Welcome! I’m Charlotte Tryforos. My husband, Nicholas, and I both grew up in the suburbs of New Orleans, but we met at LSU in 2006 and never had the heart to leave Baton Rouge. In 2009 we tied the knot and the next year bought our first house–a 1920′s bungalow in a great little neighborhood a few miles from campus. I feel so grateful for this lovely old house and the opportunity to make it our home.

I launched this blog in March 2011, then started selling vintage wares on Etsy later that year. Decorating, blogging, and thrifting were the creative outlets that helped me cope with the emotional demands of my career as a social worker and they still serve me well now that I spend most of my time caring for our son, Jack. Nick and I welcomed our first child in 2012 and with his arrival I transitioned to staying home part time with a healthy dose of blogging, shop tending, and part-time work still mixed in to keep me sane and bring in some income.

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We share our home with our dachshund, Juliet, and two cats, Sheila and Pistachio. It’s pretty much our life motto that you can have a full, rich life and a beautiful home without living beyond your means. We enjoy finding ways to save so that we can spend more time doing the things we love, like watching TV and eating out, haha. Clearly we are very classy folks.

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Check out ourĀ House Tour page to see more of the place we call home. And if you like what you see here, be sure to stick around!

11 responses to About

  1. You are so wonderful and creative Charlotte! I look forward to reading your blog! You have done so well with decorating your house, it is so warm and comfy. A real HOME!

  2. Charlotte, I am looking forward to following your blog. That Pistachio sure has some amazing eyes! Old homes are the best – they take lots of love and attention, but there is something special about settling into and continuing the history of a house. Best of luck!

  3. livingwellonthecheap February 28, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Thank you both so much!

  4. Love it! You’ve done a great job creating your first home. Smiles to you…Love, Aunt Julie

  5. Carolina Jones June 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

    I love reading your blog! Can I have a tour of the house soon?

  6. Pretty awesome to hear that y’all chose to stay in the LSU area after graduating. I definitely am looking forward to seeing what it is like living in a college town without actually being in college.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap July 24, 2011 at 8:01 am

      We love it! Baton Rouge is a great place to live on it’s own, but especially since we’re still only two miles from campus we get the best of both worlds.

  7. Charlotte- I liked the t shirt turned scarf. How did you make it long enough to wrap around? Did you cut it again?
    Ms. Joanne- SK’s mom.

    • Charlotte | livingwellonthecheap September 15, 2011 at 7:00 am

      Hi Ms Joanne!

      I just stretched it out a lot when it was still damp. Since it was made from a t-shirt it stretched pretty easily. Guess I should’ve included that in the post!

      Thanks for reading!

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