Welcome to The Interior Frugalista

Hi there, I'm Marie, the tool-totting, paint-splattered, pajama-clad gal behind this little corner of the blogosphere.

Let me introduce you to my side-kick, Darcy a.k.a. Mr. Frugalista who also has the title of "official" furniture buyer. We have been married 30-years and the proud parents of two grown children.
The only child left in our nest is our feline, Sexy Rexy a.k.a. Workshop Assistant who you will often see photo bombing my project shots. The minute he hears the click of the shutter, he will come strutting directly in front of the camera. The cat needs his own phone and selfie stick - hence the name "Sexy Rexy".

He's such a diva that he demanded a salad bar in the workshop and a blanket by the window for naps...far too many naps.
In March 2015 we were blessed with our first grandchild. When this little guy is around, the world comes to a stop. I never could have imagined how much joy being a grandparent would be.

How it all began

My passion for DIY and all things thrifty came out of necessity after making the big decision to become a stay-at-home Mom. It was one of the scariest decisions because 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; we built, painted, sewed and DIYed our way to creating a nest that we can be proud of.

In that making something out of nothing, I learned a lot of new skill sets; including operating power tools, which eventually led to the creation of this blog.

CLICK HERE - 80's Wall Unit Hack

How the blog got its name

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

CLICK HERE - Laundry Room Makeover On A Budget

Why I love 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 are known to have at least one project on the go and several in the planning stages for our humble abode.

I'm THAT gal...
Who can be heard in aisles of our local thrift stores shouting, "did you see this" or "what can I turn this into".

I'm THAT 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.

CLICK HERE - Mid-Century Modern Bar Cabinet

I'm THAT gal...
Who drives around our neighborhood after dark (okay, I send Mr. Frugalista) the night before Large Item Pickup.

I'm THAT 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.

CLICK HERE - Farmhouse Table Makeover

I've had a passion for design my entire life starting as a young child at the kitchen table with my pencil crayons and a sketch pad drawing home interiors and exteriors. In my teenage years, much to the frustration of my sister who shared a room with me, I spent most Saturdays cleaning, organizing and decorating our room. It was in those formative years that I learned how to decorate on a very tight budget.

Fast forward to when my children were in high school, I learned that there was an Interior Re-Design industry, based on restyling spaces using what is already in the home. I immediately signed up and earned my Interior Redesign and Home Staging Certification. Officially trained in how to apply the principals of design with a good dose of creativity to make items already in the home sing.

CLICK HERE - Queen Anne Reupholstered Armchairs
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 to creating a beautiful home on a budget. My hope is that by breathing new life into found, foraged or inherited treasures, not only are we saving our pocketbooks but also another item from ending up in the landfill.

CLICK HERE - Vintage Waterfall Headboard Bench With Embossed Leather Hide Seat

Our Location

The Interior Frugalista is located in the Canadian prairies near 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 ahem woman cave a.k.a. basement workshop.

CLICK HERE - Basement Workshop


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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 of course.

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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