About me

About Sarah 

I'm Sarah and I started this blog in spring of 2008 to share house projects with family and friends. I never dreamed it would become what it has -- it is a dream come true to do what I do. I believe anyone and everyone should have a home they love, even though they may not have much to spend on it. 
You can have a lovely home without spending a ton of money. 
Creativity has always been in my blood -- my family is full of artistic talents, builders and writers. I first dreamed of being an interior designer when I was 13 years old. That was after my teacher stage and before my decision to follow a career in writing.

My degrees are in journalism and public relations, and I enjoyed a ten year career in that field. Along the way, I loved decorating our home and helping friends with theirs. But when our son was born 14 years ago I was inspired...he made me want to follow my dreams.

So that I did. My wonderful husband supported me when I decided to quit my full time job and pursue my dream of interior decorating. I started working with a local design firm -- first as the owner's assistant, then as a decorator.

I loved that work -- it woke my creative juices even more and I love helping people make their homes more beautiful. But as this blog grew and grew, I knew my heart was here. Since mid-2009 I have focused completely on Thrifty Decor Chick and have thoroughly enjoyed it. 

It is has been a blessing -- this blog, the people I have met because of it, and the inspiration I get from my readers.

If this is your first time to TDC, check out some pics of our homes. You can read more about our debt journey and living debt free

I hope you enjoy your time here and come back often!

Some words about my blog

  1. Mitch and Serretta Barlow
    Mitch and Serretta Barlow

    I love that your story is on here! I actually was curious how you got started. I LOVE the new website, so easy to get around and look at everything. I love coming and looking on this and always learn something new! Thank you!

  2. nina@themissadventuresofnina

    I love your blog and I visit it daily. I'm so thrill that you are following your dream!

  3. Vintage ReInvented
    Vintage ReInvented

    Hi, found your blog through SITs ,
    I too love thrift stores & have one close to where I live !
    Finding inspiration as I have just started "blogging"....

  4. Amanda @ Little House on the Corner
    Amanda @ Little House on the Corner

    I'm glad I read this page 1) to put a face with the blog, and 2) because I was wondering how you got started and if TDC was your full-time job! :)

    I love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing all your inspiration!

  5. Bridget

    I just found you! I'm so excited to get working on my home. My mantel is in serious need of some attention (the good kind) and I was thrilled to see your entry all about mantel's. I can't wait to read the rest of your stuff.

  6. Laura

    I hate to start this off in a sad way but I have been in mourning for a long time now after my best friend past away. Sincethen I lost interest in almost everything and no matter how hard I tried I could not find the inspiration I once found in every corner I truned daily. Until oday... Wow! I got on line today and googled: thrifty blogs and there you were! I am so happy to have found you and love-love-love your blog! I could not stop reading and searching and so on... Thank you for sharing your inspirations and great finds! Once I get out of this office I am heading to the thrift store to finish decorating my craft room that has been sitting in limbo for months! Congrats to YOU on a job well done!!!

  7. Anne

    Hello there Sarah! I recently retired and have more time to explore 'shelter' blogs, and being a thrift shop/repurposing lover myself, think your blog is terrific!!

  8. Erica

    I absolutely love, love, love your blog. I first came across your site through Centsational Girl and was shocked over a month later to see your blog on the Nate Berkus show. You are such an inspiration!

  9. Lilo

    LoL it was a nice surprise stumbling across your page while I was searching for ways to make a homemade wreath. You have some awesome ideas! And NKOTB rocks! God bless and I look forward to all your future ideas so I can "borrow" them :-P

  10. KristyJames

    I just found your blog...it's great. My husband and I bought our first home last summer and we are on a very tight budget. We love God and I have to admit it, NKOTB are my guilty pleasure (saw them with BSB twice this past summer). I can't wait to read more :)

  11. Aubrey Harris
    Aubrey Harris

    Love your blog, Sarah! I really appreciated your posts on picking out a couch. I'm currently on the hunt and would love to check out Arhaus. Apparently they don't have stores in Texas and I was just wondering if you went to an actual Arhaus store or if other stores carry their products? Thanks so much in advance!


  12. Tricia
    Tricia in TX y'all

    Looooove your blog! I think somehow we might share the same brain. As I was reading something you wrote, my husband said "that sounds like something YOU would say". MJ - YES. NKOTB - heck YES!! I enjoy putting emphasis into writing because it ROCKS and so do you. :]

    Really enjoy your blog and thank you for helping me to convince my husband that I TOO can make this house better. He never believes it won't cost a fortune until I just do it.

    BTW, I did the same thing with my bathroom - started a little something and just TORE IT APART. I go all the way or no way. [maybe it is the ADHD]. :]

    Thanks!!!! Looking forward to more thrifty ideas :]

    Tricia in TX

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