to have any outdoor space it would be a shame not to take advantage of it. I think most home owners are afraid they have to make their outdoor space this extravagant setting, where in reality it can be simple with a couple chairs and a lovely little table. Just make sure you add some of your interior design flair with accessories like pillows, lighting, and even wall décor with pieces that are made for the outdoors.

J.  What inspires you most when decorating your outdoor living space?

LS:  Nature, whether is a tree or the city skyline.

J.  Where do you like to shop for fabulous outdoor furniture and accessories...without breakin' the bank?

LS:  I love finding affordable options at stores like Sears and Kmart. They have great home and outdoor décor from the Country Living and Jaclyn Smith lines that are made to stand up to outdoor elements and are well priced and have a very high end look. A couple years ago, bought expensive outdoor furniture and ended up getting rid of it a few years later. It was destroyed because it didn’t hold up to the weather.

J.  Finding Fabulous Readers love Revamping and Repurposing things! Have you repurposed anything recently for your home or outdoor living spaces?

LS:  I had an old armoire that I loved but had no use for it inside my house. I put it outside and made it a little storage unit for all my planted pots and gardening tools and supplies. It looks so lovely sitting outside in our backyard and it just gets better looking the more weathered and patinad it gets.

J.  What are your favorite color choices right now in outdoor design?

LS:  As of now, I think neutrals with brighter accents are the way to go. I would do a softer color for the outdoor seating such as a beige or warm khaki and spruce it up with bright red pillows or use an old tapestry as a table cloth that has an antique feel of washed out colors. You can always choose chair seat covers in a fabulous bright print and have a simpler off white table cloth. It is all about mixing and matching!

J.   Can you give us the scoop on popular design trends you’re seeing right now in outdoor living spaces?

LS:  Container gardening is always big. You can mix a blend of earthy glazed ceramics in deep watery tones with modern zinc planters for a modern yet eclectic feel. Be sure to fill them with a mix of local annuals at a variety of height and be sure to see to allow some to overflow from the top.

Using all weather fabrics to create curtain panels on a porch is lovely. You can play it safe with a solid or go bold with a fun and large scale pattern.

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Wow, how exciting to have Leslie here on Finding Fabulous sharing her fabulous design ideas...I am so honored, thank you Leslie!

 Leslie co-hosts a nationally syndicated home improvement radio show called The Money Pit with Tom Kraeutler, and is currently filming a new series.  This top secret project will feature lots of great money saving ideas using items you already have around your house.  Ahhh, money saving design ideas...I can't wait for this new series! 

 



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July 27, 2010

Frugalicious Friday Favorites & A New Linky Party!




I love Friday's...cuz Frugalicious Fridays are all about two of my favorite things...creating and $aving! 

If you linked up last week...thank you!  I saw thrifty finds, ca-ute crafts and wonderful Diy projects We've got a fun new Linky Party to announce today...but first, let's pick a few favorites shall we?

 I'm lovin' this fun polka dotted dress!  Get the free dress pattern from TheTrainToCrazy.com


What a fun Summer purse made from teal towels @ Creative Passage


I love this screened porch!  And check out the hand sewn outdoor pillows from 33 Shades of Green.


Fabulously Elegant Shabby Chic sideboard @ Twice Lovely


To die for pantry organization...check out the stenciled walls from House of Smiths

Thanks again for linkin' up guys!  And in case you haven't heard...we've got a fun new linky party here at Finding Fabulous!  Yup, Marketplace Monday!


Are you an Etsy shop owner? Do you have a fabulous On-line boutique? Do you create and sell beautiful things on-line and need a fun place to market your products? Then look no further than...Marketplace Monday! Yup, I'm amazed at the Entrepreneurial Spirit of women and mom's on-line today, and have dedicated Mondays to help get your products "out there" and "increase sales".

So link up your fabulous handcrafted products, and get some free Advertising along the way!  This party starts Monday, and lasts through to Friday...so check back often! 

Here are the Guidelines for this fun day...all about getting your on-line Boutique and Etsy shop products noticed!

Click here to link up to Marketplace Monday!






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July 22, 2010

Welcome to Frugalicious Friday!





Welcome to the 40th edition of Frugalicious Friday! 

If your new to Finding Fabulous...This day's all about sharing your fabulous, thriftiest, most frugalicious home decor finds!

And if you revamped your find in a fab Craft or Diy project, well tell us about that too...we can always use a little extra Diy inspiration!  The guidelines for this day are pretty simple...if you created it, then link up cuz we want to see your fabulous finds, crafts & Diy projects! 

  Okay guys...no giveaway today, but that's okay...let' get creative and let's get inspired anyway!  As always I'll feature my favorites next week in our Frugalicious Friday Favorites post.





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Guest Blogger...Stacy from Red Door Home!




I'm so excited to have our fabulous guest blogger here at Finding Fabulous today!  Stacy from Red Door Home is here...wahoo! ...

 I visit RDH often and always find inspiration from her wonderful home decorating ideas, and Diy projects.  Did you know Red Door Home has been featured in seven different nationally known magazines including Better Homes and Gardens, Women’s Day Budget Decorating, 100 Decorating Ideas Under $100...need I say more?   Okay guys, get ready to see some fabulous designs, cuz Stacy from Red Door Home is in the house!

Hi Finding Fabulous readers! I am Stacy from Red Door Home – a lifestyle blog showcasing home décor, original DIY projects, budget decorating ideas, simple sewing and so much more. As you can imagine, I was thrilled when Jane asked me to guest post on her terrific blog to share some of my favorite budget decorating ideas. Thanks Jane!




I have been fortunate to have my house as well as several decorating projects published in magazines. Most of these articles focus on creating a beautiful home without spending a lot of money. In fact, the very first story about my house which appeared in Women’s Day Budget Decorating a  little over a year ago sums up my design philosophy perfectly – “It’s All in the Mix.” This title also happens to be my favorite budget decorating tip!

I love rooms which are composed of a wide variety of styles, sources and price points. I much prefer a room which looks like it has been put together over time to a space which looks like it came straight from a furniture showroom floor. By using furniture and accessories from an array of places, you can create a beautiful room without spending a lot of money.


My living room (shown above) is truly an example of a “mixed up” room. It is comprised of flea market accessories, a showroom sample chair, a repainted hand me down coffee table, a repurposed wooden cart, an inexpensive rug from Lowe’s as well as an old slip covered chair and a new sofa. Everything came from a different place yet somehow it all works together.






My daughter’s recently made over bedroom also follows this same design philosophy. It includes a painted dressing table (a free roadside find) paired with a vintage wire hand me down chair and mirror, a set of easy to make, inexpensive dog silhouettes and a simple molding project to add interest to an otherwise plain ceiling.
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The cork board is a repainted Ballard Designs purchase which I dressed up with ribbon and silver push pins and the slip covered cubes and little shelf are from Target.


The side table –a marriage of a painted table and an old piece of marble – includes a formerly brass, but now glazed and painted lamp as well as a thrift store milk glass vase.



By shopping wisely, sewing my own curtains and pillows, making my own artwork and reusing many items I already had, I was also able to afford a few splurges in this room. By including a few higher priced items - the striped rug and the chandelier – I was able to give the room a more updated, modern feeling as well as make everything else in the space seem more impressive.
I hope you have found an inspirational idea or two for your home. (I have included links to all of the projects shown above in case you are interested in using them in your home.) Remember, creating a beautiful home is not about how much money you spend, but rather, about how you use what you have in fun and creative ways!

Thank you Stacy for stopping by today.  Your daughter's bedroom is gorgeous, and your moulding treatment that adds interest to an otherwise plain ceiling...GENIUS!  And the fact that you've been featured in several national decorating and design magazines...AMAZING!  
Okay enough gushing...give Stacy a shout at Red Door Home ...your sure to be INSPIRED by her fabulous designs!




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July 15, 2010

Frugalicious Friday & A Giveaway...Jennifer Perez Designs!



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Wow...can you believe we've been doing our Frugalicious Friday Linky party for 39 weeks now?  Crazy huh...time sure flies when your having fun and getting thrifty too!

If your new to Finding Fabulous...This day's all about sharing your fabulous, thriftiest, most frugalicious home decor finds! And if you revamped your find in a fab Craft or Diy project, well tell us about that too...we can always use a little extra Diy inspiration!  

Click here if you've still got questions, but it's pretty simple...if you made it, then link up cuz this day is all about your fabulous projects, and finding a little Creative Inspiration along the way!
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Meet our newest sponsor here at Finding Fabulous... Jennifer Perez Designs!  If you haven't yet heard of JPD...Jennifer designs beautiful jewelry for...memories, faith and fun! Let's swoon over some her fabulous jewelry designs shall we?


Sterling Silver Necklace with Square Silver Photo


Glass Photo Pendant


The Carmen Necklace


The Sandra Necklace


Ahhhh...yup, I'm in LOVE!  And I know you will be too. 

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For our Giveaway today Jennifer is offering a $25 shop credit to one lucky Frugalicious Friday participant!

Here's how you can win!

1.  Link up your Fabulous Finds, Crafts and Diy projects...and leave a comment here.

2.  Follow Jennifer Perez Designs on Facebook...and leave a comment here.

Yup, easy breesy...2 comments, 2 entries giving you two chances to win this fabulous shop credit!  So go on...link up, we want the scoop on how you find fabulous!  I'll announce the winner next week.


Good Luck!




 
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July 14, 2010

Frugalicious Friday Favorites & A Winner!




What can I say...everyone linked up some AMAZING projects last week!  I saw Awesome Diy projects, ca-ute crafts and of course frugalicious finds...love that!

If you linked up...THANK YOU cuz it's you guys that make this day FABULOUS! We've got a MyBedLinen Winner to pick today, but first here are a few favorites that I just LOVE...


Flower Petal Pillow @ The Adventures of One Crazy Lady


A Fun Turquoise Night Stand @ Elizabeth & Co


Anthropologie Inspired Headbands @ Sew Chatty


Terry Cloth Slipcovers @ In My Own Style


Fabric Lines Tray @ Lemon Tree Creations


Bed Frame Turned Garden Bench @ Pretty Handy Girl


Fab Reupholstered Chair @ A Little Lovely


Cute n' Ruffled Play Clothes @ Yards & Yards

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Okay drum roll please, the Winner of the $15 gift certificate to MyBedLinen is...

Katie from Yoga Gal

Congratulations Katie, those bed sheets are just too cute!



Linky parties in the Summer are so fun because every time you turn around...it's party time again! 


And yes, this Friday we've got another fabulous giveaway from Jennifer Perez Designs.  If you haven't yet heard of JPD, click here to see some bee-autiful jewelry.  And yup, you can win a Shop Credit to JPD here on Friday! 

So link up guys, cuz we want the scoop on how you Find Fabulous!




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July 8, 2010

Frugalicious Friday & A Giveaway...MyBedLinen!




Welcome to the 38th edition of Frugalicious Friday!

If your new here...This day's all about sharing your fabulous, thriftiest, most frugalicious home decor finds! And if you revamped your find in a fab Craft or Diy project, well tell us about that too...we can always use a little extra Diy inspiration!

Click here if you've still got questions. But I'm flexible, if you made it, then by all means...show us some linky love!


We've got a great little giveaway today from MyBedLinen!  MyBedLinen simply carries fun, one of a kind bedding for babies and children.  Here are a few designs from their Etsy shop...

Applique Bedding Set for Kids - Racing Cars -


Applique Bedding Set for kids - Flower Power -


Applique Bedding Set for kids - Flip Flops -


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For our giveaway today, MyBedLinens is offering a $15 shop credit towards any item in their shop!  To win, all you need to do is link up your fabulous finds, crafts and Diy projects...and you are entered my friends!

Well that and...

Leave a comment guys!  I'll announce the winner in my Frugalicious Friday Favorites post next week on Tuesday or Wednesday!

Okay guys...link up, cuz we want to see your fabulous n' creative finds!  The Linky party will be open all week-end long.  Good luck!

 




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Frugalicious Friday Favorites & A Stud Muffin Winner!




If you linked up to Frugalicious Friday last week...THANK YOU!  I saw projects that were creative, stylish and of course thrifty...love that!

We've got a Stud Muffin Winner to announce today, but first here are a few Frugalicious Friday Favorites to swoon over...

Anthropologie Climbing Cowl neck Tee-shirt Revamp @ Welcome to the Good Life


Fabulous n' Fresh Slipcover @ Inspired by You


Numbered Hand painted Flower Pots @ Decor Chick


A Frenchy Footstool @ This Blessed Life


A Vintage Mirror Transformation @ An Oregon Cottage


Fabulous Goodwill Find...Paris Plaque @ Creative Home Expressions


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Okay, let's get to pickin' a winner shall we?  The winner of the Stud Muffins shop credit is...

Michelle from Happy Hodgepodge Home

Congratulations Michelle, those earrings are too cute!  I'll be in touch to gather your contact information and get you connected with Stud Muffins.


Wow...is it Friday already tomorrow?  We've got another fab giveaway from My Bed Linen, a ca-ute etsy shop that carries fun bedding for babies and children.  Go check em' out! 

And don't forget to link up tomorrow, cuz we want the scoop on how you find fabulous! See you then.




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