Summer doesn’t have to be over just yet. Adding a Boho style light can extend the feeling of long summer days well into the winter months. Check out my pick of the 10 best Boho lights.
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For a cheap and easy update, try this plug-in rope light from Amazon at just $12.99 for a 15ft length or $27.99 for a 27ft one. Pair with a vintage bulb and no shade for an industrial take on the Boho style (bulb not included).
If you prefer to have a shade, try this seagrass shade from Overstock for $59.49, you could even pair it with the plug-in rope light from Amazon above.
The IKEA Sinnerlig shade is probably one of the most popular bamboo shades out there, and for good reason. It’s large bold design for only $69.99 is a powerful statement piece at a very affordable cost.
This hard-wired beaded pendant light from Safavieh creates a stunning focal point. Try hanging it over a dining table or kitchen island for full effect. It’s available from Amazon at just $132.48, RRP is $401, so hurry while stocks last.
For a more impressive statement shade, this seagrass pendant shade from World Market can be paired with a plug-in pendant light to create instant impact for little effort. It’s available for $129.99.
For a more premium alternative to the plug-in rope light, this on-trend macrame plug-in pendant light from Anchor Stitch is an impactful and unique way to add Boho chic to any room. Available for $190 on Etsy complete with oversized bulb, they would look great paired either side of a bed.
This hard-wired wicker chandelier from Amazon looks great above a kitchen island in pairs, or in a set of three if you have the space. The chain can be adjusted to suit the length you want to a maximum of 30″. At $245 it’s worth the spend.
For a more modern Boho feel, the Cabo small woven pendant light from Crate & Barrel is a great option. It’s a hard-wired option with an extra long cord of 108″ and is available for $249.
If you really want to splash out the Cambria rattan pendant from Pottery Barn is a stunning option. It’s a hard-wired pendant crafted of rattan and abaca rope with an iron chain and a clear cord. At $499, it’s not cheap, but it would certainly make an impact.
For a versatile option that can be used indoors or outdoors, this Pacifica Outdoor Pendant from Serena & Lilly comes in two colors Harbor Grey or Driftwood (pictured here). It’s made of a powdercoated steel frame and weather-friendly wicker for a durable finish and is on sale now at $498 (RRP $548).
I always like the give my blog posts a purpose and value for the reader. This post isn’t going to be about interior trend recommendations, or nifty DIY tips. It’s not going to be a search engine optimized blog post, with a healthy dose of Pinterest Pins to accompany the traffic driving techniques. Instead it’s a status update and a state of mind address, and a moment for you to pause and think about what you really need right now.
We’ve been busy living a double life for the past couple of months. Spending half our time in the Twin Cities working from home and barely scratching the surface of everything that needs doing in a 3000+ sqft house. And the other half of our time has been spent in Northern Minnesota renovating a small condo ready to turn it into our first investment property. A dream come true for me.
For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to invest in property, whether renovating and converting warehouses into loft style apartments, or owning a farmstead barn wedding business slash livery yard slash tea room slash farm shop slash B&B… (Dreaming up ideas has never been one of my weaknesses!) I’ve known this has been my passion and my calling for a long time. This July, during the middle of a global pandemic, financial crisis and while being temporary laid off from my job, we did it. We bought our first investment property.
Life has understandably gotten a bit hectic as of late. And we’re doing all we can to keep on top of it, and even enjoy it. But it’s also important to realize what you must drop in times like these and give yourself some grace. For me that was blogging (and fitness unfortunately).
I’m an impatient and highly goal driven person, and when I set myself goals in my blogging business and real estate business I want to achieve them, yesterday. But sometimes you need to realize that you can’t do it all at once and sometimes you need to slow down and focus, and not feel guilty doing it. For me right now, it’s doing a good job at work and getting our real estate business off the ground successfully. The rest needs to take a back seat, for a little while anyway.
Whatever you’re facing at the moment, whether that be struggles trying to juggle childcare, home schooling and a full time job. Struggles staying social and engaged with others on a multitude of Zoom calls. We’re all facing struggles of some sort, and it’s important to give yourself some grace and go AWOL on a few things to lessen the load.
Having a property up North to escape to for us has been a blessing in disguise. It’s been the change of scenery we needed in the monotony of emails, Zooms, Facetimes and conversations with out pets, that we now call “WFH – working from home”. While renovating our investment property, we may be living like students with paper plates, camping chairs and an air mattress, but sometimes simplifying your life can be liberating and make you realize that you don’t need all the things you thought you needed. Taking a moment to slow down once in a while, look around you, and appreciate the here and now can be just what you need.
How can you simplify your life? What can you go AWOL on for a while? What do you need right now? Comment below, I’d love to know.
Kitchens can be expensive rooms to makeover, trust me, I’ve been there recently. So how do you makeover a kitchen on a budget? Is it even possible? The answer is, “it depends”. Let me walk you through some deciding factors as to how cheap or how expensive your kitchen makeover is going to be.
Does the Layout Work?
The first thing to ask yourself, and be careful how you answer as this could save you a LOT of money, is “Am I happy with the layout of the existing kitchen?” If you answered “yes” then congratulations! You just saved yourself a lot of money, mess and time!
If your existing kitchen layout does work for you, then you have a couple of options to save money:
Paint the cabinets
Reface the cabinets
Redo the countertops
Paint Your Existing Cabinets
The cheapest way to makeover your kitchen on a budget is to paint your kitchen cabinets. Note, I didn’t say the “quickest” way or the “best” way, but definitely the cheapest way. Painting kitchen cabinets is not for the faint-hearted, or impatient (like me!) But it can look amazing with the right techniques, proper prep and care taken.
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If you don’t like the shape or design of the existing cabinet doors, or just don’t have the time or patience to paint them, then another budget friendly option for you would be to reface the cabinets with new doors. This is where you swap the old doors out for new, but keep the existing layout of the kitchen. Jenny from Refresh Living does a great job of talking you through the whole process from start to finish and the end result looks amazing!
Redo the Countertops
There are lots of ways to redo countertops. From painting them, to tiling them, replacing them with poured concrete, or the traditional way of replacing them for an upgraded material like granite or quartz. Hometalk does a great job of offering you 13 Ways to Transform Your Countertops Without Replacing Them. These are all great budget friendly options that cost just a few $100, however they will take more time and skill.
If you don’t mind splashing out, my recommendation would be to replace them for quartz if you can afford it. It’s hard wearing, stain resistant, scratch resistant and will last for years. To make it more affordable try looking for remnants that will fit your space, remnants can start as low as $40 per linear foot, so if you have a smaller kitchen it can really give the wow factor for around $1500-2500.
If the answer was “no” to “Am I happy with the layout of the existing kitchen?” then I’m sorry, read on…
Re-Purpose Old Cabinets
If you are lucky enough to know the source of your existing cabinets, then you could save money by re-purposing your existing cabinets and changing the layout of them, or adding more. You’ll have to do some investigation into what new stock cabinets you could buy to match your existing cabinets. However if you really can’t find any new ones that match, you could combine this option with the refacing option above, that way you could re-use the cabinet boxes (the frames without doors) and save some money by just buying new doors. Or even cheaper, re-purpose the existing doors, and new doors by adding trim over them so they match. Brooke from Cribbs Style did exactly that with her MDF kitchen doors, and the end result looks amazing. This is something I’ve also tried in our downstairs bathroom and can confidently say it’s cheap, quick and easy and the results are amazing!
You can add smaller details to existing kitchen cabinets to make them look more custom too. Sarah from Thrifty Decor Chick did an amazing job finishing the ends of her cabinets here and island here. With just a few pieces of wood and some paint, the end result looks so much better and more high-end.
Another way to get a high-end look with existing cabinets, is to extend the wall cabinets right the way to the ceiling. Lori from The Stonybrook House does a great job here showing you every step of her kitchen transformation. Laura from Inspiration for Moms also has a great tutorial for how to add height with trim here. This is a great way to achieve a high-end look from a budget kitchen makeover.
The Last Resort – New Kitchen Cabinets
If you’ve exhausted all options above, and you’re tired, busy, don’t know how to swing a hammer etc, then perhaps your only option is to get new kitchen cabinets, but it doesn’t have to cost $10,000’s. There are some tips for finding budget friendly kitchen cabinets, the first is to stay away from custom anything. The cheapest way to get new kitchen cabinets is to by stock cabinets. These are the ready-to-go cabinets from your local DIY store. The options are limited, and you may need to paint them yourself, but they will be cheaper than semi-custom or custom options.
A great place to find well-made cheaper kitchen cabinets is IKEA. They start out very affordably, and can run quite expensive, so to save money stick to the cheaper ranges like the Haggeby or the Veddinge but you can make them feel more expensive with quartz countertops, remnants of course, and upgraded handles. We’re actually going down this route ourselves currently in our new vacation rental property. We chose Oland White cabinets by Klearvue Cabinetry from Menards, which is very similar to the IKEA Veddinge, and upgraded it with white quartz countertops and modern pull handles. Follow our journey on Instagram to see the progress.
I hope this helped guide you through the daunting task of deciding which route to go down on your kitchen remodel. We’ve lived this decision process for the past couple of years with our own home kitchen remodel and now our vacation rental. And both times we opted for new cabinets, and new everything. For reference our vacation rental will cost around less than $5k all in. Even though it is a small space, there are ways to do a kitchen makeover on a budget with new cabinets by shopping around and saving in some places and splashing out in others.