I am introducing my next guest blogger, Adriana! I enjoy her posts and hope you will too!
Hi everyone! I’m Adriana from the Daily Dose of Design. I live in New York and blog all things fashion, interior design, DIY, and lifestyle. I love meeting other bloggers and hope you enjoy this post and my blog!
Designing a space can be grueling if you’re not into interior design or just don’t have the time like most busy women today! Designing a room is also really, really expensive in most cases, which is one of the main reasons it’s put off to the side by most people. Trust me; I feel your pain!
I could roam around in ZGallerie for hours and practically drool over the fantastic things they have. Home Goods is usually a simple answer to overpriced end tables and throw pillows, but it’s still effortless to rack up your bill.
Ever since I’ve become interested in interior design and have re-designed rooms in my house more times than I can count, I’ve come across some tips and tricks on how you can design space on a budget with DIY projects and such that are quick, easy and not too harsh on your bank account!
Use what you’ve got:
I love styling a table or shelf with some of my favorite books or magazines and a pretty vase of flowers on top of it. Super inexpensive, and these are things you likely already have around your house! Put them to good use because let’s be honest, you’re not going to do anything else with magazines from last June or books you’ve already read!
Do it yourself over and over again:
You could scroll through Pinterest endlessly and find more DIY ideas than you ever imagined could exist – use these to your advantage! If you aren’t crafty or aren’t one to come up with these “who woulda thought?!” projects, look to the pros! Here’s a DIY project I’m currently working on for my bedroom. I’ve had my eyes on a really, ridiculously expensive headboard and decided to try to make my own before I go and spent almost $1,000 on a headboard! You can find some more of my favorite DIY projects here!
Forget matching, mix it up:
Matching everything too much can be tedious; instead, try mixing up patterns with a small color scheme and complimentary fabrics and patterns. It can also often be much more expensive to find furniture that matches as if it were meant to be together, so think outside the box and put pieces together yourself that you love for your space!
Fill your walls:
Wall art can be costly, and while some pieces are worth the price, I’m 20 and am not looking to spend a whole paycheck on a pretty wall art piece. While there are exceptions (like Oliver Gal pieces – that man has my heart) always check Home Goods and stores similar first. Hotshot artists often sell pieces that are “out of season” to these stores so that they aren’t losing money.
I’ve also discovered I can easily make my wall art. I’m a big-time Groupon lover and a few months ago found a deal for canvas art that they almost always have available. Trust me, even if they entice you in stating, “Hurry! Deal ends in 3:08:57” – they’re full of you know what. Also, if it ends up being a different company, you can always get different sized canvas’ with your choice of art for a minimal price. I’m talking around $12 for a decent-sized canvas! I’ve printed personal pictures I’ve taken and some prints as well.
Reuse and Recycle:
who says you can’t bring life back to an old piece or something that looks like it belongs in the garbage at first sight? For example, paint some old mason jars like these. Another recyclable project worth trying is to reupholster throw pillows to match the new theme of a room! I have so many old pillows that no longer match my neverending room changes. So buying some cheap fabric and sewing new pillow covers is a great way to save some money – especially since throw pillows can be super expensive!
Designing a space can be tricky, especially if it’s on a budget – and most especially if you have a busy lifestyle! I hope these tips on decorating a space on a budget help you create your dream space.