Giveaway Winner!

I've been MIA recently because I was in Atlanta for business last week and fighting a horrible sinus infection this week. I literally could not get out of bed Tuesday or Wednesday. All I did was sleep...and take lots of vitamins and drank NyQuil by the gallons (or so it seemed)...and sleep some more. So, I apologize for not even having the strength to even open my laptop, which is unheard of for me!

Without further ado, CONGRATULATIONS Laura H on winning a free My Memories Suite! I can't wait to see what awesome things you come up with.

 As a special gift to Suburban Spunk readers, you can get $10 off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the My Memories.com store! Please use this coupon code when ordering to get the discount: STMMMS65816

Congrats again Laura! You'll receive the instructions on how to obtain you free software via email.

Back soon, promise! -S


How to Decorate Your Kitchen On a Budget

My kitchen started as a blank slate-

It currently looks like this-

thanks to several minor improvements (click on each to be directed to the original blog post): new Moravian star light fixture, chalkboard wall, above-cabinet accent lightingORB light switch covers, an upgraded sink and faucet, AND newly added decor.

I was able to decorate for around $100 for the whole space including a new rug, 3 new art prints and various accessories. 

Let me start by saying that I loathe the awkward space between the cabinets and the ceiling in my kitchen. It seems like such wasted space. My dream is to one day install glass-front cabinets there for extra display/storage space but that's not quite in the budget yet.

For the first two years I occupied my home, I filled this space with a random assortment of vases that I had purchased for pennies on the dollar from a local going out of business decor store. I grew tired of that look, so then the space remained empty for several months. I finally decided this past week that I needed to add something. Being the frugal gal I am, I didn't want to spend a lot. I hit up my favorite thrift store and found some pieces to complete the look for just a few bucks each.

 I also 'shopped' in my basement and found the iron scroll. It was from Old Time Pottery, purchased eons ago for $15. I spray painted the iron scroll green (it was originally a burnt orange).

This is still a work in process but for now, I'm just happy to have some decor up there.

My favorite part of the kitchen is the sink area though.

These new prints from this Etsy store make me smile-

Think they add some nice spunk to the kitchen.

The window sill is decorated with 3 canisters from Kirklands years ago,  the' recipe for a happy life' printed on scrapbook paper and stuck in a dollar store frame, a faux plant from Nell Hills and a little serving tray from Hobby Lobby (I believe). I also have my new $1 DIY soap dispensers on display, originally posted about HERE.

Last but not least, the comfy bright rug purchased from Target clearance for a mere $6!

The most expensive decor piece in the room are the three prints above the window and those were under $20 each, so hardly a splurge. Everything else I had on hand or was thrifted. It pays to thrift, reuse what you have on hand and shop the clearance racks!

Last but not least, PAINT! I used leftover paint from another project and painted our pantry door a nice glossy black. The chalkboard wall was also done for $15...the quart of paint was picked up at Home Depot.

Have you decorated a room for $100 or less? If so, show me your pictures!
love, s


Wall O' Mirrors

Whew! I'm back. I had 2 visitors the past week, which kept me super busy. My aunt and her adorable 2 year old son came in from L.A. We had a blast, but wow, I'm exhausted! Although busy, how could I resist this sweet little face?!?

So cute!

Anyhoo, let's get focused...

I posted this pic a few weeks ago of my new favorite fabric-
I used it to make curtains for the master bath. I wanted a print of some sort and had looked everywhere for a fabric that would tie in the gray walls, beige tile and charcoal doors/vanity, not in easy task I soon realized. I finally found this fabric at Joann's that was perfect.

However, the $45/yard price tag was steep. I was patient and waited a few weeks for a 50% off sale and used an additional 20% coupon I found online. I needed 1.5 yards, so the original full price would've been $67.50 (ouch). With the sale and coupon, I paid $27. I also used the existing window treatment to line the curtains. On a side note, I had looked at dozens of online fabric stores, as well as 6 local fabric shops. I think it's funny how I ended up finding fabric at a big-box fabric store. I guess it pays to keep your eyes open everywhere you go!

First, let's look at the terrible before:

And here is the after:

I had decided to remove the towel rack from the adjoining wall. It was a nuisance more than useful. Once that was gone, I tried to look for a grouping of art. I just couldn't find any prints that I liked for the space and was a little concerned that the steam from our showers may warp any prints. When I was at a thrift store looking for items to go above my kitchen cabinets, I found this sunburst mirror. I looked past the yellowy-gold finish and suddenly got a vision of a collection of mirrors for the bathroom wall.

The $3.99 price tag was certainly right. I gave it a quick coat of oil rubbed bronze spray paint that I already had on hand and it was ready to hang.

I grabbed 2 other mirrors I had in storage. One that was a clearance item from Michael's years ago and the other one I originally posted about HERE from Home Goods.

The whole wall cost $4 since 2 of the mirrors and the spray paint I already had. The best part is lining the shelf between the shower and tub with candles and how the candlelight is reflected in the mirrors.

I will be posting the winner of my My Memories Giveaway tomorrow (Tuesday 10/11/11) PROMISE! I apologize for being so far behind. if you haven't already entered do so now, HERE.

Have a lovely week! -S