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Friday, January 17, 2014

“My Favorite 5” ~ Inexpensive Makeovers and Blogging Friends

Today I am super thrilled to be guest posting at my dearest friend Laura’s blog~ Décor To Adore. She has a new series called “My Favorite 5”. Wow, I have about a million favorite things, so trying to pick just 5 is really hard but here’s what comes to mind really fast.

#1 I love creating different vignettes. You know that if you follow me on my blog A Stroll Thru Life. I am constantly changing things. Right now my current passion is gold and silver. Since I found some really terrific buys after Christmas, of course I had to play with them. You can see how I put this together here.

#2.  Bargain shopping at Thrift Stores and Goodwill.  I find some of the most amazing things at my goodwill and it has probably become my favorite store to shop.  This past year I found my favorite piece of all, a gorgeous French Chair.  Just a little TLC and it looks totally amazing and for $15, how could you possibly go wrong.

#3.  A total room makeover.  When you have a builder basic bland home, trying to add a little character on a very tight budget is just a little overwhelming, but if you pull it off, wow, that is amazing.  Our hall bathroom was due for some love and a facelift was all that I could afford, but I am so pleased with how it turned out.

#4.  Finding just the right piece at a thrift store and totally remaking it.  Redoing our master bedroom with thrift store finds was a challenge, but turned out exactly like I wanted it.  The headboard was the piece that established the style and painting it made it the focal point that I needed.

#5.  Getting together with Blogging Friends.  I am so fortunate that I have been able to make some really wonderful friendships with other local bloggers.  We get together often and have so much fun.  I truly cherish these times more than I could ever say.

I consider myself very blessed that I not only get to enjoy Marty’s fabulous blog but that she is also a dear and true real life friend. Marty, thank you so much for sharing with us.

Next week we will have Cindy from Applestone Cottage.



Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Love this Marty and Laura!
You are the queen of great bargains Marty.
And oh my goodness there we all are! Can't wait to see you all!!
Hugs friends,

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Thanks so much for having me Laura, this is so fun. Hugs, Marty

chateau chic said...

Marty is such a dear! She really keeps things fresh, seasonal, and beautiful in her home.
Mary Alice

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love Marty! Not only does she find the best things at her thrift stores, but she is usually always the first one to leave a comment on my blog posts! : )

Tammy's in Love said...

Miss Laura, I'm sad that I didn't get to see you 'live and in color' when I met up with Sandy & Meri last April! My husband tagged along with us thrifting and antique store hunting and he even had fun! We are looking at a trip to Boston next fall and his first question to me was, 'Do you have any blogging friends out there we need to meet?" Amazing how sharing our thoughts and loves on our blogs leads to real people! Smile...thanks for sharing your life with us here and bringing Marty over for a visit!

Rita C. said...

Love Marty's blog and her favorite 5 today. Sure wish we were closer geographically, but thank goodness for having found you blogger friends through the web. Happy Friday, all!
Rita C. at Panoply

Linda said...

Great ideas! I enjoyed this.
Thanks :)

Vel Criste said...

I LOVE Marty's vignettes - she'a real expert on this and I often compliment her about it too! And like you, you know I'm a sucker for Thrifting and Goodwill as well!

Debbie said...

I credit Miss Marty for making me a half decent vignette designer. I love the things she does, and I purposed in my heart that I could do better. After a few years in Blogville, I do! Yay, Marty!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Marty is amazing at re-doing things!! I love her home and HER too!!!

lynn cockrell said...

I love Marty and her blog, too, Laura. It does not surprise me, in the least, that the two of you have found a great friendship in each other. After all, you are both not only smart, but you are sweet and lovely ladies!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Look at all of the beautiful blogger ladies! And I love your tips on finding and using thrift finds in our homes! Enjoy your weekend! Sweet hugs to you both...Marty and Laura!

the language of design said...

This was a great post, I really enjoyed the photos!