Farmhouse Decor for us Gal’s on a Budget

Joanna Gaines is the envy of us all

 

You’ve likely been living under a rock if you haven’t heard of Joanna Gaines from HGTV’s show Fixer Upper—I, like pretty much everyone, am absolutely obsessed with her and her designs. Despite this, I somehow am just arriving at the “Joanna has a home-goods store party”, and I don’t think I’ll ever leave.

Upon first arriving, you can bet I filled my cart with every quilt, glass jar, and candle-holder that suited my fancy. Obviously as a broke twenty-three-year-old, I had no intention of purchasing everything that was in my cart (aside from the most perfect throw pillow I had ever laid eyes on that will stay in my cart till payday). While fun, it got me thinking, why are we paying so much for stuff that looks worn and old? There must be cheaper options out there. The items in the collection are no doubt worth the money, especially if you just need a few pieces and aren’t someone starting from ground zero. However, if you’re like me and you love the farmhouse aesthetic, but can’t justify that price tag, here are some cheaper finds I found on Amazon. Also, there is a case to be made for expensive pillow covers and cheap pillows, but that’s for another post. Of course, I can’t make the argument that the quality will be the same, but if you’re in the same boat as me, quality concerns are a smaller hitch when compared to looming credit card debt.

Below are a few cheaper alternatives to Magnolia Market’s items:

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Not exact replicas, sure, but it serves as an example that you don’t have to break the bank to achieve the same general look. Joanna, I adore you, wish I was you, but for now I will settle as the off-brand version. I would love to hear the ways you have dodged the designer price tags in the comments (TJ Maxx is great, also). Connect with tinydeskplants on Pinterest if you just can’t get enough home-envy!

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Desk Design Project

I’m very excited about this one.

My boyfriend recently landed a new job that is mainly work-from-home (what a jerk). He was given a desktop computer, a laptop, computer dock, etc. Right now, all of that stuff is on the dining room table under a mountain of unopened mail…I know…. Very uninspiring. Because of this, I can’t very well tell you how you should optimize your work-space if I’m witness for what can only be described as an affront to interior design. Therefore, before anything else, I will remedy this situation, posting updates periodically. Things can only go up from here.

Luckily for him, I am an expert in desk design–my blog says so, so it must be true. He is building his own desk (pictures to come), so at least we can waive that expense. I’m picturing a cozy but well lit space; obviously with ample plant-life seeing as the office room only has one small window. Somewhat related: why are area rugs so expensive? Let me know if you know any good websites for that. I’ve been scouring the inter-webs all day looking for unique design elements, I’ll include some of my favorites below–keeping in mind that this will be a man’s work-space, and not the Pinterest desk of my dreams (see Corgi Cactus Holder). However, if all goes well, I’ll assume my services will be in high demand; the line starts here, folks.

Again, more information to come on this project. If you have any ideas/design inspiration please don’t hesitate to share. I’m also on Pinterest so follow me if you’re interested in the aesthetic I will be trying to achieve.

Standing Corner Office Shelf
Hanging Air Plant Holder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area Rug 8×8