Sunday, August 26, 2012

The Fake-It Frugal House Tour, Summer 2012

I'm back and delighted to welcome you to my new home!  This will be a new series of tours so you can see how my home changes through the holidays and the seasons, as well as the Fake-It Frugal additions I make through the years to come.

Welcome to Summertime at the Beach House!

C'mon into The Foyer!

Here, you'll see a few of my previous projects such as the Rag Rose Lamp, the Mirror Transformation, and the Salty Dog Sign.

I love this old gate!  I got it years ago at a yard sale for $5.00 and it's been a prominent part of my decor ever since!  

Formal Living Room

This room is going to make a dramatic change in the coming months!
Can't wait to share it with you!

The Family Room

The space may change, but our Family Values do not!  

The French Country Coffee Table I refinished using shoe polish.

The French Country Side Table I also refinished using shoe polish.

On this shelf, you may recognize the Fake Nautical Buoy, the Mermaid's Lantern, and the Messages in a Bottle!  

The Dining Room

Underneath the buoys is the French Country Furniture Side Board.  

Here, I'm displaying my collection of Fake Primitive Pottery!  

The Kitchen

This is my Mini-General Store - a place for candles, snacks & other often-used necessities of the kitchen.
Much prettier than a junk drawer!     

I even opted for "Fake Granite" on my counter tops instead of the real thing.
Much easier to maintain and a whole lot less expensive!  

The Morning Room

I'm using an old ladder as my window valance.
I've added a few lights, rags & a garland to give it some glam!  

Even my parakeets got a new home!  Got this cage for a steal (only $25) on eBay!  

Remember this project?  Fake Pottery Barn Place Mats.

On the director's chair is one of my Fake Pottery Barn Nautical Pillows!

The Guest Bedroom

Hey look!  There's the Homespun Floor Lamp!

The Master Bedroom/Bathroom

The Heather Inn Quilt Rack.

It's been really fun collecting Beachy things here and there to display!  

Fancy as this shower may be, it still houses my cheapo, fixed-up Shower Caddy!  

My Son's Room

He is into Space right now!  

I wanted something "Spacey" for his window treatments, so I used Dryer Vent Pipe as Valances! 

I had a little extra vent pipe, so I added it to the wall to make it look like the interior of a space ship.  

There's more to come for his room...stay tuned!

Hubby's Home Office

We finally have space to display my husband's collection from his travels detailed in the Treasure Map above. Just wait till I show you what kind of desk I've made for him!

My Craft Room - Sneak Peek
(Currently Under Construction)

Holy Cow!  I can't wait to show you what I'm up to for my craft room!
This will be a post all on it's own - Coming Soon!!!

The Pantry

My General Store Pantry is working it's way back to being Well-Stocked.  

There are a few more rooms and spaces that I will be adding to the Fake-It Frugal House Tour as we go along, but for now...

Thanks for visiting!  Hope you'll stop by again soon!

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  1. Im seriously in love with your new home. Can't wait for all of your new posts. Welcome back.

  2. I love your home. Your bathroom is huge!

  3. Nice! I love the dryer vent tubing. Super cute idea!

  4. Love the ladder for a valance! Great decorating ideas!

  5. First, I'm so glad your back!!! I missed your regular posts so much. Second, I love your home!! You've made it homey, comfortable, stylish without breaking the bank. I love your own touches and "FAKE IT" designs and touches! Your a real inspiration!! Love your home and thanks for sharing with all of us!

  6. Welcome back!! Your house looks great love all you beach ascents they are so adorable. great job!!! Can't wait to see your craft room.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  7. Wow! Thank you for the amazing tour. So inspiring. We are planning on moving next year outside of the city and so excited about it. You're post just gets me that much more excited about moving and setting up my "dream home." Can I hire you? :)

  8. Thanks for the tour. What is fake granite? I need some. Seriously, the cost of granite is prohibitive and yours looks great.

    1. It's actually just laminate countertops that have the look of granite - you'd be amazed at how many different colors and styles there are & MUCH cheaper than the real thing!

  9. I especially love the dryer vents in your son's room. Very clever! Your husband's office is very nice, too. It looks like you are settling in nicely. Thank you for sharing! You are a true inspiration.

  10. Your home is gorgeous! And I agree with Jenn...I am drooling over your HUGE bathroom! Nice job...I can't wait to see how it evolves as the seasons change! :)

  11. This is wonderful. I'm fairly new to your blog and can't wait to see what more you have in store for us.

    Keep writing...

  12. I love your house it looks like pictures out of a magazine. Love the blog thinks for sharing this with us.

  13. Hi! I came over from Coastal Charm! Love your the ladder valance and I LOVE YOUR SON'S bedroom....adorable! Your craft room is looking good...I'm currently re-do'ing mine too!

  14. what a great space! i love the spacy bedroom, that is such a different idea, and i love those ferns in your entry. so welcoming!

  15. You have a lovely home! And blog btw! I have bookmarked this page so I can explore it in more detail and have a go at some of the frugal versions and DIY's!

    Thanks for sharing!


  16. I enjoyed the tour. You have several ideas I'm going to share with my daughter. thanks.

  17. Featuring YOU today! You were the most viewed link from last week's party. Yay! :) Thanks for sharing at {wow me} wednesday.

    Ginger @

  18. Congrats on the new place! Looks awesome! I would give anything for your organizational/cleaning skills! :)

  19. Wow! This is cool. I love your place and my favorite part was you morning room, I think taking a cup of coffee in that wonderful area can make me feel great. Big thanks.

    Charles@homes for sale Philippines

  20. I love your home!I had a lot of fun looking at your pictures. I need to organized my good storage like you do, someday. ;) Great post!

  21. Love the mermaid lamp and the dryer venting in the bedroom!


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