Update Home Decor with What You Have Around the House

Just about everyone who owns a home wishes for beautiful Home Decor.

I’m no different. I love watching home shows when the hosts whip up a space in seemingly no time with lovely placement of furniture and gorgeous home furnishings.

I wish I too had a hubby that could build Pottery Barn wishes with dumped scraps he found by the road.

But the reality is hubby is more adept at demo than the decor and Pottery Barn has to stay wishes for we have no Pottery Barn cash.

So instead I love rearranging things and moving items from room to room to create a whole new look for what I had just sitting around.

It can be done.

In the past few years, homeschool and life have made my furniture rearranging take a backseat, but a recent visit from a family member and a fun afternoon helping me achieve a new look has sparked a desire in me to make do in my home.

I’ll let you in on some of the ways to breathe new life and update your home decor by just shopping around.

When you first move into a home you can imagine just how you would like it to be…just like in the magazine.

 

Three factors seem come into play when it’s time to update your home decor.

  • Time
  • Money
  • Energy

While I can’t do anything about the Time and Energy issue if you substitute Creativity for Money you may have just what you need to turn your home into that lovely vision in your mind.

  • Rearrange your Furniture

Sometimes simply moving your furniture around the room can make a big difference. Instead of having that couch away in front of the window move it to the opposite side of the room. Or maybe you need to move that couch to the window. Sometimes all it takes is a little movement to get a whole new look in a room.

Here’s my living room before

In the first picture, my old peeling couches were a complete eyesore. We have other projects going on in the house and new couches are not in the budget.

My audio tape holder was also an eyesore. I knew that but just couldn’t think outside the box as to what to do with them. I know tapes are old school but we still listen to them until they break!

My little Praise the Lord sign on the wall? Yeah I knew I wanted that somewhere else also. My mother made that and I love it. But it needed a better home.

And the bookshelf behind the piano. Bad place. I know.

So how does one redo this living room without spending a lot of money?

Here’s my living room after

I solved the issue of the peeling couches with some couch covers by Surefit. My mother had covered her couch for years with a Surefit cover and I loved it. I had forgotten all about the brown microfiber sofa beneath. I opted for the pale green textured covers because I wanted to lighten up the room. I also got coupon savings which made it a nice deal. We didn’t opt to get the ottoman cover, even though they have one in the same cover, because I like the contrasting brown. I might get one in a different color.

The pillows, which happen to have bits of color from the couch covers, my husband picked up on a random shopping trip 3 years ago for $.69. Not a typo. Sixty Nine Cents. He got 4 of them and at the time I thought they were a ridiculous buy. I told him we never have those colors blah, blah blah. Yeah petty of me. They were just what I needed! Yaaayy hubby!

Another thing we did in the room was to move a bookshelf from the living room to just outside of it. My living room is not very big so what this actually means is I just moved the bookshelf to the pseudo dining room, which is also small, in our open floor plan. It has been butted up next to the piano and just made that corner look cluttered.

The bookshelf had been butted up next to the piano and just made that corner look cluttered (see top picture). It’s new home was made cosier and the piano was opened up a bit to feel more like a piece of

the decor rather than just something big and unweildly in the living room.

We also moved the stereo from the floor (great spot) to the bookshelf. I had been looking around for the perfect piece to put the stereo on and had never seen anything that looked ideal. Instead of just leaving our stereo on the floor moving it to the bookshelf cleaned up the floor and was a nice touch until we can find something we like better (if we ever do).

The bookshelves in this post are from Ikea. The Hemnes collection. We’ve had them a while.

  • Recreate New Home Decor With What is On Hand

I’m sure by now you’ve been browsing around Pinterest and see some of the great creative things people have done via DIY. Making households of furniture with simple pieces of wood.  As I mentioned at the start I’m not that great at DIY but if you are that’s a fabulous way to have some new home decor without breaking the bank.

As I mentioned at the start of this post I’m not that great at DIY but if you are that’s a fabulous way to have some new home decor without breaking the bank.

If you arent’t that great at DIY you know the saying about practice right? And I’m speaking to myself when I say this. Just start small. See if you can’t edit something you already have to be something great you would have paid for.

A great place to see what people have done with scraps and pieces in their home decor is HomeTalk.com

You can get a lot of ideas from HomeTalk.com.

  • For a Refreshing Change Plants, Plants, Plants

I just love what plants do a for a room!  A little green goes a long way to making a room decor inviting and fresh.  Plants are easy to get a hold of too! You can probably get a piece from a friend to grow your own plant. All but 2 of the plants in my home have come from another plant at a friend or family members. My biggest plants, the corn plant, came from my mother’s plant which was originally from a friend of hers. Hers is currently a nice tall plant that makes a statement in her

Plants are easy to get a hold of too! You can probably get a piece from a friend to grow your own plant. All but 2 of the plants in my home have come from another plant of a friend or family member. My biggest plants, the corn plant, came from my mother’s plant which was originally from a friend of hers. Hers is currently a nice tall plant that makes a statement in her

I have one plant that came from a slip and is almost a tree! I love it!

Take care of your plants and they will take care of you. Put them in the correct lighting for their species, and water and fertilize regularly.

  • How About those Clear Spaces

Less stuff about is a lesson I’ve had to learn myself. A cleared off space looks so much nicer and more inviting than a cluttered one.  If you have trouble in this area just take it a little bit at a time. Clear off that coffee table, that dining table, those kitchen counters, those bathroom counters, that bedroom dresser. That’s what closets, drawers, and baskets are for.

If you have trouble keeping a space clear just take it a little bit at a time. Clear off that coffee table, that dining table, those kitchen counters, those bathroom counters, that bedroom dresser. That’s what closets, drawers, and baskets are for.

Sometimes an area that gets continually cluttered needs a fresh purpose. I reccomend the book A House that Cleans Itself for great tips on reworking a space so it doesn’t work you.

You see! With a little creativity and a lot less money, you can organize your home in no time.

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