We’re always so in awe of beautiful homes that are full of vintage, thrifted and DIY items, which is why Meredith Wilkinson‘s home has us swooning. This Pennsylvania-based blogger and her husband bought their house in 2017 and because of some much-needed repairs that took most of their décor budget, they had to be creative in their decorating. Find out about some of the ways Meredith decorated her “California-modern-eclectic”-style home on a budget (including her favorite DIY project in her home), and learn more about her life as a creative, a wife and a mama.
You live right outside of Philadelphia! Are you originally from this area?
I am! I was born in Plano, Texas, but my family and I moved to PA when I was 5. My husband and I ended up buying a house that’s only 15 minutes from where I grew up. My parents still live there, and it’s been such a blessing having them so close—especially since having our son!
You bought your home in 2017. What kind of changes did you make?
Before moving in, we painted every single room. When we bought the house, all of the walls were either brown, tan or yellow. Putting up a fresh coat of white paint made a HUGE difference! We even painted our kitchen cabinets white when we first moved in. The only other big thing we did right away was replacing the carpet in the playroom.
We learned the downside to homeownership pretty quickly when we had to use most of our décor budget on stuff like fixing unsafe electrical work and buying a new HVAC unit. I had to be creative and figure out the best ways to stretch our budget. Paint has definitely been my best friend. I actually spent one weekend painting a marble design over our kitchen countertops and they’ve held up pretty well! Our friends still can’t believe that they’re painted!
What’s your favorite DIY job thus far?
Definitely our painted kitchen countertops. I think that project made the biggest impact with the least amount of money. I thought I was going to have to live with hating our kitchen until we could save up thousands of dollars to completely renovate it. Then I started researching painted countertops and less than $200 later, I was able to totally change up the look!
Do you have any tips for aspiring thrifters?
I do pretty much all of my thrifting at my local Goodwill stores. When I first started going, I would get so overwhelmed by all of the stuff on the shelves. I always saved different shelf-styling photos I found inspiring on my phone and I’d reference those while I was out. It helped me focus in on things that would actually look good in our house. I also think it’s best to stick to a certain color palette when thrifting for decorative items. This helps make sure that everything you buy will look good styled together.
What’s your most-prized thrifted possession?
That’s a tough question because I’ve found so many beautiful little pieces of pottery and random things like that…but I guess I’d have to say the peacock chaise in our living room. I spotted that guy for $7 at a Goodwill and immediately dragged it up to the cashier! I didn’t even know if it was going to fit in my car, but I knew I couldn’t pass it up!
How would you describe your décor style?
I would say it’s California-modern-eclectic. I love mixing modern elements with natural, organic textures. I want our home to have a cozy, collected vibe.
What inspires you to create?
I’m inspired by so many different things! There are several designers that I love following and continuously look to for fresh inspiration (Amber Lewis, Brian Paquette and Emily Henderson are a few). I also love looking through catalogs from different stores like Anthropologie, CB2 and West Elm. The way they style spaces for photos is so interesting to me.
What do you wish you knew before you started your blog?
I kind of wish I had known more about SEO (I still don’t know that much) and about best practices—like linking back to older posts at the end of new posts, but honestly, that’s all stuff that you learn as you go. I heard somewhere that if you look back and you’re not embarrassed by your early posts then you didn’t start soon enough (or something along those lines), and it’s so true! The biggest thing is to just start. You’ll figure the rest out later!
What do you love most about having a blog?
I started my blog and Instagram account because I needed a creative outlet. I work full-time in a corporate setting, so having these hobbies on the side fulfills my need for creativity. I also love having a place where I can share the home design/décor knowledge I’ve picked up! I’ve recently become really into creating “how-to” type guides for common décor dilemmas, and nothing makes me happier than when I post them to my Instagram stories and people DM me to let me know how helpful they found it! The connections I’ve made through my blog and Instagram are something that mean a lot to me.
How do you like to spend your me-time?
I spend most of my free time taking photos for Instagram or planning new home projects, but when I need to shut my brain off from creative projects, I honestly love just walking through Target, drinking my Starbucks, without my son (haha). I also have some guilty pleasure shows that I love zoning out to (“Bachelor in Paradise” and “Southern Charm,” just to name a couple).
Shop Her Home:
TV Stand (similar)
Black Chairs (similar)
Water Art (similar)
Pendant (above sink)
Pendant (above table – similar)
Rug One (similar)
Rug Two (similar)
Footstool (cushion is a DIY)
Faux Snake Plant (similar)
Bamboo Shade (similar)
Wall Basket One (similar)
Wall Basket Two (similar)
Lumbar Pillow (Similar)
Hand Towel (similar)