get a beautiful home for less!

Having recently moved, I have noticed that there is so much gorgeous home decor stuff out there! But the problem is that if you bought it all, you’d have no money to pay for a place to put it in! So how can we get the look we want without bankrupting ourselves? Read on to find out.

Know your style

The first thing that is essential for getting a gorgeous home, without spending your life savings is to be clear on your style. You need to think carefully about the look that you want, the function of the room you are decorating, and who will be using it. It cannot be based on just aesthetics alone!  All of these three factors should combine to point you towards the style of decor that would be appropriate for that particular space.

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Use Trends as Accents

Home trends seem to move with the speed of light these days. There are new trends, retro trends, and eco trends to keep up with. The problem is that if you decorate your home with trend heavy items like wallpaper, it can look dated very quickly. Then you are stuck with something that is out of fashion or stuck with the cost of redecorating, so it is in fashion.

That is why is essential to cherry pick aspects of current trends that could work in your space, and use them as accents. For example, there is a current trend for brass, terrariums, and crystal geodes. These make great decorative accents to update a room, and can be bought separately from high street retailers at little cost.

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Keep A Plain Canvas

To allow the ‘trends as accents’ approach to work, it’s a good idea to keep the walls and carpets of your home relatively neutral. This means that they act as a blank canvas to compliment your accessories.

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It’s also the cheapest way of decorating your home. Plain white or cream walls are cheap and easy to repaint when they become dirty or scuffed. They also make a small room look bigger, as the reflect light well.

Have An Eye For A Bargain

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Anyone that is keen on staying up to date with their home decor choices will usually have a good eye for a bargain. Whether it’s searching the flea markets at the weekend, or looking for Kohl’s coupon codes, when you have your heart set on that one special piece. Remember there are discounts and bargain to be had if you look hard enough, and have enough bottle to haggle the price down!

Upcycle

Another way of getting a beautiful home without breaking the bank is to upcycle things. You’d be surprised how many people throw perfectly functional items out just because they no longer fit in with their home decor. What they don’t realize is through with a little elbow grease you can transform a broken down object into a gorgeous piece for your home. Ask your relatives and friends if they are throwing anything out before you scour the auction rooms.

** This post has been contributed by Sarah Jones.

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3 best maternity wear catalogues

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Hey guys! Today I’m excited to bring to you a guest post that is so fitting for my blog and life right now. The topic centres on maternity wear, something that I personally have needed help with in trying to find the best place to shop for this type of fashion. Here is a guide for everyone who feels the same as I do, or for those are just wanting a new place to shop online for maternity clothes!

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Are you struggling to find maternity wear? Here are 3 of the Best Catalogues for Maternity Wear

Expecting a new baby can be one of the happiest – and stressful – times of your life. If you need new clothes and don’t want to spend hours on the high street, there is an alternative. Open a credit account with a womens clothing catalogue and pay for your order in instalments.

Here are 3 of the best catalogues for maternity wear.

1. Very

One of the country’s largest catalogue companies, Very specialises in maternity wear, with clothes available in a wide range of sizes. From dresses to comfortable shoes to accessories, and everything in-between, the retailer stocks maternity clothing from big name brands and designers you have yet to hear about. Once you’ve opened your account with the company, you can spread the cost of payments over time – allowing you to make repayments in affordable chunks. Use a discount code and save money or get 10 percent off your order as a first-time customer.

2. Simply Be

Simply Be has a wide range of clothing in plus-sizes – including brands that you won’t find on the UK high street. When it comes to maternity wear, the company have a wide range of clothes to suit every style and budget. What’s more, you can spread the cost of payments. Opening up a new account with the retailer doesn’t take long, and you’ll usually receive an instant decision in most circumstances. Clothes are available in sizes 12 to 32 and you get 10 percent off your first order as a brand new customer. Sounds pretty good, right?

3. Vertbaudet

Vertbaudet is your one-stop shop for baby clothes and maternity wear, and you could get 30 percent off your first order – and free delivery – as a new customer. You can browse through hundreds of products on the company’s website and once you’ve opened a credit account, you’ll be able to spread the cost of your purchases. Make repayment online or over the phone and save money on clothes when pregnant. Maternity wear includes T-shirts, tops, dresses, lingerie, shoes, and much more.

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This was a sponsored post. I’m thankful for the brands and websites that I can partner with!

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Emory

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prairie photography outtakes

BeFunky_1.jpgBeFunky_2.jpg BeFunky_4.jpgBeFunky_5.jpg BeFunky_6.jpgI consider ad photographs to be one of the hardest yet one of the most fun aspects about blogging. Think about it. This one picture not only has to sum up what your entire blog is all about, but it also has be inviting and strategically display your sense of style and skills as a photographer/photo editor/graphic designer/blogger without looking like you are trying too hard. I find that I am always experimenting with my ad photographs. Every few weeks I will take my camera and my tripod out to a new territory and photograph it. I prefer to let the landscape do most of my advertising, yet I always try to work my little face into it one way or another. I do this because I believe blogs are such personal spaces that I want whoever sees my ad to connect with me on an emotional level rather than just witnessing a prairie scape. Well, at least my blog is personal. I really have to struggle sometimes with letting the whole world know my story, since I’ve always been an honest but yet quiet and guarded person. I’ve come to realize that readers appreciate forthcomingness and want to learn more about the person behind all of the posts. Otherwise, why would they keep on coming back?

This particular photo shoot occurred over a month ago on an extremely warm day in Saskatchewan. I had the day off so I made the best of both the weather and my free time. I drove out of the city and to an acreage that my husband and I had looked at a short time before. I loved the location and knew that the empty fields that surrounded it would be the perfect place to shoot for the day. Because the snow was still melting, the ground was extremely soft and muddy. One of the first things that I noticed was that wearing my 1970s platform boots wasn’t the wisest decision. Every time I ran across the field I rolled my ankle. Yet, winners never quit and quitters never win (or something to that effect). So I set the timer, grabbed my hat and antlers, and painfully ran as fast as I could and as far as I could away from the camera while dancing and jumping around in each shot. It was exhausting, but incredibly exhilarating. These photo shoots will always be my favourite.

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P.S. The last image is an unedited GIF of my mad prancing skills. I hope that you like it!

  • Welcome, friends! My name is Emory. I am a wife and mother to three (two on earth and one in heaven). This is our life on the Canadian prairies.
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