Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

It’s never too early to start thinking about the holidays, and one of our favorite ones, Halloween, is coming up soon! Get everything you need to make your home and yard look gorgeously gruesome for Halloween today, and you’ll have plenty of time in October for planning parties, creating costumes, and adding cute or creepy finishing touches to your decor. If Halloween’s ghosts and ghouls aren’t your style, you’ll also find beautiful seasonal decorations to celebrate autumn. No matter how you decorate for October, you’ll find what you need.

Every Halloween display needs a focal point, and we love this skeleton decoration for its weird and whimsical charm. Just because he’s passed on doesn’t mean he forgot how to take life easy, so he’s found a comfortable spot to relax for a spell. This sleepy skeleton’s chest rises and falls as he snores in his hammock, perhaps resting up for a big Halloween night. His hammock is 8 feet long, so it’s a large enough piece to be the center of your yard’s display. Add a spotlight or two to show him off, and you’ll have one of the most unusual decorations on your block.Interactive-skeleton-hammock

Halloween is about more than spooky skeletons, though. With this cheerful Halloween bunting, you’ll get in the spirit of the season while still keeping your decor friendly enough for the littlest kids. Made of durable polyester fabric, the bunting is perfect for a porch rail, a deck or a fence. At almost 60 inches across, this adorable hanging makes an emphatic statement. Choose from jack-o’-lanterns in festive fall hues of orange and black with green accents or a trio of cheerful, bow-tied ghosts. If you have plenty of space to cover, choose both – they look great together or separately.

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If your kids’ trick-or-treating days are behind them, or if you prefer a more sophisticated take on Halloween, try these oddly elegant lighted Halloween urns to flank your door or adorn your porch. Welcome guests to your Halloween party in style with these black, molded plastic urns filled with bare branches and twinkling lights. Choose from traditional Halloween black with miniature orange lights or an elegantly eerie purple with blue lights. If you prefer, you can mix and match them to create a dramatic setting for your next Halloween party. Each pair of urns is over 22 inches tall, so you can also use them as a towering tabletop arrangement or near your fireplace.

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Halloween is also harvest time, which is why we’re showing off these sweet garden decorations for your yard. These painted metal pumpkins stake into the ground and give your front or back yard a festive touch that works for Halloween, Thanksgiving and beyond. Pair them with hay bales to impart a country harvest look to your yard.

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Whether your Halloween style is cute, creepy or comforting, we have your look! Get started today, and you’ll have the best-looking display in your neighborhood. We’re always getting new stock in, so check back often to see what else we have in store for the holidays.

How To Make Headboard Stylish And Comfortable

headboardNo doubt, beds are the most important piece of equipment in a bedroom and adding style to them will ultimately add style to the room and enhance your sleeping experience. Whether you want to add some personalisation or you want to save up costs or maybe go for something unique that won’t be available on the market, whatever the reason is, creating your own head board  can be fun, an is a must try.

Sports Inspired
Are you a sports fan? Especially for one that requires sticks or bats such as ice hockey, field hockey,or golf?  A DIY headboard can easily be created using a number of these items. Nailing them on the wall or nailing clasps and then clasping them on the wall behind your bed can make your headboard stand out in no time. Make sure the mattress hides the clasps if you go for that option. For only a hockey theme, arrange the sticks in order of different lengths, you can have a semi-circle or V shape, sticks from various companies can be used while some can even be upside down for the logo or an autograph to show, go for one straight showing the paddle follow by one back and so on. For variety of sports add a stick of each sport to create your own sport themed head board.

Colorful String Headboard
This is a great, fun and cheap method to add color to any room. All you need is yarn or slightly thick string in various colors and a wooden frame to fit your bed which should be around 1 or 2 inches thick. Simple wooden lengths of 2” thick strips can be purchased and super glued together t the ends to make a frame to fit your bed.

Next take your yarn or string and create an abstract web type pattern; attach one end of a string to a length while attach the other to another length. Drills can be made in the wood and strings can be passed through and tied for durability else they can also be glued if you want to avoid drilling. Choose different length strings and in different colors and don’t worry about order or a specific pattern, you will be surprised by the beauty of the end result. A dark color wall makes your strings prominent while hanging large canvas prints nearby in similar colors will add more attention your headboard.

Cushiony Headboard
Have soft, upholstered headboards always inspired you? You can create something similar but more unique and for a fraction of the cost simply on your even, and it will even be softer! Just purchase a bunch of normal sized cushions, stitch the corners together to create a rectangle or square, anything you prefer and attach the final cushion art on top of your bed! You have no idea how creative this will look.

These are some of the ideas that can help you to create a intriguingly beautiful headboard yourself that will impart an elegant new look not only to your bed but to entire room as well.

5 Ways to Update Your Bedroom on a Budget

Decorate-bedroomOne of the quickest ways to change the look of your room completely is to paint it. You can spend hundreds of dollars to get a professional painter to do the work, but with careful draping and taping before you start, you can do it yourself for a fraction of the price. Unlike your living room or den, your bedroom isn’t a place that’s on public display, so choose shades you like even if they’re bright or unusual. Serene blues and greens suit some people while others go for brilliant red or royal purple. It’s your room, so go as wild or as mild as you like with paint colors.

Send a Message with Wall Text

One of the most exciting decorating trends for the last few years has been the use of text as a design element. Getting an artist to hand-paint or stencil text on your bedroom walls is one option, but it’s a costly one. If you have steady hands, you can do the work yourself. Another option is a wall quote decal that effortlessly adds a decorator touch to a wall. Another advantage of peel-and-stick text: When you’re ready to change your message, you don’t have to repaint.

Pick a Motif

When you have a theme to your decor, the finished product looks more cohesive. Choose something you love, such as a favorite era or place, and let it inspire your bedroom’s design. Do the brilliant hues of a Moroccan market inspire you, or is an airy Parisian atelier more your style? Do you dream of taking long walks in a lush forest, or is your perfect vacation spot on the beach? Your bedroom should reflect something about who you are.

Upgrade Your Linens

Luxurious linens instantly elevate your bedroom’s style and make it look more inviting. There’s a reason top hotels offer turn-down service to showcase their fine bed linens; nothing looks more inviting than a freshly made bed with elegant sheets. Follow fine hoteliers’ decor example with embroidered discount bedding collections it’s a good way to tie the main bedroom and master bath together.You don’t need to spend much to create the bedroom of your dreams. Whether you turn your room into a calm oasis or a colorful fantasy, you’ll never want to leave when it reflects your personal sense of style so perfectly.

Add a Sumptuous Rug

Bedrooms are about function as well as form. Stepping onto a soft rug instead of a cold floor on winter mornings is a delight, and bringing in area rugs lets you change the look of your room while making it cozy. Area rugs are also a wonderful fix for neutral carpets that don’t have much of a style impact on their own or that have become discolored in high-traffic areas. Choose pale hues to open up a dark room or vibrant colors to anchor light neutral tones. To link your bedroom decor to the rest of your home’s style, try themed rug collections it’s a good way to tie the main bedroom and master bath together.

You don’t need to spend much to create the bedroom of your dreams. Whether you turn your room into a calm oasis or a colorful fantasy, you’ll never want to leave when it reflects your personal sense of style so perfectly.

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Decorating Small Bedrooms

Decorating a small bedroom is always a bit of a challenge, but by using a peaceful palette, smart storage-solutions, and functional pieces of furniture, it can be done with ease and style.

Before you start arranging and decorating your bedroom, it is a good idea to inspect the room closely (bare if possible). Take note of where the door and bedroom is placed. Also take note of the room’s dimensions. Once you have surveyed the room enough, determine what your decorative options and preferences are. This will help you set the decorative flavor later on. As decorating smaller bedrooms often demand for more creativity, here are some ideas that you might find handy –

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Decorate with Mirrors
Consider decorating your bedroom walls with mirrors. Not only is it an interesting decorative detail, but mirrors are known to provide additional depth and dimension to a small room. This is because mirrors have the unique ability to act as additional windows. It is best to hang several pieces of small mirrors in a group to create visual interest. A good finish would be to add one larger mirror. This creates the illusion of more square footage.

 

 

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Under Bed Storage

Storage space is among the most difficult issues to deal with when decorating a small bedroom. When decorating, it is best that you make use of every inch of wasted space. Use the underside of your bed as additional storage for your things. Consider using dough bowls, baskets, plastic bins, and plastic drawers to keep your things organized. If you want, you can take it up a notch by sealing your vaguely used items into vacuum space bags.

 

 

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Decorate with Functional Furniture
Because of its limited square footage, it is best if you decorate a small bedroom with pieces of furniture that serve more than one function. For example, you can use a short chest drawer as both a night stand and a dresser. You can place a small desk and a chair next to your bed and you have an oversized nightstand and a work desk as well.  A bench with a lift-top can free your room of unnecessary linens and provide bedroom seating.

 

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Limit the Color Palate

Limiting the color palate creates the illusion of more space. It is best for a small bedroom to use similar hues on walls, furnishings, and beddings to make room appear larger. This way the line between the different elements are blurred thus allowing the eye to move across the bedroom more effortlessly. Going easy on the color palate creates a more appealing visual rhythm that draws the eye around the room. Injecting a few details of contrasting colors can add flavor.

 

 

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Make Use of the Vertical Space
Again, make every inch count. Making use of the vertical space is a great way to increasing your storage footage in a small bedroom. Install floating shelves to keep your books, magazines, and other reading materials neat and organized. Consider hanging small buckets and baskets on mountable rods as added storage space for miscellaneous items.

 

 

 

Jessica Josh is an Australian freelance writer and blogger.  Since 2007 she has been writing about buying, selling, renting real estate and articles for companies like http://taylors.com.au/

7 Things You Need to Do Before a DIY Project

To-Do-ListTackling projects yourself pays big dividends. You save money, learn something new and gain a sense of accomplishment. Your new bookshelf or birdbath is almost a bonus. Unless you’re an avid do-it-yourself-er, though, you’re probably going to have that moment of alarm when you wonder if you’ve taken on too much. There’s no such thing as guaranteed perfection with improvement projects, but with planning, you’ll maximize your chances of success.

1. Get Everything Together

Chefs use a term for collecting ingredients before they start cooking: mise en place. The French phrase describes putting everything within easy reach, and it prevents the chef from ruining a delicate dish through inattention. Your latest painting project may not be as time-sensitive as the perfect pancake, but it’s still helpful to gather everything you need before you start. Making a checklist will keep you on track.

2. Get Organized

Having everything in one place is a great start, but organizing it improves your efficiency. Tool kits or household organizers that hold everything you need for your latest do-it-yourself job make staying organized throughout the project a snap.

3. Study Your Subject

You probably already know something about your project before you start it, but unless you’re already an expert, getting a refresher course from books or online sources can make the difference between a serviceable item and one that’s spectacular.

4. Try a Kit

Whether it was riding a bike or baking a cake, your first attempt at doing it yourself probably needed a little input from an expert. If you don’t have a master crafter handy when you start your project, work from a kit. Many artists got their start with paint-by-number sets, and even the best cooks still use recipes sometimes. Kits make things accessible for beginners. After putting together your first fairy garden, you’ll undoubtedly have tons of inspiration for your own version.

5. Find a Good Work Space

When you have enough room to spread out and see what you’re doing, your DIY efforts pay off with better results. If the weather’s pleasant, work outside or in your garage with the door open. When you’re inside, like to work at night or must work on your project in confined quarters, use ample lighting to avoid eye strain.

6. Stay Clean

You’ll have plenty of use for cleaning supplies after you’re finished, but your project will also benefit from using them before and during the job. Cooking in a spotless kitchen or working in a well-organized garage is always inspiring, so clean before you build or craft.

7. Use the Right Tools

Many of us have used a shoe heel as a makeshift hammer, but when it’s time to do a project right, having the proper tools can spell success. With a ball-joint vise, for example, you gain an extra set of hands and can work on the whole project at once.

Whether you’re building a dollhouse or your own home, every great do-it-yourself project starts with preparation!

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Top Tips to Consider Before Tackling Home Improvement

Home improvement has experienced a huge boom in recent years, which is in no small part down to the recession that hit the globe in 2008. Rather than face the hassle of house hunting, more people are choosing to revamp than relocate.

In a 2011 survey conducted by Wickes, 66% of people said that they gave their home a facelift in the past year, and only 9% of these were doing so to sell their property.

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However, the eagerness to improve doesn’t always match our abilities, as 26% of people admit to being unhappy with their level of DIY prowess. Therefore to avoid a kitchen catastrophe or botched bathroom, make sure that you’re clued up the top tips that any do-it-yourselfer needs to know.

Take care with your materials
If you buy cheap materials, you can expect cheap results. Substandard or budget materials are fine for a quick fix, but don’t use them thinking that they will last the long haul, as it’s likely that you’ll end up having to re-do the job again a few months down the line, therefore costing you twice. Ensuring that you have the right tools to hand is also essential – a spirit level could prevent you from endless incorrect screw holes in the wall!

There is also an age-old mantra to apply when deciding how much you need of what; measure twice, cut once. You can’t usually make something longer once you’ve cut it too short, so make sure that you’ve got the measurements exact so you don’t waste materials, time or money.

Don’t bite off more than you can chew
Hiring a professional to help with a house upgrade can have the same stigma attached as asking for directions; some people don’t want to lose pride by admitting that they can’t quite manage by themselves. However this could have disastrous results if you’re blindly fumbling your way through a relatively major renovation – 1 in 5 people admitted during the Wickes survey to experiencing a DIY disaster.

If in doubt, you can always…

Call in the professionals
Unless you possesses an electrical training course certificate, a carpentry qualification or can plumb to a professional standard, it may be worth hiring help, especially when the project could potentially affect the value of your home.

Almost half of people asked say that a kitchen is a key deciding factor when buying a house, but only 22% of people would hire a trades-person when re-doing their kitchen. Neglecting professional help now could mean an emergency call later on to right your wrongs – 34% of people interviewed by Wickes admitted having to enlist expert help to correct their bungled attempts. This could therefore end up costing double your budget if the job needs to be done twice, so swallowing your pride and picking up the phone to the professionals may be the best route for big projects.

Watch out for your fingers!
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents reported that 200,000 accidents are caused each year by DIY around the home. These faux-pas range from 23,500 accidents arising from the more suspected sources such as scalpels and screwdrivers, but even to 1,500 incidents caused just by hanging wallpaper.

Therefore if you are choosing to forgo professional help, watch out for your fingers to avoid becoming another addition to the home improvement induced injury statistics.

Amy Fry writes for a variety of topics and industries such as health, business and education. However Amy specialises in lifestyle topics ranging from self-improvement and further learning in areas such as electrical training courses to interior design.

How to Pull Off Diverse Home Decor that Doesn’t Clash

Decorating your home can be a challenge, especially when there are differing opinions. Your spouse may favor something more shabby chic, while your choice may be more traditional. You may also be looking for a way to incorporate a family antique into your contemporary great room. Fortunately, there aren’t many decorating styles that are truly pure nowadays, and you’ll find the following tips handy for blending the variety of eras into your scheme.

Limit Your Color Palette
Too many colors can be distracting and a limited palette individualizes the various furnishings in your room. When it comes to color, you want to spread the wealth by repeating similar shades throughout your living space. This could include showcasing a piece of artwork with gold, green and beige, and then working around the warm colors. Fabrics, wall colors, throws and rugs can all be blended together to make the room flow.

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Unify Your Patterns
A particular shape or pattern used throughout a room can bring it all together. It can also keep it from appearing disorganized and scattered. If you have a specific line that flows through your favorite chair or love seat, you can incorporate that curve into an eye catching piece of artwork. Sites like artismo.com offer artwork searchable by decor style, from contemporary to country.

Select a Focal Point
Oddball pieces that don’t look like the rest of your home shouldn’t be hidden; they should be the focal point of your room. If you have a particular painting by a favorite artist or something that has been in the family for generations, you can draw attention to it and decorate the remainder of the room around that particular piece. Instead of turning it into a “no,” you’ve turned the unique artifact into a “wow.”

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Matching Woods
Pieces of furniture from two different eras may not look well together in a room. However, staining the pieces in similar shades can mesh the wood tones, which then ties them together. This includes end tables, sofas, chairs, and decoratively framed artwork.

Blend the Periods
Rooms today don’t have to stay the same, and you can blend the period pieces. If you’re fond of antique furnishings and have a few items from the big box stores, you can blend them together. Solid colors and clean finishes won’t compete with the other décor in your home.

Stick with a Theme
No, this doesn’t mean a room full of antique dolls or wood ducks. In order to bring the elements of a room together in your home, you want to select a theme. A rustic cottage look or Tuscan villa theme can give a charming flair to your den or living room.

Today’s decorating styles are more pliant and typically centered around what works for your individual tastes. What was once considered contemporary and traditional is now, simplistically, “transitional.” Eclectic design typically paved the way for trends once, but it has gotten in on the action by blending the various looks to create its own brand. Creating your own style is easy when you follow the above tips to design a home that’s unified.

Savannah Bobo is a liberal arts graduate and technical/freelance writer who has a vested interest in all things art, literature, and design. Home decor is the perfect way to express your individuality, and there is no reason your living space shouldn’t reflect multiple facets of your taste! Artismo.com aids in the accessorizing process by offering an art print database searchable by theme and subject—including contemporary, country, global, and traditional.

5 Tips for Easy DIY

Forearm-forklift-strapsEveryone loves the after shot of a before-and-after DIY project, but the steps you take to prepare beforehand matter most when you’re the one doing the work. Whether it’s something as simple as adding new slipcovers to furniture to pull a look together or completely redoing a room for a new purpose, preparing for a do-it-yourself job before you apply the first brushstroke of paint is key to a successful transformation.

1. Get Organized
Having your supplies at your fingertips makes any DIY job easier. When your tools are within reach, you can take care of little do-it-yourself repairs around the house before they become bigger problems. It’s easier to find decorating inspiration when everything you need is in plain sight too. Turn a corner of your garage, utility room or sewing room into your do-it-yourself headquarters with storage tools that make the most of your space and keep essential equipment at the ready. Some cabinet storage solutions work for a variety of uses. A turntable bathroom organizer is great for medicine bottles and hygiene items, but it’s also an excellent caddy for tubes of beads and sequins, fabric paints or other small items for detail work.

2. Take It With You
Bringing your tools to the project instead of taking the project to your workspace is often more convenient. Using rolling cabinet storage and portable tool boxes lets you keep your supplies nearby as you make necessary repairs or let inspiration guide you. It’s easy to put off that paint retouching job when you don’t have your tools handy, but with easy-access carts and caddies, you have everything you need and can tackle the project with a minimum of fuss.

3. Plan Your Budget
Almost any project costs less when you do the work yourself, but a miscalculation in the beginning could lead an economical project into big cost overruns. Budgeting tools help you get a handle on expenses and figure out if it’s the right time to embark on that home improvement project. When you sit down with your calculator, consider opportunity costs too; your time is worth money, and you may find that it makes more sense to buy some parts of your project already made than to do everything from scratch.

4. Take Care of Your Tools
Before and during any improvement or repair job, keeping your tools in good shape is vital to a successful project. Painting a large room in a day may not be practical, but by wrapping paint rollers in plastic, you can pick up tomorrow where you stopped today. For outdoor projects, keeping tools and supplies in working order makes lawn and garden care simple. Having to disentangle your hose or clean your lawn mower before you use it can be enough to dissuade you from starting a new improvement project. Keep your equipment ready to go and take advantage of your cleaning, mowing or organizing urge when the mood strikes you.

5. Turn on the Lights
After you’ve done the work, treat your latest DIY project as a masterpiece and give it the lighting it deserves. The right lighting has the power to transform a room and make a home project look professional.

Maintaining Your Organic Bedding

 Animal-Print-BeddingSo, you are amongst those nature loving fashion conscious people, who have adorned their bedroom with eco-friendly organic bedding. No matter it is wool, cotton or bamboo bedding… You have invested a lot of your time researching the best for your bedroom.

Organic bedding is mostly machine washable, but if it is cotton bedding, take extra care that you swab it with cold water or lukewarm water. This will aid you to avoid shrinkages and general fabric wear and tear.

Go green completely… even while washing your organic bed sheets! Use detergents and fabric softeners that are chemical and phosphate free. This will ensure that you do not add toxins to your bed sheets and local water systems.

What to do if your bamboo bedding catches  stains? Try the years old home-made stain remover formula! Soak the stained bamboo bedding for a few hours in a diluted vinegar solution and then keep it exposed to the sun for drying. Sunlight will act as a natural stain fader. You can also test the magic of grapefruit seed extract. Put a little bit of it on the stain directly and see the stains go vanish.

Although, some of the natural bedding like the bamboo bedding are hypoallergenic and mold & mildew resistant, but it is always a good idea to air your bedding  once a month in the fresh breeze and sunlight. This will keep it hygienic and away from allergens, mold, bed bugs and unwanted odors.

Are you planning to store your bedding and not using it for a while? If yes, then this storage advice is a must for you! Store your bedding at a cool and a dry place well wrapped in a paper or a cloth bag for proper airing. Add some cedar chips to the packing to avoid moth damage.

You can always take professional help for your natural bedding maintenance. Sometimes you need an experienced professional cleaner, who can not only clean but can value your precious collection of green bed sheets and comforters. Hunt for one, who uses wet cleaning methods rather the dry cleaning, as wet cleaning is more healthy for your bedding and you.

Hope the above stated tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your green organic bedding purchase.

This post is created by Dana Smith, She is a avid user of bamboo bedding and other organic beddings. She loves to share the tips on how one can increase the live of the bedding.

Creating a Nursery on a Budget

NurseryYou want the new nursery to be beautiful, bright and perfect. If you had all the money in the world, you’d spend it without a second thought. Sometimes, planning that room for your newborn is a tug between what you want and what you can afford. You don’t have to give up on your ideas just because money is tight. Creating your dream nursery on a budget is easier than you think.

Decorate With DIY Style
You’ve browsed the catalogs and done your window shopping. It’s time to put that inspiration and your creative spirit to work. Nothing renews a room like a fresh coat of paint, and it’s an affordable way to brighten up the space. Use a pretty nursery-themed wallpaper border as your finishing touch. Dress up those walls with your own DIY ideas. Take colorful images from kids’ picture books and calendars, and hang them in inexpensive frames. Add lively visual interest with dangling homemade mobiles. Wooden dowels, a little fishing line, and a collection of tiny stuffed animals are all you need. Forget about buying new curtains or dragging out the sewing machine. Drape those windows with lovely sheer fabric finished with hem tape, and you’re done.

Budget-Friendly Furniture
Used furniture is tempting, but think twice before you pick up that cute crib at the garage sale. Safety standards have really improved over the years, so older models aren’t your best choice. Instead get familiar with the features that make baby’s first bed comfortable and safe. Once you understand what you need, shop around to find your ideal crib at a discounted price. Before you buy a changing table, consider a homemade conversion. It doesn’t take much to repurpose a chest of drawers, and a fresh coat of paint will make it fit right in with your new color scheme. Over-sized wicker baskets are wonderful for extra storage, and toy chests easily do double duty as window seats with interior space to spare.

All the Affordable Extras
Decor and furniture set the tone, and special baby items and toys make your new nursery complete. A rocking chair is a favorite extra, and it’s easy to find one you can afford at a good thrift shop. The cost of blankets and crib sheets adds up, so enlist the help of fellow moms. They’ll be happy to share baby bedding they no longer use. Toys like baby bouncers are a busy mother’s best friend, and you can choose from a variety of the best bouncers while you stay within your price range. Everyone loves a baby shower, so don’t feel shy about asking for a little help. Your family and friends will enjoy pitching in, and they’ll have great ideas for you new nursery too.

When you see something you can’t afford, don’t feel discouraged. Look at it as an opportunity to come up with creative alternatives. Use your imagination to conquer your limited budget. With a little DIY magic and some smart shopping, you can have the nursery of your dreams.

Savannah Bobo, technical freelance writer, blogger, and aunt of three, loves blogging about shopping and family, and is always on the lookout for thrifty short-cuts to beautiful home accessories. From the best bouncers and rockers to soothing swings and sway seats, InGenuity by Bright Starts offers great additions to a DIY nursery made with love. 

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