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It’s the weekend, y’all! We usually spend our weekends sleeping in, cleaning the house and catching up on laundry, family time, and now that it’s hot, swimming! Living in Arizona means LOTS of pool days from about late April/early May thought September and even October. It also means lots of days are spent inside where the AC blows cold. But no matter the weather, we truly love where we live and we love to get out and explore it as much as possible. Though I have lived in Arizona my whole life, it’s only been over the past few years that I’ve really come to find the beauty in it. So today I thought I’d give you a little tour of my Desert Inspired Living Room.
In my last house, I had a ton of decor and it was everywhere. Bins and bins and bins of holiday decor in the garage. Shelves of extra decor in case I wanted to redecorate. But a little over two years ago we sold our house and I decided to get rid of most everything we owned. We bought a RV (and a chunk of land… also in the desert) and packed in what we needed, then put anything else into storage. We lived and traveled in the RV for a year and it was a much simpler lifestyle. It taught me what I really missed (in storage) and what I really didn’t need to have in my home anymore. I wanted less stuff. So, when we moved into our new home late last year, I was determined to be very intentional with my home decor while also being frugal. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a beautiful home you love. You may have to be patient and do some deal hunting, but it’s definitely doable. And when you do add things to your decor, you should truly love them. I mean, you have to live with it and look at it everyday! Ya better love it.
This wicker chair was a curbside find… which means it was F.R.E.E., my favorite price. I cleaned it up and tossed the old cushion, painted it with 4-5 coats of Rustoleum satin white, and replaced the cushion with one I found on Amazon for under $20. The pillow was on clearance at Target for $5 (I feel like moms around the country are high-fiving me right now) and the softest blanket ever was a gift from a friend a few years back. I love the way this chair turned out and it wasn’t difficult to do at all. It’s a great spot for reading.
It’s fun to incorporate not only curbside finds, but vintage hand-me-downs and thrift store finds. This beautiful phone used to be on my grandparents bedside table, and when I was a little girl I LOVED calling my parents from this phone or answering calls for my Nana. I begged her to let me have it one day. And here she sits! I just love it so much. And now Luci (and any other kid that comes over) loves to play with it. Its funny when they ask questions like “Well how do you know who’s calling you on a phone like this?” Lol! The chest is used as our side table, but doubles as storage for Wii games and such. And if you want to know what we are currently reading, you can check the tray on the chest. It’s usually stacked with books for homeschool, parenting, read alouds, and poetry.
Not the prettiest picture, but I thought I’d share this tip. I use baskets to hide anything I don’t want visible or flung around the house, like Wii remotes, games or small weights. When Luci was a toddler, I used basket for her toys that were in the living room too. They also make it easy for kids (or mom) to do a quick pick up. This basket is in between the chair and the chest.
Oh this couch. It’s pretty much my favorite. When we sold our house, we sold all of our furniture. So when we decided to move out of the RV, I knew it was time to couch shop. Y’all, couch shopping is hard and expensive! Don’t get me wrong, there are great deals out there, but a couch is a BIG decision and it took me a long time to finally find exactly what I wanted. Do you want to know where I found it? Offer Up. Yep. I’m not even kidding. I looked at Offer Up and sites just like it everyday for 3 months. I almost don’t want to tell you the amazing deal I got on it, it’s THAT good. Okay fine… twist my arm! I spent… drum roll please… $150 on this couch. Absolutely NOTHING is wrong with it at all and the cushions all have zippers, so I can easily wash the covers. How did I get that great of a deal? Luck and patience. Lol! The throw pillows are from Target and Walmart and that gorgeous desert tapestry is from Amazon. It is the perfect focal point in the room and I just LOVE it. It reminds me of our beautiful Arizona sunsets. Also, we live in a rental home, so painting the walls is out of the question. A tapestry is a great solution. I just love the neutral grey couch with the pops of bright colors and lots of white thrown in for that clean look.
Across from the couch is the TV on a stand my husband built for me. I stained the top and bottom with Minwax Espresso and used Annie Sloan chalk paint for the rest. It’s one of the only furniture pieces we didn’t sell when we moved, because I just couldn’t part with it. It was a fun project to work on with my husband. Now let’s get a closer look at that bottom shelf.
I added faux cacti (don’t hate…I’m not the best at keeping real plants alive but I’m working on that!) and succulents all around the living room. I love the greenery it adds to the space. And we love a good letter board, how about you? Changing them out is so much fun. My daughter loves helping me pick what they will say next.
Our last name is Rodgerson, so you will find lots of R monograms around my house. It’s a running joke in my family that I have the largest R collection on this side of the Mississippi River. This one is the coolest though, because it lights up! Do you decorate with monograms?
This corner was bare for a couple of months because I could not figure out what to do with it. It needed something… but I wanted to be intentional about my choices. I finally decided to build myself a blanket ladder (tutorial coming soon) and then everything just kind of fell into place. That chalkboard sign I made using my *Silhouette Cameo! We are counting down until summer break because we have all the fun things planned.
I love adding canvases to my decor. Especially when it’s my favorite photos, like this one from two years ago of my daughter and myself. Isn’t this picture so special? I ordered this 18×24 canvas in minutes from Canvas on the Cheap and it arrived in a couple of days. Their site is super user-friendly and the quality of my canvas is fantastic. They have great deals, so check them out if you’re in the market for canvases.
I am slightly (read: SUPER) obsessed with macrame (here’s the proof) so when I saw this hanging macrame planter at JoAnn on sale, I snatched it up for this corner of the living room. And you better believe I used a 40% off coupon, girl!
Lastly is my favorite gallery wall in the whole house. Okay I say that about all of my gallery walls, but still. I love this one, okay? My biggest tip for gallery walls is to lay everything out on the floor in front of the wall you want to hang it on. Rearrange until you feel like it works, then hang it!
I made the Mumford and Sons pallet sign (we love music), the arrow above it, the knob piece below it and the cute Cactus Sign. Did y’all know I’ve owned a sign shop for 8 years? It’s my side hustle and one of my favorite things to do. That monogram R is from Hobby Lobby…because I need all the Rs, remember?
This succulent planter was made at SNAP conference in 2017. It was my favorite sponsor craft at the conference that year, and it reminded me of home.
Again with the hanging planters and faux succulents… but can you blame me? This planter was also from JoAnn and I used a 40% off coupon… because that’s how I roll. The color caught my eye and I knew it would go perfectly in this room.
I thought this quote was fitting for the tour, wouldn’t you agree? That adorable bus/RV was a gift from my maker friend, Candice of Heart by CC. Reminds me of our days living and traveling on the RV. Every piece of this gallery wall was intentional and put together with a lot of thought and love.
I hope you enjoyed my Desert Inspired Living Room tour… it sure took me a lot of time and love putting it all together, but I really enjoy doing that. When I was a little girl, decorating and redecorating my Barbie house and bedroom were my favorite things to do. Now I get to do it with my actual home! As I was putting it all together, slowly, piece by piece, my daughter (10 years old) would walk into the room each time I added something new or finished a project, and she’d tell me how much she loves our home. THAT is the main goal for me, friends. The my family loves our home.
And remember, you don’t have to break your bank to create a beautiful space. My tips for saving money when you decorate your home are:
- Be patient! Hunt around for the best deals… on and offline.
- Don’t be afraid to check sites like Offer Up and thrift stores. Just make sure you give it a good once over and ask all the right questions.
- Use those coupons at JoAnn’s and Hobby Lobby. I have the apps right on my phone to make pulling up coupons easy.
- Amazon has really pretty home decor, just be sure to check the reviews and the return policy.
- Shop around your home! Sometimes you’ll find the perfect piece to complete a space right in your own home…maybe it’s just in the wrong room.
- DIY! Doing things yourself like spray painting a chair or making your own wall art or building your own furniture can save you a TON of money. It does cost you time, but if you enjoy doing it, it’s no biggie and you love the piece even more because it was a labor of love.
What’s your favorite part of this room? It’s hard for me to choose, but I really love the tapestry behind the couch.
How do you get inspired to decorate your home?