It’s really HAS been a hot minute. If you’ve been following along on Instagram, then you know we were in Mexico on a press trip, and then the second we touched ground in Toronto, we moved into our new place. It took a village to move me. I’m so thankful for my family.

Mexico was beyond fabulous. I have ALL the deets for you guys coming in a vlog! So stay tuned.

Anyway, moving in (with me) is not an easy task, let me tell you. Actually, just ask Andrew. He now knows, and I’m pretty sure he is secretly regretting moving in with me. LOL (I kid, I kid)

I come with A LOT of shit though. Like shoe racks that look like a shoe department store. I do love my effin shoes. And boxes of bags. ALLLL the bags. And racks on racks of clothing. We needed a condo that fit all this shit. And we found one. And we’re VERY happy about it.

It took us a WHILE of searching, but it was well worth the wait.

Anyway, when it comes to home décor I love a modern/classic look. A few good pieces, LOTS of wall art, Coffee table books, a couple of green plants, and some cute little décor around the place.

So, I thought I’d share some good home décor ideas/tips when on a budget. Because let’s face it, we all need these tips. Home décor can add up QUICKLY and you don’t want to break the bank decorating your home. We need to be smart about it. We (mainly I) can get caught up on the most ridiculous things to decorate a home. Things that cost a lot of money, and things I’ll never use. Like this vintage glass milk carton….

I don’t even drink milk. But cute, right?

TIP #1: Pick your most essential pieces first.

This means your KEY pieces. What do you absolutely need that’s going to cost you a bit of $$. For me, it’s a good bed/mattress, a coffee table, and a couch. So, I’m okay with spending a bit of money on these things. When it comes to a bed, there’s no question that it needs to be the most comfortable. It needs to be right for both of us, and of course it needs to be chic. I get asked A LOT about where my bed it from. Here ya go. Such a good piece. Same with a couch and coffee table – these things are where we spend A LOT of our time, so therefore they need to be comfortable and functional. Although if we’re being real – my couch is filled with throw pillows and Andrew has no room to sit on it. Totally functional in my opinion…

TIP #2: Affordable Art.

Art can be expensive – we know this. I mean, we ALL want original art hanging in our homes. I know I do. But that’s not always feasible. Which is why Chapters and Homesense exist. LOL. They have some amazing, super cute, and chic pieces. I always find something I love there. When I’m searching for pieces to fill my walls with, my go-to is always Chapters or Homesense. I mean, there are lots of online shops and such which I do browse from time to time, but I like to see the art in person. It should sort of speak to me. -dramatic much-

Anyway, we are very lucky because Andrew’s sister is an amazing artist from Thunder Bay and we have two of her pieces hanging on our walls. Check out her stuff here. SO EFFIN TALENTED.

TIP #3: Amazon.com is your BFF.

No, but really. Everything you ever need is on Amazon. Need a good shoe rack? Amazon. Need a memory foam mattress topper? Amazon. Need a jade roller? AMAZON. When there’s anything I need, I always ALWAYS check Amazon first.  Online shopping is just so efficient. You can be doing so many things at once. In fact, I’m currently waiting for a book order on Amazon to be processed while a write this post. Efficient right? No one really needs to go into stores anymore. Plus, the best thing about Amazon are the prices!

{ exact shoe rack here }

TIP #4: Add green plants to your home.

A good way of sprucing up your home is by adding little green plants everywhere. Little succulents or cactus. I love a couple of bigger plants like Yucca. MY FAVE. They’re super chic looking – just saying. And they really add flare to your home without doing much.

TIP #5: IKEA for the small stuff.

I know, I know – we all hate the trip to IKEA. But, I’m a huge fan of grabbing small décor items or accent pieces at IKEA. They never disappoint when it comes to their pricing. Everything is so affordable, and they always keep their inventory modern. If you need table lamps, frames, candles, plants, cute cups, bed linen, rugs, etc. they are perfect for that. Take a day (because you need a day) and browse through every isle. Take your time at IKEA because you don’t want to miss out on things.

Okay those are my home décor (on a budget) tips!

Do you guys want a home tour vlog?? I feel like that’s a thing that’s going to happen. We are ALMOST there. Just a few more final touches to the home, and then I will get into a vlog.

Ok, I’m off to convince Andrew that we need a vintage glass milk carton. Wish me luck.

Xx, kim

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  1. November 15, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    I love IKEA and it is so trendy looking. I am always up for changing up our decor so these are good tips.

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:26 am

      Me too! I’m always changing it up every few years. 🙂

  2. Brandi Jo Little
    November 15, 2018 / 7:33 pm

    I’ve only been to IKEA once and I wish I could go more! I really love how versatile their decor is.

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:27 am

      Oh no way! Yea you gotta go. They always have new things in there.

  3. November 15, 2018 / 9:42 pm

    Great tips here! I find my best stuff at Ikea and Amazon!

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:25 am

      They are truly the best!! Thanks for commenting xx

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:25 am

      Right?? I think so! Thanks for your comment xx

  4. November 16, 2018 / 1:47 am

    I agree with you on having a good quality mattress. These things last!

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:24 am

      Totally! Worth the money. Thanks for your comment xx

  5. November 16, 2018 / 7:54 am

    Never been to ikea 🙋🏼‍♀️, but I do love that shoe rack from amazon! I organize homes for people and that is definitely something I’m going to have to put on my list. Congrats on your new home.

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 16, 2018 / 9:28 am

      Omg what a cool thing to do! That must be so fun! And that shoe rack was the best thing I ever purchased!! Honestly. 🙂

  6. Kasey Ma
    November 16, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Love these tips! I recently went to Ikea to reorganize my life and it has been wonderful. They have such great stuff!

    Kasey Ma

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 20, 2018 / 11:50 am

      IKEA is truly the best when on a budget eh? So good! xx

  7. November 16, 2018 / 10:53 am

    I LOVE that show rack! I have been looking for a creative shoe solution for about a year and a half that this is awesome! Currently my shoes are just in laundry baskets and I know they are getting crushed. Thanks for sharing!

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 20, 2018 / 11:50 am

      I know love that rack! It is a life saver!! haha. xx

  8. Sarah White
    November 16, 2018 / 10:54 am

    Amazon really does have everything, I love that shoe rack!

    • Kimberley Marquis
      November 20, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Thank you! That show rack is a life saver for me! xx

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