Frugal Home Decor Ideas

I love looking through home decorating magazines and books for inspiration ideas for my own home. I take those ideas and find similar items for less money in order to create my dream room.  I recently furnished our living room in Oceanside, California with furniture and accessories from thrift stores, discount home stores, sidewalk finds and hand me downs.

You really can have a stylish room without spending a fortune.  The total cost of the living room was only $350. For more home decor ideas visit the Decor page on

Here’s a photo of the living room and an itemized list of where I acquired my frugal items:

  • Shabby Chic Sofa + Ottoman – Thrift Store $200 set
  • Assorted Pillows – Ross, Marshall’s $7 each
  • Coffee Table – Yard Sale $5
  • Small Nesting Tables – Donated (thanks Leslie)
  • Silver Bowl and Shells – Donated (thanks again Leslie)
  • Sun, Sand, Surf Coasters – Ross $5 each
  • Colored Glass Vases – Rummage Sale $3 each
  • Retro Ashtray – Swap Meet (free at end of day)
  • Vintage Lamp + Shade – Antique Store $25
  • Sheer Curtains – Ross, Target $8 per panel
  • White Tray – Salvation Army $5
  • Flea Market Book on Tray – Gift
  • Side Table – Sidewalk Discard (re-stained with new knobs)

Beach Cottage Living Room

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