5.3.13

ADVERTISE–GROW WITH ME




Thank you for your interest in Bargain Decorating with Laurie (formerly Bargain Hunting with Laurie). I welcome inquiries about advertising on the sidebar at BDwL.
The content of Bargain Decorating with Laurie is geared toward those who want to decorate a home on a budget, with emphasis on tablescaping and vignetting.  The majority of my readership is female.
About Laurie: My husband and I have been married since 1969.  We have two grown children, both married, and five grandchildren, ages three months to 11 years.  I began this blog, as a hobby, in October, 2008 and developed a loyal following.  In mid-2012, I began to actively work to increase readership, and BDwL is now showing steady growth. 
Blog Reach:

14,400 page views per month
280 email subscribers
3,700 Pinterest followers
680 Facebook followers
260 Twitter followers
 9,515,000 G+ Page Views
1090 G+ Circles
Bargain Decorating with Laurie is a friendly place. My posts are “down-to-earth” with  humor sprinkled throughout.  Many of my readers have been visiting BDwL since its inception, and have continued to be loyal readers.  BDwL is gaining new friends every week, and my on-going efforts to increase readership will produce continued growth. 
If you are interested in sponsoring/advertising on my blog, or if you have questions about advertising on my blog, please email Laurie at bargainhunr@gmail.com
. Let’s grow together.  Laurie

24.2.13

TOUR OUR HOME

I’ll start the tour of my home in the front entry hall, even though it is seldom used.  Everyone comes to our back door.
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I grew up in this house.  My parents built this house in 1949.  When they were both gone, my husband and I bought my sister’s half and remodeled the house for ourselves.
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As is normal in a home of that era, the entry hall led into the dining room on one side and the living room on the other side.  We refer to the former dining room as the study/music room.  I’ll confess, it is not often used for studying or for music (unless you count my CD player).  This room is where my laptop and my “crafting supplies” live (although not much crafting goes on around here either).  All of you know that there is a lot of computer use going on here though.
study
study piano
Since it was formerly a dining room, the study leads into the kitchen, which we remodeled. 
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From the kitchen, I can see into our family room, which we added in our remodel.
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Collections and mismatched furniture everywhere.  That’s my “style”.  Years ago, I read that if you love something, buy it, and it will coordinate with the rest of what you have.  I may have taken that advice a little too far, but we do enjoy living here.

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Our grandchildren often eat at the coffee table, so I have stools under it for them to use.
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fmly rm loft


fmly rm to porch


From the family room, you can see our sunroom (I just hope you can’t see our swimming pool in the backyard which currently has green water in it)
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snrm w end
The “ladder” in the sunroom leads to my husband’s home office.  (I’m not allowed to photograph it.)  To be honest, he doesn’t use it very often, and I have stashed so much junk up there, I can’t share photographs of it. (There may be signs of a potential hoarder in that room!) 
sunrm east end

There is a small powder room at the end of the sunroom.  We refer to it as the "summer bathroom", because it is only used by swimmers and has evolved into a flamingo theme, because people keep gifting me with flamingos.
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Our master bedroom is always a work in progress (without much progress).  I hung toile tablecloths as curtains when we moved in 10 years ago.  They were SUPPOSED to be temporary, but they are still  there.  You may notice that the chandelier in our bedroom matches the one in the study/music room (formerly the dining room).  That’s because our bedroom was previously the formal living room.  We don’t live very formally, so it became the master bedroom.
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This wall where I have a buffet (yep, I have a buffet in the bedroom) is where the opening was between the entry hall and living room.
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bdrm sofa
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You can find links to more rooms in our home on the sidebar of Bargain Decorating with Laurie.Thank you for taking the tour.  laurie
  

12.10.12

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12.7.10

HOW DO YOU MAKE A MOSAIC?

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9.7.10

INSPIRATION PHOTOS FEATURED ON BARGAIN HUNTING AND CHATTING WITH LAURIE


IF YOU HAVE BEEN FEATURED AS ONE OF MY FAVORITE THINGS, I'D LIKE TO SEND A HUGE THANKS FOR "ALLOWING" ME TO "BORROW" YOUR PICTURES FOR MY FAVORITE THINGS POSTS. YOUR BLOGS ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION TO ME. (And Thank you for not reporting me to the Blogging Police!) PLEASE FEEL FREE TO POST MY "I'VE BEEN FEATURED" BUTTON ON YOUR BLOG, laurie






April 29, 2010:

Cote De Texas
Designs by Gollum
That Old House
Back Porch Musings
Between Naps on the Porch
Hidden Promise
Mary's Meanderings
Tomarie's Cabin
Delusions of Grandeur
Christine's Home and Travel Adventures
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Vignette Designs


June 10, 2010:

Nancy's Daily Dish
Hyacinths for the Soul
Sweet Something Designs


July 9, 2010:

Applestone Cottage
Prior
Sullivan and Murphy
Mary's Meanderings
July 24, 2010
Once in a Blue Moon
Dogs Mom Learning to Blog
Common Ground
Three Pixie Lane

August 27, 2010
Vignette Design
Three Pixie Lane
Cottage Hill
Happy to Design
A Scrapbook of Inspiration
Savvy Southern Style
October 8, 2010:
Food for Thought
Savvy Southern Style
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Three Pixie Lane
Creative Journeys
The Little Round Table
Saturday Morning Treasures

January 7, 2011:
Words on Wheeles
A Stroll Thru Life
The Tablescaper
Sweet Nothings
Antique Style
Creative Journeys
Cozy Little House
February 18, 2011:
Cote De Texas
Savannah Granny
Selep Imaging


March 25, 2011:
French Country Cottage
Le Chateau Des Fleurs by Frenchy
Lady Katherine Tea Parlor
Happy To Be
Granny's Attic
Lynne's Gifts From The heart
No Minimalist Here
A Southern Belle With Northern Roots
White Spray Paint
Fresh Cut Flours

June 14, 2011:

Girl In Pink
Maison Decor
Tablescapes at Table 21

January 9, 2012

Make the Best of Everything
Yellow Blackbird
Chapel Hill to Chickenville
Skip to My Lou
The Shabby Nest

January 24, 2012

Make and Takes
The Savvy Shanty
The Graphics Fairy
Katie Rose Cottage Designs
Mamie Jane's
This is Ann of Paper Doll Land

 
March 1, 2013
Worthing Court




July 14, 2013

Zsa Zsa Bellagio

Looking for Rainbows in the Moonlight on Tumbler

Woodlands Livestyle and Homes

My Finer Consigner

HGTV Rate My Space

The Decorated House

Organized Clutter

A House Romance

Made In Heaven

Havitur Lakkris
Roses and Rust

August 16, 2013
Savvy Southern Style
HGTV
A House Romance
Aiken House and Garden
Better Homes and Gardens
Houzz

August 23, 2013
At Home in Arkansas
Holly Mathis Interiors
Home Klondike
Megliola Beal Interior Design, Inc.
Velvet and Linen




 
August 30, 2013
 
 
Better Homes and Gardens
Hyacinths for the Soul
Back Porch Musings
Cuisine Kathleen
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Applestone Cottage
Just Paint It
Bubblegum and Duct Tape

September 6, 2013

Better Homes and Gardens
A Creative Beginning
The Cottage Journal
Traditional Home
Rattlebridge Farm
Tucker and Marks Design
French Country Cottage
Neiman Marcus

September 13, 2013

Traditional Home
The Everyday Home
Applestone Cottage
Houzz
The French Tangerine
Covenant Kitchens and Baths
Knight Carr and Company
Redhead Can Decorate

September 27, 2013

Southern Living
Country Living
Country French Antiques
Back Porch Musings
Adventures in Decorating
The Enchanted Home


October 4, 2013:
WIKII
Better Homes and Gardens
Decorating Ideas Made Easy
Habitually Chic
Design Dreams by Anne
 

October 18, 2013:


Sweedish Dekor

Jack Arnold Companies

Houzz

Better Homes and Gardens

At Home in Arkansas

Pottery Barn

 
October 22, 2013:
 
Back Porch Musings
Better Homes and Gardens
Houzz
Howell Custom Building Group
Little Emma English Home
The Olde Barn

November 1, 2013:
Providence Design

November 8, 2013
The Enchanted Home
Across the Way
Our Southern Home
Mountain Breaths
House and Home
Hyacinths for the Soul
Feathers and Flight

November 15, 2013:
Mary Carol Garrity' in Midwest Living
Better Homes and Gardens
Confessions of a Plate Addict
Traditional Home
Chateau Chic
Eleanor Cummings Interior Design

January 17, 2014
Howell Custom Building Group
JMA Interior Design
Traditional Home
4 The Love of Wood
From My Front Porch to Yours

January 24, 2014
The Painted Apron
Style Me Pretty
The College Prepster
Traditional Home
Elizabeth Ann Designs
French Country Cottage
Giles Trillard
Nell Hill's
Veranda
 

24.3.10

HOW HAVE YOU COLLECTED SO MUCH STUFF?

I come from a family of pack rats, and I am afraid that, even though I was an adopted child, I learned that trait from my adoptive family. (Somehow, my biological sister, raised in the same home, escaped that trait).

The house we live in was built by my parents in 1949. My maternal grandparents lived with us while I was growing up. When my mother died, we purchased my sister's half interest in the home. The house and attic were filled with my parents' and grandparents' collections.

Before we moved into my family home, I was collecting my own stuff. My husband and I married in 1969, and I converted him into being a collector.

When we got ready to remodel the family home, I spent three years going through all of the accumulated collections in the house. Sadly, I found very little that I could throw away.

That is how we ended up with three generations of collections in our home.

Although I've tried to put things away and not display them, I guess I have become too comfortable living with a lot of "stuff", and I'm always uncomfortable if there is an empty spot in my home, so I end up bring everything back out!

It's a disease, and I can't seem to find a cure. Of course, it's more likely that I'm not looking for a cure!

Thanks for your interest. laurie

21.3.10

A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS SATURDAYS






Thank you for your interest in "A Few Of My Favorite Things Saturdays". When I decided to host this weekly event, I knew that Saturday would be the best day for it. Since I'm a working gal, my favorite day of the week is Saturday, so it seemed appropriate to post my favorite things on my favorite day.

This event is limited only by your imagination! Favorite things can be inspiration pictures or inspirational pictures; pictures of some of your favorite things or rooms in your home; pictures of some of your favorite things or rooms in someone else's home; or pictures of flowers that are your favorites. If your favorite thing to see is a sunset or sunrise, please do a post about it, and link to this event. Your post does not have to contain photographs. You may write a commentary about a favorite thing and link that to this event. If your favorite things are places you've visited, you may link to this event and Sightseeing Saturday at Christine's Home and Travel Adventures. If your favorite things are pink, you may link to this event and Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound.

MckLinky will be on my blog at approximately 5:00 p.m. on Friday evenings. After your "Favorite Things" post is done, please copy a shortcut to THAT post (right click on title of post; in the pop up box, left click on "Copy Shortcut"), and paste it into MckLinky on my current "A Few of My Favorite Things" post.


If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at bargainhunr@gmail.com . Again, thank you for your interest, andI hope you'll link up for this event each week! laurie