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It’s quite simple, really. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to create an amazing outdoor environment, nor do you have to have a lot of space – we certainly don’t! My favorite place to shop for inexpensive and stylish outdoor furniture is [At Home]. We bought our chairs from there for $35 per chair. We also bought all our outdoor cushions from there as well, and I absolutely love them!

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We bought our fire pit from [Overstock.com] for a great price, but I would recommend looking through your local Craigslist before buying new. My close friend bought theirs for $25 as opposed to the typical $200 fire pit. OutdoorOasis (3)OutdoorOasis (4)

It’s important to include multiple surfaces in your outdoor oasis to place items on, such as important Starbucks mugs full of yummy tea. I found our orange folding tray table in the outdoor section of At Home for a great price. Also, be sure to check out Lowes or Home Depot for outdoor tables, because I got my turquoise one below for less than $20!!OutdoorOasis (5)OutdoorOasis (6)

To give your outdoor oasis an eclectic and cozy atmosphere, don’t forget to include lanterns of all shapes and sizes. The key is to create multiple “levels”; use books or boxes to create various heights in which your decor is placed. Each of my lanterns is at a different height, as seen below. And finally, if you don’t have the space to create a garden, potted plants are a great option! The more, the better, in my opinion! Just don’t go too overboard, or it may look cramped. OutdoorOasis (7)

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Our house is an ever-changing, ever-evolving thing. My husband is constantly annoyed with my projects. I don’t really care too much, because in the end they always seem to work out. Sometimes, though, it takes a little more effort.

Take this ottoman, for example. It was a little more work than I had originally thought it would be. I was also pretty nervous about the material; it didn’t really match anything in our house! I got it on sale at Joann for $8 a yard, which is pretty pricey, if you ask me. (I used [this 50% off coupon]!) The ottoman was on sale at TJ Maxx for only $50, though, so I figured I could splurge a bit on cute fabric.

A word of advice: When you’re looking to cover an ottoman, or any piece of furniture, with fabric, make sure you take measurements. I eyeballed the thing before going to get fabric, and it turns out that it was definitely not long enough on one side.

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So, I took the measurements (below) and tried to sew the fabric together on my sewing machine. Wrong. Don’t try to sew faux fur when you don’t really know what you’re doing, which was my case precisely. (That’s another thing my husband hates: I pretty much wing it when it comes to… well, everything. Crafts, sewing, cooking, baking. Dumb.) The stupid thing wouldn’t sew properly and it ended up breaking my needle. So much for that.

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I ended up using my [staple gun], which is a very handy thing to have, and the whole thing is put together with staples. The glorious thing is that you can’t tell because the fur is so thick! The seams are on either side of the top of the ottoman (sorry for the horrible explanation, it doesn’t seem to be a good day for advanced vocabulary for me. Maybe I’ll come back on a better day and edit this post. Maybe). Since the fabric was too short, I figured it’d look best to have 2 strips on either side, and one long strip going from one end to the other. (No matter how many times I read this paragraph, it doesn’t seem to get any better or easier to understand. And I’m the one writing it!)

So there you have it. The world’s worst DIY post with the world’s worst explanation. Good luck making your own. Maybe you should YouTube it.

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I wish I had posted these earlier, but better late than never! Shawn and I decided on a set budget for Marlowe’s nursery, and not only did I finish it under budget, but I had enough money left over to purchase a diaper bag that I’d been keeping my eye on. (I’ll post pictures of it later…)

We purchased Marlowe’s crib at [allmodern.com], and although it’s sold out right now, I’ve included a link to their uniquely modern crib options. The glider chair is from [Babies ‘R’ Us], and the rest of her furniture is from [Ikea] << the world’s greatest store EVER!

I had been keeping an eye out for unique decoration pieces at places like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, West Elm and Etsy. Originally, I had planned on a bird theme, but I found a few pieces that I couldn’t resist buying. Like, the giraffe figurines and the elephant pillow. So, I changed her nursery to an animal theme. To tie it all together, I designed a few pictures of animals in Photoshop that I put in frames above her crib.

I’ve been painting since I was 12 (I had my first big commissions when I was 16) so it seemed only natural that I hang a few canvases in the nursery. I love quirky, simple artwork, so I painted a bird on each of the 3 canvases that I had purchased at Michael’s. I absolutely LOVE the results! I really wanted the nursery to be unique and creative, so everything on the walls (excluding the mirror) was designed by yours truly. I had also looked and looked for a mobile to go over the crib, but I couldn’t find one anywhere that I liked. So I decided to make my own. It was super easy once I found one I liked on Pinterest!

Okay! Enough chit chat; it’s time to show off my favorite room in the house!

And lastly, I just had to include a picture of my baby girl, all cuddled up in her blankie!! (Click [here] for more pictures of Marlowe!!)