Archive for May, 2009

Easy décor changes while watching your budget!

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Add some new toss pillows to your interior or exterior living area.  You can find great inexpensive pillows at several discount stores (Marshall’s, Homegoods, Stein Mart, etc) or at already affordable places (World Market, Pier 1).   If you are crafty, you can get your own fabric and sew up some easy to make square pillows that will add new life to an area that you see everyday!

Add a great new vase to a coffee table, dining table, or kitchen area.  Treat yourself to fresh flowers (or pick some from your yard!).  It will add so much color to a place you pass by several times a day, bringing enjoyment to an old space!

Recover your dining chair seats.  If you have chairs that the bottoms easily unscrew, you can get some new fun fabric (should be able to get 2 seats from ¾ yard of fabric unless you are trying to use the same part of a large pattern for each chair) and recover the chair seat.  All you need is a heavy duty staple gun, staples, new or vintage fabric, and a screwdriver.  Cut enough fabric to be able to wrap around the back of the seat and then staple all along one side.  Pull the opposite side tight and staple it underneath.  Repeat with the other two sides.

Keep in mind that even though you are watching your budget, hiring a designer can save you money in the long run.  You might want to consider hiring a designer for an initial consultation.  That would provide you a list of things to work on in your home.  You can work on them (with or without a designers help) one by one until over a period of time.  You don’t always have to do all projects at one time!