Home Sweet Home: 5 Decorating Ideas Under $100

A couple of months ago, I posted about my cleaning schedule and being on top of “seasonal cleaning”. If you’ve kept to a schedule, then seasonal cleaning should be easy. The fun part of seasonal cleaning is that post-cleaning decorating.

After the home is all nice and clean, it’s time to reorganize your accessories and switch out the previous season and refresh the home with a new seasonal theme. Switch out the curtains, the picture frames, the cushions, candles, mats and mini accessories.

For under $100 I’m going to walk you through redecorating the season. In this case, Fall and Winter. We’re hitting up the dollar store, Walmart, Target and some local stores here in Toronto for cheap finds and gorgeous accessories. Dare to take this challenge with me? Lets go! (Sorry, I didn’t get time to take photos, will include them over the weekend)

  1. Change up those picture frames  and switch the photos in them, or get really creative and redo a wall by adding a bunch of different size pictures and frames to make a massive piece of family photo art on your entrance wall. You can find cool frames in all sorts of colors and shapes at the dollar store for under $3 each and Walmart also has an amazing collection of sizes, shapes and colors. My entrance way has a nice console table, but the wall is bare. So, over the past couple of weeks, I’ve hunted through a couple of different dollar stores for per-framed art/photos, different sized frames and have put them up to make a massive collage of my family and friends.
  2. Summer is over (sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s true), so switch up your curtains with some beautiful warm colored ones to give your home a nice cozy feel. Walmart and Target have a great selection of gorgeous colors for a great price. Because I have a little munchkin who loves to put her dirty hands on anything light-colored, I opted for dark purple ones that contrast amazingly with my blue carpet. I’ve also redone my curtain rode by moving it up very close to the ceiling – lots of interior designers say that by moving the rods higher to the ceiling, you give the illusion of taller walls. It definitely worked!
  3. Painting an entire room isn’t always feasible (especially with little munchkins). But an accent wall is a cheap, easy and quick way to make a huge impact. Pick a color that compliments the rest of your accessories and opt for one shade brighter. Unfortunately, I have decided not to paint because we might be moving within the next 6-months or so and D just doesn’t want me “wasting” money right now, when I’ll probably want to paint the new apartment anyway. If painting is not an option for you either for whatever reason, you can wallpaper your wall or as I read on Pinterest recently, use fabric to decorate. Here’s the pin for more details.
  4. Update mats, curtains and towels in your kitchen and bathroom. You can find great stuff at Walmart and Target. But if you’re really looking to budget yourself, then try driving around and look for those one-off home accessories stores. You’ll find great mats and curtains at a reasonably cheap price compared to the big brand stores. I chose dark purple mats for my bathroom and contrasting purple and beige ones for my kitchen. They look fantastic and really give the place a cozy feel.
  5. Adding accessories. Accessories can be ex-pen-sive! But if you’re smart about it,  you can find some really great stuff at the dollar store to craft or at the local Value Village (GoodWill) shop. I opted to purchase some mini-plant holders from the dollar store. I added some fake mini flowers to the pot and stuck a big candle in the middle and place 3 of them on my dining table.

My total seasonal re-decorating cost me $97.60, leaving me enough for a coffee! That’s a hundred dollars well-spent, especially when you have friends or family over and they’re amazed when you tell them about your cheap finds and how you put on the creative hat and wow-ed up your place on tight budget.

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