When seasons change, I get the urge to switch things up around the house. Be it one room or the entire home, it’s fun to give your surroundings a mini makeover here and there – and it is easier than you think.
Looking to “lighten up” my own living space, I reached out to Celeste Randolph, owner of Celeste Randolph Designs and asked her to share a few budget-friendly tips, to spruce things up without breaking the bank. Today I’m sharing 5 simple ways to transform your space without spending much money, or putting forth a lot of effort.
I recently removed all accessories from each shelf in my family, kitchen, living and dining rooms. After laying each piece out on the kitchen table, I picked up each item – held it in my hand – and if it wasn’t bringing me joy I placed the piece in a box to donate. Sentimental pieces were packed in a bin to store away and revisit at a later date, what remained was a collection of items I loved. After dusting each “new” piece, I began to “stage” each of the 4 rooms from the pile – challenging myself to place some of the accessories in new locations throughout the house. When I was finished, I had a short list, which included fresh vase filler, orchids, and 3 new picture frames to showcase updated photos of the kids in. The total cost to replace these items was under $150.
Everyday items such as bath, hand and face towels get nasty. Faded, stained and out-of-fashion colors can date your home. Consider re-purposing your old towels for cleaning purposes and replace them with fresh fluffy towels. Beautiful white towels can be found in bulk at Costco and can transform a bathroom. While you are at it, swap out a faded bath rug for a fresh, clean white option. If you’re in the mood to spurge, visit Macy’s Hotel Collection for a new white duvet cover and sheet set.
Switch out candles and diffusers for each season. Think ‘sea salt’ and ‘beach’ scents for the summertime, ‘mint’ and ‘grass’ for spring, ‘citrus’ and ‘wood’ for fall and ‘smoke’ and ‘leather’ for wintertime. Scents are very personal and bring back memories of days gone by, find one that adds to your home sanctuary.
When it comes to greenery, opt for real plants when possible. We tend to place artificial plants in places that collect a lot of dust and just leave them there. Consider removing or replacing a few here and there. Real orchids are easy to care for and last months. Showcase a beautiful vessel or antique container by placing an orchid and some moss in it. You will be amazed at the beauty a simple white orchid can bring to a room.
Retire Heavy Fabrics
Lampshades, drapery, curtain tiebacks, and old throw pillows fade and collect dust over time. However, they can be removed or switched out at little to no cost. It’s amazing how something as simple as removing lampshades from your chandelier can brighten a room. Give it a good dusting, then swap in new candelabra flame tip light bulbs…voila!
I hope this post was helpful if you’ve been looking to switch things up. Each one of these tips are budget friendly, with the potential to make a big impact in any room. Your home should be a place to relax and recharge – your Happy Place. Create spaces that make you happy and if something’s not working for you, work to change it.
So tell me, how do you change things up in your home? Do you look to refresh with a new season? Drop me a line down below, I’d love to hear!
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