Do It Yourself • Modern Christmas Cone Trees

When we started our Christmas decorating plan for this year, we knew we wanted to go with a Winter Wonderland Glam theme. We come across and feature so many amazing bloggers with their original ideas for Christmas and holiday projects, but we were looking for something this year that would elevate the modern look of our new home, but still maintain the Christmasy feel that is so important to us. … [Read more...]

All That Glitters : DIY Holiday Projects with Sparkle

Ok, I really don't love glitter... but I do, it's kind of a love/hate sort of thing. Pro : It's gloriously glam, and a really cheap way to add sparkle! Con : The fact that every time you touch it, it ends up all over your face at some inconvenient time later that day (or week!) is annoying. But at Christmas, that same annoying quality becomes festive and fun... go figure, right? Nothing says … [Read more...]

Classic Christmas Home Tours

Merry Christmas to all our readers! We have been drooling over all those classic Christmas blogger homes the past few weeks with the rest of you, so we decided to share a few of our favorites here in our classic Christmas home tour! Starting out with ours, of course. Ya know, we usually shoot for a creative theme that is just a little off the beaten path, like our Candyland Christmas of a few … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Dollar Store Decorating Projects

Ok, so your holiday budget is blown, you still have gifts to buy, and the decorating isn't done. No worries, we gotcha covered. These last minute holiday decorating projects come straight from the dollar store, so you can fish around for quarters in the couch cushions and head off to pick up your supplies! These bloggers show off some serious skills in the creativity department! Our featured … [Read more...]

DIY Christmas Cone Trees

I love the Christmas cone tree trend... cone trees are and easy DIY holiday project that can be personalized to fit your home and your theme... oh, and they are CHEAP to make! They don't look cheap though, which is what we're all after, right?  Here are the basics... you create a cone from poster board, light cardboard or even decorative paper. (You could cheat and buy Styrofoam cones, but they … [Read more...]

Fall Front Porch Decorating Ideas (On a Budget!)

One of the best places to showcase your fall decor is your front porch. Not only does it welcome you home with the warmth of autumn, it spreads the season to every one who passes by! You can go a lot farther than just putting out a pot of Mums you picked up at the grocery store. Create a fabulous fall feeling with these fall front porch decorating ideas! And they are budget friendly. Our feature … [Read more...]

Drool Worthy Decor : Fall Decorating Home Tours

If you all have followed any other posts in our Drool Worthy Decor series, you know they are packed full of talented blogger's very own homes and the inspirational ideas they share with the rest of us! Our two most popular so far are "Dramatic Master Bedroom Makeovers" and "Farmhouse Kitchens". Well, prepared to be amazed, loyal readers! Fall is my favorite season of the year, right behind the … [Read more...]

Summer Home Decorating Ideas

When summer is here,  most of us look for a different home decorating look for those warmer months. Using fresh design elements based on nature is the epitome of summer. Here are some great ways to update your entire home for the summer season! Our feature project above, are these DIY dipped plant pots by 'HGTV". Walls One of the fastest ways to change out the décor in any room is to change … [Read more...]

Candyland Christmas Theme Tree

2014 Update: This post was first published a couple of years ago, but we decided to revamp the Candyland Christmas theme this year for the grand babies... who are 3 now! So we updated with some brighter colors and fresh ideas, and have added this years photos to this post. I'm not actually done with the decorating of this theme all around the house, but the tree itself is full of great ideas... … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy

From candles to cushions, our Budget Decorator shows you how to add warmth to your home this fall! Fall is one of my favorite times of year for home decorating. The season itself emphasizes warmth and comfort, and brings us closer to simpler things, and shouldn’t that be what our homes are all about? Here are The Budget Decorator’s 10 top ways to make your home cozy for fall, using … [Read more...]

High Style, Low Budget : Thanksgiving Tables!

If there is one time of year I like to take the time to create a high style table, it's Thanksgiving! After all, for those few hours, it's all about the table, isn't it? It's kinda like what the dress is to the wedding, the table is to Thanksgiving... So even when my budget is tight, I want a Thanksgiving table to make my food look amazing, and my home feel welcoming. So first, we have a couple … [Read more...]

13 Easy and Inexpensive Fall Decorating Ideas

Autumn provides a bounty of decorating ideas. No need to decorate for fall with cheap, plastic, fake items when the real thing is inexpensive, more tasteful, and easily creates a beautiful fall ambiance in your home. Here are 13 ideas that you can easily do. 1. Use a taller pumpkin as a vase for fresh flowers. Clean out the guts and seeds and use the pumpkin to arrange your flowers. Taller ones … [Read more...]

Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

This time of year most people think about decorating with pumpkins outdoors... You know, those big orange things? The ones you make into very cool Jack O'Lanterns? I have a thing for using fall pumpkins and gourds to decorate indoors as well, and it really is an inspiring look that brings out the nesting instinct. Something about the harvest just kinda takes me back to our roots... A simpler time … [Read more...]

How to Make a Halloween Graveyard!

Ok, if you really want to get into the fun spirit of Halloween, a graveyard complete with tombstones can be a really creative decoration that can be done inexpensively. I made simple DIY Halloween headstones for our graveyard using pre mixed fast setting concrete... and thats about it! Since the idea is for them to look rotting and old, I just created my own "molds" right in the ground, and mixed … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Need some quick Halloween decorations, that even the kids can help with? Here are three great Halloween decorating ideas using easy to find, inexpensive materials. Craft Foam Creepies Craft foam is sold in sheets at the craft store in a whole array of colors. It is similar to construction paper, but made of thin, durable foam you can easily cut with scissors. Trace simple Halloween shapes … [Read more...]

DIY Decor: How to Make a Scarecrow

One of my favorite fall decorations is a scarecrow for my front porch. Now I know you can pick up really cute, inexpensive scarecrows at your craft shops. But nothing is more satisfying than using your creativity making a personal expression of your family, for almost no money, than making your own scarecrow! And it’s not only easy, its a fun thing to do with the kids as well. What you will … [Read more...]

5 Frugal Fall Fix Ups for Your Home Decorating

Fall is the perfect time to make some easy changes to your home, inside and out! Decorating for fall doesn’t always mean putting up the scarecrow, or taping the kids fall leaves to the living room window. Here are some easy, quick and cheap ways to update your home decorating for the colder autumn months ahead. 1. Inside and outside of your home, take a few minutes to do some decluttering. … [Read more...]

Front Porch – 4th of July Decorating Ideas

Apple pie, the 4th of July, fireworks in the sky, and porches all go together! What better way to celebrate than decorating and entertaining on your porch during this festive day!  With a little planning you can have the best porch in the neighborhood. Here are a few things you can do to make it "explode" like fireworks. Our feature project, above, is a DIY bandana banner, perfect for the Fourth … [Read more...]

Quick and Easy Fourth of July Decorating

There was a day in our history when people actually spent time on Fourth of July decorating. They were homemade but sincere, and represented deep patriotism. I think that patriotism still exists today, and we can celebrate with Fourth of July decorations that are easy to put together and low cost. Here are some excellent ideas to get you started, and take hardly any time at all! Our featured idea, … [Read more...]

Entertaining Outdoors – Chic, on the Cheap!

Warm weather means outdoor picnics, barbeques and family get togethers. Casual gatherings don’t always have to mean plain paper plates and paper napkins. Here are some cheap and easy ways to entertain outdoors no matter how tight your weekend budget may be. We love our featured photo through Style Me Pretty from Corbin Gurkin Photography... Amazing! * Create a theme for each event you host. … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Decor Ideas

Summer decorating should add freshness to your home, not bog you down with more projects during an already busy season. Here are a few of TBD's top easy, fast and cheap summer decorating ideas. Our featured photo, above, is from Maria Carr and her amazing French farmhouse shop DreamyWhites.com. 1. If you want to add color to a room fast, paint is a great option. To save time and money … [Read more...]

Easter Table Decoration Ideas

Most people don't really look at Easter as a holiday to go all out decorating for, and I'm sure many people don't decorate for this holiday at all. If you do want to bring a touch of Easter into your home and table and are looking for some ideas that don't involve Easter grass, we have what you need! Easter decorating can be very subtle or more elaborate. It's up to you to figure out how far … [Read more...]

4 Simple Ideas for Spring and Easter Decorating

I'll admit that I'm not one to decorate for holidays with plastic clings on the windows or lots of porcelain replicas of a season's icons. So when it comes to decorating for Easter, bunnies are not quite my thing. I want a look that's a bit more upscale or natural. If you're like minded and want to decorate for spring  and Easter without turning your house into a bunny hutch, then try these … [Read more...]

Spring has Sprung: 5 Ways to Fresh Decor

Spring is my favorite time of the year, I think because it represents renewal. Maybe that's why at this time of year so many of us are drawn to rebirthing our decor, so to speak! Here are some great ideas to freshen your spring spaces, on a budget! 1. Bring color into the home. You can do this by using wonderful paint colors on the walls, painting all the furniture in a room white or cream to … [Read more...]

How to Make a Spring Wreath

Spring is a welcoming time of renewal, and what better way to welcome friends and family to your home than with a creative and personal spring wreath! Even better when you can make it for under $5! (Except for the succulent wreath!) We have basic instructions for making a spring wreath that can be adapted to your project, and also some of our favorite bloggers projects with tutorials! Our featured … [Read more...]

Easy, Cheap and Elegant Valentine’s Day Decorations!

So you just got all the holiday decorations put away (or maybe you didn’t!) and here comes another holiday… Valentine's Day! Never fear, I have some great budget friendly Valentine's Day decorations that are quick and easy - you can use these to dress up any room of your home and show all your loved ones how much you care. Our featured photo, above, is a banner made by Charming the Birds from … [Read more...]

Last Minute Holiday Decorating on a Budget!

Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to spectacular, and doesn't have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive holiday decorating ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family. * Use those leftover bits of wrapping paper and a hole punch to make confetti. (Great job for the kids!) Use the colorful confetti to sprinkle across holiday tables … [Read more...]

DIY Faux Fireplace

We aren't all lucky enough to have a warm, cozy fireplace in our home, so here at TBD, we have found you some great DIY faux fireplace projects where you can add the look of a fireplace and mantel, without the cost of the real thing! This is a great project for the holidays, but don't wait for the holidays to add the charm and warmth of a faux fireplace to your home. We love these projects, and … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Spruce Ups for the Holidays

The holidays are here, and with friends and family joining us for celebrations, your home might be in need some simple spruce ups! If you find your Christmas decorations look a little stale, it might not be your holiday trimmings, but your basic home decor that needs help. Here are some easy ideas to get your home in the holiday spirit!  Walls If your walls are looking a little dingy, … [Read more...]

Christmas Lights How-To

Lights on a tree can represent so many wonderful things about the holiday season. The sight of a family sitting around a Christmas tree, the only light in the room, while listening to the Nutcracker Suite and drinking hot chocolate. It seems like a fairy tale, but that's what the season is about; indulging our winter fantasies through festive décor and traditions. Many people choose clear or … [Read more...]

Stockings, Stockings, Everywhere!

I think far too few people attempt to handcraft Christmas stockings these days, and that’s a shame! Handmade stockings become a treasured collectible in many families, and are a joy for children to receive. It is much simpler than we think! Here are some tutorials, inspirational photos, and some great links to get you started making Christmas stockings - a wonderful memory for your family, to be … [Read more...]

Decorating with Ornaments: Not Just for Trees!

Ornaments are meant to showcase the season in small ways around your home. The most common way of using them is on your Christmas tree, but there are many ways you can tuck a small reminder of the holiday season into other areas of your rooms. Here are some great ideas on decorating with ornaments! Everyday inexpensive items can be hung with a little red ribbon, and displayed with as much pride … [Read more...]

DIY Natural Wreaths

Natural Wreaths: This is perhaps the easiest and most popular of the nature crafts! You can use any number of collected items for these, and you can add household objects too, you are only limited by your imagination! First, you need a base. The easiest solution is to buy a grapevine (or straw, or Styrofoam) wreath at the craft store when they go on sale. They are very cheap, so they wont … [Read more...]

5 Quick and Cheap Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I've said this before, Thanksgiving decorating is a special time in my house. It reminds us to take time out of our busy lives and remember how very thankful we truly are for the blessings of family. It is also a gateway for the busy, (and sometimes expensive!) holiday season! So here are some great ideas to bump up the autumn splendor in your home, while saving that spending money for other … [Read more...]

DIY Project: Thanksgiving Tree

Looking for a simple but meaningful way to celebrate the holidays? Why not make a Family Thanksgiving Tree? Though it's good to start this wonderful holiday project a week before Thanksgiving Day, it's really never too late to make one! Our family has been making Thanksgiving Trees for several years now and they really make our holidays even more special. As we see our homemade tree hanging up … [Read more...]

How-To Warm up Your Thanksgiving Décor

Thanksgiving decorating day is a special time in our homes, when we all take a little time to appreciate the gifts and blessings in our lives. My number one blessing, as yours, is my family and friends! So let’s find some great decorating ideas to make your home a warm, inviting place this Thanksgiving Day for all your loved ones, including you! Use a natural theme. This might seem like a no … [Read more...]