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#1 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:28 PM

grr budgets lol - lead up to christmas, trying to get the house looking as nice as possible, I have had a massive declutter so there isn't too much junk around but I am looking for ideas of what else I can do to make the house look nicer on a budget.

So what do you do to cheaply make your home look loved? original.gif

Links to blogs or sites would be great too!

TIA

#2 niggles

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:33 PM

Clear a spot in every room for a vase and some fresh flowers and the place will look like a million dollars. Or a pot plant if you're not into all that death every week.

#3 wilding

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:38 PM

QUOTE (niggles @ 19/11/2012, 04:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Clear a spot in every room for a vase and some fresh flowers and the place will look like a million dollars. Or a pot plant if you're not into all that death every week.



If you do this and have cats, just make sure they don't have a feast and eat the whole plant  ph34r.gif

#4 fran123

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:39 PM

Or even go for a walk in a park/bush and grab a bunch of long and quirky sticks and put them in a jar/vase.

Some cheap colourful cushions

Some candles

Some photos in frames

Some of your childrens artwork in a cheap Ikea frame

Go to a 'reject' shop and see what you can find



#5 Sambambino

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

KMart has a decent range of very reasonable priced homewares. Throw cushions, clocks, vases etc. Do a 'makeover' of the lounge/family room with some matching accessories in a modern colour.

Let in the light - I find opening up the window coverings and blinds gives an instant lift to the house.

Frame some of the kids artwork or take advantage of the discount photo print prices around and print out a series of family pics in black and white. Buy inexpensive frames from somewhere like the Reject Shop or K Mart and make a photo wall.

Display some books - have a look at somewhere like AllBooks4Less (in shopping centres or on the www) they have a huge range of books for $5. Buy a few coffee table books on art or decorating and have them on display on a table or ottoman.

Edited by Sambambino, 19 November 2012 - 04:52 PM.


#6 Feral timtam

Posted 19 November 2012 - 04:51 PM

Wash your windows, curtains and walls. It makes a huge difference.
I always have at least one vase of fresh flowers in the house, it brightens the place up like you wouldn't believe. I have them in the kitchen next to the sink, it makes the dishes less depressing.
A tablecloth, even if it's one of those yucky plastic things. It covers the ground in toddler goop on the table.
A plate with some pillar candles and glass pebbles.
Scatter cushions and a rug. Kmart has some decent sized rugs for $29 each.

For me the main one is the flowers, I get the $5 bunches from Aldi and often can get 2 weeks out of them. I've got some yellow flowers at the moment that are going on 3 weeks now!

#7 Nobody Cool

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

Op shops, garage sales and markets are a great place to buy really cheap homewares, artwork, vases, photo frames, throw rugs etc.

#8 VioletRose

Posted 19 November 2012 - 05:54 PM

For a free option have a look around the house for things you already own. Sometimes swapping accessories and things around can make a world of difference

#9 rabbit hyde

Posted 19 November 2012 - 06:08 PM

Decluttering is always a great first step, but as you've said that's been done.

Try re-arranging the the furniture if possible.  A change in the configuration of rooms like the lounge and dining room can completely change the flow and look of the room.

I just bought some art prints from http://www.bluedogposters.com.au/ for about $11.00 each.  Also as other PP's have said try reject stores and Kmart for affordable decor options.

Sites like apartment therapy are great for inspiration - and have a lot of useful tips.

Do you have any photos of the main spaces that you want to spruce up? A fresh pair of eyes could probably make some suggestions that you haven't thought of?



#10 Frau Farbissina

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:12 PM

QUOTE
For me the main one is the flowers, I get the $5 bunches from Aldi and often can get 2 weeks out of them. I've got some yellow flowers at the moment that are going on 3 weeks now!


Singapore orchids are not only beautiful but last for ages too!
Supermarkets often have them in their flower sections


Agree that the decluttering and the cleaning of windows etc helps to brighten up the place.

My home needs a bit of a spruce up too.

here are some links I found of recent home decor trends that might give you a few ideas

Link 1 ( LOVE the slide staircases on this page - scroll down a bit)

Link 2 I have seen little bottles similar to these in Bed Bath N Table

Link 3 pinterest

#11 knittingkitten

Posted 19 November 2012 - 07:25 PM

When I was a broke student, I had the most glorious bedroom. Amazing small  40s table under the window with groups of beautiful bottles with tall plants growing in water. An patchwork quilt of vintage fabrics I found. Not too much clutter. A lamp I found at a garage sale, a pile of books.

Don't need to spend much money, just poke around till you see what catches your eye.

Edited by knittingkitten, 19 November 2012 - 07:26 PM.


#12 BenevolentDictator

Posted 19 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

For a festive season spruce up I bring out bright red towels in the bathroom, a red throw on the sofa and some red cushions.

Otherwise keep up the good work with decluttering. A new fruit bowl or some new mugs can brighten up the kitchen - or some bright table mats.



#13 FeralLIfeHacker

Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:42 AM

Oh wow thankyou so much for the replies, such good ideas biggrin.gif  I honestly wasn't expecting any replies lol  

Feeling very inspired now, going to see what I can put into action this week.

#14 LibbyCo

Posted 21 November 2012 - 08:21 PM

For me, too many people concentrate on improving their HOUSE rather than their HOME. Some friends of mine insist on living in "showhomes" which lack comfort or cosiness. The first thing I do is make sure that there is comfort around for everyone to be relaxed in. So, instead of spreading money on laying hardwood flooring, invest in a rug. Instead of scratchy towels, invest in a luxuriant robe. For too long, I had a cheap duvet, treating my house like a hotel which I barely saw whereas with a goose down duvet, I can relax (though my partner seems to seem alot more than I do! With alot more of the duvet too!). Pillows, cushions, bolsters etc, they are the key softer touches which allow your home to be welcoming and elegant without breaking the bank balance. Candles always create a more relaxed atmosphere, just don't fall asleep whilst you're relaxing with them!!!  wink.gif

#15 threeinnyc

Posted 23 November 2012 - 10:30 AM

Declutter and be bold about it. Fresh flowers preferably white lily will def spruce up the house original.gif

#16 jedimaster

Posted 24 November 2012 - 03:01 PM

Some great ideas from the PP original.gif. I second that one about using things you already have. Sometimes I get out one of my gorgeous crystal bowls I usually have tucked away. I'll put this on the table with a floating candle, or Christmas pot-pourie (sp?!) or our fresh fruit.

Give the front doorway/verandah a good sweep up. Pitch any half dead pot plants out there (I must do this!!). Clean your porch light, they get dusty and cobwebs. Get a new door mat, or at least give the old one a good clean. original.gif

Good topic Op - you've motivated me original.gif.

Edited by jedimaster, 24 November 2012 - 03:02 PM.





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