Live Pretty on a Penny: August 2015

Free Printable Alert! Botanical Gallery Wall Art

Monday, August 31, 2015


Hello and happy almost September! I cannot believe we are so close to the year ending. It seems like days are just a blur and I can no longer keep up. Just know that may days, blogging keeps me sane, so thanks for always popping by and keeping this all going for me. You all are so appreciated.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic weekend. I spent most of the weekend painting and cleaning the guest room. I am so happy with the direction that it is going! Remember the gallery wall botanical art inspiration that I showed you on my mood board last week?


Free Printable Royal Blue and Yellow Botanical Prints formatted to be printed for an 8"x10" or 11"x14" frame. www.simplymadebyrebecca.wordpress.com
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Well, it is hung and I am in love with the way it adds to the bed and breakfast look that I am going for in this room. Plus, the site where I got my printables offers a large variety of other botanical prints.

Sneak Peak Photo taken by my camera phone:)

I figured that this is the perfect time to share some of the sources that I came across while looking for free printables for this wall. 
 

Printables are the perfect way to add art to any space, and since your can find free ones, then its definitely worth a shot. All you need to do is find a frame, which can be found at Dollar Tree, add the print and voila, instant free art.

Since I was fortunate enough to find these free printables and love how they look, I wanted share the source and give you even more free botanical art sources and wall inspirations!

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I hope that these sources allow you to see the possibilities of a beautiful botanical gallery wall. If you have a blank wall that could use a little something, then this could be the way to go. Pinterest is also a great source for additional free botanical prints. Also,botanical art is not the only free print option. There are several other ideas out there such as birds, flowers, animals, etc. It will just take a little searching online.

Have you used any type of free printables in your home before?

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time!


The Great Headboard Debate

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Hi all! I am wrecking my brain today, as I need to make a decision regarding a headboard for the guest room. Since it in the guest room, I only want to spend around $100. All of the options below meet that budget but I just can't decide. I could DIY something, but I just don't think I will have the time.

The walls will be dark gray, so I am thinking of a lighter fabric headboard, but rustic like wood tones are keeping my interest, along with vintage style iron frames. Sometimes even a pretty white headboard crosses my mind.

Sigh. So what do you guys think? Based on the inspiration board that I shared yesterday, what style headboard inspires you for this room?





I have to admit...I am stumped. Help me out. Which one should I go with? Thank you in advance.

Until next time!

Guest Room Ideas and Overhaul

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hey guys! I hope that you had a fantastic weekend. Mine was okay...having some issues with my A/C unit so I am so happy that the temperatures here in Georgia are not as hot as they have been over the last month. That makes this situation a whole lot more tolerable.

If you are reading this, I am sure that you noticed my new blog design (insert BIGGEST smile ever)! I am so in love with it. Fresh starts give me so much inspiration. I hope that you love the design as much as I do! I keep visiting the site because I just love looking at it. Oh, and I am no longer a.blogspot, I am now a .com:) Changes everywhere and change is good!

Now, on to what we are here for today. I am here to show you guys some guest room ideas that I have been working on. To give you a bit of an idea about where this whole guest room makeover came from, I won a makeover contest, which includes a big box store gift card, a Visa gift card, paint samples of my choice, and it has forced me to finally tackle this eyesore with the help of my prizes!

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I know. I should totally be ashamed. It doesn't normally look like this, especially when guests come by, but overall it is really drab. But that will soon change!

I have been gathering some ideas based on the way that I want my guests to feel when the come for a visit:
  • Comfortable
  • Welcomed
  • Relaxed
  • Inspired
Based on these feelings, I wanted the room to feel updated, bed and breakfast like, and serene. Here is the board that I came up with.



Sources of this inspiration board are available on my Pinterest board titled 2nd Guest room


I love visiting quaint hotels that feel bed and breakfast and cottage like so I wanted to semi-incorporate this style into my guest room, but in a way that fits into the style of my home.

There are some things that I will do in the room that are not addressed on this board, and some things that are addressed may change along the way. For example, it's not addressed in this board, but I am pretty sure that I will be breaking up some of that green, with possibly navy blue, orange,  or another color. We shall see.

I am so excited to get started and plan to share snippets along the way here and on Instagram, so make sure that you are following me over there. I have about a month to complete this project so I guess I should go get started!!

First up? Picking the perfect deep gray wall color. Then finding the perfect green for the tall dresser, as that this the color that I am leaning toward painting it.

Are you working on any room projects? Got any cool guest room ideas that your guests love that you want to share? Spill it! Lol.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Until next time.


Baby Boy's First Baseball Game

Monday, August 10, 2015

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I got to take my son to his first baseball game here in Atlanta at Turner Field. This particular game was the Atlanta Braves vs. the Chicago White Sox.If you follow me on IG then you know that I refer to him as #toddlerjules. Part of my whole motto of "living pretty on a penny" is creating a multitude of life experiences for myself and my family on a budget that works for us. So when we got the opportunity to score Atlanta Braves tickets for $13 a piece, and #toddlerjules' ticket being free, we couldn't pass up on this deal.




When we arrived, the young lady who greeted us to take our tickets was super nice and told us to make sure that we get our boy a certificate that commemorated his first game. They gave these out inside at one of the booths in Scouts Alley.





After that, we just kinda absorbed everything. Turner Field is huuuuge and it was pretty hot. But the little one was in awe of everything going on around him and I just love seeing him taking it all in.









I am so glad that we got to experience this as a family. We also had a few hot dogs, but I didn't photograph them very well, so I chose not to share. They were some type of specialty hot dogs and they were good!!

You can check out #toddlerjules enjoying the remainder of the french fries while checking out the game. I love watching my baby boy grow up and seeing him experience this part of life and being here to see it makes me feel so blessed.

Thank you all for following along. Until next time. Have a great week!