REFRESH OR REDECORATE A ROOM BY SHOPPING YOUR OWN HOME
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During January the blog was all about helping you declutter and get organized. February is about moving from winter to spring and giving rooms a refresh.
I love to switch things up in my home, refreshing it one room at a time. But my decorating budget is limited. So, when I need a change, instead of purchasing new items and cluttering up our home with more STUFF, I start by using what I already have on hand in new, fresh ways. This is a DIY makeover technique that brings instant results. So if you’re ready for a home makeover without spending a penny, it’s time to shop your home!
You can also call this makeover technique “use what you have”. I call it genius! In fact, why not challenge yourself to redecorate a room this spring by shopping your home? I plan to give our living room a refresh and will be showing before and after pictures in next week’s blog. The coffee table and bookshelves have taken on a life of their own and I have to get a handle on all.the.things.!
Let’s get started! These three suggestions that will help you begin:
- Do a walk-through of your home, and look at everything with a critical eye. What about forgotten items in your attic or basement? Don’t overlook anything.
- Take pictures. Take your phone or camera with you on the walk-through and use it to take pictures. It’s much easier and quicker to hold up your phone and look at a piece of furniture to decide if it will work in a different room than it is to drag a chair from room to room.
- Remove items, as well as add items. Don’t just add items to a room and create an over-stuffed area. By removing items as part of the process, you will likely find a new space to use what you’re removing.
Shop Your Kitchen
The kitchen is a gold mine of items to use in new and different ways in other rooms. A small bowl can be used to hold jewelry or spare change in the bedroom. A serving tray can be used on a coffee table to organize items, or to hold a pretty vignette.
Put an Old Dresser to Work
Old dressers can be used in multiple rooms in a variety of ways. Instead of buying a changing table for your newborn, instead paint an old dresser and use the top as the changing table, and the drawers as storage. Add a lamp on top and voila! Or give that old dresser a coat of paint and put it in the foyer. This picture from the bhg.com archives shows how giving an old dresser a coat of white paint, and add pops of blue, then finishing with gold-framed mirrors brightens up a foyer.
Change Your Coffee Table
Swap out your current coffee table with something else. Look around the home for what might work. A pair of side tables pushed together, or a wooden or leather bench. In this photo, an old trunk has been used for the coffee table. What do you have that might be an interesting coffee table?
Add a Basket from Another Room
Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a thing for baskets. I collect baskets and use them all over the house. Sometimes they hold things, sometimes they are displayed on the wall. In my world, you can never have too many baskets! If you love baskets as much as I do, move one or several from one room to another, or use them in different ways.
Find pillows that could use a change of scenery and move them. I have far too many throw pillows, but since I have them it makes sense to use them in different rooms from time to time. Here’s one of my favorites. It moves from room to room on a regular basis because the message on the pillow makes my day.
Add Something New on the Walls
Moving artwork and wall hangings can give a room a quick facelift. Of course, being a wreath maker, I tend to decorate with wreaths through the home. Wreaths aren’t just for the front door! If you have a drab corner or a wall that needs something fun, try adding a wreath. Here’s what’s currently in our foyer…
As part of my living room refresh project, here are a couple of tricks I will be using:
Rework the Vignette on Your Coffee Table
Our coffee table becomes the collection point for SO many things, most of which don’t even need to be there. I’ll be providing before and after pictures next week.
Rework the Bookshelves
I will be taking everything off the shelves and refreshing it all. Just like the coffee table, the bookshelves are apparently a magnet for everything that doesn’t end up on the coffee table! I can’t wait to show you the before and after images next week.
Look to the Experts
I love home décor and creating a beautiful home. And it’s always a good idea to see what the experts have to say about ideas we have. Joanna Gaines is one of my go-to resources. I love her book Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave. Her latest #1 Best Seller will give you great ideas and give you confidence to try your hand at home décor.
However you approach creating a beautiful home, SunflowerDesigns2018 is here to help you. Each week we offer suggestions on ways to add beauty and simplicity to your home so that you and your family can enjoy your home. During the rest of February we will be taking a look at more tips for getting organized. Until next time… #livecreatively!