Paula’s office – Time to Decorate!

yellow cabinetsToday I was inspired to get started with decorating my new office space. I moved into my new space for Texas Heritage Real Estate back in November – thanks to my friend Melinda G. who had an extra office in her suite that was empty. It is now home to my resurrected real estate office in Killeen Texas. The space is perfect – the location is perfect – but I am a little surprised at myself for not having it all bling’d out and fabulous looking by now. Maybe all the other things that HAD to be done to get the biz back up and running took priority over the fun part – but I am soooo ready to do it now!

If I am totally honest, another part of the “wait” has been money. If money we no object, I would just load up and head to Austin and blow out my bank account at Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware… sadly- money is an object… a literal – tiny- little object – tiny like coins. So this decor project will be on a shoestring budget – as in a “used shoe string from an old boot in the back of a storage shed.” Fortunately for me, I am good at this kind of challenge.

So today, I was browsing through a decor themed blog and ran across a post about all the fabulous finds that are hidden away at stores like Goodwill! I LOVE GOODWILL!! I should post a sticky note on the dash of my car that says in bold print “GO TO GOODWILL FIRST” so I will remember to check it out when I am in need of something unique and fabulous! Over the years I have found TONS of cool stuff at our local Killeen area Goodwill stores. I think we have about 5 of them in a 15 mile radius – so plenty of treasures to be found. Last Christmas, I found a totally perfect Tiny Tikes desk and stool for Sadie – and when I say perfect I mean it looked like it was right out of the box. New they cost around $85 – and I took this one home for $20. Its still in her room and she uses it all the time. SCORE!

My challenge is to decorate my Texas Heritage Real Estate office with as many re-purposed items that I can find from stores like Goodwill… as well as yard sales, flea markets, etc… It may take some time, but I will note the project with pics and a running price list so we can see if it really was a bargain at the end! Either way, I know it will be fun!

Check out the blog post that inspired me HERE!!


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Be the perfect host…

Wow your overnight guests with a luxurious and well stocked guest room and bath. I like to take the shampoos, lotions and conditioners with me from my hotel stays (I paid for them right?) and use them in a basket in my guest bath. Over time I have accumulated many different kinds plus shower caps, toothpastes, toothbrushes etc that are all perfect for my guests when they stay over at my home. If you don’t stay in hotels much, you can still find individual sized toiletries in the travel section of your Target, Walmart or drugstore.

It should go without saying, but I will say it anyway… CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN is the key here. Your guests aren’t expecting 5-Star luxury accommodations but that doesn’t mean you can’t strive for it. If you don’t have time for a thorough cleaning -let the professionals handle it this time. If you do have time (and energy) – don’t forget the corners, baseboards and ceiling fan!






Here is a list of a few items that will have your guests begging to come back soon!

Guest bedroom:

  • Lots of pillows. A few soft and a few firm – plus a back pillow for reading in bed.
  • A small tray for the dresser or nightstand for your guest’s things like jewelry, eye-glasses and electronics.
  • A mini clothes steamer instead of an iron.
  • A universal charger for phones, tablets and other small electronics.
  • A bedside table with a lamp.
  • Best selling books, popular magazines appropriate for your guest’s interests and a notepad with pen.
  • A box of tissues.
  • A hook on the back of the bedroom or closet door.
  • Extra blankets – light and heavy, everyone’s sleeping temp is different.
  • Clock
  • Something that smells good – like fresh flowers, candles or a wax warmer – but stay away from aerosol air fresheners.
  • A small dish of candies like mints, chocolates and/or gum.
  • Bottled water and glass

Guest bathroom:

  • Razor and shaving cream
  • New toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Cotton balls, Q-tips and tissues
  • Hand lotion
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Freshly washed towels and washcloths
  • New shower pouf
  • Shower cap
  • Fresh rugs
  • Hair dryer
  • Sewing kit
  • Bathrobe



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