St. Patrick’s Day Table

My mission with Willa Interiors is to show people in my community that they don’t need to spend a fortune to decorate their homes. There is a plethora of options out there, I am just here to show you how to use those resources!

I wanted to create a St. Patrick’s Day table, without using the tacky tinsel. Please no. I decided to further challenge myself to go to the most unlikely of places to shop for my items to show that you can decorate affordably from almost any retail store!

I am calling this: The Dollar Tree vs. The Dollar Aisle Challenge

I created 2 table arrangements. One with products only found at the Dollar Tree, and the other from the Dollar Aisle at Target. Who won? I will let you be the judge of that. Each table arrangement was around $20 (not including the plates).

D O L L A R  T R E E |

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Products Used:

  1. 4 Black and White striped place mats. First of all, WHO KNEW. My love for a classic black and white print was all over this find!
  2. 2 square candle holders
  3. A glass candle stick
  4. A leprechaun hat used as a centerpiece vase
  5. 2 bags of gold coins to fill the candle holders. This is the cheesiest part of the arrangement, but they were fun!
  6. Mixture of silk Hydrangea’s and greenery florals
  7. Gold battery operated tea lights

Ticket total $19.57

D O L L A R  A I S L E |

 

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Products Used:

  1. Cream cake stand
  2. “Pinch Me” block sign
  3. Mercury glass candle (which smells fabulous btw.)
  4. 4 glitter hair clips
  5. 4 handkerchiefs (These are cotton, so they don’t feel scratchy. They feel just like a cloth napkin!)

Ticket total: $20.65

Comment below which table you think won the challenge!

XO,

Hannah

Becoming a Minimalist

I recently got into the ideology of minimalism. I have been reading articles and watching documentaries on the topic. I even started Project333. (click here if you’d like to learn what that is!) I am currently on week 4 of the project and I am loving it!

I am not a minimalist by nature, and I will never have a house with 1 table and 2 chairs in an empty dining room. BORING! But I do love the idea of not being attached to our possessions! (As does the Bible)

Here are 3 things I tell myself as I purge.

  1. Love people, not possessions.

If my grandma gave me something, I feel I should never part with it. If you knew my grandmother you’d know she gave me A LOT. Like every time I saw her. It was her love language. But these trinkets that are just sitting in my drawers aren’t being used. So I tell myself, this item is NOT my grandma. I love her and the memories I will always have with her, not this possession.

2. Keep memories, not junk!

With the same mentality I gave myself permission to throw away receipts from my wedding. I am a very sentimental person so I feel like I should keep every note I ever made of my wedding. As I threw out our registry log, wedding notes, and receipts I kept telling myself “This is not my wedding, I have memories and photos!”

3. How much do I need vs. How much do I want

I used to say “I am going to purge my closet, and get rid of things I no longer need/want.” The problem is that I would get caught up in thinking everything I owned was cute (Because DUH it is) and then thinking I should start wearing this more, and getting rid of very little. I have found I have my best success in purging when I first think of how much I use of a particular category before going through it. So I wrote down: 10 socks, 14 undergarments 2 swimsuits, and 5 dresses. Then I go in for the kill! That way I get to shop for my 10 best socks, and purge the rest!

Share your best de-cluttering tip below!

XO,

Hannah

Farmhouse Series – Menards

Thanks to my personal hero, Joanna Gaines, star of HGTV’s hit series Fixer Upper, Farmhouse décor is the rage! I will be doing a series of farmhouse décor in unexpected stores! Today’s feature… Lighting!

Lighting can be a forgotten place for updating your home. I find myself drooling on my keyboard while scrolling through pottery barn’s lighting options. But with prices ranging from $100-$800 most of us just can’t swing that. I was walking through Menards last week and stumbled across some great farmhouse lighting options! My blog’s mission is affordable home décor. Everything I am featuring is less than $100!

$60 and under:

 $80 and under:

$100 and under:

Of course there are countless ways to refurbish outdated light fixtures with a can of spray paint. This post is for the non-crafter, or the light fixture that is beyond help. Visit back to see other unexpected places to find inexpensive farmhouse decor OR sign up for an e-mail alert when new blog posts are up! (The sign up is on the right hand side of this page)

XO,

Hannah

 

Why does my house look like a Pinterest Fail?

Why does my house look more like a Pinterest fail, than the pictures on my “home board?” Side note: If you have never been to PinterestFail.com, take a look. If you are a crafter who has experienced flops you’ll appreciate the humor!

Do you feel like your house doesn’t look put together? You work hard on it, you buy cute things, but it just doesn’t feel complete? We live in a time with more resources and access to home décor than any era before. All this has done is confuse us even more. With ideas coming at us from Pinterest, Magazines, and HGTV no wonder we feel at a loss when it comes to our homes. HOW CAN YOU DECIDE? Bottom line, you need a 3rd party opinion to come in and give you direction. That is why hiring a designer is more important than ever!

My dear friend Abbey reached out to me for this exact reason. She has fabulous taste, but it just wasn’t coming together like she envisioned it…

Here is her sweet first home:

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I first asked her for several pictures from around her house. I got a sense of her style. Then I asked her a series of questions to define what exactly she was trying to do.

Here is the vision I have for her space:

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Here is her action plan:

  1. Move her large cream chair to the other wall
  2. Use the cream ottoman as the coffee table
  3. Add a decorative tray and accessories
  4. Move the white window from the bedroom to above the couch
  5. Fashion with a cotton wreath hanging on it.
  6. Bring in more lighting!
    • A country chic floor lamp & a table lamp on the other side. Bringing in mint as a fun accent color!
  7. Move the ladder to the wall with the window, and add a large shabby chic clock above it.
  8. Bring a off-white rug, as well as throw pillows in to lighten up the couch.
  9. Add a new side table to even the weight of the room.

Estimated costs:

  • Cotton Wreath = $25 Hobby Lobby (half off)
  • Table lamp = $5-7 (Easy Thrift store find)
  • Floor lamp= $3 (Abbey actually found one at the thrift store and sent me pictures!)
  • Decorative Tray= $25-$35 TJ Maxx is a great place to look!
  • Wall Clock = $20 Hobby Lobby (half off)
  • Side Table = $393 (Lets be real… I am searching at the thrift store for a side table and white washing it)
  • Fuzzy Rug: $162 Target
  • Decorative Plants and accessories: $30-$50 total

Redecorating Freebies: Awesome things Abbey already had!

  • Couch
  • Ottoman
  • Chair
  • Window
  • Ladder
  • Throw Pillows

Abbey is currently working on my recommendations. Final photos to come…

 

 

Easy Summer Centerpiece

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I love summer time! It brings friends and family together. If you are having a dinner party you can throw this easy centerpiece together and WOW your guests! TJ Maxx currently has a wonderful (reasonable) selection of blue and white vases! The one on the left was $14.99. The vase on the right was a thrift store find for $6! I threw in some $4.99 Wal-Mart lilies and voilà!

XO,

Hannah

 

3 Ways To Make Your Apartment Feel Like Home

If you are living in a space that isn’t yours, it can be difficult to feel at home. I moved into an apartment last February. Your home should be a place of retreat, even if it’s a temporary living situation.

  1. Knobs/Pulls: One of the first things I did after moving into my apartment was change out the knobs on our closets to something that fit my style.
  • It’s inexpensive
  • Easy
  • Makes a large impact
  • Not a wasteful investment! You can reuse them when you move into a house, or for freshening up a piece of furniture in the future.

 Tips: Shop at Hobby Lobby, they mark their drawer, cabinet, and door knobs 50%! I found mine on clearance and paid $1.40 per knob! Make sure you keep the original knobs in a safe and LABELED bag to replace when it’s time to move again! This would also be great for a rental’s bathroom and kitchen cabinets! (Below are a few designs at Hobby Lobby that I love)

Round Black Hammered Metal KnobClear Antique 1858 Glass KnobWhite Ceramic Knob with Gold Lines

 

2. Curtains: I went loud with my curtain choice! If all your walls are Cream/White, you afford a loud pattern or color for your space!

Tips: Take down the blinds, hide them under your couch, and double up your curtains instead! I used a light curtain as my “shade” and then framed these with thicker curtains for a POP!

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3. Removable Wallpaper: White/Cream walls are trending right now! So that played in my favor, but I’m still a color girl. I decided to wallpaper the small wall in my kitchen with removable chalkboard contact paper (In the chalk board aisle of Hobby Lobby). It’s fun because I can change the chalk drawings to get a completely different look.

Tips: There are a ton of options for removable wallpaper! (At Target and Michaels) I’ve read articles about using fabric as a temporary wallpaper. I haven’t tried it, but if you have comment below!

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YOU PAID HOW MUCH?

ChairHiring a designer can sometimes be similar to hiring a personal shopper. We know where the best deals are, and can be on the look out for you. I recently found this set of chairs for $25.90. Since my husband and I are just starting out we aren’t looking for high quality/durability. We are in the market for…. CHEAP! I found this cream, tufted reading chair for $25 at the local thrift store. A few days later I was scoping out some other second hand shops and found a similar chair (EXACT SAME COLOR!!) for 90 cents!

People always ask me “How do you find anything there, I go and find nothing!?” I may need to do a post on my strategy while Thrift Shopping… What do you think?

Pictured:

  • Curtains: $9.99 (for 2 panels) Wal-mart
  • Pillows: Repurposed from my dorm room!
  • Reading lamp: $4.99 Thrift Store
  • Preserved Boxwood: $5.99 Thrift Store
  • Small bust figurine: $2.99 Rummage Sale
  • Gold Mirror: $4.99 Thrift Store
  • Gold throw: $19.99 Target (A wedding gift from my dear friend Abbey)
  • Black Shabby Chic Table: Gift from my momma 🙂

 

Who sold it better?

Money saving tip: Did you know Hobby Lobby sells pillow covers? This is an inexpensive way to spruce up a couch or bed! Just throw the covers over your existing throw pillows. Double saving alert, watch for when the pillows are marked 50% off!

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XO,

Hannah

Entry Redo

Today I am featuring a recent entry table redo. The mission defined by my client Sarah and I was simple; REdecorate (shop from home) as much as possible, and keep within a farmhouse style of décor.

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BEFORE

The duck was a handmade gift from her grandpa, so I definitely wanted to incorporate that into her design. I came up with 3 options for her. Mirror, chalkboard, or clock! Then I showed her how much each project would cost. {She chose chalkboard}

I hit the jackpot walking through Hobby Lobby (my place of therapy). They had a huge Duringchalk board, originally $79.99 marked down to $16! Can I get a whoop whoop? My client LOVES quotes, so I knew she would appreciate a piece in her home where she could update inspirational/fun quotes frequently. I asked her for a quote and she gave me “Good times and tan lines!” Super fun for the summer! I drew a quick hand drawing for her with her quote of choice.

Applying my favorite technique: SHOPPING FROM HOME! I pulled the black lantern and large glass bottle from other area’s of Sarah’s house. To liven up the glass jars I added some artificial greenery. Bright and fresh for summer! Sarah also had these cool crates in various places in her house. TIP: Pulling like items together makes a collection of décor feel more cohesive.

We chose a very light beige with green/gray undertones for her wall color. (Because she is leaving the trim brown). After some playing around, here is what I put together.

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AFTER

The entire cost of this project was $32!

This is why I can’t stress enough the ridiculousness of this idea that you have to have a large budget to decorate your house. My passion is to see people love their homes, and make them a place of retreat for their family and friends!

Disclaimer: The painters weren’t finished in other area’s of thSketch.pnge house, hence the glaring light socket. We’re keeping it real folks!

For a *behind the scenes look* or just a laugh, here are my sketches of the 3 options I gave her.

 

Patio Pop

My friend and colleague Sarah just had her deck rebuilt. She is anxious to host a party on it, and she reached out to me for help. She didn’t have a specific style or vision for the space, we were just designing the deck on a budget. (My Specialty)

I told her about the current variety of outdoor pillows at Wal-Mart’s garden center. I know, I know, Wal-Mart. But they really have inexpensive pieces that are very workable. My theory is to save on the area’s you can so that you can splurge on the pieces that will last a lifetime. (much like Sarah’s new fabulous chaise lounges) With that mission in mind we headed out to shop!

BEFORE

Sarah4My current obsession is stripes. They are a classic pattern that isn’t too trendy (it won’t go out of style quickly), but will add a POP to any space! Mixing patterns is another go-to method of mine, it’s current and fresh!

 

I also walked around her garage/house and found some things to repurpose. A bonus to hiring an interior decorator is you get to have fresh eyes on your existing stuff. Shopping from home is sometimes all a room in crisis needs! (Pictured left) An old planter I found in Sarah’s garage. We removed the lantern and dusted it off. Good as new! I loved the basket weave! (Pictured right) Sarah snapped a photo of me leaving the store feeling like Santa! It is rather fitting since her new deck made us feel as excited as children on Christmas morning!

AFTER

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Products used:

  • Blue and white striped pillows: Better Homes and Garden $8.87
  • Cream and coral striped pillows: Better Homes and Garden $8.87
  • Square coral pillows: Wal-Mart $5.00
  • Beige chair cushions: Target {Single $14.99 Double $34.99}
  • Cream planter: Wal-Mart $6.96
  • Plant: Wal-Mart $2.74

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Later that evening I received this photo from Sarah! Relaxing in her new retreat!

I am still on the lookout for a few pieces- A table for between the chairs {I just used a stool in place to give her the idea of what we were going for} and a coordinating plant to go on top after we find said table. I am also looking to hang some patio lights to add a romantic ambiance.

XO,

Hannah