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Home Décor Hacks for $1

You’d be surprised at what one buck can buy you at the local dollar store. With a keen eye and a couple dollars in hand, you can pick up treasures that can fool most people into thinking that you spent much more. I’m a bargain hunter. I love to get a good deal, but what I love even more – surprising someone with the statement, “I got it at the dollar store!” *gasp* “Yes, the DOLLAR STORE.”

When I say dollar store items, I’m not talking about decorating with seasonal party supplies or a grouping of ceramic geese. I found items that with a little styling and imagination can easily be mistake for something from a higher-end retail store.

Here are some examples of some of my favorite finds and what I use them for around my house:

Hobnail Glassware

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What a perfect juice glass! These hobnail glasses add the perfect vintage touch and would look great on kitchen table for Sunday brunch. They are the perfect size for a refreshing glass of freshly squeezed OJ.

Glass Apothecary Jars

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I always need a little extra organization in my life. (who doesn’t?? lol) These petite glass apothecary jars are ideal for wrangling small items. I popped a couple of these on my bathroom counter to hold my cotton rounds, q tips and hair ties. What a great way to keep the bathroom tidy, store commonly used items at hand and add vintage style to your bathroom.

Ceramic Dinner Plates

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The dollar store is always a good spot to pick up some inexpensive dinnerware. (You won’t have to cry over a chipped plate…it was only a $1!) These neutral plates can be easily mixed and matched with dishes you already have.

P.S. The flowers and napkin where a dollar too! 🙂

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It is always a fun challenge to elevate dollar store items. I’d love to hear if you’ve ever had luck finding treasures from the dollar store. Message me, I’d love to share!

<3 Melissa @ House Fenway

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April Sweet Pea Calendar Download

This month it’s all about Sweet Peas, April’s official flower. Voted on by my followers on Instagram, it’s the perfect choice for this month. They’re soft, delicate and absolutely beautiful! Refresh your space and download this months free calendar download. Enjoy! ~M

April Sweet Pea Desktop Download >

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April Sweet Pea Calendar Tablet Download >

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April Sweet Pea Mobile Download >

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House Fenway’s Favorites

It’s been such a crazy start to 2017! I’ve been very busy collecting my seasonal favorites and I wanted to share them with you. These are makers and sellers that I follow and love. Their products are simply lovely and I highly recommend them! Make sure you check out their shops. Enjoy! ~M

Sassafras Home

Sassafras Home out of Oxford, Mississippi has a unique selection of handcrafted decor, specializing in items made of rustic burlap. From pillows to garland, you can add a touch of  farmhouse charm and easily warm up your surroundings. Their pillows are an absolute HF favorite!

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A brand new addition to the Sassafas Home line.

Brave Season Design LLC

This husband and wife duo, Brave Season Design LLC, is new to the ETSY community. Fueled by coffee and faith, Wendy and Chad Franklin, create beautiful hand-painted wooden signs. Custom orders are always welcome!

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Hand-painted LOVE sign from Brave Season Design LLC.

Buntingsnmore

Oregon-based Buntingsnmore has the cutest handmade decor and gifts. Bunting is in the name but they do offer A LOT more! Pillows, throws, banners and trays just to name a few.

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Paper and crocheted handmade bunting from Buntingsnmore

O Sweet Goodness

Two sisters with a love for making unforgettable events, that is O Sweet Goodness. One of Katie and Emily’s most popular items — elegant floral mobiles. These mobiles would look gorgeous above a nursery crib!

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Thirteen & Market

You will always find beautiful and unique decor at Thirteen & Market. The collections they put together are simply amazing! Hurry, a lot of the items are seasonal and they go fast. How could they not? They’re gorgeous!

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Two-tier rustic wooden tray from Thirteen & Market.

Twenty Something Feet

I love soy candles and my favorite candles are from Twenty Something Feet. Made in their signature rustic zinc container, they are free of dyes and made from the highest quality essential and fragrance oils. Fill your home with some wonderful seasonal smells!

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Rustic soy candles from Twenty Something Feet.
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DIY: Christmas Card Holder

Christmas cards will be showing up in the mail before you know it! Even in today’s technological age, there is something so wholesome and nostalgic in receiving a tangible greeting. The stamp, the pretty envelope, the message – it’s still one of the great thrills of the season. I love receiving Christmas cards, but have always struggled with how to display them. They are all so pretty and thoughtful; how could I just toss them aside? I usually resort to taping them up around the house, but by the end of the season half the cards have fallen down. So, I decided to challenge myself this week and tackle a DIY project with a thrift store find: A Christmas Card Holder. The holder was the perfect answer to my Christmas card dilemma. I’ll show you what I did and how you can make one for around $10-$15!

Supplies:

1 oversized frame

a tube of acrylic paint

sponge brush

a piece of medium grit sandpaper

scissors

hot glue gun (3-4 glue sticks)

8-10 yards of ribbon (in a variety of styles and widths)

5-10 clothes pins

I stopped at my local thrift store to pick up a frame. I wanted the frame to be large enough to display a handful of cards, have some unique detail and cheap enough not to break the bank. I found this picture for $5 and thought it would work perfectly!

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$5 for my thrift store find.

Dismantle the frame removing the glass and picture. Wipe the frame down making sure it is clean and grease-free.

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Using a sponge brush apply two coats of acrylic paint (the color of your choice), waiting in between coats for it to dry.

After the frame is completely dry. Lightly sand with some medium grit sandpaper to create a weathered feel and reveal some of the frame detail.

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I found all of my ribbon at the dollar store and Target’s Dollar Spot.

Once the frame is painted, it was time to attach the ribbons.

Cut the ribbon into stripes the width of the frame.

Using a glue gun, attach the ribbon to the back of the frame making sure the ribbon is taut enough it will not sag. Work your way down the frame from the top to bottom, mixing up the ribbon styles as you go.

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Once the glue has cooled it is ready to hang.

Attach your beautiful holiday cards with clothes pins and enjoy! 🎄😄

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My finished card holder.
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The perfect display of all my treasured Christmas cards.

 

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Christmas Color Palettes

Christmas is inching its way closer and it’s almost time to start decorating (if you haven’t started already!). There are so many ways to decorate for the holidays with so many color palettes to choose from. I usually gravitate to the traditional red and green, but I found so many cute collections this year that put a twist on traditional.

Check out these wonderful palettes and try something new!

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Here is a subtle and elegant palette with items from Crate and Barrel. Make your house into a winter wonderland that can stay up well after Christmas is over!

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Go gold and glam! West Elm has a great selection of gold holiday décor this year. It’s very sophisticated and modern. Another look that can stay up well past New Year’s.

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Muted mistletoe is almost traditional but just a little less saturated. This palette works well with natural elements such as pinecones and evergreen. This collection of Christmas items is from Target. I’m such a sucker for plaid and holly!

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Traditional kicked up a notch. This intense color palette works great with patterns such as plaids, polka dots and stripes. Pier 1 has a fantastic selection of whimsical and minty Christmas decorations this year. It’s refreshing and fun!

Whatever color palette you decide to use this Christmas season, have fun with it and make it your own — that’s what it’s all about! 🙂