August 17, 2016

I Love Shopping...In My Own Home

If you know me, you know I have a strong aversion to shopping. I get anxiety just thinking about going to a mall. Thus, I have become quite good at two other types of purchasing items: Internet Shopping...sorry Steve!...and shopping in my own home. What in the world is that? I'm glad you asked! Shopping in my own home is simply looking for things I already own to serve a new purpose in a different place. Let me give you an example.

We are beginning our fourth year of homeschooling. We homeschool in our little classroom which is set up in our former dining room. (Mind you, the following took me four years to figure out.) Anyway, I have never been a fan of the light we selected to hang above our kitchen table. It put off minimal light, and was just a bit bulky. I began to envision a black chandelier there instead. I scoured magazines and websites for the perfect one. I knew exactly what I wanted, and needed to find one I could present to Steve that would pass the financial test. ; ) I looked and looked. I just couldn't find what I was looking for. And then. You guessed it...One day I walked passed the schoolroom...and there...still hanging...was the black chandelier that had hung above our dining room table!!!!!  Needless to say I was thrilled! What business does a black chandelier have hanging in a schoolroom anyway, when there is a perfectly good kitchen table in need of its services???

In mere days, that chandelier was hung in the kitchen, and the Heavens rejoiced! Ok, maybe not, but it sure seemed like it with all the light it put off. Steve replaced it with a simple ceiling light in the schoolroom and we-meaning-I were happy again.

Doesn't it look like it just belongs?

Looks like new. Actually eleven years old.
Perfect. : )

And if you notice something that actually is new...that hutch in the background was a surprise from my hubby! We have had the buffet forever, and I found the matching hutch online one day and he promptly brought it home for me. Yay Steve!

I filled it with items from another in-home shopping spree!
I gathered items from around the kitchen area, and after a few minutes hours of rearranging, I was all set.

Tara, a spot for my teacups!

And finally, a spot for my baby plates. : )

And there you have it. My tips on making your home look completely different without spending a ton of money...use what you already have, and add a few new things to spruce it up.
Yes. I did splurge and get new placemats. Note to self: Refrain from washing light tan placemats with red dishcloths. ; )

Enjoy the rest of your week, my friends.


  1. Ready for this??? I just read the title of this post and I HAVE to comment. I was just thinking yesterday when I was home rearranging that I HAVE to do a post on shopping in my home. Seriously!!! Now off to read yours :)!!!

  2. Okay, I read it now. I LOVE the schoolroom light above the kitchen table. It DOES look perfect! And the new hutch above the buffet? ADORE. It's lit and has a place for your teacups! It's perfect in that space. I'm sure it makes your kitchen look even more cozy. (as if it wasn't the top of the cozy list already) You are so good at shopping your home. I love it all! Ok... so where is the hot chocolate station going to go?

  3. And here I thought I was the only who "shopped" the house, smiles. Awesome and I just love the chandelier, Billie Jo. smiles.

    Have a beautiful day friend.

  4. Wow! Beautiful! You definitely have a keen talent for decor! How perfect that the chandelier worked out! The hutch? Very lovely! I'd love to have a knack for creativity in decorating. Our home has a whole lot of antiques passed down and sometimes its a challenge but I'm all bout traditional decor anyway. Yours is awesome! Love the teacups! 😉

  5. Your chandelier and hutch are so beautiful!!!! Everything looks wonderful, Billie Jo! I know exactly what you mean when you "shopping in your own home". I do it all the time. Puttering and shifting things around is my favorite hobby. A candle on a side table is a totally different candle in the bathroom. Am I right? Or it least if feels that way. I love your home!!!! ♥♥♥

  6. Absolutely LOVE that hutch!! You decorated it all so very nice and your dining room looks so warm and welcoming! The old cookbooks especially caught my eye! I absolutely LOVE them! My aunt has given me a couple that have been in our family for generations and I just love all the old notes, stains etc that comes with cooking with love! :-) Enjoy your day!


  7. I love shopping my home and changing things around, makes it all look different each time I do it and saves pounds. Love how you changed your light it looks amazing over the table, you are certainly blessed with a beautiful home.

  8. Look at you...Fun, frugal, and fabulous. The light looks great there. And the hutch is really pretty. Yay Steve!
    I couldn't believe when you said you started homeschooling FOUR YEARS AGO!!!! Where did the time go?
    Your new background is pretty, too.
    Enjoy the rest of your week, Billie Jo.

  9. Beautiful family dining area! Love the new hutch, Saying Grace wooden block and chandler.Your posts always brighten my day.Best wishes for the new home school year. Thank you for sharing.... The place mats are gorgeous.

  10. I enjoy shopping in my own home too. Your room is perfect.

  11. It looks great! Beautiful New hutch, and those cookbooks! I love shopping my home, but I also love shopping Home Goods,Hobby Lobby, Marshalls, Ross, Kirkland's, Michaels, Tuesday Morning well you get the idea : )

  12. I have that exact chandelier. Good taste :). I decorate with primitives so naturally I think your homes looks perfect! Love that "say grace" sign.

  13. I love your hutch!!! It is beautiful. I also think the chandelier looks awesome. One of my favorite sayings Was renew reuse recycle I prefer to shop from home too. What I really dislike is clothes shopping. My how I have changed from when I was in my twenties, used to love it. I love how you decorated your hutch as well. You have a gift for making your house so homey and beautiful. Have a great week. Hugs. Juli

  14. What a great idea to use what you already have, that chandelier is perfect! And that hutch, Wow! What a good hubby you have. :)

  15. Good morning Billie Jo,

    I love your "new" light fixture and your fabulous new hutch.

    Hutches are so wonderfully cozy with their glass shelves and warm lights and doors and more glass reflecting lights and imagines in the surrounding rooms.

    I love your home.


  16. Love it all -- you are soooo good!! It looks fabulous! I need to try this and figure out where to put stuff away!

    Have a great day sweetie!

  17. Beautiful! Love love love that hutch! Something like that is on my own wish list.

    Beautiful table too...and chandy. How awesome that you were able to get a whole new look for next to nothing!


  18. Billie Jo,

    Every time I visit your corner of the blogosphere, I feel a sense of calm (and envy) with your warm, cozy decorating skills and talents! The chandelier looks perfect and the hutch is beautiful! May your 4th homeschool year be a blessed one!

  19. Genius my Friend! I LOVE that chandelier in there. Fits perfectly. And your new hutch is so cozy and homey with all of your goodies in it. Great shopping Hon! ;) xoxo


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