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I love designs that obviously required more ingenuity than investment. And I appreciate rooms that look put together without being expensive. Sometimes the most beloved piece in a room is the family heirloom, the flea market find, the dresser you found on the road side and refurbished yourself. Or the quilt you made with your grandmother.
This post celebrates rooms with more muscle in them than money. Because pouring money into a space doesn’t guarantee it’ll be stylish. But pouring your heart and creativity into one usually does. There’s your warm ‘n fuzzy thought for the day.
Here’s a fun entry in Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest.

And a fantastic kids room, also via AT.

I love the wooden crates under the shelf.
What a happy little nook.
The magic of art and good lighting.
Vintage finds make the space
(no matter how you feel about hanging a dress as wall art).
Simple and colorful via Poppytalk.
An eclectic mix of accessories does the job here. And you don’t have to have a claw foot tub to make this look happen.
Wall decals…modern desk…modern chair…done.
Neutrals and a dash of morning light.
This home is beautifully decorated with mostly secondhand and vintage finds. Check out the whole space over on Design Sponge.
Decorating with the things you love, like books.
I’d love to take a nice, long bath in here.
Linens are one of the easiest ways to spruce up a bathroom.
And I leave you with one more fantastic,
budget-conscious kid’s room from Ohdeedoh.

Thanks for stopping by!
xoxo, Shannon