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As we huddle up with the polar vortex swirling here and there, our homes become a place of respite … soup on the stove, a crackling fire and lots of movies. Yet the more you hang at home, the more you notice the blemishes from the normal wear and tear of daily living. Scuffed floors, walls with dings, cabinets laden in grime. Sigh. The starkness of winter indeed draws attention to all the unsightly deficiencies of our abodes. That’s why we can’t think of a better theme for February’s Cheap Thrills than home accessories and decor. Our list isn’t just things on sale, although there are some of those. They are more the true finds that will give your home a little pre-spring refresh without a lot of dough. Here we go!

Animal skin rugs

If you’re a true bargain shopper, then head on over to Southeastern Salvage. It continues to be THE place to go to find a host of great doodads, including glassware, planters, baskets and teak furniture. As with any salvage store, you get what you get based on what came in that week. So if you’re looking for animal skins for your floor, wall or an interesting complement to any room, dash over now.

Animal print rugs at Southeastern Salvage |

Southeastern Salvage, located in a warehouse off of Thompson Lane, has a HUGE supply of animal rugs for less than $200.

Wall hanging

Scarlett Scales Antiques in itself is a gem of a find. Located in historic Franklin, Scarlett Scales has an incredible eye for items that are affordable and unique. This wall hanging caught our eye as we browsed around the Nashville Antiques & Garden Show. It’s a perfect addition to a powder room or as part of a collection of found objects.  It is available at Scarlett Scales for $16.

Wall hanging at Scarlett Scales |

This is a perfect addition to a bookcase, powder room or just about any room in your home. Available at Scarlett Scales for $16

Asian planter

This Asian planter features a celadon glaze on the interior and rim, with a carved, gold-glazed dragon circling the brown body. What’s great about this beauty is that it works as a decorative piece for your home or as what it was designed for — to house a large plant. We can think of a ton of other uses from firewood to an umbrella holder. Find it at Area 2 Trading Company for $255.

Asian planter |

Oh, gorgeous planter, how can I use thee? Let me count the ways. This is a one-of-a-kind find from Area 2 Trading Company. Image credit: Area 2 Trading Company

Tall votives

As the temperature drops, nothing is more inviting than the warmth of a candle. These scented beauties come in a variety of fragrances like fresh linen, simply relax, dirty martini and Sicilian fig, of course! They look fabulous in a grouping or as a simple touch in any room. They are available at Fabu for only $8 each.

Candles at Fabu |

Affordable candles offer fresh scents, at Fabu.

White plates

When you have a dinner party, nothing is more liberating than a stack of white plates. They have an evergreen quality, as they act as a backdrop to any color or floral arrangement. White plates are a cheap thrill that keep giving year after year. Get your courage up and venture into L&L Restaurant Equipment Company at 3814 Charlotte Ave. Wear your coat, as it’s drafty inside. Once there, you’ll find tons of bargains, from glassware to cooking utensils. These gems are $2.99 each.

White plates

“Let’s see, at $2.99 each, I’ll take 60, please!”

Vintage floor covering

Not only do these linoleum floor coverings come in all sizes and designs, but they definitely add a cool factor to any room in your home. With a nod to the ’50s, when having linoleum meant you’d made it, these vintage gems won’t disappoint. They are available at Gilchrist Gilchrist in Berry Hill.

Linoleum "rug" at Gilchrist Gilchrist

What’s not to like when it comes to indigo blue? This floor covering is perfect for a kitchen, laundry room or entry hall. Available at Gilcrist Gilcrist for less than $200.

Paper table covers

These table covers are liberating. You can create an interesting look for your next dinner party by adding contrast to your dishes. There were so many different patterns at Hester & Cook, it was hard to decide on just one. Also, a fun idea is to get their chalkboard paper with an assortment of colored chalk. A game of tic-tac-toe or hangman will liven up any dinner party. Don’t forget the libations!

Paper table covers at Hester & Cook |

Hester & Cook‘s tabletop covers are available in a variety of patterns and sizes. These are affordable at $34.


If you haven’t strolled down to the bargain basement at Bradford’s Interiors, get going. Unlike so many clearance sales, Bradford’s has remarkable finds at unbelievable prices. A great example is this couch. Not only is it versatile enough to go in any room with any color scheme, but it’s an incredible value for the cost. Unlike so many furniture stores, Bradford’s Interiors carries solid name brands with lasting quality.

Affordable couches at Bradford Interiors |

This sofa from Bradford’s Interiors bargain basement is elegant and super comfy. It is a truly a thrill for the quality as the sale price is a steep discount from the original and is now $2,220.


Cozying up to a fire with your favorite throw and a book can’t be beat in the winter doldrums. The moment we walked into Two Old Hippies, this contemporary throw caught our attention. It’s has a thick, dense weave, and it’s reversible. Find it at Two Old Hippies in the Gulch.

A reversible throw from Two Old Hippies |

We loved that this throw at Two Old Hippies is reversible. And yes, gray is the new everything!

Reversible throw at Two Old Hippies |

With a thick weave and contemporary pattern, this throw is a steal at $152.

Table decor

Part of making winter bearable is jazzing up your home with fresh flowers or a centerpiece that is adaptable to the seasons. This handmade gem is crafted from old barn wood and adorned with moss. We heard from the guys at Creekside Garden Center & Landscaping in Belle Meade that they fly off the shelf when new shipments arrive  For the fall, you can add pumpkins and gourds, and in the spring, plant some fresh pansies. It is available for $45.

This handmade gem is crafted from old barn wood and adorned with moss at Creekside Garden & Landscaping.

This handmade gem is crafted from old barn wood and adorned with moss at Creekside Garden Center & Landscaping.

Primitive pie safe

If you haven’t stopped by GasLamp Antiques, you’re missing out on one of the coolest haunts in Nashville. We found this charming armoire at GasLamp Too, the smaller annex of GasLamp Antique Mall. This is a great addition to a screened-in porch or breakfast room. The neutral, whitewash look fits into any color scheme, anywhere. It is available at GasLamp Too for less than $500.

We love the opaque quality of this primitive pie safe. It can be used for so many purposes and in so many areas of your home. The price is right at $488. |

We love the opaque quality of this primitive pie safe. It can be used for so many purposes and in so many areas of your home. The price is right at $488, but don’t forget, you can bargain for less.

Paint color

The ultimate cheap thrill is a new coat of paint. It can brighten your mood and perk up the dingiest of rooms. We called on our favorite paint connoisseurs, Roger Higgins and Ann Shipp of R. Higgins Interiors, to get the skinny on what’s trending in paint colors for 2015. Here’s what they suggested:

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for a home. Here are some excellent color trends for spring 2015.

Left: A color of note is Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. Right: The new color of the year is similar to Eating Room Red by Farrow & Ball.

So there you have it! Affordable finds to give your home a springtime spiff and fluff. Bring on spring!

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