bargin stylin'

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shelly's style on a dime. so yes...I'm entertaining the idea of building a new house - but I am also very serious about the idea of building the cheapest & most stylish house you ever did see! i wanted to share my family room. I often boast that all the furniture in this room is from the salvation army - and it IS! some of the small pieces are bargains found elsewhere.
1. slipper chair - found Volunteers of America in Chicago in 1996
2. (2) woven seats/storage - clearance BIG LOTS 9.99 ea - holds wii stuff, blankets, remotes
3. you can only see corner - but ottoman purchased from VOA - in Chicago 1996 (it is solid, sears brand, and has been re-covered approx 10 times by me!)
4. coffee table - salvation army. purchased for our first apartment 1993-
sanded and re-painted at least 4 different colors by us.
5. best find!! FREE! wooden planter box- found 1995 in alley behind my Chicago apt.
6. most amazing orange couch. 40.00!! salvation army - purchased 4 yrs ago. my mom spotted and called me asap! fabric is very Orla Kiely inspired.
7. 2 Orange bolster pillows. Pottery Barn store clearance. maybe 6.00 ea?
outside fabric - great for cleaning and fade res.
8. set of two: vinyl chairs. ( I'll but ANYTHING if there is TWO!) salvation army 30.00 for set. didn't buy at first visit - could not get out of my head - went back next day .. to my amazement - still there. score!
9. fireplace mantle - found at our local dump swap shop - free!
10. square silver leaf tray (there are 2) these were a steal too. Target- Halloween Collection ( dunno why?) but nabbed them 1 week after Halloween for 75% off!


  1. yes you are the queen of designing on a dime!

  2. Garage sales are my main source of decorating finds (and selective items at IKEA). I currently have a little dresser in need of paint and knobs that I found on the side of the road that wants to live in my studio and store many things.

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. You thrifty beast, you! It's nice to see that yes, it really can be done on a dime. (A REAL dime, not a "hollywood" dime)

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog too! :)
    I did the same with a coffee table i bought at an antique store...I sanded & painted it was clever and a big $ saver in the end.

    Jen Ramos
    'Cards & Prints You'll Love...'

  5. This is sooooo my kind of room! I love finding deals like these, or refurbishing an old piece. Nothing that a fresh coat of paint won't fix!