Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Spruce up your home on a budget

1. Love Pillow (Target) | 2. Threshold Diamond Throw Pillow (Target) | 3. Damask Embroidered Pillow (Pier1) | 4. Springkorn Rug (IKEA) | 5. Cabana Accent Rug (Pier1) | 6. Blue Square Vase (Target) | 7. Yellow Mod Vase (Target) | 8. Round Clock with Amber Gems (Pier1)

I know this is predominantly a beauty blog, but from time to time I also like to explore things like shopping and fashion. And fashion isn't limited to what you wear. You can apply your personal style to your home as well. So, indulge me for a post while I chat about a little bit of home decor.

With spring slowly waking up from its extra-long hibernation this year and gracing us with sunshine and happy weather, I find myself looking around my home and thinking it it could use a little updating. I've been on a bit of a redecorating kick, which predominantly took form in reorganizing. But I can't help but feel that's not enough this year. Our furniture is just staring to look a little dull. Unfortunately, I don't have endless funds to simply replace all of my furniture on a whim, so we are picking and choosing which rooms absolutely need new furniture (ahem, master bedroom) and which could be livened up with just a few new accessories.

If you find yourself in a similar situation, just wanting something to look fresh and new but can't got replacing everything on a whim consider some budget friendly ways to make any room look refreshed. The best part is, some of these are so easy on the wallet, you could refresh your home a few times a year (if you get the whim to) without really causing too much damage to your bank account.

Fresh pillows
Getting new pillows for your couch,  accent chairs, or bed is a super easy way to breath a little life into your room. It can make a piece that feels tired to you (even though you know it's still in good shape and doesn't really require replacement) look refreshed. You can mix and match patterns and bright colors that will give you something new, fun, and exciting to look at and quell those feelings to completely overhaul the entire room. After all, we pay good money for those larger pieces in our home. They are supposed to last a long time. You're bound to get tired of looking at them before they are ready to be replaced. A few new accent pieces can help you get a lot more mileage out of that piece of furniture and set you back less than $100.

Colorful accent rugs and eye catching accessories
Maybe it's not your couch you're tired of looking at. Maybe you're completely uninspired by your entire living room or patio (balcony in my case) or kitchen. These rooms you suddenly loathe might very well need a complete over haul, but more likely you might just be bored and a few new accessories can make everything seem new. Think about your favorite black dress. Do you always wear it the same exact way? Or do you use different accessories to dress it up, make it more casual, or make it work or date night appropriate? Apply those same styling ideas to your home. A new statement necklace can totally change up an outfit. So can a new accent rug. Bright nail polish can make a serious outfit look more fun and so can a bright and colorful vase. A stack of bracelets can give a glamorous or boho vibe to your ensemble, so can a gallery wall. Just rearrange your current art and add a central new piece like a mirror, or even buy new frames for your family photos.

Any of these ideas could easily run you less than $200, depending on what you choose and where you buy. Target, Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Kirklands, Pier 1, and many other locations offer a myriad of ways to spruce up your decor at fair prices. And the hunt is always part of the fun. Plus, if none of these ideas seem to work, don't forget that a fresh coat of paint can help you completely transform a room without having to replace any of your current decor.

What are some of your favorite ways to make your home feel new again? And how often to you find yourself using them?

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