My Secrets to Thrifty Deals, my gift to you!

Remember my last Instagram video about developing and creating a better website? I'm thrilled to be working on my blog creating, designing and finding inspiration to share with you all.

I have put together a list of my secrets and a wish list in finding good deals at thrift stores and antique shops and its free for you to download. I share my tips and personal tricks on how to find the best finds when you are thrift or antique shopping. 

If you like what's here on the blog, I know you will enjoy this freebie. You can download My Secret to Thrifty Deals by clicking HERE. You can also find a link to this download on my sidebar. Just enter you name and email to have instant access. You will also be able to receive other freebies in the future by doing that.

Also new to my blog and free to you is my Design Counseling. I'm so excited to be able to offer this free call to you, where we can talk about one design dilemma you may have with one room in your home. You can click here to find out more about the Design Counseling and to set up a free call with me.

Meanwhile, what is that one thing you would like to change in your home but your still have doubts? Have you rearranged a piece of furniture but it's not quite the arrangement you are aiming for? I'll be looking forward to hearing from you!

Dreaming shabby..... Vanessa


Featured on Thoughts from Alice: My shabby dressing area

I was thrilled when Alice from Thoughts from Alice contacted me last Saturday to let me know My Shabby Dressing Area was chosen to be feature on her weekly link party Sundays at Home.

I felt so honored, excited, and thankful! That was the first time I had been featured on a link party!

To see the full post about how I have created this shabby dressing corner click here. You can visit Alice and other creative women by clicking here.

I also got something exciting to share with you soon! Hopefully within the next couple of days!

Dreaming shabby..... Vanessa


Before and After of our current home.....

Before we move and I start to share pictures of our new temporary home, I thought it would be kind of fun doing a before and after post of our current place.

When we first visited this place, my husband and I have said to each other we were going try to look beyond its decorating style and try to focus on what was important, which it was the actual livable space. Finding this place was some what frustrating because our moving time was limited.

I fell in love with the openness of this condo, the large windows and tons of natural light coming in, the wood floors... Although the kitchen was not my dream white kitchen I thought it would do it just fine for a rental. I never really got to do much decorating in the kitchen, except for displaying fresh flowers arrangements and my white kitchen tools.
You can see a little peak of the cherry cabinets... not very shabby to my taste, but functional.

 Here is where all that media cabinet was placed.  Instead, I created an office area.

We used to borrow the french chairs from the dining room to enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony from time to time...

I decided to switch the bedroom orientation so we could enjoy the sunlight coming through the window on the opposite wall.

Photos MLS Courtesy

You'll notice in these photos, that I have lowered and added a crystal garland as well as some cream colored lamp shades to the chandelier. It only took me about 5 minutes to give it this new look. Easy and simple update.

The dining room has been my favorite place by far. I love grabbing a cup of coffee or tea these days and sitting with my computer at the table. I also thought that my corner cupboard was the perfect spot for that awkward narrow and skinny corner of the room.

I can't wait to get busy in decorating and arranging the furniture at the new home.

Thank you lovely friends for your comments! It has been wonderful sharing about my home with you all.

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Dreaming Shabby......... Vanessa