Guest Room/Living Room?

This guest room is the smallest and closest to the master.  I put the two guest bedrooms on either side of the guest bathroom so it is accessible.  We used our old living room set as a hang out/spare living room area upstairs.  We put the couch in it with our tv, tv stand, and coffee table.

We even put some games in the room.  So I guess it also also a game room?  Our games are mostly just like cards, Monopoly, and Clue.  Maybe one day, we will have more exciting games, but that is our collection for now.

I also keep my magazine rack and magazines in the living room area.  This was our main room when we moved in.  This was our only relaxing area and couch in our house for a while when we first moved in.  We haven’t hung out in there much recently.  But when our parents visited, they would sometimes watch tv in there and relax before bed.

Guest Room/AKA Master Bedroom

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This is the bedroom that my husband and I are currently using as our master bedroom.  It is actually our old master bedroom set.  We had the set in Rhode Island and now it is in our largest guest bedroom.  Since we don’t have our new mattress yet, we haven been staying in this room for months.  The only problem is, we have to take a little bit of a hike to the other side of the hall through the master bedroom to get to our master bathroom to brush our teeth.

I can’t wait until we get into our real master bedroom.  But in the mean time, it is awfully cozy in our old bed set.  In our old bed set, we only have a box spring and mattress-we don’t have a headboard.  It is very uncomfortable to sit up in bed on the wall without a headboard.  We have been wanting to get a headboard for a while, but it has always been at the bottom of the finance list.-maybe one day we will get one.

The other really big issue is we still don’t have any window finishings, so the sun comes beaming in first thing in the morning.  I have been on the hunt for some curtains for all of the rooms so I can start to sleep a little better and not have to rise with the sun all morning.

 

Another unfinished room-the office

So far the office has all of our office supplies and books scattered all over the floor.  We had a bar unit that we bought in Rhode Island that is in the office now.  We bought a bar cart from Target for $100.  That way we can store liquor on the cart instead of the nice bar unit.

We also bought a desk for $350 online-and now that $350 desk is broken in our basement.  We bought it from Wayfair and after my husband spent 6 hours after work putting it together, we realized it didn’t look like the description said it would and there was a gap in the from of the desk.  I called Wayfair and they were so sweet and refunded us and told us to keep the desk.  So we decided we would store the desk in the basement. We got it down to the last step, and then the bolt flew off the desk.  So now it is laying in a neat pile in the storage area of our basement.

In the meantime, the file cabinet that I bought from Overstock for $90 arrived and we put that together.  So now we are in the process of ordering a desk and hopefully some storage drawers for our office supplies to complete the room.

Unfinished Dining Room

My dining room is half completed-ok maybe I am exhagerating-I literally only have my dining room table and chairs.  The table and chairs came as a set from Overstock.  It was a steal-we got it for $800!!!!  I was so excited about it!  And it really didn’t take too long to put together.  Once the boxes were open, the chairs took about an hour and the table legs took even less time.

The hard part was just getting the place cleaned up from all of the boxes and styrofoam.  There was a lot of vacuuming and sweeping involved with the clean-up.

Pro-tip:  Always make sure you have industrial sized garbage bags and rags to lay nice furniture on the floor to make sure not to scratch it.

My next step for this room is getting a china cabinet to store all of my china, flatware, and glasses.  This has been very challenging because it is so hard to find a unit to fit in my space that will fit all of my pieces.  And I have given myself a budget of $500 to work with!  I have been scouring websites and stores all over to find something that will work.  I try to stay on a strict budget to really make the most out of each room and save as much money as I can.

How I organized my Garage

My garage is currently unfinished.  You can see the beams still on the ceiling, and the walls are a mixture of particle board and dry wall in the garage.  The builders left us some pieces of our carpeting from upstairs so that we can piece it around our cars and walk around.

We put my husband’s old desk in the garage for his tools.  We also used old plastic tiered storage shelves that my mom had used in her classroom to organize our cleaning supplies.  I used two of the tiered organizers to get our outside shoes in order (outside shoes=rain boots, snow boots, old sneakers, flip flops that you use to take out the garbage in).  I used a small tiered organizer to keep all of my work out and yoga stuff in order.

Our garbage cans sit in the middle of the garage by the doors so they can easily be taken out.  Last, but not least, we have our brooms and mops hanging beside the garage door so I can just grab it and clean inside.  My husband installed it quickly and easily.

You can get a broom hanger here on Amazon:

Bed, Bath, and Beyond Helps Me Finish My Downstairs Half Bathroom

I am a crazy coupon lady when it comes to Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  You can save all the 20% coupons and use them on each item you buy at the store.

Bed, Bath, and Beyond has great bathroom decorations.  I got a bronze toilet bowl cleaner, tissue holder, soap dish, and step garbage can.  This helped finish my downstairs bath and keep the price down.

Saving the coupons always pays off at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Pro-tip: Get a step trash can for guest bathrooms with high traffic.  Your bathroom will always look neater because you won’t see tissues crumpled up in the garbage each time you walk in.

Half Bathroom Downstairs

IMG_2081Of course, it is essential in houses with two levels to have a bathroom on the lower level. Otherwise, you will be running up and down all day.  Our bathroom is located right when you walk in by the garage door.

The hard wood floors on our entire first floor go into the bathroom.  The counter top for the sink is cultured marble and the cabinets are dark wood like the kitchen cabinets.  The cabinet knobs match the kitchen as well.

It is small, but it is located in a great spot for the first floor.

Target is Amazing

IMG_2058Target is known for the ability to just tell you “what you need” when you walk in.  I know that I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for when I arrived at Target, but I found a world of home decorations.

I bought a turquoise end table for $80.  I also is a cabinet, so it adds extra storage space.  I bought a brown end table for $60 as well.  I like to add different pieces to a room to make sure I am decorating using fun pieces and I don’t want to make the space look too uniform.  I like to keep the space fun and relaxing.

End tables are super important to make sure that guests have places to put drinks and food when you are entertaining.  When we first moved in, we would use old stools to sit on as end tables for when our parents would visit.

Home Goods Helps Me With Turquoise

IMG_2071I need a splash of color in my living room/kitchen area.  All the deep brown and beige needs a pop of fun color to lighten the rooms.  I adore turquoise and I have used this to decorate when I lived in Hoboken.  So I had some decorations to put in the rooms to see how the color would look-and it looked amazing!

Home Goods has the most amazing home decorations.  I found a foot stool for only $29.99.  The foot stool is knitted and from the children’s section.  I suggest that when you are adding a light pop of color, ALWAYS look at the kid’s area.  This is a great place to find cheap pieces that help finish your room.

I was also able to snag a vase for only $19.99.  The only thing I had to ad were the long twigs that stick out of the vase to add height to the decorations of the room.

I was able to buy a pretty canister to put my coffee in for only $9.99.  And, I bought a beautiful turquoise teapot which I love!  The teapot was $19.99.

Just adding these small touches of color really add a lot to a room.