Sunday, August 4, 2013

How I Found My Style Sundays- reFresh reStyle

My name is Debbie and I blog at reFresh reStyle. My blog name kinda speaks for itself. I makeover a lot of furniture, and other stuff. I co-own a store named Nostalgia in downtown Statesboro Ga. I stay busy and love refreshing things! I hope you'll visit my blog!
Thank you Pamela for inviting me over today. I never really think much about my style, so girl you got me to thinking!
Finding My Style
I don't like spending money, but I like a pretty house.
I am going to share some tips that I've used in my home and hopefully show you ways that you can create a beautiful home on a budget.
Living Room
I love live plants, comfy furniture, things you can prop your feet on. I'd say my style is casual, comfy, collected. When I'm out shopping, my home is always on my mind. I get inspiration from anywhere.
Let me share a few tips that I've used for my budget friendly, beautiful to me home.
fiddle leaf fig
When I saw this picture, I knew I had to have a fiddle leaf fig tree, but one this size is way out of my budget!
Tip 1. Make a list of ideas/needs/wants and keep it with you all the time. I checked with several nurseries around town and none of them had the fiddle leaf. One day while grocery shopping, I saw a pallet of plants in the produce section. Low and behold there they were. You never know where you're going to find what you're looking for. I can't wait for my baby to grow up, it will freak my husband out, but that's ok.
my baby fiddle leaf fig
This was 2 years ago and here's what they look like now:
Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
They are doing great and have at least doubled in size :) I actually bought 3. I was worried that I might kill them off slowly, but I didn't. In fact I gave one to my Mama!
Tip 2. If you find yourself buying lots of sofas over your lifetime, think about it! I can't tell you how many patterned sofas I went through before I realized that I like solid colored ones. With a solid colored sofa you can change your pillows, rug or curtains anytime or all the time and the room still looks great.
Dining Room
Tip 3. If you're drawn to a certain thing and have a lot of silver like I do, find a way to showcase it. Every time I go into a junk/antique store, I am drawn to silver trays. I was inspired to hang my collection on the wall via a Pottery Barn catalog.
Tip 3. If you like farm animals or animals in general don't be afraid to hang one in the dining room. And if you can't find a rug that you love for the dining area, don't just buy anything. It's ok to have nothing as opposed to wasting money on something you don't love. Buy what you love, use what you love and be patient :)
I love silver, I think I already mentioned that, which brings me to another one of my collections. If you are a collector, find a way to incorporate them for everyday.
I thought about my serving dishes, you know all those bowls and platters stacked in the cabinet. I came up with a brilliant idea and it started with those awesome Wilton Armetale pieces that people give for wedding gifts? Well you can use them everyday and I find them at Goodwill all the time. Crazy right, that stuff is expensive! I've been replacing utilitarian items like the common bowl with awesome shiny -keep your food cold or hot- Wilton Armetale. Which leads to:
Tip 4. If you have a large collection of things, let them take the place of something else. It frees up space for all your ironstone.
Dining Room
Thrifted Pottery Barn round rug, a table found in pieces in a dark corner in a dusty back room of an antique store, a headboard and an end table bench resulted in a fun comfortable breakfast room. Makes me proud, long ago I was embarrassed for people to know where my stuff came from. No more, I think it shows that I'm responsible with my money and it lets my DIY style shine through.
You don't have to have every wall filled, our bedroom only has 4 things hanging on the wall. Very calming.
Tip 5. Don't fill every wall.
Tip 6. Don't have clutter on every surface. Let it breathe.
Tip 7. Buy accessories that you can use all year long.

The corbels never left the room :)

Back porch
Tip 8. If you're going to spend money, spend it on things that last. This patio set is 10 years old and I have another one down on the dock that's 17 years old. They are both made of metal and I really got a lot of bang for the buck on them! You can always change out the cushions, pillow, and spray paint a free garden stool, if you want to change things up!
Leather sofa
Tip 9. Use leather in the Man Cave, and your dog will love you forever.
Murphy relaxed
Tip 10. Be happy with your purchases, love them and you'll want to keep them forever. You'll just move them from room to room, paint them and refresh them when you need a change.
I had so much fun with y'all today! I'm on Pinterest, Instagram, FB, Twitter....just about everywhere! Come see me :)
Thanks again Pamela!
Thanx so much Debbie for coming over today to share your lovely home and decorating tips with us and for bringing Murphy to visit too! I always love seeing Murphy dog.


  1. What a beautiful home and great ideas. Your ideas confirmed some of mine. :)

  2. Debbie's home is beautiful. I really enjoy this series. It is so fun to see all the different styles of decorating and tips!

  3. Debbie's home is so beautiful. I liked the tip about not filling every wall. Sometimes I get the urge to do that and I try to resist. A little space is good to keep a room open and less cluttered. Thanks for allowing us all to visit.
    xoxo. Michelle

  4. so many great tips and ideas, I love Debbie's spaces!

  5. Oh, how I just love Mrs. Refresh... great post, I am loving this series!

  6. Excellent Tips! I agree with all of it! Thanks!

  7. Wise words Fresh Deb! Love the tour. Everything always looks so timeless, yet updated at your place. Awesome tour!!

  8. Great tips and for me the solid sofa tip would have been a great one a few years back lol. Thank goodness for slipcovers. I have to agree with the leather too, in our case I can hardly wait to add some pieces to our family room because the living room leather sofa is a forever keeper.

  9. She has awesome style and great attitude.

    Murphy is too cute.

    Great feature, Pam!

  10. Thank you so much for having me! I hope you've had a great weekend!

  11. A luvly home and super tips Debbie.Luv this series!!
    Hugs ladies

  12. Beautiful home and your puppy is soooo cute!!!

  13. I love Debbie's home and really enjoy her blog as well! Thanks for sharing!
    Tami @ Curb Alert!

  14. I love Debbie's style and her fiddleleaf fig trees look great. Mine is growing like crazy, too and I figured I would kill it. Pretty home and great tips.


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