How to Re-style Your Home Even if IKEA is Outside of Your Budget


Hello, friends!

I know you've seen them-- the "IKEA hacks" that are always cropping up all over pinterest. And there are some good ones. But if I'm being real, Josh and I are still young, broke, and paying through school debt, and we can't really afford to buy furniture new (not even from that blue and yellow, Swedish super store). As a result, almost every piece of furniture we own was either generously given to us, scored on craigslist, or thrifted. And I wouldn't have it any other way. Here at ARL, we believe in casting intentional eyes on all that surrounds us. We find great purpose in re-imagining an older, well-lived piece with stories to share.


One such piece I stumbled across at my favorite thrift store, right on the lake. The Mid-Century Modern style of this small cabinet instantly caught my eye. I bought it with the intention of painting it, but when I got home and trialed it in my kitchen, I loved the light natural color and the grain of the laminate. I opted instead to update it with a pop of color in the form of shelf paper. I researched some online shops, looking for that perfect but affordable, retro print, but was coming up empty. So instead I picked up some square scrapbooking paper at Michael's in an enchanting, grass-green leaf print, a double sided tape roller, and got to work. After some measuring and cutting, I was left with a fresh little shelf that I just adore!



We hope that we can inspire you to google some thrift stores in your area, throw on your comfy shoes, and start digging. We know you'll be amazed at the unique finds you uncover.


Are you working on any re-styling projects? Do you have a thrift-store find you just love? Share with us in the comments below! We'd love to see.


Xo, holl & lil