Another unfinished room-the office

So far the office has all of our office supplies and books scattered all over the floor.  We had a bar unit that we bought in Rhode Island that is in the office now.  We bought a bar cart from Target for $100.  That way we can store liquor on the cart instead of the nice bar unit.

We also bought a desk for $350 online-and now that $350 desk is broken in our basement.  We bought it from Wayfair and after my husband spent 6 hours after work putting it together, we realized it didn’t look like the description said it would and there was a gap in the from of the desk.  I called Wayfair and they were so sweet and refunded us and told us to keep the desk.  So we decided we would store the desk in the basement. We got it down to the last step, and then the bolt flew off the desk.  So now it is laying in a neat pile in the storage area of our basement.

In the meantime, the file cabinet that I bought from Overstock for $90 arrived and we put that together.  So now we are in the process of ordering a desk and hopefully some storage drawers for our office supplies to complete the room.

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Unfinished Dining Room

My dining room is half completed-ok maybe I am exhagerating-I literally only have my dining room table and chairs.  The table and chairs came as a set from Overstock.  It was a steal-we got it for $800!!!!  I was so excited about it!  And it really didn’t take too long to put together.  Once the boxes were open, the chairs took about an hour and the table legs took even less time.

The hard part was just getting the place cleaned up from all of the boxes and styrofoam.  There was a lot of vacuuming and sweeping involved with the clean-up.

Pro-tip:  Always make sure you have industrial sized garbage bags and rags to lay nice furniture on the floor to make sure not to scratch it.

My next step for this room is getting a china cabinet to store all of my china, flatware, and glasses.  This has been very challenging because it is so hard to find a unit to fit in my space that will fit all of my pieces.  And I have given myself a budget of $500 to work with!  I have been scouring websites and stores all over to find something that will work.  I try to stay on a strict budget to really make the most out of each room and save as much money as I can.

How I organized my Garage

My garage is currently unfinished.  You can see the beams still on the ceiling, and the walls are a mixture of particle board and dry wall in the garage.  The builders left us some pieces of our carpeting from upstairs so that we can piece it around our cars and walk around.

We put my husband’s old desk in the garage for his tools.  We also used old plastic tiered storage shelves that my mom had used in her classroom to organize our cleaning supplies.  I used two of the tiered organizers to get our outside shoes in order (outside shoes=rain boots, snow boots, old sneakers, flip flops that you use to take out the garbage in).  I used a small tiered organizer to keep all of my work out and yoga stuff in order.

Our garbage cans sit in the middle of the garage by the doors so they can easily be taken out.  Last, but not least, we have our brooms and mops hanging beside the garage door so I can just grab it and clean inside.  My husband installed it quickly and easily.

You can get a broom hanger here on Amazon:

Bed, Bath, and Beyond Helps Me Finish My Downstairs Half Bathroom

I am a crazy coupon lady when it comes to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  You can save all the 20% coupons and use them on each item you buy at the store.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond has great bathroom decorations.  I got a bronze toilet bowl cleaner, tissue holder, soap dish, and step garbage can.  This helped finish my downstairs bath and keep the price down.

Saving the coupons always pays off at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Pro-tip: Get a step trash can for guest bathrooms with high traffic.  Your bathroom will always look neater because you won’t see tissues crumpled up in the garbage each time you walk in.

Half Bathroom Downstairs

IMG_2081Of course, it is essential in houses with two levels to have a bathroom on the lower level. Otherwise, you will be running up and down all day.  Our bathroom is located right when you walk in by the garage door.

The hard wood floors on our entire first floor go into the bathroom.  The counter top for the sink is cultured marble and the cabinets are dark wood like the kitchen cabinets.  The cabinet knobs match the kitchen as well.

It is small, but it is located in a great spot for the first floor.

Warning to Anyone Who Has a Closed TV Console

Please be careful!  My husband has an XBOX that we use for Netflix.  We had it in our beautiful, new TV console.  It looked great and organized.  However, I was dusting one day, and it was heating up the console!

I was so worried, I left the cabinet door open the rest of the day until my husband came home.  We couldn’t figure out why it was so hot.  After a little research, we found that XBOX units can’t be stored in a closed space.  So we took it out and had no idea what to do!  After trying to move it all around the room, we ended up fitting it on top of the console behind the tv.

This was Plan C.  We wanted it nice and organized.d  We didn’t want to have to jam it in behind the tv.  But, to keep our house safe, that is what we had to do.

We had no idea!  We also never had a closed tv console.  So if you end up buying a closed tv console, research what electronics are safe to keep inside of it.

Target is Amazing

IMG_2058Target is known for the ability to just tell you “what you need” when you walk in.  I know that I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for when I arrived at Target, but I found a world of home decorations.

I bought a turquoise end table for $80.  I also is a cabinet, so it adds extra storage space.  I bought a brown end table for $60 as well.  I like to add different pieces to a room to make sure I am decorating using fun pieces and I don’t want to make the space look too uniform.  I like to keep the space fun and relaxing.

End tables are super important to make sure that guests have places to put drinks and food when you are entertaining.  When we first moved in, we would use old stools to sit on as end tables for when our parents would visit.

Home Goods Helps Me With Turquoise

IMG_2071I need a splash of color in my living room/kitchen area.  All the deep brown and beige needs a pop of fun color to lighten the rooms.  I adore turquoise and I have used this to decorate when I lived in Hoboken.  So I had some decorations to put in the rooms to see how the color would look-and it looked amazing!

Home Goods has the most amazing home decorations.  I found a foot stool for only $29.99.  The foot stool is knitted and from the children’s section.  I suggest that when you are adding a light pop of color, ALWAYS look at the kid’s area.  This is a great place to find cheap pieces that help finish your room.

I was also able to snag a vase for only $19.99.  The only thing I had to ad were the long twigs that stick out of the vase to add height to the decorations of the room.

I was able to buy a pretty canister to put my coffee in for only $9.99.  And, I bought a beautiful turquoise teapot which I love!  The teapot was $19.99.

Just adding these small touches of color really add a lot to a room.

 

Home Goods Helps Me With My Living Room

IMG_2063I have been making a habit of going to Home Goods at least 4 times a week.  I know that sounds extreme.  However, they are constantly re-stocking and moving items.  So if you miss a week of going to Home Goods, you will walk in and there will be all new items.

I found a great tv console that was originally $500.  It was marked on the tag at $399.  Then, it was on clearance and we got it for $287.  What a steal!  My husband and I loaded it in the car and we carried it right home-it looks amazing!

I went two days later and found a cocktail ottoman that was only $120.  Online at many websites, there are many cocktail ottomans that are expensive and you are looking at spending an upwards of $300.  Again, I loaded it right in the car and brought it home.  I love when I am able to walk right out with furniture and see how it looks.

I also bought a tray for the cocktail ottoman to put food and drinks on.  The tray cost $19.99.