An Artful Disguise

As promised, here’s my other bargain art piece from my recent Target shopping spree.  I’ve been looking for a subway art piece for the wall between the entryway and the office for a while now, and actually purchased a canvas from Michaels to create my own.  Luckily, before I got to that little project I spotted this on sale at Target for around $20.  The color was a great contrast to the wall and I love the phrase, but what I really love is how it’s doing double duty!


How you ask?  Well it’s hiding the not so lovely thermostat!  How clever is that?!  Of course I can’t take credit for this brilliant idea since I got it from Pinterest, but I’m still super happy with how it turned out.


All it took was a couple of hinges and it was bye, bye boring thermostat!  The hubs did notch out the frame of the canvas just a bit so we could center it on the wall, but that was due to my preference on location.


This same idea could be used to disguise other wall mounted items like alarm systems or old intercom systems.  Have you decorated around your thermostat or disguised something in your home?  Tell me how with a comment below!

The Hubs’ New Desk Chair & A Few Other Bargains

Check out the hubs’ new desk chair! Isn’t it pretty?! I’m loving it, not only because it can also double as a photography prop (whoop, whoop), but because I got a great deal on it.  Originally marked at $218 at Target, I asked customer service to price match their website where I found it for $152.  And to make it an even sweeter deal I used a $5 off coupon, plus $10 in ShopKick rewards and got another 5% off thanks to my Red Card. Let’s just say I was doing my happy dance!


I also found a couple of other bargains on that shopping trip.  The first was this pouf, which the hubs has been enjoying using as a foot rest when he sits on the couch.  It’s indoor/outdoor material so it can be used on our deck next summer, but in the meantime it can also serve as extra seating when we have guests over.


I snagged a couple of bargain art pieces as well.  One became a little project I’ll share with you next week, but here’s the other.  I found this pretty little piece on clearance for just $7!  It was the perfect size for the blank wall next to the mirror in our guest bathroom and it fits the colors I’ve used in that space exactly.


Just another example of why I adore Target and shop there often!  I think the only way it could get better is if they would pay me to shop!  A girl can dream right?! 🙂

Our New Barstools


While building our house I planned to use the extra chairs from our bar height table at the kitchen island bar so they’d be within easy reach if we needed to add a few seats.  Unfortunately, we soon realized that they weren’t high enough to be used at the bar unless we wanted every adult to feel like they were sitting at the kiddie table!  So the hunt began for a set of barstools.  I found an option at Target that I liked and purchased one to bring home and test out.  It turned out to be the perfect fit and was pretty darn comfy, but with a price tag of $117 each (Alaska price)  I wasn’t about to buy all the stools at once.  About a month later the chairs went on sale and I found that the store would price match the website, so I picked up another for around $90.  That gave us two spots to sit at the bar, which was enough for us, but it drove me CRAZY having just two stools in this massive space for MONTHS.

A few weeks ago the stars aligned.  I found a Cartwheel coupon for 25% off bar stools which could be combined with a store coupon of $10 off a home purchase of $75 or more.   Added to the website price match and my 5% off for using my red card I came home with another three stools for under $75 each!  And they even loaded them in the truck for me!  I think I sang the happy song the entire day!  Those of you who follow me on Facebook probably saw my ode to Target that day.

The hubs assembled two and proclaimed that four was the perfect number of stools.  I thought he was saying that just so he wouldn’t have to assemble the final stool, but when I looked I had to agree.  You read that right.  My husband was right.  Five stools would be too crowded.  So not only was he right, he saved us almost $75!  I knew there was a reason I married him. 🙂


But the most important reason these chairs are perfect is that they sit just high enough that when Luna sits in one she can see over the counter.  I haven’t been able to get a picture of that in action, but trust me that it happens and it’s hysterical. Just imagine a little kitty face peering over the top of the counter in this shot…