Post # 16
This picture is from Halloween as you can see haha. But you can see some of what I’ve done. Fake flowers on a tray on the ottoman, more on dining table. Garland along top of cabinet. Mosaic end table. Wooden sign with blue font from Etsy that matches blue bird painting ($75 at Steinmart) in dining area. And a hamster cage next to the TV haha.
Start with Target and Homegoods. Think of a color scheme you’re interested in and start shopping! You two need to get some pictures up on the walls! 🙂
Look at the pictures you like on Pinterest of houses you lIke and figure out the specific details. What are the colors? Are there plants? What’s the style of furnirure? How many pics on the wall, and how big are they? Figure out what you like and go buy it!
Start small. Even though the green carpet sucks, ignore for now and start decorating with your own style. Nice throw pillows and plants, fake or not, are the best way to make a house a home. Throw some garland along the top of the cabinets, get a table cloth to cover some scratched furniture, buy some candles of varying heights to group together on the dresser to dress it up. Things like that.
Again, study the pics you like on Pinterest! Then you’ll know what to shop for. Good luck!
Post # 17
turnanewleaf: I have a sectional with one of those tables as well. $20 from Ross. But I’ve seen them at Target, Homegoods, Pier 1. Look up ‘C Table’ 🙂
Post # 18
I got distracted by your beautiful dogs!
Post # 19
themoonofhislife: dh and i rent so we can’t do major diy stuff but i’ve been working on making our place homey. i started by just trying to get rid of our really crummy looking furniture and replacing it with nicer stuff. i don’t have any good pics but here are a few things i’ve done:
1. got rid of our futon and got a nice couch, 4 throw pillows, and 2 cute blankets. this made a big difference!
2. got 2 cute accent chairs and table for betwen them.
3. bought a painting for above our couch.
4. got a nice headboard and nightstands. added in some cheap framed art.
my house definitely doesn’t look like pinterest where everything is all one style but it’s homey and definitely looks decorated. in place of expensive decor i add cheap framed art, pretty candles, and fresh flowers in vases (i buy them at thrift stores).
Post # 20
turnanewleaf: It’s from World Market. This one: http://www.worldmarket.com/product/alemeda-laptop-table.do?&from=fn
I’ve had it for a few years and it’s been great!
Post # 21
If you own your home or rent where you can paint, my opinion is paint color is the #1 biggest thing you can do to change your homes appearance, and one of the cheapest/easiest things to do. When i bought my house EVERY wall was plain builder white except one accent wall in the living room(even though my house is 16 years old NO previous owner had painted anything) which was crazy to me. We painted every single room in the house, and now i have even re-painted our master bedroom after reconsidering design choices for over a year lol. I still want to re-do my floors (16 year old light beige carpet with 2 dogs is a NIGHTMARE) lol and since my place was built in 1996 everything is still gold knobs and 90s looking laminate. UGLY lol. But i have to wait due to budget.
Also light fixtures can make a HUGE impact
Living room before
Living room after
Dining room Before
Dining room after
Master bedroom before
Master bedroom paint color 1
Master bedroom paint color now 🙂
Post # 22
Love the changes, and OMG – your Chi is so cute. I am such a chihuahua fan. One of my favorite rescues was a chihuahua. While she was certainly a one-person dog, she was a great companion to the elderly lady we rehomed her with 🙂
Post # 23
I would start with slipcovers for the staiined furnture. Gives an instant “lift” and a refreshed look. Add a large area rug that compliments the slipcovers (ignore the carpet that you cant change). Painting the tables and/or throwing some inepensive tablecloths over them will help. Throw pillows will add a home-y softness. Post apicture and people can offer ideas 🙂 decorating seems to come easy for some and not-so-easy for others, I am one for which decorating does not come easy. It doesnt help that we have a small place and a number of dogs
I have learned that it is ok to ignore the things you can not, or aren’t willing to change. Things like countertops, cabinets, and floors that arent in the budget are eamples. covering floors with area rugs is a good way to camoflauge, and pretty jars filled with marbles, spices, pasta, etc are good ways to camoflauge countertops. In addition, get creative with google…googling things like “refreshing a kitchen in a rental” or “inepensive updates for a rental”. I know you own, but the rental ideas are usually easy, quick and inepensive”. Keeping things uncluttered and simple, coordinating colors and keeping yourplace really clean also helps make it feel like a home.
I would definitely start with slipcovers and a large area rug to bring the living room furniture together. You might be really surprised how it helps, and it will give you a starting point.
Post # 24
Watch HGTV property brothers! They are great and have a lot of tips on making a fixer upper look like it popped out of a magazine, and even offer cheaper alternatives that still look awesome. I have always been design inclined, even designing the upstairs bath for my parents house when I was in middle school. I get a lot of ideas from HGTV, pi terest, and Houzz. I have also taken classes on design, so I can make a 3d model once we find our home!
Post # 25
Have you tried the Young House Love blog and books?