Creating a beautiful modern accent wall!

Creating a beautiful modern accent wall!

Dress up a small accent wall with a gorgeous sconce, dark wall color and beautiful wall trim!  We have a small accent wall at the bottom of our basement stairs that was calling out for a little redo. It's not much, but is a focal point, as it's the first thing you see when you walk down the stairs.  If you've been reading Thrifty Decor Chick for long, you know our basement has gotten a lot of attention this year!  I built a HUGE 18-foot built in entertainment center on one wall, then added some beautiful crown, wall trim and accent lighting later on: I've always known I was going to carry the dark gray color around into our stairway landing. When I found the perfect light fixture for that small accent wall, I knew the time had come!  This three light globe sconce pulled the whole plan together for me -- we loved the modern vibe but knew that I could still make it look cozy in our warm basement:  This post may contain affiliate links for your convenience.  See my  pol



How to change a recessed light to a chandelier

How to change a recessed light to a chandelier

How to replace a recessed can light with a chandelier or ceiling fan! Change out a can light to a light fixture 35 pounds or under.   There are a few easy ways to update or change out your recessed lights and I've shared in those in the past. If you have old, yellowed cans with halogen bulbs, it's super easy to replace your old recessed lights with beautiful LED versions . You can also add character and detail where a recessed light is installed by using a simple kit to change it to a hanging pendant light .  I did this in our little blue and white floral wallpapered hallway :  And in our foyer vestibule when I added (you guessed it)...wallpaper there as well:  Both of those options are SUPER simple and take no electrical knowledge at all! I do have some electrical experience, so I thought this next one would be especially easy. Although it turns out you don't need to know much other than how to wire a light fixture to do this one.  So I thought...easy! 😣 You know how som



DIY built in Kallax closet hack

DIY built in Kallax closet hack

How to create tons of storage for bulky items in the closet! These cubby units hold a TON and look great.  I've been planning my closet makeover for some time now...and my plans for the space have changed more times than I can count!  They have continued to change in real time as I've been working on it, but that's part of the fun for me.  Planning the organization, in your main closet especially, is something you really don't want to mess up. It's a lot more detailed and expensive than a smaller closet.  Our recent coat closet makeover inspired me to get moving on this one. I was just so tired of the constant clutter and mess in my "hers" closet. We didn't pay extra for melamine or custom shelving when we built our house four years ago -- as much as I HATE wire shelving, I knew it would take me awhile to figure out the layout I wanted.  Paying for anything more felt like a waste of money at the time. I'm REALLY glad we waited...because now it



20 years...never forget

20 years...never forget

I will share this post every year because it's important to me that we have a visual reminder of this day, now 20 years ago. Can you even believe it?  It's so odd to me that there is a whole generation that wasn't even alive when 9/11 occurred. As many of you know, New York is near and dear to us. It's a city we love so very much. I always knew I'd love it, and when my husband took me on my first trip (days before September 11, 2001) I found out I was right.  I instantly fell in love with the city. This photo always gives me chills. We're at the top of the Statue of Liberty and you can barely see the towers behind me: I think it was nine days before 9/11. Nine days later and the towers were gone. My husband was a band director at the time -- a few months after we were supposed to travel to Japan for a band trip. He canceled that trip and instead we took the kids to New York City. We've seen Ground Zero at it's best and worst. New Yorkers stop