Repurposed Costco Plastic Apple Container

      Our oldest daughter, Daphne, had a question Sunday night before she headed back to college..."Hey Mama, the tree will still be up when I get back next weekend, right?"  My answer was, "Absolutely! 8-O "  Something I will never quite be able… Read More

Healthy Recipes to Help Lose Weight

Happy New Year, everyone!  If you happen to be new here :-D , I invite you to subscribe to my free weekly NEWSLETTER HERE so you don't miss our next DIY home improvement project.   The year 2018 has been a wonderful creative time here at… Read More

Dollar Store Appetizer Board

  You didn't think I could let 2018 slip by without one more dollar store trick did you :-D ?  Ha ha, you know me too well.  Every time I go in that place (Dollar Tree) I spot something with potential.  A few months ago… Read More

Fireside Christmas Tablescape

I know you are most likely very busy with it being only 5 days before Christmas 8-O , but I just couldn't resist fitting in these beautiful "Fireside Christmas Tablescape" ideas.  I have to admit that I was really in the decorating mood this year.  Don't… Read More

Glamorous Christmas Mantel

  My inner  "glam" is out of the closet 8-O .  Literally.  I started off with inexpensive thick gold garland from last year on the mantel, and one thing led to another, and I was turning into Joan Crawford about to light a long cigarette in… Read More

10 Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Friend Who is 40 or Over

I never really thought about our DIY decorating blog this way before, but I recently realized there are some really thoughtful Christmas gift ideas here 8-O .  Inexpensive, thoughtful gifts, at that.  Don't worry if you don't DIY, I have that covered, too.  Below you… Read More

Christmas Kiss Tree

Were you following (subscribe here) 4 years ago?  If you were, thank you so much for hanging out with us for this long.  I find it hard to believe, but it was four years ago that I posted the "Appetizer Tree" and holy cheese… Read More

Christmas Wreath Giveaway

  I don't know about you, but I have 2 sides when it comes to decorating for Christmas.  One is very, very traditional, and the other is not :lol: .  For example, a traditional fresh pine wreath on our front door is just what Santa… Read More

Thrifty Style Snowman Lovers

It's been snowing up here in Michigan, so it's really put me in the the mood to decorate for the holidays.  Are you ready, or no?  I pulled last year's repurposed snowman shutter dude out of the basement a few days ago, and he looked… Read More

Cranberry Pecan Pie with 10 Minute No Mess Pie Crust

  I drove by about 20 wild turkey in our neighborhood a couple days ago and thought, oh boy...I better get my Thanksgiving butt in gear grocery shopping list together if we're going to have Thanksgiving dinner at our house.  It was going to be… Read More

Stairway Dark Gray Accent Wall

I admit it.  I was wrong.  Darn it, and there I was thinking I was on top of my decorating game by telling everyone to just paint their walls white.  Easy peasy, right?  Well, not so fast, Blanche.  I still love white walls  :lol: .… Read More

Dollar Store Christmas Tree Candles

I know it's early for Christmas candles, but we only have 2 months left 8-O ...lets get this Christmas party started.  We don't have to actually decorate yet, we can just think about it...and maybe go to the dollar store for supplies.  No stress, I… Read More

Grandma’s Pizza Fritta

I was terrified to meet Grandma D.  I was only 21, but madly in love with her beloved grandson (now married 25 years).  I remember the day like it was last Tuesday.  My husband spoke very highly of his Italian fraternal grandmother, and it was… Read More

Spooky Witch Halloween Porch

    I never thought of our porch as a "stage", but after this "Spooky Witch Halloween Porch" we created I'm beginning to see it.  I could have the kids set up a booth out front by our mailbox and sell "drive-bys" for $2!  The… Read More

30 Thrift Store Makeovers for All Seasons E-book

Hi there, it's me, Julie!  Not only is thrift store shopping amusing, but it relaxes me, gets my wheels turning, and best of all, if I'm feeling low it helps me feel better.  Well, today I hope I can relax you, get your wheels turning,… Read More

13 Italian Recipes Mom Makes

    My husband and I joke about how I have absolutely no Italian blood in me, and he has no Polish blood in him.  To our surprise...we recently found out that our ancestors may have been a little of both 8-O !  No wonder… Read More

Dollar Store Fall Candles

One sunny Autumn afternoon a few years ago I was driving the kids home from school and I had a talk with them about trees.  Yep...trees.  The kids thought I was losing it, and maybe I was a little, but hopefully the "tree talk" will… Read More

White Hobnail Sconce with Exposed Cord

Do you suffer from ECP also known as --->Exposed Cord Phobia 8-O . Have you noticed that top designers, home decorating stores, DIY bloggers, and home decor magazines are now exposing their cords?! I know that sounds like it's against the law, doesn't it? Well,… Read More

Thrifty Style Fall Home Decor Giveaway

  GIVEAWAY ALERT!  GIVEAWAY ALERT!  FREE STUFF...I'M GIVNG AWAY FREE STUFF!  Yep, you read that right, it's all about giving back to my very loyal, amazing followers by giving away this very vibrant, beautiful, and surprisingly thrifty Fall decorated tray for free.  One lucky… Read More

The Lowe’s UpSkill Project Community Workshop

  Hey guys!  Inquiring DIY minds want to know...have you been following along while I document The UpSkill Project?  If you have, then you probably know that the "The UpSkill Community Workshop", which was the final Detroit event for this exciting program, took place at… Read More

18 Savory Soup Recipes

My husband loves soup.  My oldest loves soup.  I love soup.  My youngest, not so much.  Where does your family fall on the soup spectrum?  Either way, with Fall approaching there's no better time to sift out a few soup recipes you may have never… Read More

Peach & Purple Fall Table

Okay, I admit it.  I am NOT a peach eater 8-O .  I actually tried one again today (from the table you're about to see) hoping to love it, and I can positively say, I do not like to eat peaches.  The sweet juicy-ness is… Read More

The Lowe’s UpSkill Project Do Days

When I was invited to partner with Lowe's for The UpSkill Project I knew it would be an incredible opportunity for  However, I had no idea that my husband and I would connect with such an amazing family on this journey.  You might say… Read More

Removing Cat Hair Trick

I just made a tunafish sandwich for lunch, and I always give our 2 rescue kitties the tuna water.  At this very moment they are both licking their chops, and feeling mighty feline fine!  No, this is not a post about tunafish, but it is… Read More

12 Dollar Store Ideas for Every Season

    It's time for the Thrifty Style Team to bring you their very best thrifty decor, and today I am focusing on the dollar store.  I have 12 Dollar Store Ideas for Every Season, plus my gals from the Thrifty Style Team will share… Read More

12 Scrumptious Summer Picnic Recipes

I have exciting news today!  12 of us DIY home improvement bloggers have decided to get together and share our favorite recipes :-D .  Each month, we will choose a theme depending on the time of year, and then we will share the recipes all right… Read More

271 Calorie Pizza for One

If I had to choose 1 food that I can't live without, it would be pizza.  Even while trying to lose weight with eating low carbohydrates , or low calories, I still need my pizza fix 8-) . My easy quick homemade "271 Calorie Pizza for… Read More

Dollar Store Iridescent Tablescape

Darnit!  The only thing I forgot were the bubbles. You can't have a "Dollar Store Iridescent Tablescape" without bubbles, now can you?  Well, I guess you can, but they sure would have been a cute addition since bubbles are "iridescent", and I know the dollar… Read More

5 Minute DIY Mason Jar Bathroom Tissue Dispenser

This might be a silly question, but are you a "rectangle" tissue box person or a "cube" tissue box person?  Personally, I have been a cube-er for many, many years 8-) .  I guess the main reason being that I had no choice since I… Read More

Graduation Party Ideas

I was recently chatting with our friendly electrician who also happened to have a child graduating from high school this year.  He asked me where we were planning to have the party, and I explained that we were of course having it on our new… Read More

DIY Crayon Rainbow Candle

Are you a rainbow searcher like me?  As soon as I realize the conditions are right for a rainbow, I start searching.  So much so, that I probably look like a lunatic looking up into the rain filled sunny sky, but they are so worth,… Read More

Our New Trex Composite Deck

I am so excited to FINALLY be sharing "Our New Trex Composite Deck"!  When we visited our future home for the first time almost 10 years ago (and our baby girl peed her pants on the lawn and we knew that was a good sign),… Read More

Spray Painted Door Knob Makeover

Welcome to my "Spray Painted Door Knob Makeover"...I know, not exactly the most exciting subject I have posted about, but maybe I can liven things up a bit with a funny story.  You see, the word "door knob" reminded me of something from my childhood.… Read More

Guest Room Makeover

Last week I shared our "Brick Patio Makeover" which is located right outside these doors that lead out of our basement walk-out.  Well, what I didn't share was the huge transformation that was actually taking place on the inside of those doors.  If you're in… Read More

Brick Patio Makeover

I stood on our front porch this morning and watched our oldest daughter drive away to her last day of high school 8-O .  As she disappeared past the trees, I glanced over to our garden and noticed that the first peony has bloomed.  Talk… Read More

Why I Have Groceries Delivered & How I Save Money

I remember the exact first time I went grocery shopping.  It was 1992 and my husband and I (then boyfriend & girlfriend) moved in together.  I was a substitute teacher and he had his own painting company.  We lived in a 1 bedroom apartment and… Read More

White Garden Bench

If you're searching for a garden "filler", or maybe just trying to add some coziness to your landscaping, then a pretty bench just might do the trick.  You see, I had this one spot in our landscaping that was really bare.  It was missing something.… Read More

Guilt-Free Creamy Chicken Casserole

I've got the weight gain cycle down to a science.  Right around September when the first frost hits I begin to crave my sister's banana bread and the comfort it gives on a chilly evening.  Then I get into the baking mood and one banana… Read More

Master Bathroom Renovation-The Full Reveal

I now live spend way more time in our master bathroom than I use to.  I feel so incredibly relaxed, and good in this spa space after this renovation, and I can't help myself.  My mornings are pretty flexible to a point, so I am… Read More

12 Affordable Patriotic Decorating Ideas

During the hot Summer months in Buffalo, NY as a little girl (yes it gets hot in Buffalo!)I lived in a little white "tennis short jumper".  I didn't have a lot of fancy clothes, so this was very special.  It had red, white, and blue… Read More

Master Bathroom Renovation Shower Reveal

I am so excited to tell you that the master bathroom renovation has turned out even better than expected :-D .  Let's just say it kind of makes me feel like I'm staying at a luxurious rustic chic hotel spa in the South of France!… Read More

Painted Built-In Shelves & Brick Fireplace

I should have done this a looooong time ago, you guys.  I was afraid, plain and simple.  Maybe even in denial.  Not anymore.  This dramatic paint transformation not only brightened up our living room, it made me feel younger 8-O .  I feel like I… Read More

12 Thrift Store Makeovers

Last week, I showed you my THRIFT STORE SILVER PLATTER CHALKBOARD SIGN.  If you missed it, just click that blue title up there.  Everyone really seemed to enjoy it, so it got me to thinking.  Maybe I should do a re-cap with the gals from… Read More

Silver Platter Chalkboard Sign

As you may know, about 3 years ago I created this very pretty "Thrift Store Silver Platter Wall" out of, you guessed it, thrift store silver platters.  It grew to be one of my most popular blog posts, and even still today I do receive… Read More

12 Gorgeous DIY Potted Plant Ideas

I feel as though I could possibly jump inside my big flower pot urn in our garage and sprout some flowers myself pretty soon 8-O .  Yep, it's true!  We need warmth and sun so bad up here in Michigan I swear I can hear… Read More

Master Bathroom Renovation Tile Reveal

We moved a lot when I was a little girl, and there's one house that stands out the most in my memory because it had a ton of unique character and vintage charm.  The main bathroom...wait, it was the only bathroom, came equipped with pink and… Read More

Impatien Petal Easter Eggs

Happy Spring to all ?!  I am so happy to finally hear a few birds (besides our obnoxious geese) singing in the morning.  It's still quite frigid here in the Midwest,  however Spring is ready to burst out of the soil and I'm ready to… Read More