Here for some puppy cuteness? Meet Olive and Bernadette.

We love our woolly bullies...even when they flooded our house!

Decorating on a Budget

I was going to call this post Photos from Our Previous House, but Decorating on a Budget seemed a bit fancier. Besides, being our very first home, you can bet that every little design decision was done on a budget!

Here are the triumphs that helped us sell in a 4-way bidding war, despite living in a cookie-cutter neighborhood where houses lingered for months.

Decorating on a Budget

The light hanging over the stairs was a $5 ReStore find, which we (Sexy Nerd) sprayed with oil-rubbed bronze paint. Over the years, we used this same spray paint on everything, including our old builder-boring faucets, with surprisingly good results.

Not a bad view for a starter home.

I'd planned to keep the text in this post to a minimum, but can't resist sharing a quick, funny story about this bathroom photo. I went to the mall with a coworker on our first-ever hangout outside of work. We were in Mervyn's (remember them?) and she held up a small towel as a joke, laughing at how ugly it was. To my mortification, it was this very hand towel. 

No hard feelings and I still think the towel worked pretty well in the space, though I'll admit I'm yet to find a place for it in our new home.

Decorating on a Budget


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