One of my favorite hobbies is decorating my home. I did not go to school for interior design, but I have developed a passion for it over the years. I absolutely love to watch design shows on television, look through home magazines, or scroll through Pinterest to find beautiful home decor ideas. I love to look at the styles, see the color and design trends, and to look for ways that I can copy what the interior designers are doing on television or in magazines in my own home. This has not always been the case however. I used to get discouraged as I looked at immaculate homes that graced the covers of the magazines or my computer screen. I would dream of beautiful wood floors, freshly painted walls, stunning center pieces, and kitchen complete with white subway tile and white cabinets. I would then awaken to the reality that this lifestyle most likely was never going to be my reality. For some reason I don’t have an HGTV pocketbook and we just haven’t been able to get money to grow on our trees yet…maybe next year! I hated the way I would feel about my own home when looking what others had (or what they created on huge television-show budgets) because it made me ungrateful for my own blessings. I live in a beautiful modest home for crying out loud. It has multiple rooms, carpet on the floor, electricity, running water, beds to sleep in, a lovely yard, and I also get to share it with 5 amazing children and a handsome hubby.
Redesign on a Dime-11 Money Saving Tips For Decorating Your Home
One day after a trip through remote Mexico my thoughts and feelings changed about my own home. As we drove past one-room homes/huts with no glass windows, dirt floors, and the kitchens and bedrooms all in the same small room, I was humbled. A day or two after I came home I had two friends in my neighborhood put their homes up for sale. They had the same floor plan as our home and both of them asked how in the world we could still fit in our home. My mind quickly went back to those dirt roads in Mexico and I happily told them that our home was perfect for us. Since feeling that way a few years ago I have thought a lot about my home and the way I feel about it. I want to be thankful for what I have while also helping my home reach its “full potential”. I want my home to be a refuge from the world outside our door. I want it to be beautiful, clean, peaceful, happy, and cozy. I want it to feel welcoming to those that come to visit and I want it to be a place where my family wants to be.
I realized a few years ago that I did not need to keep waiting for my ship full of money to come in to turn my house into my dream home. I realized I could start to “redesign on a dime” little by little. With a little bit of bravery, creativity, and time, I can make my home look the way I want. I’m excited to share with you over the coming months some of the fun and creative ways I have been “redesigning on a dime” in my home! I hope my money saving ideas will inspire you to start making the changes you want in your homes, without having to break the bank! For my first “Redesign on a Dime” post I thought I would give you my 11 money saving tips for decorating your home.
Do not pay full price for anything.
Whenever I walk into a store I always shop for items already on sale, on clearance, or use store coupons. If something is not discounted, I usually don’t buy it. This little “Amazing Grace” frame cost me $2.33 on clearance and adds a perfect touch to the top of my piano.
Use store coupons when shopping in craft stores
Most craft stores have weekly coupons available through the mail, their web site, or phone apps that usually offer 40% off of one item. I NEVER EVER buy craft or home decor items from a craft store at full price.
Shop yard sales, rummage sales, flea markets, and antique stores.
I love a good yard sale and I recently started to dip into the world of antiques. Yard sales are great because people usually are not asking too much for the items and you can generally barter back and forth a bit on prices. I am in love with my newest yard sale finds. This awesome white window shutter was only $5.00 and my fun burlap wreath hung in the center makes the perfect combination.
I also recently scored big time buying this vintage suitcase and antique milk bucket! Aren’t those the coolest pieces!
Shop online and compare prices.
I love that I can sit down at my computer and compare prices from many different stores. I was recently in the market for curtains to cover my sliding glass door. I looked on 5 or 6 different websites and found just what I was looking for within minutes. I ended up saving time and money picking out these happy little curtains.
Sell the things you don’t love and use that money to buy what you want.
I recently started doing this and so far so good. Facebook yard sale pages and online classifieds are my favorite places to do this. I have been able to sell furniture and rugs that no longer work in my home and then turn around and use that money to buy new items. In my entry way I used to have a small leather bench so visitors could sit and remove or put on their shoes. Well, after a while I needed more storage space (and what better place then in my entry way!) and I came to the realization that no one ever sat on my cute little bench for the reason I bought it for. I posted my bench on a Facebook yard sale page and within about an hour it was picked up and gone from my house. I replaced it with this beautiful antique dresser that I bought on a classifieds site for the same amount of money from the sale of the bench! Total win win!
Use items already in your home combined with other pieces to create gorgeous displays.
One of my favorite ways to do this is to use old books that are taking up space in my bookshelf. If you don’t want the titles to show simply turn the books around. I also love using books as art. In my bookshelf I have taken off all the dust jackets from my books because I think the actual book is always so much prettier than a shiney paper cover.
Use items you have inherited from family members in your decorating.
Over the years I have received a few items of my relatives who have now passed. I definitely don’t want to just put their special items on a shelf and forget about them. (Although there are some strange items that are probably better left on a shelf.) I love looking in my kitchen at the cute yellow gravy pitcher and my old green flower pot, each coming from separate grandmas. It makes me feel connected to them and they also happen to fit right into my decorating style.
Repurpose inexpensive items to make them look like they were bought at a boutique.
I used this method two years ago after seeing cute bright orange pumpkins at the dollar store and on sale at a craft store. I wanted to add some cute silver pumpkins into my fall decor but did not want to spend close to $10-$20 per pumpkin for the pretty silver ones. I bought a bunch of inexpensive pumpkins, a can of silver spray paint, burlap ribbon, and a fall “pick” or two from the craft store and I got to work. With in about an hour I had a bunch of beautiful shiny silver pumpkins ready to spruce up my fall decor.
Never underestimate the power of paint.
I originally bought this beautiful mirror for about $35.00 at the local Wally Mart. It originally had a pretty gold/brown colored frame and hung beautifully above my piano for almost 10 years. About a year ago I was ready for a change in my living room. I transformed a few items in the room using paint but this mirror is definitely my favorite. I simple taped off the mirror, bought a can of spray paint for a few dollars, and had a small paint party in the backyard! The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry. I couldn’t wait to hang it up!
Fall in love with glass apothecary jars.
These are so versatile and can be used in every season. I love to keep them in my home filled with fake fruit, candy, lentils, or holiday decorations. Trust me, if you buy one (on sale of course) you will not be sorry.
If you love something you see at a craft store or a boutique…don’t be afraid to make it yourself!
I saw this idea of making a wreath out of the pages of a book a few years ago and I immediately fell in love. I wanted to have one in my home but paying full price for one was out of the question. If I remember right, I think they were asking close to $65.00. I then set out to make one myself. I went to the craft store and bought a styrofoam wreath and some hot glue and then headed down to a local thrift store to buy a few old books. I will soon do a post on how to make this wreath, so prepare yourself now and get to the used book store and find an old book or two that are waiting to be ripped up.
Okay. Are you ready to pick a project and get started? Here is a fun pin-able list of the things we have talked about. Happy shopping!