The Interior Frugalista: ABOUT ME


Hi there, I'm Marie

Welcome to The Interior Frugalista

Let me introduce you to my side-kick, Darcy a.k.a. Mr. Frugalista who is also my "official" furniture buyer.
The Interior Frugalista and her side kick Mr. Frugalista

About Us

Darcy and I have been married for 29 years and are the proud parents of two grown children; Brandon and Victoria. In March 2015 we were blessed with our first grandchild. When Westin is around, the world stops!
The only child left in our nest is our feline, Rex a.k.a. Sexy Rexy who you will see often photo bombing my project shots. When he sees or hears the click of the camera he literally struts his way in front of the lens. Such a diva - hence the name "Sexy Rexy".

How It All Began

My passion for DIY and all things thrifty came out of necessity after making the big decision to leave full-time employment and become a stay-at-home Mom. It was one of the scariest decisions because I loved working and truthfully, we had no business living on one income. Bound and determined to make it work meant learning how to stretch a dollar and make something out of nothing.
Refusing to let living on a tight budget prevent us from having a home that we love and reflects our personalities; if I could paint it, sew it, craft it, or build it, we DIYed our way to creating a nest that we can be proud of. In that making something out of nothing, I learned a bunch of new skill sets, including operating power tools, which eventually led to the creation of this blog.

How I Came Up With The Name

The Interior Frugalista came to me in a dream. I was toying around with the idea of starting a blog to share our DIY projects with family and friends. Loads of name ideas came and went but none of them stuck. Ready to scrap the idea of starting a blog, I had a dream and the rest is history.

Why I Do What I Do

Darcy and I have renovated our way through our 1960's bi-level from top-to-bottom with a lot of sweat equity. We work pretty well as a team, although we have certainly had our moments. We always have at least one project on the go around our humble abode.

We both love leisure afternoons spent thrift shopping. I'm THAT gal, like a kid in a candy store, who can he heard saying, "did you see this" or "what can I turn this into".  I'm the gal who will hover over a piece of furniture until it has a SOLD sign with my name on it. Bless the poor soul who tries to get near MY find!

I'm the gal who drives around our neighborhood after dark (okay, I send Mr. Frugalista) the night before Large Item Pickup. I'm the gal who gets goose bumps when a friend invites me into their basement or garage because that's usually where the good stuff is hiding.

Since my teenage years, I've had a passion for creating beautiful and interesting spaces on a budget. Later in life when I learned about the Interior ReDesign industry, based on restyling spaces using what is already in the home, I earned my certification. By applying the principals of design and a good dose of creativity, items already in the home can sing.

Our home is my art canvas and like pages in a book, every room tells a story. This doesn't always please Mr. Frugalista who often dreads hearing the words, "I just got a great idea".

My Goal

My goal is to inspire and teach others how to Refinish|Repurpose|DIY their way into creating a beautiful home on a budget. My hope is that by breathing new life into found and foraged treasures, not only are we saving our pocket books but also one more item from ending up in the landfill.

Our Location

The Interior Frugalista is located in a hamlet east of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the northernmost major city in North America. Our winters are long and can be very cold and so like the bears, I spend mine hibernating in the man woman cave a.k.a. basement workshop.


I love hearing from my readers and thrilled when they leave a comment on the blog. I welcome introductions, feedback, and questions. I read each and every one of them and do my best to promptly respond. So please don't be shy.

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All the photographs in my posts are the property of this site and taken by Marie Blackburn unless otherwise stated. All photos will be watermarked with The Interior Frugalista name. If you use ONE of my pictures, you must include a link back to my original post.


If you are a brand and interested in working with The Interior Frugalista on any future projects, please contact me directly at marie(at)interiorfrugalista(dot)com and I would be happy to send you my Media Kit.


It is music to my ears when I hear that one of my projects inspired a reader. If you recreate any of my projects I would love it if you emailed a picture. I may just share it on my social media platforms, with your permission.

If you are a blogger who recreated any of my projects and published it on your blog, I would appreciate a mention of where you got your inspiration and a link to my post.

My Work

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Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoy your visit.