17 July, 2012

Decorating on A Budget

Save on Carpeting

"The quickest way to blow a budget is on a carpet and new floorboards. Sisal is great alternative, it looks very 'beachy' and it's a lot cheaper!

Recycle, Re-use, Re-purpose

When on a tight budget forget about buying a  houseful of new furniture - hunt around for second pieces with character that can be painted, re-stained and re-upholstered for a 'shabby chic' vintage, beach vibe. White paint is your best friend and will turn an ugly, unwanted, brown stained piece of furniture into something fresh, bright, white, chic and stylish. All you need is a can of paint, some time and a bucket load of enthusiasm! Also look around for recycled timber for more of a rustic, natural feel.



Affordable Accessories

Pull it altogether with affordable accessories. Think outside the square for interesting decorator items that don't cost the earth - like Moroccan lanterns, second hand books, baskets, inexpensive Chinese porcelain, cane, glass jars and bottles and vintage maritime objects all make for quirky and original displays.

Use gifts from Mother Nature

Look to Mother Nature for an abundance of inspiration for displays, decorative pieces and wall art. River pebbles, driftwood, shells, dried flowers, coral, bamboo, pine cones, twigs and seed pods all make interesting 'art d'objets'. Baskets and collections of found objects make for a great display with a personal feel.

Choose Affordable Art

Art does not have to cost a fortune. Think recycled frames from thrift shops and garage sales. Stain or paint them all to give them a nice, up-to-date look. White paint is always an easy and stylish finish. Mirrors are a cheap form of wall art, as is making your own collages or framing images from books and calendars. I love framing shells and objects I have collected on the beach.

Melissah xox

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Susan said...

Great recommendations!

Our home came with cheap builder-grade carpeting, and we have been wanting to get rid of it, but getting hardwood floors is not in our budget, so we've been looking for more economical alternatives - I love the look of the sisal rug in that first image.

sealaura said...

great ideas. Love the driftwood night table.

Vicky said...

I'm totally agree, there are many ways to decorate the home at low cost, with a little imagination, you can create a home that you are proud of without spending much money.
Hugs, Vicky

Tania Maree said...

Hi Melissah,
I just voted for you in a competition at Style Passport Blog. I'm not sure you know about it.
Good luck and have a great day!!!
Tania xx

beachcomber said...

thanks for the great tips and ideas melissah!

designchic said...

So needed this post today...gorgeous images!!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic, practical tips. You are so right though! You need a bucket load of enthusiasm! G.x

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

We recently furnished a second home and it's not easy on a budget. I love using mirrors as art and they bring such nice light to a room.

Great post and very useful ideas here Melissa. I'm saving this post for "savoring" it in depth later.

Mama of 2 boys said...

Beautiful tips Melissah. I am always keen to find affordable decorative items for the home and most times, I don't even know where to start xo

Nantucket Daffodil said...

As I work on several rooms around my house, this post was so helpful Hubby and I are both teachers, so we don't get paid in the summer....definite budget!

Natasha Simpson * said...

Fantastic post. Some great tips and super beautiful images to match. I love using natural elements such as driftwood and shells when decorating.

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