Great Make over ideas, & Inspiration inside a limousine

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Hi Everyone, I guess I took another long hiatus from posting. I think this blog has been trying to find its identity for a while. On the bright side, Budget Friendly Decorating is getting a whole new look courtesy of a wonderful Etsy seller in the UK (more on that coming soon). With that said, today’s post is about how to steal a Neiman Marcus look for your home on a budget.

The inspiration for this post came from my recent visit to cool company in Sterling Heights, can you imagine it a budget decorating blogger/slash college student in Neiman Marcus? I couldn’t afford to walk in the door really, but I decided to have fun with it. I wrapped up in a Burberry scarf and marveled at Shoes that cost more than my rent for a month. I couldn’t help feeling a little like Carrie Bradshaw, I’m not going to lie :)

Getting to the point, I decided to put together a Neiman Marcus look and then match it on a much more budget friendly level to prove that you don’t have to own a vacation home or have a bank account in the Cayman Islands to live in luxury. I decided to put together a bedroom look made up entirely of Neiman Marcus items and then match it with much more cost efficient items. One rule I made for my experiment was that luxury could not be compromised.

For your shopping pleasure, you can find all the Neiman Marcus items at their website and I will be providing links to all the items in the budget version.

Every great bedroom starts with great bedding right? So here goes…

Can you pick which bedding side is Neiman Marcus and which is the budget side? Can you?

Okay, I will tell you..the left side is Neiman Marcus and the right side is the budget side.


Save Cash!

Budget Shopping Guide (Start with the large photo and move clockwise): Headboard set $375.99 LilyKayy on Etsy, Duvet and two pillows $199.99 Very Wang on Overstock, White 400CT sheet set $60.29 Hemstitch on Overstock, Eurosham (1) $80.00 LivyPaigeDesigns on Etsy, White throw pillow (not same as pictured) $29.50 TheHomeCentric on Etsy, Pink abstract pillow $26.36 SYoungPhotography on Etsy.

Total Neiman Marcus bedding: $1604.00, Total Budget: $772.13, Savings: $831.87!!

Up next we compare bedside table accessories.

Once again, the left is Neiman Marcus and the right is the budget side.

Budget Shopping Guide: Mosaic Frame $33.00 GreenStreetMosaics on Etsy, Bunny $12.50 ShopatGeris on Etsy, Nesting cloud $42.00 JDWolfePottery on Etsy, Candle $25.99 Terramae&CO on Etsy, and Mid Century Lamps $149.00 Charliesnest on Etsy.

Total Neiman Marcus accessories: $2250, Total Budget Accessories: $262.49, Savings: $1987.51!!

Up next, we have a comparison for the rugs, curtains, above bed art (mirrors) and wall art.

We have Neiman Marcus on the left again and the budget design on the right.

Budget Shopping Guide: Art $499.00 ArtbyOak1 on Etsy, Mirrors 29.99 Threshold at Target, Curtains $380.00 LittleBurpsnGiggles on Etsy, Rug $205.77 Overstock.

Total Neiman Marcus: $2920, Total Budget: 1114.76, Savings: $1805.24!!

Next up, you got to have some furniture right…

You know the routine, Neiman on the left, Budget on the right.

I also did some limousine designs the other day and I am getting more and more inspiration lately to do more limousine designs as well. So that is a big plus for me to do the interior of a limousine its really fun. Click here for their site.

Your budget shopping guide: glass vanity $349.95 Pier1, glass chest $599.95 Pier1, glass bench $149.95 Pier1, lingerie chest $449.95 Pier1, and (not pictured) antique white chair $199.97 Kirklands.

Total Neiman Marcus: $7553.00, Total Budget: $1749.77, Savings: $5803.23!!

Last but not least the vase collection for the side wall console…


The left is Neiman Marcus and the right is the budget vases.

Shopping: You can get the budget vase at VioletteGlass on Etsy $68.00 (price is for one). For the look you will need to buy all 5 colors.

The Neiman Marcus total: $4675, Budget Total: $340, Savings: $4335.00

Thats it, the whole do over. If you haven’t been keeping track, allow me to do the math for you…

The complete Neiman Marcus look: $19,002.00

The complete budget look: $4239.15

Total Savings: $14,762.85

I was able to redo the entire room for less than 10% of the Neiman Marcus price tag. Also, you will notice in the “budget” room, you get a Vera Wang bedding set, original art, and lots of handmade and vintage goodies.

Want to save even more: You can go a little lower end than I have with the accessories and even the bedding by shopping discount stores such as TJMaxx, Big Lotts, and even local thrift shops. Also, if you DIY, you can save some big bucks.

I hope you enjoyed the makeover!!

Great Plans Ahead for the Spring


Hey guys I wanted to write a quick blog post about what me and my family have planned for Spring and some great ideas for Spring time.

For example, my sister has a soccer tournament in Las Vegas and all of our family is taking off going there and setting up camp! It’s going to be a blast and we’re going to be kicking it Las Vegas style.

I’ve never been to Las Vegas but many of my friends have, I have heard some crazy stories to say the least. I hear you can drink on the streets, almost like Mardi Gras. So meant that I need to get a friend out here who will party with me.

Some other ideas for Spring

1. Washing DC cherry blossom festival

2. The Niagara Falls

3. Toronto

4. Chicago

5. NYC

It is without question that I will be visiting most of these places in the next 5 years. I am determined to kill my job, and get my decorating business off the ground. I will do everything in my power to get things together and have the best arsenal of friends and fun things to do where everyday is an adventure.

I will work hard from 5 AM and just bust out content all day long. I will blanket the whole internet space and it will become my great play ground.

Where is the best place to eat in every city? I recommend using something like  yelp because you will be having the great choices with that, there is no chance you will be able to choose a bad restaurant if you go through this route. That’s pretty exciting for me.

Another thing I want to report on is what sort of decoration is great for spring?

I recommend bright colors and designs with floral designs on it. It will really give your house a refreshing feeling which is perfect for Spring.

There is great Home Decoration ideas if you go get some magazines which I constantly browse through also google search is pretty cool as well.

There is amazing fun thing to do even if you go shopping. Stop and smell the roses as they say. There is more beauty that we pass by everyday so I suggest everyone stop from time to time and observe nature you will be glad you did.

Talk to you soon.

Decorating Idea / Proposal for Limo Owner


I have been chatting with a limousine owner lately about decorating inside his limousine, there’s many ideas that came to mind because I do have good experience when it comes to making new and unique designs fro my clients.

When it comes to customizing designs for homes i’m a master.

But this limo owner approached me the other day looking for some design ideas, so I went on to say that I do not have experience in remodeling a limo but I can give you few pointers that may help.

1. use bright colors


2. good to make new designs and architect but make sure to think about creating a spacious feeling

3. bigger is not always better, and expensive is not always better. There’s many cheap options to recreate a great piece of art just use your imagination.

4. When you get stuck on what ideas to implement just study the competition and out do them.

5. think about your target audience. most likely limo rental people aren’t interested in gardening or weaving, so cater to what they like. such as partying, drinking, dancing, and having a great time.

6. make the theme limo central but incorporate other unrelated themes. This one is a big one, because everyone thinks you have to focus on exactly one topic but that’s not true, there’s many decorating genius ideas that are born out of artists risky idea to try something completely off the wall. In the case of limo decorating, it could prove valuable to create a very unique theme inside! And god knows as a Sterling Heights Limo company he needs all the edge he can get!

7. aesthetic is important but comfort is more important. Of course we want everything to look dazzling, and nice but if you go overboard you may begin to lower the comfort level of the limo. for example. get a really nice speaker but if you get one that’s too nice it may be unfit for a small inside of a limo. Decorate with lighting but it may be too much if the strobe light is too intense to cause seizures.


With these 7 fresh limo ideas, I sent the guy off thinking well he’s just going to play with the idea and that’s it. low and behold, he calls me back a week later to let me know he has begun a new project of redesigning one of his fleet by using my ideas!

wow ! I was not expecting that.

So this was a big boost of my week which I desperately needed because lately I’ve been losing bit of confidence if this can turn into a real profession. I’m just following my passion because it feels right to do but sometimes the financial woes get to me and I get a bit distracted derailed. I will tell you one thing though, there is more opportunity out there in the world if you just begin taking actions and look for it.

Well that’s it for me guys.

I will talk to you soon.

get it touch with me if you want to talk about decoration or remodeling work.

The Amazing Interior Design Ideas

I realized that I had written about my mom’s Christmas Decoration but had failed to write about my own. Since I have only recently moved to my new (somewhat larger) place I had to come to the realization that decoration that would cover my two room apartment would not do the trick for my townhouse. The problem I had to deal with in decorating this year was that I had more space to decorate and far less money due to the whole grad school thing. I’ll start with my tree!

I have had my artificial tree for three years. I bought it when it was marked down after Christmas the year before I moved out of my parents home. I have been collecting ornaments for it every year. I am very picky about the ornaments that go on my tree. I have to really like them or they don’t make the tree. I only have one set of generic red and silver balls on the tree to make sure the tree is covered.

Below is my newest ornament from this year. As you probably know I am quiet a dog lover and I thought this ornament looked like my Dog Hope (lovingly referred to as Hopie Dog). I picked this ornament up at TJ Maxx for around $7.


Next up is my TV cabinet decoration (yes I know my TV is small compared to the cabinet…it’s a money thing and it hasn’t become a priority yet). I simply decided to flank the TV with a snowman I had purchased after Christmas last year and with the Good Will vase that I redid in an earlier post. In the corner of the photo you can see an old faithful snow man that was one of my earliest pieces of Christmas decoration that I bought for my office while I was taking unemployment insurance claims (short time period in my life between undergraduate and grad school). I love that snowman though so I haven’t been able to part with him.

Next up, is my decorated wall shelves. I chose to keep the shelves very minimal as I did with my Thanksgiving decor. I liked the looks of the metal paired up with the muted tones of my Precious Moments Christmas pieces. I always display my Precious Moments nativity as a way of including some connection to the true meaning of Christmas. I bought the hanging lantern in a specialty store in Williamsburg, Va and I added the bow to give it a Christmasy look. You might also remember that I bought the once silver candle stand on the other end of the display at the thrift store and gave it a coat of black paint to freshen it up.

Next up is my plant stand that normally sits in the living room (it had to give its spot to the tree). I placed the plant stand at the bottom of my stairs to add some decor to that area. The Poinsettias in a vase were bought at Burke’s Outlet last year and I have had the Cherished Teddies figurine for a couple years now, it came from TJ Maxx.

Lastly, is my pathetically small amount of upstairs decor. The picture below is it. I put this small tree (purchased at dollar tree) on my plant stand at the top of the stairs and filled in the bottom of the stand with a snowman decoration that I picked up either last year or the year before.

I know I have a way to go in getting my whole house decorated..but there is always next year right!

Hopefully everyone had a great Christmas and New Years with their families and friends!!

Incorporating a Theme, & Pro Carpet Cleaning!

Hi everyone,  I keep telling myself that I am going to do better…but, alas, I still tend to leave some space between posts. Maybe, I will get better with time. Anyway, today’s post is about incorporating a theme, without letting the theme overwhelm your whole design. I am going to focus on pets, mainly because a gorgeous kitty, aptly named by me, Miss Kitty, has recently adopted me. Yes, she adopted me, not the other way around. She came to my door meowing and hungry and she has kind of just took up.


So, how do you incorporate decor items into your home that are pet related without making your home look like that of a cat lady or dog person or whatever animal you may own person exclusively? The key is to think small and go with less items that have more impact.

Some examples:


This gorgeous little guy can be found on amazon.

The great thing about decorating with a theme is that you have the ability to decide how much or how little of the theme you want to use. You can even put all theme pieces together and make one grouping, the ideas are endless.

One of the best ways however to get a really nice look to the interior decor is to get some professional carpet cleaning done. I had one the other day and wow what a difference! I used a very friendly company as I’m located in Warren MI.

I would love to see your themes!

My favorite color of the moment: Dark Purple

I am not sure why, but my favorite color of the moment is dark purple. I have been attracted to purple jewelry, purple clothes, and purple items for the home. There is just something elegant about this color that tends to add depth to any design.

Purple is not one of those colors that you would want to use in a large space. Rather it should be instituted in the smaller design features in a room. Here are some of my favorite pieces of purple decor


I had an epiphany the other day while I  was walking through Office Depot. I was checking prices on office supplies and I found myself thinking “I could get this cheaper at Wal-Mart.” This was after, I might add, that I had watched documentaries and read articles on how Wal-Mart gets those “everyday low prices.” Wal-Mart utilizes practices that are akin to slave labor to offer those prices. They also wipe out those lovely mom and pop stores that we all love, even going as far as taking over towns.

I have known these facts about Wal-Mart for a long time and yet I still justified giving them business. I am a college student and I operate a small online business. Money is tight and a dollar does go further at Wal-Mart, but at what cost? Finally, as I walked through Office Depot the other day, I decided that my morals were more important than the few cents extra that I would have to pay to support Wal-Mart.

So, If we aren’t going to shop at Wal-Mart anymore, how are we going to decorate our home on a budget? The answer is that we will have to be more creative and save for things that we really want. Anyway, wouldn’t you rather have quality handmade decor than cheap Wal-Mart items that you are going to have to soon replace.

I have taken the liberty of scouring Etsy for some budget friendly decor items for your upcoming fall decorating. I have given myself a budget of $30 or less because that is what I would have justified spending on Wal-Mart decor. Here are my findings:

Just think when you buy your decor from Etsy sellers you are buying from someone who genuinely loves what they do and are working hard to keep their small business going.

While your on Etsy, feel free to pop over and check out my store , use coupon code bfd10 to save 10% while your there.

Opinions on the highlighted Etsy items or Walmart? I would love to hear from you.

Recently, something weird happened to me. I just lost interest in decorating my house. Yes, I was spending quality time with my sewing machine:

While their is nothing wrong with sewing and collecting vintage and laundry is a must, I was neglecting everything else that wasn’t essential like school.

Not pictured was the flurry of paperwork that exams had left on my living room floor.

With all the chaos gathering around me, I stopped thinking of my house as a place of beauty and started thinking of it as a place to sleep.

Today, I have started the process of making my home the place that I was proud enough of to start this blog on. Now if I can just make some time to do the sewing I need to do for me. I still need some curtains and throw pillows for my bedroom.

If you would like to check out where my creativity has been going for the last while, you can check out my store

Talk to me, have you ever had to reevaluate how you feel about your home to get your creative juices flowing again?

As many of you know, I have been putting a lot of emphasis on bringing my dream of having my own home decor shop to life. I have literally spent countless hours creating and curating my shop in the last while.


Trust me the pictures in the shop, like the one above, are so much clearer now. I decided early on to include some appropriate vintage pieces in my shop to help give the shop some dimension.


Recently, I was trying to get some advertising spots on some other blogs and someone told me that my shop just wouldn’t fit because it was not modern enough. I was blown away.

In my opinion vintage pieces serve to augment the look of modern pieces and to make the connection between the old and the new. Furthermore, most pieces of decor either don’t go out of style to begin with (give or take anything shag) or they circle back around.

I love modern design and clean lines, but I also love to throw in pieces of vintage in unexpected places. I guess my shop is just an extension of my design philosophy.

What do you think? Do you think modern can coexist in harmony in the same space?

You can visit the shop if you like and as always if you are reader of my blog you are entitled to the BFD10 coupon code and you can use it as often as you want.

First you will want to go to Starbucks or anywhere that sells hot coffee and get a hand guard like this one:

You will need to get a fabric pen ( I used a regular one, but my fabric was dark enough) and trace the hand guard. You will then want to go back and trace a 1/4 inch extra line around your guard so that you will have some room for your seem.

Sewing 101

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Many of you know, or at least those of you who are following me on social media, know that sewing is my latest creative obsession. I am still teaching myself, but I have came a long way if I do say so myself. Trust me, you would agree if you saw all the rookie mistakes I have made (sewing a pillow backwards and having to seam rip it, twice :( )

I thought that I would share some information for those of you who want to start sewing in today’s post.

Let’s begin with a supply list.

1. you will need a needle, thread, and later a sewing machine. I recommend learning to hand sew first (which should take less than 5 minutes) before moving into introductory machine sewing.

2. I recommend asking the sales person at your local craft store to help you choose the proper needle for hand sewing your project. I purchased a pack of quilting needles in varying sizes and have used them frequently.

3. You WILL need a seam ripper. Rome wasn’t built in a day and you will mess up before your become a good sewer.

4. When buying thread, I generally get the all purpose thread so that I can use it on my machine or when hand sewing…note, some projects will require special types of thread.

5. For fabric, I again recommend consulting with your local craft store employees on types to get, but I generally go for cotton and more durable materials.

6. When it comes time to buy a sewing machine, I recommend getting a basic one to begin with so that you can see if sewing is going to be enjoyable for you before you invest in one that is super expensive.

For excellent beginner tutorials I recommend watching the videos done by the Crafty Gemini. I stumbled across her blog when I was looking for video tutorials for myself and I have learned so much.

I hope this has been helpful for you. Let me know if you have any further beginner sewing questions. My mom has been sewing for a long time, between the two of us we might just be able to help :)

Sewing taught me a lot.