Friday, April 18, 2014

Around the House: Updated Living Room.

Blame it on Spring cleaning or whatever you will, I've been decorating our home like mad! I shared a while ago what our living room looked like, a month after moving in. I loved how minimal it was because that made it easy to keep clean, but something/everything about it felt sterile and cold to me. Also, that plant died lol! I kept switching around our coffee tables (we had about five different tables but two living room areas) and I just couldn't figure out what belonged where : / I always have a harder time whilst decorating my own home than I do other peoples, because maybe I'm just too picky when it's something I have to live in every day?

I then ordered a new rug that I intended to put in our family room (which I haven't shared yet) but with gray couches it just looked plain horrid! So I tossed the cowhide rug into our family room and brought the new orange rug into this room and voila!

Having more decor on the wall makes the room feel cozier too, but I really think the biggest difference is the rug! Also, these pictures were taken across two different days so if you noticed two different planter baskets it's because I finally found one that fits this plant : )

And if you are in search of a beautiful, affordable area rug I suggest looking at places like Overstock, Rugs USA, or Floors USA. Rugs are one of those things that can easily makeover an entire space so it's worth spending money on....

Also, a couple tips when shopping for an area rug:

1. Make sure the pile (thickness of rug) is right for the space you plan to put it. For example a shaggy rug (high pile) would be impossible to keep clean in a space like your dining room. So search for a low pile or outdoor rug for high traffic areas and high pile rugs for a space like your formal living room or bedroom.

2. An area rug should be large enough for the front legs of sofas and all legs of coffee tables to rest on the rug without looking too cramped. Area rugs under a dining table and chairs should be at least large enough to fit completely under all chair legs when pushed in. Ideally, if you can afford a large enough rug to fit all chair legs when pulled out, that would be even better : )

3. As I learned with my rug shopping experience, a warm toned rug (reds, oranges, yellows) works better with warm toned furniture (tan, brown, beige) and cool toned rugs (purples, greens, blues) usually look better with cool toned furniture (gray, black). There are exceptions to this rule, especially if you have colorful furniture (i.e. a blue sofa could look beautiful with a rusty orange area rug) but in my case, we have this tan sofa or our gray sofas and this rug compliments our tan sofa significantly more than it did in our family room with gray sofas.

Hope that helps and happy decorating!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Anthropologie Inspired} Glittering Serveware.

I think we can all agree that everything Anthropologie does is a "yes". I mean, they're right up there with Target, am I right? But Anthro's prices are a big fat "no" for me and a lot of their home decor looks like simple DIY projects that I can at least attempt. When I visited the Anthropologie website last week and saw this beautiful set of glittering serveware my eyes grew bigger and my wallet stayed the same lol. 

Seeing as Spring and Summer entertaining has begun (sort of) I thought this glitter would be the perfect addition to any party. I mean they'd look great at a baby or bridal shower, a spring tea, and of course birthday parties!

{ENTER: LIGHT BULB MOMENT-- that basically consisted of me wondering if I could make these myself. The answer was yes.}

I had most of the tools I needed to complete this project except for the tools themselves...

{ENTER: THE DOLLAR TREE aka my best friend}

I found plain stainless steel serveware at my local Dollar Tree and narrowed it down to just three utensils (they had about two dozen to choose from including spatulas, tongs, and those spoons with the holes in them). I also had to grab the glitter spray paint at Joann's. The clear coat spray paint is necessary to prevent chipping.

Step 1: Decide where you want your glitter to begin and end and tape off the rest of the utensil. Make sure the non-glitter parts are completely covered because spray pain is sneaky and will find a way onto anything you don't protect properly.

Step 2: Place taped utensils on something you don't mind getting paint on and take outside. Spray the first thin layer of glitter paint on the top side of each utensil. Repeat again after 20 minutes. 

Step 3: After the top side is completely dry, flip over and repeat step two on the back side of the utensils.

Step 4: Spray a light coat of the clear spray paint on both sides of each utensil. Let dry for 24 hours.

Step 5: Hand wash & entertain! 

***I did run these through the dishwasher to see if they are dishwasher safe and nothing bad happened. Just make sure the paint is completely dried before sticking them in the dishwasher. 

Here is a quick breakdown of budget:
Utensils = $3.00
Glitter Paint = $5.39 (regularly $8.99 but used a 40% off coupon)
Total = $8.39 since I had the rest of the supplies on hand. 

Anthro's serveware set is $78 so I'd say a savings of $69.61 was worth the hassle of doing all this myself! 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thoughts on Blogging.

Sorry about another all black outfit... It's been my thing because it's so easyyyy! Also, these shoes

I know my blogging has been inconsistent lately and it's not because I've lost interest in it. In fact, the opposite is true. I often feel overwhelmed with how much I want to do on this site, so much so that I just freeze and don't do anything at all. Most of my closest blogging friends have either stopped blogging completely, or deleted their old blogs to start brand new ones. I've considered starting anew, but honestly don't think that's necessary for the direction I want to take my blog. And also because I think the name "Frills for Thrills" is really amazing lol. It just totally suits me : )

I wanted to thank all of you loyal readers for stopping by every day/week just to see if I've posted. It really means so much to me that people are interested in reading a little bit about my life : ) I'm not the best verbal communicator, but blogging is completely different and I feel like people that read this can really know who I am and what I'm like without the awkward social interactions lol jk kinda...

I also want to let you know that I will continue to do outfit posts, but in the next month or so I want to start a regular rotation of posts including home decor, lifestyle, DIY, and even cooking! I hope you will stick with me during this process and that you are at least a little bit excited for the changes. Also, please let me know if there is anything in particular you'd like me to blog about regarding the above topics! 

You're awesome.