Looks For Less With Kirkland’s

Happy Friday Y’all!!!

It’s been a crazy busy week here so we are ready for the weekend!

You guys know that most of the time I’m on a strict budget so I love finding stylish home decor for less. I’ve recently re-discovered Kirkland’s, one of our neighborhood stores, where I used to shop with my mom all the time when I was younger.

Until recently I hadn’t realized the quality selection and prices that Kirkland’s has in store and even more online now. I can actually walk to our local store so I was kicking myself for waiting so long to check it out again. They’ve done an awesome job adding trendy styles to their collections and don’t forget about their affordable holiday and seasonal decor!

I was curious if Kirkland’s had items that really fit my casual coastal style and boy do they ever! Here are a few of my most recent design boards so you can see that I lean toward neutrals with pops of color and tons of texture. I also love painted furniture and was surprised at the amount of accent pieces Kirklands’ offers online.

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This is my closet I’m currently working on that you can see here.

OB-Closet Inspiration

This is a rustic coastal bathroom I designed this summer.

OB-Rustic Bathroom

Here is my office plan that I finished up a few months ago and you can see the reveal here.

My Office Inspiration Board

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Check out a few of the items I found at Kirkland’s and how they compare to other retailers. I was kind of shocked when I saw the actual price differences (and similarity of items) on paper.

lamps

dressers

ropemirrors

consoles

Now when I’m looking for a certain piece I’ve always got Kirkland’s in the back of my mind because I know their prices can’t be beat. What are your favorite pieces?

Oh yeah, don’t forget about their throw blankets and accessories too! Thanks to my friends at DIY Playbook I picked up this oversized throw for $14.99 yesterday!!! I couldn’t believe it because it’s 50″ x 70″ and SO soft and comfy!

kirklands blanket

My Kirkland’s Finds:

Stacked Glass Lamp

Distress Blue Dresser

Rope Mirror

White Console Table

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and if you’re in the Carolinas enjoy this beautiful weather! I’m sure it will be cold (for us) before we know it!

One Room Challenge Fall 2014: Week 4

Welcome to my One Room Challenge Week 4 Update! Yikes you guys, I can’t believe there are only two weeks to go! I better get to work!

ORC '14

If you missed any weeks here they are: Week 1, Week 2, Week 3.

As you know I had not planned to rip out all of my wire shelving until I came across a sale on the Martha Stewart closet organizer from Home Depot! And I will tell you it was totally worth it!!! I’m so ready to organize!

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I’m testing out some gold washi tape trim on the edges. What do you think? Yay or nay?

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This unit was pretty easy to install and I’m happy with the quality! It’s so versatile too, I can configure it any way I want. I’m still not sure what the best fit will be but I can’t wait to get my clothes back in.

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Since I hadn’t planned on spending money on the closet organizer the budget has taken a hit in all other areas. So the capiz shell chandelier is out :( First off it wouldn’t be enough light so we were going to have to install some can lights or another type of additional lighting that there aren’t funds for anymore. And I would have to buy the new light for the dining room too.

I’ve had this chandelier in my attic for awhile and what was once brass, then green is now turquoise :) With some cute bulbs I think this will work and put off enough light. It’s not the wow factor I was hoping for so I guess I have to wow in a different area!

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I did pick up some pretty hangers from HomeGoods and this rug. But…the rug is too small because of course I forgot my measurements while I was shopping :) Don’t worry, I’ve got another one in mind.

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And on to the clothes. I’m getting closer to finishing the purge but I’m taking my time because I want to be really strict about it. I’ve gotten rid of 1/2 of my shoes so far and 1/4 of my clothes. I’ve got piles for trash, donation and yard sale/ebay/craigslist. Everything that has made the cut lands on this clothing rack and then I’ll make the final cut. Post coming on this process soon…

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So that’s all folks! There’s not much I can check off the actual list this week but here is what’s happening this weekend: the accent wall, dresser painting, light hanging, and rug/basket shopping.

Progress Update

1. Remove wire shelving at the back of the closet (I removed it all!)

2. Add a mirror and dresser, shelf for sweater storage (dresser is in the works)

3. Remove florescent light fixture and add a chandelier (chandelier has been painted)

4. Add a cozy rug (found one but it’s too small) and artwork

5. Create new shoe storage

6. DIY jewelry storage

7. Purge and organize clothes (in process as you can see!)

8. Add baskets for storage (spotted some but haven’t sealed the deal)

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You can find the participants posts from  yesterday and today’s link ups at Calling It Home!

Here is the original plan. A few things have changed but I think I’m still somewhat on track. What do you guys think?

OB-Closet Inspiration

Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Jalapenos

Happy Monday Friends!

I hope y’all had a wonderful weekend. I have to admit that we went apple picking AGAIN for the 3rd time this season :) I just can’t get enough!

I’ve found myself “playing” on Saturday’s and spending Sunday after church with my little man at lacrosse practice then grocery shopping and trying new recipes.

Ever since I saw this bacon wrapped Jalapeno recipe that Michael from Inspired By Charm posted I knew I had to try them! You guys, they did NOT disappoint! Michael posts the most amazing recipes and cocktails and his blog is always my ‘go to’. You can check his recipes out here.

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This might be the most yummy appetizer I’ve tried in a long time and it’s so easy…literally 3 ingredients (can you guess what they are?)!

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The recipe came at a perfect time because we have jalapenos in our garden that were ready to be picked and I’ve been trying to decide what to make with them. Aren’t they pretty??? Oh yeah, we grew these!

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First, cut your jalapenos in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Michael recommended using plastic gloves but I didn’t, oops! You know I like to take short cuts :)

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Fill each one with the softened cream cheese. Michael used a cream cheese and craisin mix but I didn’t have any craisins on me and I’m trying to each less carbs these days so I left them out.

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I definitely used Michael’s instructions for cooking the bacon on a pan covered in tin foil for 8 minutes on 350 first just to get the bacon cooking. Then I wrapped the bacon around the jalapenos and baked them for 25 minutes. If you cook the bacon some first by the time everything is finished baking the bacon will be crispy. I don’t know about y’all but I don’t like partially cooked bacon.

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Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

Jalapenos

Cream Cheese, softened

Bacon

Instructions

Cut your jalapenos in half and scoop out the insides with a spoon. Place your bacon on a cookie sheet covered in foil and bake for 8 minutes on 350. I used half a slice of bacon each because my jalapenos were small to medium sized but if they were large I would use the whole slice. While the bacon is cooking fill the jalapenos with cream cheese. When the bacon is finished let it cool enough so you can pick it up and wrap it around the jalapenos. Place them seam down on the same cookie sheet and bake for 25 minutes on 350.

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This is a delicious and low carb appetizer that is so easy to make! What do you think? Do you love bacon, cheese and jalapenos as much as I do?

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Make sure to check out my easy honey and goat cheese app and avocado dip!

Honeycomb & Goat Cheese App

Creamy Avocado Dip

 

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Restless Arrow // Nap Time Creations // Just A Girl & Her Blog // Place Of My Taste //

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