Until I get my studio set up at our new place, I’ll be posting mostly thrifty finds & ideas. If you’re interested in guest posting here, please email submissions (photos at least 500px wide) to melissa at melissaesplin dot com.
I’ve been a contributing guest blogger at Houzz for the last 3 monts and it’s high time I share my latest ideabooks with you!
If you’re not familiar with Houzz.com, it’s a comprehensive home decor site. There you can find home tours, the latest in home designs, trends & ideabooks featuring places where you can buy fantastic home items. I contribute to the latter. I scour the web for inspiring items for the home & I’ve had so much fun doing so. Here’s a little description of the ideabooks I’ve compiled thus far:
20 Art Prints for Under $100 - having art in the home is SO important! Pat yourself on the back if you have invested in originals. If you’re on a tight budget & want to get started collecting some fantastic art, you’ll definitely want to see this ideabook. I’ve aggregated 20 prints worth purchasing, all under $100. Most are under $50. I have quite a few of these in my own home.
19 Decorative Toys - Toys don’t have to be an eye sore or ridiculously expensive. Here’s a list of 19 design-friendly, kid-friendly toys that I wouldn’t mind displaying in my home.
20 Great Big-Box Finds - With my budget, I typically look to Ikea or vintage shops to find unique, but in this ideabook you’ll find 20 fabulous design finds for the home available online or at your local big-box store.
All of my ideabooks include items that I would consider buying myself, so you’ll find that most of the items published there are affordable. I hope you take a look around (especially at the art one – many of those items are made by independent artists)!
top: H&M, leggings: Thief + Bandit kids, socks: Children’s place, shoes: H&M
Also, last night I spent about 4 hours at H&M’s pre-opening party. It was fantastic! I spent a load of money & outfitted (mostly) our family for winter. I’ll say, the best about that shopping experience was that the place was SO organized & there was a sales associate at every turn. Sadly, though, I missed out on the skirt that I planned on getting: Hot Pink Pleated Skirt. I found what I thought was my size, but it turned out it was too small! Oh curses, reverse muffin top!! Anyone near an H&M with that skirt in stock?