I love to decorate. I love to stage a house. The difference between me and most other decorators is that I hate to pay (for anything). I love free. Almost free. And extremely cheap. I’m frugal to a fault (blame my mom). However, I firmly believe that you can own really nice things and live in a beautiful space for an extremely low cost. I love that mainstream shows and decorators are catching on to this idea. Some people have asked me about my decorating style. I definitely love clean and minimal decor with a balanced combo of vintage and contemporary with a splash of rustic/distressed. I can tell you, at least 90% of my decor is second-hand. I HATE paying retail. Thrift stores, yard sales, clearance aisles, and closeout warehouses are my favorite stomping grounds when shopping. If I had to personify my style for others, there are some current avenues you should check out.
1. I Brake for Yard Sales by Lara Spencer
I love that GMA host has written the book on making yard sales cool (and she has a show on HGTV!). I love that she has made yard sales cool. She gives great tips- look for older homes and hoarders…and dig! I highly suggest checking out her book and show. It leaves me inspired every.single.time!
2. Fixer Upper
If there is a designer/show that embodies my style perfectly, it’s JoJo Gaines. She and her husband flip houses (which is why we are soul sisters) and have a show on HGTV, Fixer Upper. She definitely embodies the distressed and worn look and she dumpster dives and picks things up at the curb. I mean, we are design soul sisters. Her blog is a daily dose of inspiration for me.
3. Southern Hospitality
Another lover of yard sales and thrift stores is Rhoda at Southern Hospitality. She rehabs a lot of furniture which is inspiring. She even has a yard sale round up each month where you can see the deals that others have scored.
As I shop for deals, I have learned to look past the dirt, grime, chipped paint, frayed fabric and see the potential. I’m not afraid of a challenge, and I truly enjoy finding something ugly and transforming it. I’m always on the lookout for a steal to rehab (whether it be on the curb, at the thrift store, or an estate sale).