About Marie

About Marie

Here at The Interior Frugalista you will find budget-friendly Repurpose, Refinish, DIY, and Home Improvement ideas. My goal is to show you how to transform found and gifted treasures and RElove them into your living space. Because beautifying a home isn't about how much you spend!

The gal behind the blog

Hi there, allow me to introduce myself. I'm Marie, the tool-toting, paint-splattered, coffee addicted, DIY Grandma behind The Interior Frugalista. Warning: if you come to my house and stand still long enough, you may get painted!

Let me introduce you to my side-kick, Darcy a.k.a. Mr. Frugalista, my husband of 31 years and bears the title "official" furniture buyer here at The Interior Frugalista.

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.

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.

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 certainly have 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.

Our home has been renovated with sweat equity. Like pages in a book, every room tells a story.

I'm THAT gal...
Who can be heard in aisles of our local thrift stores shouting, "so 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 coveted find.

I'm THAT gal...
Who drives around our neighbourhood 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.

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. Now officially trained in how to apply the principals of design with a good dose of creativity to make items already in the home sing.

Our home is my art canvas where every brush stroke has a story. ~Marie

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, and 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 money but rescuing items from ending up in the landfill.

Where I hang my hat

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.

I love hearing from you

I love hearing from readers and thrilled when you leave comments on the blog. 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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