We all love Chip & Jo…duh. They are my spirit animal, but we are on a budget…

SO here’s the deal. I barely have time to shower these days, let alone a blog.I’m going to try to post DIY’s by using minimal captions on my pictures! I hope people appreciate not having to read a big long funny, white blog post in between each tutorial pic. BUT, I’m going to try to post often. No promises. I have 5 kids and I put my car keys in the fridge regularly.

My kids are killing each other on scooters inside of our house at this very moment. The baby is just waiting to get smashed by one of the toddlers & my husband is diligently flipping grilled cheeses for dinner because I’m blogging my first post, with total regret already. Lol. I’ve had to yell at the kids down the hallway twice  already and we are one paragraph in. Parents shouldn’t yell at their kids, it causes resentment and anger, they say. Well, it’s just real life over here, gets crazy.

SOMETIMES we find moments to do DIY projects… (and then leave them unfinished for a few months before coming back to it).

I get on these DIY kicks, and I get the urge to stay up late when everyone is sleeping. They fit in where they can get in. Almost nothing we renovate and create is pre-planned. The idea pops in my head, I get a burst of motivation, energy, and we do it. We do everything on a TIGHT budget. Again, big fam. I’m cheap as hell (ish), I have expensive taste, but I don’t skimp on quality. I like the classics, simple earth tone colors, raw wood, and modern industrial metal. I long for natural light and mixing textures. People don’t believe the deals I get or how cheaply I repurpose, recover, remake, and renovate my things. Thrift shopping is like a high for me.

We don’t live in HGTV land.

We live just north of Nashville, TN… so we are in one of the hottest markets in the nation right now. We DO NOT have home buying options like Waco, TX does… although, wouldn’t that be nice. This fixer upper is only 30k so that means you have 210K left for renovations! Umm.. no. Where? Howwwww? What world is Waco in? Crazy. So over here in Tennessee, we have to take a loan out for big projects or just have a fat stack saved up, like the responsible, savvy  people do. We are left-brainers, not right, so we are creatively pinched by money. We are not the best with saving up, but we can save a dollar like no other. Sweating and elbow grease taste better than spending unnecessary money.

What’s better than having your house look like Jo & Chip’s designs? I’ll tell you… it’s when you do it yourself! You have to compromise and get creative. It’s rewarding, cheaper, and gratifying. The goal isn’t to copy anybody… it’s to feel the vibe, the energy of a space, what you envision, how you want to feel in a space, take inspiration and blend them with your budget and what you have nearby at thrift stores or in your garage or the free list on Craigslist.

DIY’s can only be taken so far, depending on your time, resources, tools, patience, and confidence, (and perhaps, muscle in some cases.) Even finding a muscle to borrow isn’t impossible though. Do you have lots of power tools that you can access, own, or borrow? That is pretty essential.

That being said, some things are left better to the professionals, it may save you money in the long run… but we don’t ever choose that route. Ya live & learn!

Anyways, that is what we do. We start projects that we don’t finish, we just talk about finishing them. Ha!


My inspiration is Fixer Upper, I’m not a copycat or impersonator of the show, but I can help you achieve similar decor approach and design aspects, without having Hgtv picking you nor having to hire a contractor. You also don’t have to go to target and buy all of the magnolia decor. It’s all about the natural light. I will try my best to find receipts and disclose how much a project actually costed. I also do things with a frugal undertone. I can score some ridiculous deals, and nothing is illegal or sneaky. You just have to take your time and see beyond first impressions. Dig behind items on shelves. BE patient. The stuff will start screaming at you within the isles of Goodwill. Goodwill is mostly junk, in my eyes, but I usually find at least one gem. Cosmetic problems, are NOT problems, and just because it looks ugly now, doesn’t mean it is trash! Learn what has a quality foundation under the ugly paint or original purpose. Real wood, nice lines, etc.

I have a million billion project pictures and blogs to write and post in the near future, or just future…. so the posts will be quicker than this each time. I’ll try to be cut and dry! Email me for a potential response within 30-90 days 😉

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