Friday, July 10, 2015

5 Cheap + Cheerful Things for Your Home

By: Lisa Ng

Trying to add a little fun to your home without spending a ton?

I moved to Los Angeles two years ago with four suitcases, my pots and pans and drove across the country in my hatchback. I sold almost everything I owned and was slowly rebuilding again while adding a big of a fun personality. Budget was definitely important! 
So here are 5 cheap + cheerful items I've come across for my home:

1) Moustache Mugs ($1) 

I Spotted these cute and quirky Moustache Mugs at the dollar store for – $1! They make me smile every time I open the cupboard. The mugs are dishwasher and microwave safe. So if you’re thinking of getting yourself a set, check your local Dollarama or order them online. They might be a bit more than a dollar elsewhere, but they should still be fairly inexpensive.

2) Laundry Hedgehogs ($6)

I came across these adorable and useful Laundry Dryer Hedgehogs for six bucks! You pop them in your dryer to detangle your laundry, so your clothes dry faster, there’s less static cling and you save money and energy with these Kikkerland hedgehogs. I’ve seen other dryer balls retail for over $20, so this was a total find! Anyhooo couldn’t keep this gem to myself. 

3) Umbrella Ring Holder ($8)

An Anthroplogie score! I found this cute little umbrella-shaped ring holder for only $8. I finally have a place to store all my rings – I love a cheap thrill. For now, it’s sitting on a mirrored tray that I have on my dresser. This would even make a cute little engagement gift for a friend.

4) Milk Bottle ($6)

I'm always on the lookout for interesting vases and containers. I found this cute Milk Bottle that I turned into a vase at Cost Plus World Market for $6! You can find these glass flip-top bottles pretty much anywhere these days.

5) Donut Art Print ($26.50)

I came across the whimsical donut wrapping paper ($2.50 for one sheet) at Paper Source the other day, I thought it would be the perfect fun piece of art to frame it and put into my kitchen. Buy a frame – I usually print off a 40% off coupon for Michael’s to use towards a frame. I got the white one you see above for $24 – such a deal! Ikea is also another favourite if you’re looking for cheap frames, but I like the matting on the frames at Michael’s a bit better.

Have you found any cute, cheap + cheerful things for your home that just make you smile?

Lisa Ng is also the Editor-in-Chief of This Beautiful Day, a lifestyle blog for smart women. You can follow her online @helloLisaNg + on Instagram @ThisBeautifulDay.

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