Friday, April 30, 2010

Featured Friday - Rayan from The Frugal Designer

I am so excited to introduce you to our next blog swapper! Her name is Rayan and she has an AMAZING blog The Frugal Designer. She has some really cool ideas so check her out!


Hi Friends! Rayan, the Frugal Designer here! So excited to be visiting today with all of you. I just think Fireflies and Jellybeans is so fabulous and I am honored to be participating in a blog Swap with her! That's right, I am here and she is over at my site: The Frugal Designer , I hope you will stop over a say hello...maybe even poke around a bit!

This is me...if you don't know me (which you probably don't, I'm a bit of a newbie on the block):


Here are some of the fun things I have been doing on my blog lately:

You can click on the tabs to take you to the page or you can click on the images to learn more about them.
Build it plans

I have recently started providing free furniture plans that you can easily build yourself! Some are knock offs like the Crate & Barrel table below and others are my own designs..come, see, and build! I provide easy step by step instructions and a list of materials to buy.
Final Staight


I have started cataloging projects in a directory of is a place for you to find all of the amazing DIY projects from around the web. A one stop shop, for all things crafty and fabulous! Go explore...

Look 4 less

This is the home of the HACK - where accessories and design are quite literally...HACKED! they are organized by project type and pictures of the original specialty retailer product. Below is an example of a project I recently HACKED...

I have added not only my own HACKS, but others as well!

Design dilemmas

I recently began helping others settle their Design Dilemmas for both home and yard. I will take on about 4-5 new dilemmas a month and help folks solve their design problems by offering a Mood Board, Segmented Shopping List, DIY project list and a layout if needed. Here is one I recently did for Angie and her Hill O' Dread...

Here is her dilemma...a steep yet narrow and very LONG hill backing up to a canal with dozens of walkers every day, can we say...needs privacy! click on the images to take you to the post to read more...

Before: The Plan:

Ls-dd-angie pic elev


Here is a Dilemma I solved for Jenna, whose furniture was too big for it's britches...

Before: Here's the Plan:


DD - Jenna Bdrm


I try and put together some Land: Scapes that anyone can do on their own and are budget is one I did for a Sunny Spot in your Yard: total cost $55!


Mood boards

I love to put together a fun and frugal Mood Board, and then provide design HACKS for acheiving the look for less! Here is are a couple I have done so far...

GP ballard

Trad 1 Dining Area

Liv MB Stoddard

Hope you enjoyed my little Show & Tell...I had a wonderful time visiting with you all! Hope you visit me over on my site sometime soon!

Xx Rayan - The Frugal Designer


Isn't she AWESOME?!?! Be sure to go over to The Frufgal Designer. and give her some comment love!


Viola said...

Hello Ladies, I just love that you are hosting each other. I really want to make the planters that Rayan has posted. I would also love to find some inexpensive bottles to put rope on. Any ideas where to find some like the green ones. Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas.

* The Design Confidential said...

Hi Viola! I would check thrift stores, flea markets and good will. I used a oversized wine bottle for my example, but I'm thinking TJ MAXX and the like are great discount places to buy inexpensive glass so you might check there also!

Angie said...

Hi everyone!! Can I just say I heart The Frugal Designer!?! The ONLY way Rayan could be ANY BETTER is if she came and planted everyting on the hill o'dread herself! ;) You'll be missing out if you don't become a follower of hers!!! Now i'm off to browse around Fireflies and Jellybeans- such a GREAT blog name!!! ;)

Sandra said...

What some fun ideas I am a follower of both blogs. So fun to learn frugal ideas for each other and try them at home.

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