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Decorating on a Budget – How to Spruce Up Your Home Without Breaking the Bank – Part 3

Now that spring has arrived (even though it feels like fall at the moment, which I am loving!) it makes me want to spruce up the house and the garden.  The drought is still upon us so saving money is a priority.  But this doesn’t have to be a problem.  Here in part 3 of “Decorating on a Budget” I’ll show you a few more ways to spruce up your home without breaking the bank.


Let’s start in the garden.  I spent a bit of time this week in the front yard weeding the garden beds, raking, trimming bushes and putting out mulch.  Now it’s time to replace any plants that didn’t quite survive the winter.  As we all know buying plants at a nursery is so much fun but it can be expensive.  One way around this is to “shop” a friend or neighbor’s garden and get cuttings from them that you can plant.  I’m always getting cuttings from my mother-in-law (she has a stunning garden) and it makes our  garden feel so special.  I have some gorgeous hot pink Pig Face (mesembryanthemum) in my back corner garden bed.  It came from my husband’s aunt who has now passed away.  Every year when it blooms I think of her.


Now that the garden is sorted it’s time to “shop” your house!  Go from room to room and see what décor items may look better in another room and switch them.  See if you have any treasures stored away that you can incorporate into your decor.  I like to use items that have a story behind them, i.e. they belonged to someone that was special to me, they remind me of home, you get the picture.  This is where vintage pieces are great to use…they tell a story.


Re-arranging your furniture and/or wall hangings is another great way to spruce up your home without costing you a cent.  Start with the room that you spend the most time in and see if the furniture can be moved around.  Maybe there’s a table that isn’t really working for you.  See if there is one in another room that would be better suited and switch them.  Our family room has one wall with a window and a set of French doors.  The other wall (which is only a half wall) has the fireplace.  I really only have two walls to work with so I don’t have too much versatility when it comes to furniture arrangement.  So the next best thing is to re-arrange the wall hangings.  Again search other rooms in the house to see if there are wall hangings that would look better and change them.


There are so many small things that you can do that will make a big impact on your décor.  I love tea towels and use them as part of my kitchen décor (it can be a challenge making sure people understand they are for looking at, not using!).  I bought some double towel racks that hang over the cabinet doors and have a collection of tea towels that I use.  I change them out from time to time to coincide with the seasons, holidays or if I just feel like a change.  Again this costs very little.

Tea Towels Made by My Grandmother for My Hope Chest


Awhile ago I was getting a bit tired of our master bathroom.  So I went to Target and bought new towels in a different color.  This really gave the room a lift!  We have three black candle holders on the wall and I felt like the candles I was using were too bland and blended into the wall color too much.  So I changed them too.  These two small changes made such an impact.  On a side note, whenever you put out new candles be sure to blacken the wicks!


I love decorative pillows and throws.  Changing these items is another way to spruce up your abode, but can be costly if you’re not careful.  But if you shop around you should be able to find just what you’re looking for without spending too much.  For example I bought a gorgeous throw and two pillows from my chemist (drug store) of all places!  I didn’t spend much and they look great!


One last thing I like to do to keep my home looking it’s best is to make sure it’s in good repair.  I have a few projects on my list that will do just that.  I’m talking about little things, such as re-painting the threshold of our front door, re-staining and varnishing the front door and all four sets of French doors.  These jobs are a little time consuming, but will make a huge impact on the overall appearance of the home.  So have a look around and see if there are any areas that feel a bit tired and neglected.  Attending to these will make a huge difference.

Now, it’s time to start sprucing up your home.  Get creative and have fun!


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