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Deal Divas

Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Brightening up a clean new space

A few days ago I moved into a totally empty St. Petersburg apartment, miles and miles away from the Tallahassee home I've shared with a roommate for the past year and a half.

There were perks of living in someone else's home right out of college. I didn't need a couch, coffee table, TV stand, dining table, chairs, a microwave or a broom. No, not even a broom.

Moving meant I needed to buy all that.

This isn't the story of how I scored tons of cheap pieces from various antique stores and consignment shops and painted them just so and saved $1,000. I wish it were the case, but that's more along the lines of something Deal Diva Kim could pull off. I applaud people like her.

No, I did what I think most of us would do, which is wrestle with furniture anxiety from the cafeteria of IKEA. For hours on Saturday I waited for all the right big pieces to speak to me. I found it exciting and terrifying to call many new pieces mine.

Still, all furniture and no fun accents does not a home make. Here's some of what didn't break the ol' bank.

New Rug

True shame story: I fell in love with a $300 geometric rug from Pier 1. And no one laughed at me, which made me think it was okay to consider.

It so, so wasn't, and I'm so, so glad I waited. I found a magical 5 ft x 8 ft alternative at Home Goods -- for $100. 


It's magical because it ties in the colors of my yellow walls and brown couch while leaving room for other bright colors to be incorporated through pillows and frames. Plus, it echoes the pattern of my brown and white bedspread, which you will glimpse below.

It also hides dirt, which is nice because "vacuum" is on my list of things to get.

New Art

Remember my trip to the Brooklyn flea market, in which I scored a treasured key charm?  I also found some great art for my new place. These pieces hold more meaning to me than something I'd find at Bed, Bath and Beyond or, yes, even Home Goods. Stuff with one-of-a-kind vibes is all over Etsy, including the picture below, which means you don't have to go to Brooklyn to score something special (I'd tell you about local artists, but I'm new here.)


I find this snapshot from the NYC meatpacking district so life-affirming. YES, I WILL GO. I got it for $20. The artist, AstrOdub, has an Etsy store featuring more things that focus on "the often overlooked natural and man-made textures of our surroundings within the new and the decaying industrial landscape of New York City." Cool! (The frame was mine and bought on the cheap from Michael's.)

I know I might lose you with the next pieces, snagged two for $25 from Leroy's Place. But it's my apartment, and this cake-eating crazy bear makes me laugh every time. I think I'll put them them in the bathroom --  my kind of bathroom humor.


The thought of how much I invested on new furniture is nowhere on my radar when I see this cat petting a unicorn (that sentence sounded really crazy. Maybe y'all should check on me later).

Say what you will, but I am prepared to defend cake-bear.

Deal Diva Katie

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 6:14pm]


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