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Decorate Your Home for Free

29 Jul

So, lately I’ve been talking about the fact that I want to start my own organizing/decorating business and I know that my home could {should?} be where I am able to showcase my abilities.  However, my problem is that I have, like, zero dollars to put towards personalizing my space.  What’s a decor-loving girl to do?  Well, I brainstormed some ways that those of use who have more style than cash can spruce up their home environment for nothing {or at least, next to nothing}.

REARRANGE FURNITURE

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You probably already know how much change can be brought about by simply moving your furniture around.  However, it’s worth repeating because the change is sometimes all you need to get out of a decorating-funk {otherwise known as: lack-of-funds-pity-party}.  When you do decide to mix things up a little bit, keep in mind that you don’t always have to follow the rules.  Most of us tend to line our furniture up along the walls like a bunch of wallflowers at the school dance.  Pull your sofa away from the wall and let it “float” {a.k.a. dance} a little.  Even putting a console behind it so that it floats just a smidgen is better than nothing.  Plus, that console will add an extra surface for some lamps and a place to keep your remote control {out of the hands of babies}.  So, go ahead, break a few rules.  Or at least bend them a little…

SHOP YOUR HOME

Suzie:  Jonathan Adler  eclectic, feminine, chic foyer design with pink geometric wallpaper, ...

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Think about what happens when you go to the store.  You grab your basket or shopping cart and peruse the shelves.  You pick up a few things here and there, thinking about where it could go in your home.  Those items that make the cut are placed on the conveyor belt, pulled across the scanner and placed into a bag as you happily pull out your debit {or credit} card and dream of how that item is going to look in its new home.  Now, do that in your house.  Don’t look at me like that… I know it’s not necessarily easy but you may be pleasantly surprised by what you find.  Start at your front door and begin looking for items that can be used in other rooms.  Can you take that picture in your foyer and make it work better in your hall bath?  Would those bedroom throw pillows also work in the living room?  You’ll never know until you try.  I’m giving you permission to spend an afternoon {or even a whole day if you want} to play in your home.  Just keep in mind, you may get some funny looks from the hubs and kids.  But, then again, don’t moms always get those looks?

HOST A SWAP

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“Swap” is a word that used to be all verb.  Now, it has graduated to a noun, thanks to some genius person out there who gave this idea a name.  I’m sure most of you have heard of this one too, at least on some level, but did you know that you can easily host a “decor swap”?  All you have to do is call up several of your closest friends {it would be a good idea to chose those with similar tastes} and tell them to bring a certain number of items {say, 5} to your house next Saturday at 2 pm.  Everyone shows up with their goods and swaps.  At the end of the day, you’ve released 5 things that you no longer love and you take on 5 new things that are a better fit for you!  Everyone wins!  {I may do a post in the future featuring a full how-to on a decor swap.  Interested?

TIE UP LOSE ENDS

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Are there any project around your home that you meant to start but just haven’t yet?  Now, this tip is only going to be 100% free if you’ve already bought the supplies needed to complete the project{s} that just crossed your mind.  I should also mention that, depending on the project, the difference may not be earth-shattering.  However, fixing things like a leaking faucet or squeaky door will  dramatically improve the way you feel about your home because you will no longer be bothered by those little annoyances.

BOTTOM LINE

There you have it!  Four ways that you can revamp your home TODAY without having to pull out your wallet.  Gotta love FREE!

How do you spruce up your home for little to no money?

More Inspiration for Makin’ It Work

19 Apr

Friday, I shared with you a warm, yet modern living room that grabbed my attention and made me think that maybe I could deal with the browns, tans, and creams that currently make up my builder-grade home’s finishes (paint, flooring, etc.)  Or at least tolerate these finishes until the bank account gives me permission to change them.  So, imagine my excitement when I stumbled upon another great example of a modern room with some warmth to it.

 (This picture and all that follow, unless otherwise noted, are property of Abode Love)

This room is actually a “man cave”.  Surprised?  I know, I was too until I learned that it was the Mrs. who did the decorating.  🙂  Seriously, you hubbys just need to leave it to us.  We just can’t help it; it’s in our nature!

This room belongs to Mr. Abode Love and I am liking ALMOST everything about this space.  This room has me convinced that horizontal tan/cream stripes are the way to go.  (Yes, I know some think horizontal stripes have been overdone but since I’m not over them, they’re going in my home…hopefully!)  I also think the colorful graphic rug works wonderfully in this space.  So, what’s the problem?

THIS…

In case you couldn’t tell, Mr. Abode Love is quite the Auburn fan.  However, in our household orange and blue are not allowed to be paired together.  We do, however, love the look of crimson and white:

All college rivalries aside, Laurel-Dawn (a.k.a. Mrs. Abode Love) rocked this room makeover!  Oh, I haven’t even shown you one of my favorite parts of the room:
I’m such a desk/office nerd, so this space definitely captured my attention.  What a great place to work!  Here’s a shot from a little further away, so you can get a better idea of what this office nook looks like:
Such a great space…the entire room is amazing!  What are your thoughts?  If you love it, be sure to stop by Abode Love and tell Mrs. Laurel-Dawn so!  (Everyone loves sweet comments!)

Makin’ It Work…

15 Apr
Ever heard of the blog I Like It, I Love It!?  If not, I have a wonderful treat for you.
This is Meg (and her adorable family!):

She’s the “woman behind the blog”, as I like to say, and isn’t she just adorable!  Never before have I wanted to dye my hair red as badly as I want to right now.  🙂  I’m telling you, this is one stylish lady!

Why am I her newest stalker follower?  Well, she’s given me an awesome solution to my design dilemma.  You see, we purchased our home because of it’s cohesive finishes: cabinets, flooring, neutral paint colors.  We thought it was beautiful.

Take our kitchen for example (excuse the crappy pics…it’s a camera phone):

Soon after we moved in though, as you can imagine, I began to want to personalize the space a little.  You know, make it more our home than just a house we live in.  Where’s the problem?  Problem is, I am drawn to white cabinets, blues and grays, and basically the cooler color palette.

However, it is quite possible that Mrs. Meg may have changed all that with her modern, yet warm living room:

Warm and inviting?  CHECK!  Tons of fun colors?  DOUBLE CHECK!  I love this space!  Don’t you?

Don’t forget to visit Meg’s blog and show her some love to creating such a fabulous room!

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