Home Decor on a Budget

Let me a tell you a story not long ago, a belle liked to save money and pat her ‘fro!

Did you like my little rap? Well, friends the foliage is here, the leaves are falling and we’re gearing up to be fashionably frugal in the fall. Sans the alliteration, I hope you get my drift.

In addition to having our fall/winter fashion game on point, the sis and I like to redecorate our home for the season. When we say redecorate, we’re not looking at color palettes y’all (been there done that AND have the uneven paint on the wall to prove it).

Found these thrifting. We paid $17 for the pair, and spray painted them. They were pretty beat up, but we brought them to life!

We love for our rooms to reflect our individual personalities. Tamika and I enjoy looking for bedding like the little old/young ladies we are, and finding looks that suit our tastes. During some shopping last season, we found some great comforter sets on sale at Macy’s. Without much adieu, here’s how I decorated mine:

This comforter set retailed for over $200, but I got it on sale for much less than that…I think around $70. To jazz it up, I added these brown/turquoise pillows that I found for $8 at the Junior League of Birmingham’s Bargain Carousel. Who says home decor can’t be high style without spending a lot of money?

Here are a few tips to get your home in high style:

  • Buy nice comforters that can transition well throughout the year. This comforter is perfect for year-round and adds a bright look for the fall.
  • Invest in high quality sheets, preferably Egyptian cotton. A high thread count is great, but it’s really the cotton that matters.
  • Shop the thrift stores and yard sales. You’d be amazed at what you’ll find for less.
  • Sign up for text alerts and google coupons for some of your favorite stores. We like finding home items at Macy’s, Haverty’s, and of course a good thrift store.

Do you have any home decor tips you’d like to share? Until we upload our newest vid, check out our Fox6 segment here!

Fab Frugal Finds: Shop ’til You’re Hot!

I have a gold pair…the sis has a silver pair!

We’ve been taking a blog nap, but are back with this post as promised! Remember what we wore to Taste of Atlanta’s Tweetup? I told you we’d share the items that were from consignment/thrift stores. A lot of peeps cannot believe that we found these great items, but we want you to know that you can too.

Don’t be afraid to take your time when looking for sweet pieces to enhance your fall style! It takes time to find these fab treasures, so, no rushing when shopping is allowed. Isn’t Shermika’s yellow blazer to die for? I love the color and the gold buttons!

The sis paid $1 for it and her black pants thirfting! She paired it with her HOT 75th anniversary Coach bag, a studded white sleeveless tee, and some too cute flats by Kenneth Cole. Take a closer look!

Shoes: $20 (Belk)

Blazer: $1 (Thrifted)

Pants: $1 (Thrifted)

Bag: 75th Anniversary Coach

Shirt: $5 (Consignment)

Earrings: $8 (Consignment)

Shoes: $19 (Found these kitten-heeled Tahari’s at Belk a few weeks ago–Holla!)

Clutch bag: Less than $20 (Consignment)




Book Love: I Brake for Yard Sales…

Hope you had a beautiful weekend filled with happiness, shopping, and MORE shopping! Name one thing shopping can’t cure? Didn’t think so. 🙂 This weekend we’ve been a little in and out of the house, but did want to tell y’all about this book a belle loves by Lara Spencer: I Brake for Yard Sales and Flea Markets, Thrift Shops, Auctions, and the Occasional Dumpster. If you adore thrifting like us, then this book is perfect for you! Who doesn’t need more thriftiness in their life? I can’t think of one soul!!

If any of you want to start thrifting, but don’t know how–this is your book. It not only teaches you how to spot treasures , but how to make you house a home with thrifted items. It’s filled with tons of beautiful pics/ideas/stories and is perfect for any thrifting belle!

Don’t forget to take it with you when you go shopping because it’s perfect for your purse and you’ll have it as a handy reference when shopping. Happy thrifting, y’all! You can thank us with a cute fist pump!

Disclosure: The book was sent to us for review. Thanks so much, y’all! Our opinions are a belle’s own. 

Fab Thrifty Finds: A Challenge with Fox 6 WBRC News

$1.50 well spent

Who said thrifting can’t be fun? When a belle got the call to appear on Fox 6 WBRC news again and talk to viewers about thrifting, we shaked and shimmied. Even the dog was doing a happy dance! If you’ve been reading ArtBLT for some time, you know I’m frugal–and I’ve made Tamika get with the program. I coupon, I deal hunt, I thrift, and my sister joins in on the fun! She’s ALMOST as good as spotting a deal as me. Keyword is almost, y’all. Check out our vid!


Tamika and I had a ball as we explained to viewers how to shop at thrift stores and get more bang for their buck. Fox 6 News challenged us to spend $15 on a complete outfit from the thrift store. We visited the Salvation Army on Hwy 150 in Hoover and went to town! On Wednesday’s, items are 25%, so y’all know Tamika and I had no problem getting our shop on for cheap.

Here is what we found:

Khaki blazer $5.99 less 75%=$1.50 (Jimmy Hale)

Pink pants $6.99 less 25%=$5.24

Blue necklace $0.49 less 25%=$0.37

The sis paid: $7.11 total for her cute finds! 

Purse: Coach

Shoes: Rampage

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Since colored pants are in for the season, both Tamika and I went thrifting with that in mind. It’s important to have a game strategy while thrifting so you won’t spend endless hours on the racks. Fortunately, we managed to find what we were looking for, which is a good thing because I am a hard fit.

Black sequined shirt $4.99 less 25%= $3.74

Pink pants $6.99 less 25%= $5.24

Shoes: Aldo

With taxes, I came out at $9.78. Talk about a great deal!

Looks like a belle met the challenge and got an outfit under $15. Whoever said thrifting didn’t look this good? You can find cute threads no matter if you are a size 2 or 22. The thrift store is a treasure hunt. Do you thrift? Check back soon for some great thrifting tips!

Fab Thrifty Find: Old Purse, Young Mama

Shirt/Skirt: JC Penny, Bracelet/Necklace: Purchased at the Southern Women's Show, Shoes: Sam Edelman

Remember this cute purse I told y’all about a few weeks ago while thrifting at the bargain bash? Well, I finally wore it to work recently and a belle has something great to tell you about it. Other than it being over 60 years old (older than our mama), it’s in like-new condition and is so dainty. After getting my inspector gadget on, this vintage purse, which I only paid $2 for, was produced in the ’50s and is selling on Ebay for about $50. Can you believe that?!

When I told Tamika we laughed and talked about how someone’s family probably gave it away because they didn’t know what they had. Needless to say, I am so glad that they did! If you don’t thrift, you should try it. Thrifing is so fun and it’s the thrill of the hunt that we enjoy. *steps on soapbox*

I hate it when some people try to look down on thrifting. We all are entitled to our own opinions, but, if you are one to dine out and eat off plates that someone else ate off, or drink out of a glass that was previously used by another person, then, in our book, you shouldn’t have an issue. The “new” clothes that we try on when shopping at department stores aren’t as clean as some try to make it. *steps off box*

Either way, Tamika and I cannot wait to show you some of our thrift finds we’ve purchased recently. Be sure to watch a belle on Fox 6 this Sunday morning at 8:10 a.m. to see more fab thrifty finds! Bought any cute vintage items recently that have an interesting past?