Friday, January 06, 2012

Frugal Living Friday: Redecorating Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

When it comes to decorating, I would definitely not consider myself a guru.  I can't seem to put argyle and dots together and make it look like they are a match made in heaven.  But, I do love perusing through magazines, watching HGTV (when we had cable), and browsing through Pinterest to get simple and wallet-friendly ideas for my home.  And one commonality I've found with many low-budget decorating suggestions is to accent your rooms with unique finds from thrift stores, garage or estate sales, and online sites like Craigslist or Freecycle.

Add instant punch to a room with area rugs, paintings or curtains.  There is nothing like vintage, one-of-a-kind designs to add new color to your home.

Vintage Renewal Loft eclectic hall

You can also score some great fabric to give a whole new look to pillows and old chairs that still have a lot of life left in them.  Be on the lookout for awesome deals on little knickknacks that pull together the theme of a room or your whole house, like vases and candle holders, candy bowls that can also hold keys or post cards from far off lands, trunks and baskets that double as storage for blankets and toys, and old books that can add a little bit of history and culture to any room.  We have a thing for Hawaiian travel books that always seem to strike up a conversation whenever we have visitors.

This time of the year always encourages people to make changes in themselves and in their homes.  There's no reason those revamps have to cost an arm and a leg, right?  One of the easiest things you can do to give your rooms a facelift is to paint the walls and/or cabinetry with a new color.  Fresh, inexpensive flowers in a mason jar or a plant that cost close to nothing but can last forever with a little bit of love (and water, of course) can add the perfect touch to a plain white-walled room.

Just a reminder though if you are wanting to spruce up your living quarters - donate anything you no longer like and are looking to replace during your make-over.  The one thing you don't want to do when it's all said and done is to have redecorated your home with too much stuff.  


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