4 ways to decorate for Fall

Fall is here! There are so many beautiful and creative ways to decorate this time of year. Here are some of my favorites....

WICKER/WOVEN BASKETS

I love incorporating texture no matter what time of year it is!  But, in fall l think texture plays a huge role in making a room feel warm, and inviting.  Texture can be found in your pillows, baskets, window treatments, centerpieces, rugs, and furniture. My favorite texture is wicker.  Wicker is timeless and adds a pop to any decor scheme.  I love finding different varieties of wicker in thrift shops.  I don't think I have purchased a new basket in ten years!  I almost always walk out of a thrift store with a unique piece of wicker decor. Here are some examples of textured items I love: 

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FALL FOLIAGE

Using artificial (or real) fall foliage is a very easy way to decorate for fall!  You can find artificial leaves and other arrangements in home and craft stores.   Sunflowers make beautiful fall arrangements.   Even a single sunflower arranged with twigs in a vase is a classy way to add a touch of fall to any room.    

Twig wreaths can also be used to add that rustic, outdoor feel to your decor.

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COLOR

Fall colors go a long way.  Traditionally we think of oranges, golds/yellows, and reds in fall. If you have those cool summer colors out, now is the time to replace them with warm hues of fall. This simple tip can change the mood and feel of a room!   But, you don't have to use traditional fall colors!   I love the orange and pink combination in the photo below.  

Try a new hue, or choose your favorite fall color as your accent color in a neutral room.   

The rich colors on the piece of art below remind me of fall…

 Art made by Art on Artesia. www.artonartesia.com

Art made by Art on Artesia. www.artonartesia.com

WOOD

Rooms that incorporate natural wood tones are especially beautiful in fall.   I like to mix it up by combining painted pieces with wood pieces in their original rich wood tones.

Other ways to incorporate wood tones might include crates or trunks, framed mirrors or photos, bowls, candlesticks, and books/magazine racks.  

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Happy fall!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to choose an area rug for your home: Part 1

Have you ever picked out a rug for a room in your home?  There are SO many choices out there, it can make your head spin.  So, how did you make your choice?

1. Did you use a "strategy" or plan? 

2. Did you go with the first one that caught your eye? 

3. Did you pick the one that had your favorite colors in it? 

4. Did you end up NOT choosing one, because it was too overwhelming? 

If I asked ten home-owners these four questions, I would bet that six of them would answer "NO" to question #1, and "YES" to any one, or a combination of questions #2-4.  Hmmmm.....what is this saying?  

It's saying that 60% of home-owners would buy a rug without a plan.  Yep, that's right.  The thing is, a rug is kind of a big deal. They can be pricey.  They are a large accessory for the home.  They are very noticeable.  They can make or break a room. 

If there's no plan, problems can result.  

What problems? 
Problems can result when a rug is bought without a plan for the room it will go in.  Here are some examples.....

1. You get the rug home, and you don't love it anymore.  “But why? I loved it in the store?!” you ask.   Yep.  It happens…and it’s usually because there was no plan.

2. You really don't want to go through the hassle of returning it, so you keep it. “I can make this work”. Problem is, everything else in the room looks....off.  What to do?   Change everything else!   Yep. This happens too, and it can become an even bigger problem than not loving your rug!

3. Once the rug is in the room, the room becomes visually confusing.  The rug doesn’t quite fit with the furniture lay-out.  And.......yep, you guessed it. This is a problem.

These things happen.  But there's good news. 

The good news about rugs: When you have a plan, choosing one is easier than you think

Selecting a rug doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, looking at rugs can be FUN….when you know what you’re looking for. Today I’m sharing the first key “ingredient” you need for selecting the RIGHT rug for your space:

  1. SIZE: Be sure to measure your room, and your furniture. When you know your furniture configuration and the amount of space it takes up, then you’ll know what size rug to get.

Below is a guide I found on Pinterest from Magnolia Homes by Joanna Gaines (Love her!) The pictures speak for the themselves. Bottom line is you want your rug to be big enough for the space!

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Here are some examples of what to do, and not to do: (photo taken from Buzzfeed, via Pinterest)

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In the bottom two examples, you can see that those rugs aren’t large enough for the spaces they are in.

“OK. I have my furniture/space measurements, and looked at the rug size guide. I think I get it. Now what?”

Once you know how your furniture will be configured, and how much space it takes up, it’s helpful to actually see how the rug dimensions will work in your space. To do that, use painter’s tape and measure out a couple different standard rug sizes (like 8x10 feet, 9x12 feet, 5x7 feet) using the tape.

So for example, if you know your rug will need to be at least 8x10 feet in size, configure your painter’s tape to 8x10. Now you’ve got a very good idea as to how that particular size will work in your space.

Rugs don’t scare me!

Choosing an area rug for your home is easy when you know what you’re looking for. Taking measurements of your furniture, and the space it takes up will help you understand what size rug is best for your space. Using painter’s tape will help you further, by allowing you to visualize a rug actually being in your space. The result? No guesswork at the store, and the right size rug.

Like today’s first step? Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!!!! Because you need more than measurements to select the RIGHT rug for your room!

-Kate

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Friday Finds: hot, chic home decor under $5

It's Friday (woohoo!) and we're back to Friday Finds.  If you're tuning in to Friday Finds for the first time, it's where a thrifted home decor item is featured...and you would never guess it was found in a pile at a second-hand store!  

Why Friday Finds? 

Every home-owner needs to know that we don't have to spend top dollar to style our homes and get a finished look.   Today's find is.......

Picture Frames

When you have a thrifting addiction like me, you become skilled at knowing what decor to snatch up immediately among the sea of "used".....stuff.    Frames are one of those items difficult to pass up.  

Why frames must be snatched up

Frames serve multiple decorating purposes.  From a postcard you like, to a cloth napkin, to an antique doily from your grandma, frames are a great way to display what you love!  I particularly love them for displaying my kids' artwork, and creating gallery walls.  

You can see some of my blog posts on gallery walls for more ideas here:  Four Great Gallery Walls and One Gallery Wall Four Ways     

Below are examples of thrifted frames that at one time weren't so cute.....

All four of these frames were painted, making them fresh and modern. Now, the photos and pictures inside them stand out.   It can be fun to mix and match your frames too.  Not all frames have to be the same color or even the same style.  In fact, the more eclectic the mix, the better.

Comparison Shopping...

The frame below on the left is from Target, for  $10.79. The frame on the right: $0.99, which was identical to the one on the left, before I painted it!  

Go ahead and look at thrift store frames sometime. You will quickly see how unattractive they can be, but if you look past the outer shell and think about today's tip, you might find yourself with a "new" frame or two.

After a little frame re-fresh you'll be glad you snatched up that framed picture of a floral arrangement sitting on a mauve tablecloth (with a kitten lying next to it). 

It's time to venture to your nearest thrift store, and check out those frames.  Look past the outer shell!  I promise the next time you see a picture of a floral arrangement sitting on a mauve tablecloth (with a kitten lying next to it), you'll notice the frame, and not the ugly picture.  

. Once you have your frames, then what?  Try a mix....

Frames.  They are wonderful for many reasons .  The next time you're itching to do a little something fun to the house,  why not create a fun array of frames to display what you love! 

Do you have lots of frames in your house? A gallery wall? Need help creating a gallery wall? You're in the right place! 

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What does a home consultation consist of? 

These are 30 minute, no-pressure, in-person sessions that will give you tips on what to do with that room, or decorating dilemma in need of a solution.   When you have a space you love, it has the power to invoke a whole new love for your home.

How do you know if a home coaching session/consultation is right for you?

If you own a home, you are a candidate!   The best part is, IT'S FREE.  

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Sound familiar?  Whether you need tons of help, ideas for finishing touches, or an answer to that one annoying decorating challenge, a home consultation is a simple solution.  

And, because each home-owner and home is unique, Novo Decor's customized solutions ensure that you'll get actionable ideas, and real solutions tailored to your home!  The home consultation is designed to do just that. 

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Friday Finds: Trays

Once in a while I'll post a favorite "Friday Find". A Friday find is a home decor item that was purchased second-hand, and is a smashing hit for accessorizing the home!  These second-hand gems (aka "thrifted finds")  have so much potential, and are waiting patiently to be snatched up.......by YOU! 

Today's find:    TRAYS

Trays are a simple home accessory yet can be used in SO many ways.  Here's why trays are so love-able in our home:

1.  Trays serve many uses (for remote controls, perfumes, lotions, candles, books, and the list goes on) 

2. They can be easily updated and customized to match your home (paint them, line with your favorite fabric, or contact paper)

3.  They are dynamite gift ideas for friends & family 

4  They add an extra decorative touch to any surface like a kitchen table, dresser, or buffet. 

Let's look at some brand new ones shall we? 

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Now, let's take a look at some "thrifted" trays......

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"Wait. What? These trays aren't new?"  Nope! The best part is that they were $4.99 a piece".  

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The trays in the photos below were all updated with paint and fabric.   I WISH I had photos of what they looked like before!  I love a soft furry animal as much as the next person, but not on trays!!  Using paint and fabric, it was time to say good-bye to stenciled kittens, and hearts, and hello to funky patterns and colors.....

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Notice the extra touch on the tray below.... gold drawer pulls.   I used carpenter grade "liquid nails", to attach the pulls to the tray.  I found the handles at the ReStore for $1.  

Look at that combination of gold and plaid.....

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I found a great tray. Now what? 

Not all trays are created equal.  Some trays can be left as is, right off the thrifting rack (like the first wooden tray you saw above).  The only care they need is a good washing.  Just use warm soapy water. 

Other trays need some TLC.   Here's how:

  • Wash it 
  • Paint it
  • Line the tray (use fabric, contact paper, or decorative scrapbook paper)
  • If using fabric, or scrapbook paper to line the bottom, "paint" on some mod podge to the surface, and lay your fabric. Smooth out creases.  Let dry. 

 Trays: great home accents

Trays; perfect accents for any room in the house.  They are also multi-functional, easy to update, and customize to your color scheme and style. 

On that note.....

Be sure to check in next week for my tutorial on how to make one of these delightful little home accessories for yourself! 

Enjoy your weekend!

Kate

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4 essential elements to a refreshed room

Refreshing a room can be accomplished by bringing in key decorative elements.   By bringing these 4 elements into your space, you've got a fresh new look, instantly! 

The 4 elements:  

1.  Metallics/bling

2.  Texture

3. Color & Pattern

4. Greenery

Whether you want to refresh your master bedroom, create a reading nook, or update the busiest room in the house, using these 4 elements will help you create a room that inspires!

1.  Metallics (gold, silver, copper).  

Metallics just don't "go out of style".   Even the "brassy" hardware on our dressers or doors, has made a comeback.  Here are some examples of metallic decor that will instantly give your room style and "bling". 

Copper Accents

Copper is all the rage in the world of interior design and home decor.  Go to a home decorating store and you're sure to find this metallic!  Copper is everywhere.   

Where to find great copper accents:  Pier One, Cost Plus World Market, Target, Marshalls

Gold Accents

Gold is a classic way to add zip and elegance to any space.  It has become popular once again, but for some of us, it never went out of style!   Gold is timeless, and when used in healthy doses (not too much), it never "runs its course".  Try gold! 

Where to find gold accents:  ANY home store.  For starters: TJ Max, Target, Pier One, West Elm, Marshalls

Silver Accents

Incorporating silver is easy.  Some favorites of mine include lamps and vases.  Don't want to spend money on a new silver lamp when yours works just fine?  Get some silver spray paint and spray away.   In fact, grab some metallic spray paint in any one (or all 3) of these metallics and you've got an instant update to your dull decor.  

You can find silver accents at pretty much any home store: Target, World Market, TJ Max, Marshalls, Pier One

2.  Texture

The sky is the limit with texture.  Texture includes throw pillows, rugs, throw blankets, window treatments (panels or curtains). Even decor you put on your shelves and walls can contain texture, like baskets.  Here are some examples: 

Throw blankets can be draped on your sofa, or even hung on the wall!  This El Paso blanket is a GREAT example of texture (and pattern!) that is highly versatile in any room or space. 

The curtains you choose play a huge role in incorporating texture.  Additionally, any natural materials like wood and wicker, seagrass, or jute all fall under the category of TEXTURE: 

3. Color & Pattern

Color and pattern go hand in hand.  Every room needs color.  Even if just a hint of it, color makes an impact.   Pair color with pattern and you've got a home run!  Here are some examples: 

Rugs are an effective, simple way to incorporate color and pattern.  And did you know that if your room is large enough, you can add more than a single rug to the room? If your room is small, you can also try the art of layering your rugs!  See this example: 

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Image from kismet-house.com    (pinterest/instagram) 

Along with rug layering, pillows, blankets, and natural wood furniture add rich texture.  Texture adds visual interest and comfort to a room.  Doesn't this picture make you want to curl up on that sofa with a good book? 

And don't forget pattern.  Here is an example of using multiple patterns in the same space....

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4.  Greenery

Greenery is a key piece to any room.  If you have a green thumb and enjoy the "real deal" in your house, even better.   I happen to be terrible at keeping plants alive, so I am biased toward artificial greens.  If you can do "real" by all means do!   

A splash of greens completes the space.  It can be as simple as a small wreath, or small plants on a table....

And that's a wrap for the 4 essential elements in any room of the house!  Adding these pieces to a space can take a room from nice, to amazing.  Experiment with texture, color, and pattern and your well on your way to a "designer" home interior!  

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Decorating with Novo Decor: What's right for you?

There is a lot of talk about decorating at Novo Decor this week.  Today, I'm outlining the decorating services I provide.

Up until now, I've provided two main services:

1.  Furniture painting

2. Decorating (partial or full room plan)

I heart decorating

Designing and re-creating a space is truly where my heart is, and that is where I will be focusing my services.  Though I will continue to paint furniture, these types of projects will not stand on their own, but rather, will be part of a room design/decorating project (if the room design calls for it). 

Decorating: Thrice the joy!

Novo Decor offers three decorating packages.  Each package is tailored to the customer, and starts with a home consultation.  The home consultation is an opportunity for me to see the customer's home, and get to know his/her style and needs for a particular room.  There is no fee for the initial home consultation. 

Keeping it simple: Three options

1. Design Board:  

A design board is a digital room plan that I design for the customer.  The board includes pictures of all the necessary decor, accessories, and furniture for the space.  A convenient product where-to-buy guide, and potential cost is also included.     

This option is for the home-owner who: 

  • Doesn't know how to choose decor, accessories, and/or furniture
  • Lacks time, and/or desire to come up with a plan
  • Is fine with the shopping part (on-line or in-store), if they have a plan to follow/where-to-buy guide.  They may say something like this.......

"Just tell me what to buy, and where to buy it, and I can do the rest (style the room)" 

This option is recommended for the those who, once they've got what they need for the room, WILL tackle the job AND get it done on their own by styling the entire room..  

Cost:  $59

Here is an example of a design board: 

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2.  Design Board + Styling: 

This option includes a Design Board (see #1), and a full styling service.  

This option is for the home-owner who:

  • Wants someone to put the room together FOR them. So many home-owners struggle with putting a room together. They browse Pinterest, or look in magazines and see plenty of looks they love, but they can't achieve the look they love on their own.  
  • knows they won't put the room together on their own time

They may say something like this.....
"Tell me what to buy, and where to buy it, but I want you to put it all together for me please!"

With this option, the customer obtains all the items that I recommend on their design board, and then I come in and put it all together; the "style" part. 

Cost: Pricing varies. An estimate is provided following consultation. 

3.  Full room design + Styling: 

This option includes full room design plus styling, which means that a plan is devised for the customer, decor and accessories are brought in, and the room is styled for the customer. 

This option is for the home-owner who

  • Prefers the convenience of having someone else do it all for them (shopping AND installing/styling the room)
  • Has limited time or skills to get it done themselves

Cost:  Pricing varies depending on scope of project.  Estimate is provided following the consultation. 

Which one is right for you? 

Whether you're not sure how to get started, or can't seem to get those finishing details quite right, Novo Decor has a service specifically tailored to your needs. 

Take advantage of my FREE home consultation and get instant ideas for your space.   So easy.  So smart!  

Do you have a room you just can't done?  How about a room you don't like?  Get your FREE consultation. I'd seriously love to help.  

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Kate

 

 

 

 

Room REVEAL: Pulling the ("thrifted") pieces together for a room that POPS!

When we think about starting over on a room for a fresh new look, we tend to think it ALL has to be new.  That's simply not the case!  Mixing the old with the new creates a room that appears "pulled together", yet still has a bit of the "collected" look (meaning, not everything matches perfectly, and the room appears to have been put together over time).  

Today, I'd love to re-visit a space I decorated a few years ago.  My style has evolved in some ways (which you will notice), but overall the concepts I use to refresh a room have, and always will.....remain THE SAME!  

What are the concepts?  Using what you've already got, throwing in some "old" refurbished furniture and decor, and adding a bit of something NEW.  

Let's get to it......

This was a "double" space; meaning, there were actually two adjoining rooms that received this make-over.  First, a color scheme was chosen: 

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Then, the shopping began. Certain items, like pillow covers, were purchased new for this space. Pillows are one item that I typically do not purchase second-hand (unless they're still in the package, or still have tags on them!)....

Above you see colored canvases.  Old canvas pictures are plentiful at thrift shops. Find a collection of them, and cover them with fabric.  I used bold colors to accent a wall. 

And of course....no room would be complete without a globe.  I am obsessed with them! They add color, and whimsy to a home. 

Here's a look at one of the rooms BEFORE the "refresh":

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I had a blank slate to work with.  After selecting color scheme, the next step was to collect all the necessary accessories and decor 

 Sorry the photo is blurry. Darn! 

Sorry the photo is blurry. Darn! 

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The black table, "bike" figurine, rocking chair, bins under the black table, and large picture on the wall belonged to the home-owner already.  Move them around, pull them out of hiding, and together they work.  

New items for this room?  The geometric rug, and the throw pillow!  THAT'S IT.   

Used items?  Oh there are plenty.....

 The tables were painted lavender 

The tables were painted lavender 

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 The wood chairs were painted and re-upholstered with fun, colorful fabrics

The wood chairs were painted and re-upholstered with fun, colorful fabrics

Old artwork was revitalized with design....and paint. Lots of paint! 

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Okay. Time to move on to the adjoining room..... BEFORE: 

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AFTER:

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Now, with walls adorned in colorful accessories, and additional seating, the room appears more balanced.  Curtain panels were hung on each side of the opening between the rooms, for warmth and subtle division of the spaces. 

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 The shelving unit belonged to the home-owner, and wasn't moved at all.  Items on that shelf were re-arranged, or moved to other areas of the room.  

The shelving unit belonged to the home-owner, and wasn't moved at all.  Items on that shelf were re-arranged, or moved to other areas of the room.  

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Thrifted Success Story

Today's post illustrates the effect of pulling together the "old" and the new (but mostly old!) to re-create a space into one that inspires.   Knowing where to look, how to find the right pieces, and what to do with them is the key.   If you have the time and desire for the "hunt", that's great.  I hope you use some of these ideas!  If not, I'm rooting for you, and I'm here to help! 

Do you have old items that could potentially be used in your "new" space?  Not sure where to begin, or how to finish that room? Contact me for you FREE consult!   

What are you waiting for? 

 

 

 

DIY rustic wall letters

If you like the rustic, farmhouse style, then you'll LOVE this tutorial.   And, you don't have to be a wood working expert to make this happen!  

The letter I made happens to be "L", which only required two, simple straight boards. I used a circular saw to cut my pine boards for this project.   Not all letters are this easy to make using wood boards......

Letters that have curves and points, CAN still be made using straight cuts.  You just have to experiment a bit with how you can make it work.   If you have a saw that can cut curves (jig saw), that's an even easier solution. 

The easiest letters to make using simple, straight wood cuts include:  L, T, E, F, H, I

For this project, you can use any type of wood board.  Pine wood works great for this type of project.  Pine takes stain well, and it is very low cost. I like the simplicity of pine, and how it looks when stained.  

Below is what plain pine boards look like right off the shelf at Menard's. 

Letter Size

Your letter can be ANY size you want!  Using wider boards will result in a bigger letter. My boards were 1x6 inch.   You can go narrower than that (1x4inch), or wider (1x8 inch, 1x10 inch, and so on).    To make an "L", like you see in the picture here, I only needed to cut two pieces of wood.  One longer piece, and one shorter piece (I eye-balled that part).  

Once you have your boards cut, then it's time to stain them.  I used "Dark Walnut" by MinWax: 

There is no need to stain both side of your boards! Just stain the side that will be exposed when hung.      

Hanging your Giant Letter

I took the easy way out and pounded two nails through each board, right into the wall.  You could attach hooks on the back of your letter for easy hanging.  Or, don't hang your letter at all; set it on a buffet, or dresser and lean it against the wall.  

And that is one easy tutorial on how to make a giant rustic letter for any wall in the house.  The "L" in these pictures hangs in our son Luke's room.  He likes it  We like it!  

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5 Tried & True Thrifting Rules to live by

Over the years, I've learned quite a bit about how to shop at second-hand stores (aka "thrift shops").  Thrifting can be your best weapon against over-spending on home decor; and believe me, I see this all the time with home owners as they begin decorating a room in their home!   Here's a taste of my tried and true thrifting guidelines....starting with patience.....

Patience is a virtue

If at first you don't succeed, keep going back to thrift shops!   You won't find something you like, every time.  Be patient!  

5 Rules to Live by (when thrifting):

1.  Condition:

Always consider the condition of the piece. No matter what it is, consider whether a "flaw" is fix-able, and even if fix-able, is it worth your time?  When that question takes you too long to answer, it's not the right find.   You'll probably see that exact same piece next week, without any flaws at all (and for half the cost).     

2.  Price:  

If you're a first-timer in thrift shops, you might think something is a "steal" but if you visit these stores enough, you will discover that what you thought was a steal, actually wasn't!   As you become a more seasoned thrifter, you will start setting your own max price limits for certain items.  Yep.  

3.  Usage:  

Ask yourself if it is something you'll use now, or at some point.  If you think something looks cool, don't just buy it because it's $1.99.  will you REALLY use it?  Though this stuff is low-cost, it does add up quickly and soon your home will be overcome with items you don't need!    

4.  Cleanliness Factor:  

Is the piece "clorox-able", or machine washable?  This is a biggie for me. If it is something that cannot be easily cleaned than I may shy away from purchasing it.  Used items are great, and even greater when clean!   Consider the "clean-ability" of the piece, and the time factor in getting that item clean. 

5.  Multi-purpose Items:   

Consider whether an item can be used in a number of ways.  For example, use a cute hand-made ceramic bowl for jewelry, instead of spinach dip (that was a weird example but you get the point).  I have seen some of the cutest accent pieces when used in non-traditional ways.

Thrifting really is an art.  You have to know what you like, and why you like it.  It also helps to know how you'll use it!!!  Happy Thrifting!      

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