While the holidays are a great time to spend time with family, catch up on each other’s lives, eat good food, and swap gifts, let’s face it – eventually you’re all caught up and need some good activities for the rest of your time off. And if you’re anything like my family, you probably also feel a little broke once Christmas is over, so here are 5 things that will help you save money, while keeping everyone entertained.
I recently read a mind-blowing article about a real-life Barbie Dreamhouse in Essex. Owned by a woman named Amy, the house, known as Eaton House, is her childhood dream brought to life. Everything in it is pink, glittery and amazing – every Barbie fan’s biggest fantasy.
Well, that article got me thinking: What little girl doesn’t dream of having a house just like Barbie’s when she grows up? You’ve gotta hand it to her… the woman lives a fabulous life. Chances are, you can’t afford full-scale versions of all of Barbie’s possessions (the convertible, the yacht, the wardrobe), but there are tons of other ways you can transform your home to get a taste of the Barbie Dreamhouse life. If your unique home style is “Barbie Dreamhouse,” then here are some unique and glitzy items that can help you achieve the look.
No Barbie girl’s room is complete without a four-poster canopy bed. Of course, if you don’t have the pocket money readily available to purchase a whole new fancy-pants bedroom set, then you can dream sweet in this hot pink feather boa canopy. It’s just $29.50 and fits a twin through full size bed.
Nothing says “Barbie Dreamhouse” like a pink, bedazzled chandelier. You’ll likely need at least one in each room, but make sure to choose a particularly fabulous one for when you’re relaxing under the canopy in your bedroom. Barbies on a budget can bling out their bedrooms with this perfectly-priced mini pink chandelier.
For some multipurpose jazzy accents, you’ll want to head over to the Beaded Curtain Store for (what else?) beaded curtains. Use them as window curtains, hang in them your doorway, or string them along the walls for added sparkle. Whether you choose gold, silver, blue or a traditional Barbie pink, you really can’t go wrong.
Barbie-fy your bathroom with this instant fix: a sparkling shower curtain. Available in a variety of colors like gold, silver, purple, blue and cream, CafePress.com covers all your sparkly shower curtain needs. A standout shower curtain is just one way to make a big impact on a budget.
Forget boring bathroom vanities. The Amber Dazzle Mirror is a subtle yet Barbie-licious way to make your bathroom sparkle. Hang it above your sink so you can feel fabulous while you’re banishing bad hair days.
Give cabinets and drawers an instant facelift – in your bathroom and all over the house – with these pink crystal drawer pulls. Whether your cabinets are white, brown or Barbie pink, these are sure to stand out and make you feel like you’re living in a palace.
Barbie’s living room mantel abounds with things that glitter – so give your eyes a break from the pink with this set of two blue crystal candle holders. These luxurious candle holders will cast a warm, romantic, glitzy glow over the entire room.
Looking for more glam? Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, and the beading on these toss pillows look just like the real deal. Their neutral coloring will look perfect on your hot pink sectional or chaise lounge. Add a few luxuriously fluffy throw blankets to complete the look.
Up the drama even more with an accent wall in a fabulous print. This hot pink damask-print wallpaper can give you an all-over Dreamhouse look and feel. That’s one way to spice up a room fast!
If there’s one thing I LOVE about the 2013 Barbie Dreamhouse, it’s the kitchen. Her kitchen table has these awesome clear pink chairs, and I’m just dying to have them for my own home. Although finding acrylic dining chairs in hot pink proved a bit of a challenge, I did find these ones. Available in a variety of colors to complement many design schemes, these chairs, priced at $264, will help you dine in style. If that price is a little too steep for you, try this cheaper version from Ikea for just $79.
Now, let’s talk about appliances. The appliances in Barbie’s Dreamhouse are pristine stainless steel, but her small appliances, such as the blender, are hot pink. The Cuisinart Electronic Bar Blender comes in all the colors of the rainbow, as well as two beautiful shades of pink. Need even more of Barbie’s favorite color? This Cuisinart Programmable Coffeemaker, available in metallic pink, may be just the ticket.
Well Zing readers, those are my ideas for bringing the Barbie Dreamhouse to life. What do you think? Are you gutsy enough to do it? Is Barbie Dreamhouse your personal style? Share your suggestions, thoughts and comments below!
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