Daily Archives: March 27, 2012
I love HGTV and all of their design programs, but their idea of Design on a Dime is to stay under $1,000. I guess if I were to have a show, it would probably be called Design on a Penny because $1,000 isn’t a dime to many families. If you follow me on Pinterest or are a friend of mine on Facebook, you’ll know that in my “spare” time I love to do projects in my home. Well, we just bought a cottage, so I feel the overwhelming urge to be frugal with my projects/spending at home. However, my living room is where I spend the majority of my time and it has been virtually the same since I first designed it 11 years ago (yes, I did say 11)! In older homes, overhead lighting is practically non-existent and with the dark green walls the room was almost like a cave at night. The sofa was our first “major” purchase after we got married, but it was making the room feel tiny when it really wasn’t. Plus, we had two dogs that scratched a couple tears in different sections. So, my thrifty idea was to take out the middle section and the corner section and turn it into a normal sofa. Since my youngest daughter is still under one, leather is really a very practical material for our family. Here is the before/after, although I struggle putting it up since I still am looking for the accent chairs and a beautiful, large vintage mirror that I can picture so clearly in my head. What do you think of my design on a penny? Pretty big punch for a can of paint! Oh, and the other shot is of my 12 year old couch. I took the back cushions off (yes, puffy was in back then) and just added some beautiful throw pillows instead. I love it so much more now! Oh, did I mention my love for Scotch Guard? If you have pillows or upholstered furniture that can’t go in the wash, give it a nice spray before your kids even come near it!