31 Days to A Better Dressed Nest :: Day 17~ Shop the House

If you’ve hung out here at the Nest for any amount of time you know that one of the 5 pillars of Nesting is Shopping the House. I used to feel cursed to not be able to go to TJMaxx and buy the latest and greatest adorable accessory.

Now I realize that it’s the very fact that I cannot purchase whatever I want that forces me to be creative and come up with useful ideas for what I already have.
I don’t see that as a curse but as a challenge.

These mistreatments have been used in pretty much every room of my house. It’s worth it to me to take them out of one room and try them in another. If I don’t like it, I’ll just put them back.

These two frames were in my yard sale pile. I literally pulled off my own masking tape price tag just yesterday in order to paint them.


Lo and behold, if this frame wasn’t the perfect size for one of my favorite paintings! I never would have tried it had I not been forced to use what I have.


This does not always happen by any means. More often than not things do not work out. But, I just learn from it and move on. I have more time than money so I don’t mind a little trial and error.


I should be arrested for even thinking that this could work. But, I did figure out that this green is the perfect shade to go with the blue and chocolate in our bedroom. Now, all I need to do is find a great way to use it–I don’t let it get me down, instead, I get all excited about the possibilities. The secret is to not give up and not to be afraid to make something and have it turn out ugly. You are using what you already have so you don’t have to worry that you are wasting money.


Here’s another work in progress. If only I had 8 mores squiggly sticks just like that one I’d be good. I’m not afraid to leave it all bare like that for the next 3-8 weeks while I hunt for super cheap sticks at Hobby Lobby or super free sticks in our neighborhood.


I’ve been meaning to move the sofa and mop the floor.


A good opportunity to try the big rug from my bedroom in a different place. It was a BEAR to move. While I moved it I laughed, I cried, I cursed, I might have had let some unsanitary bodily functions slip…however, I’d rather move it down the stairs to see if it works than not try it and wonder all winter how it would feel to have an 8×11 rug in snug in our family room instead of a 5×8 rug. Totally worth it.

This one actually worked too. Not the perfect color for the room but the size will make the family room so much more inviting on cold winter nights. Phew, I’m glad that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Have you shopped your house today? I promise, if you don’t like something, the returns are practically hassle free!

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