Smarter Style: Budget decor tricks for when the leaves change
I'm in a total state of "decoration envy." My sister is kicking off a major re-do of her abode. It needs it -- not only are there are some house repairs she's been meaning to do since she moved in, the whole home is screaming for a revamp. So, yeah, as I am in little one-bedroom rental apartment, I'm living vicariously through her these days as she tells me about shopping for paint colors and new shower curtains and couches.
We've been talking about how she's opting for basic neutrals that she can then add touches of little things to, to change in and out and add according to the time of year...a smart one, she is, my older sis. Design pros use this trick all of the time, as it allows you to keep the space fresh with new decor, without breaking the bank. Of course, just the thought of this all gets me giddy and I've been making lists for my sis with tips and ideas that can take her home -- or any home -- on a stylish journey into my favorite season: fall! (Can I get a boo-yah?)
-- Recover and reuse. Such an easy way to get into the season, when you have a neutral couch or chair, incorporate pops of color and texture with new pillow covers. For fall, you can't beat a deep red and brown combo or olive and gold. By using the same pillows year-round and just adding different covers, you are saving money each season. If you have stools or dining chairs with cushioned seats, revering those is simple and again, can transform a room with little dent in your wallet.
-- Round and round it goes. Again, so easy to transform, buying a great wreath, perhaps with white feathers as a base neutral to give texture, add simple fall elements, like orange flowers or pine cones or mini gourds. Even simply changing the color ribbon that hangs it is enough and so budget-friendly.
-- Display the goods. Whether on a mantle or an entry table or a buffet, have a collection of things you love each season. Keep it simple and elegant and multiples of the same thing but you can change it out as the season change.
What do you add to your home to get it "Fall ready"? Share pics of your budget decor!