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Wednesday, May 22, 2013   /   by Alicia Angstadt


Let’s face it.  There are two kinds of people in the world—those who have a knack for being creative and those who are seriously lacking in decorating skills.  The good news is that it doesn’t matter which category you are in because there’s always something new to be learned.  If you want to know how to add some new life to your home without spending a fortune, here is how to get started.


Spruce Up Your Walls


If you need a quick and affordable way to decorate your otherwise bare walls, consider adding a square of your favorite gift wrap to a standard photo frame and hanging it on the wall.  Not only will this look great, but it will also save you a bundle of money when compared to the cost of traditional artwork.


Lighten Up


If you are tired of looking at a plain lampshade, consider adding some pizzazz by purchasing tassel fabric at your local craft store and affixing it to the trim.  This will create a designer look and, best of all, won’t cost you a fortune.


A Little Paint Can Go Along Way


If you have an old drawer set that’s simply gone out of style, add a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware.  This will work brilliantly whether you are changing the decor or just need a more updated look.


Have A Seat


If the cushions on your chairs are looking worn or simply need some new life, you can make a big difference with some new fabric.  You can change the look of any chair by purchasing fabric and attaching it to the underside of the cushion.  This is an easy and affordable way to get the look of a brand new chair at a bargain.


Wow Your Walls


If you’re looking for a conversation starter, consider purchasing plain white quilt squares and sending them to your favorite celebrities for an autograph.  Be sure to send a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) with your request so that they can return the item to you.  With each autographed quilt square that you receive, sew it next to a patterned square.  Over time, you will have a wall hanging that’s sure to be a colorful treat for both you and your guests.  Having a quilt signed by dozens of your favorite celebrities is one way to wow your walls in a big way.


Create The Illusion Of A Larger Space


Did you know that mirrors can actually give the illusion of a larger room?  Even if your house is small, you can open it up with a few strategically placed mirrors.  Horizontal designs are some of the best and they can offer a look that turns a small room into an open and airy spot.


Now that you know what’s hot in decorating, it’s time to get busy and start sprucing up your space.  After all, it’s often those finishing touches that make a house into a home.



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