Serenbe Style and Soul

with Marie Nygren




September 2009



Creating Style on a Budget

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While in Boulder I had two goals, cooking lessons and decorating. In addition to teaching how to make my black bean casserole dish, Quinn and her friends decided they wanted to have a pretty home as their nest for their senior year. For all three girls it was about having a beautiful space. It wasn’t just about throwing a futon in, these girls were serious! Everyone  showed up with their pieces of furniture agreed on during their Junior year.              



“After Serenbe style”

It was an interesting exercise and collaborative effort of 3 girls and 3 moms putting a house together in a few days!
It’s amazing what can be done in 2 ½ days literally. We were in the car shopping between Target, Pier 1, World Market, TJ Maxx and local flea market shops. I had brought 4 packs of curtains with me from Ikea since there isn’t one in Boulder.
What it transpired into was amazing. 
The biggest thing of setting up a college home is that the girls were on a budget. There are some amazing finds at the stores we chose which is great when on a limited budget.

“A little paint on the wall and Voila, you have an instant nest where you can recoup, revive, or entertain!”

It all came together so beautifully. Each girl had something different and it really was a beautiful effort of bringing it all together.
The best moment was when 2 other friends walked in and said, “Wow, this looks like a real home.”

“After Serenbe style”



August 2009




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“Beauty does not come with a price tag”.

One of my favorite things is what I call Hi/Lo.

So often, people think that to get great style it has to be expensive. I love to tell people about my finds: a great deal on dining room chairs to go with my repurposed dining table, or that wonderful inexpensive floor lamp to add the finishing touches to a living area.
Some of the best places to shop for items that I just love are Target and Ikea. Did you know that Target on- line features eco friendly home decor at affordable prices? Or that Ikea has wonderful dining chairs to go with your dining table?
Recently we added some furniture to one of our green homes in Serenbe and came up with a wonderful mix of hi/lo. Imagine a designer dining table with $69 dining chairs from Ikea. Or a beautiful over sized wall clock for $100 from Target for a contemporary feel.
Look around you and there are so many lovely things you can add to your home to bring beauty into your life. Style doesn’t have to be expensive, it just has to be a reflection of who you are and what you wish to share with others.