'Tis the season for the upcoming rush of holiday parties! Last weekend I took my annual trip to the Ikea store in Canton, MI with my good friend Amy. This is our 3rd year we have gone on this adventure. I love Ikea! Their showroom gives you many home decor ideas that are budget smart. Wherever your favorite store is to shop, it's time to start thinking about all of the upcoming parties and events! Whether you're planning to host family for a traditional Thanksgiving or Christmas or getting friends together for a light gathering, you need to make your house look its best. Here are a couple of ways you can make your entertaining space look and feel new without breaking the bank!
- Calendar art: Late in the year, current calendars are cheap in bookstores. They feature gorgeous images. Just cut, frame, hang, and enjoy! My friend Amy did this with small white frames for her daughter's room.
- Cut-out wall decor: Grab a National Geographic or a Travel magazine and display the beautiful landscapes on your wall, fridge, or bulletin board.
- Custom matting: Heavy, single color paper is a cheap and easy way to add a personal touch to any picture. I recently purchased new artwork from Etsy (another one of my favorite places to shop!) and then purchased budget friendly frames from Target.
- Used frames: Lots of second-hand shops and yard sales sell pictures for cheap. Pick them up, trash the picture, repaint the frame! P.S. Vintage frames are in.
- Shuffle up and decorate:Moving pieces from your bedroom to your living room can feel like getting new decorations without the cost. I have a small red shabby chic red table that has made its way to at least 3 rooms in my home. It looks fabulous wherever it lands and it a wonderful accent piece of furniture.
- Glass mannequin: Use vases, wine bottles, and old jars to display costume jewelry. It gives your flat surfaces a fun, funky look.
- Color-code: Organize your bookshelves by color to create an accent wall without the trouble of painting.
- Fabric-ate it: Get fabric remnants from craft stores and frame them. Leave them as-is, or use them for sophisticated matting. My neighbor, Erin, is a craft wizard! I am amazed by all of the chic decor in her home that she has done with her own 2 hands.
- Pin your passion: Make a cool pinboard out of fabric scraps and corkboard, then cover it with photos, postcards, and other keepsakes.
- Put out the fine china: Use bowls, plates, and serving trays to add color to your walls and surfaces.
- Paint it white: Mismatched containers can look like a set with a quick coat of white paint. Display them together to complete the illusion.
- Refit your furniture: Trim an unwieldy table down to size by cutting off the sides. A quick sanding and painting will have it looking sleek, modern, and efficient.
- Reduce and restore: Surplus building materials can be refitted to form neat wall decorations. Check your local second-hand building store.
- White-out: A whiteboard poster can be hung on any wall and be a great space to let your creativity shine. Blackboard paint or butcher paper can also work. Get your guests involved!
Remember, have some fun with it! There are so many resources available. I use Pinterest to get ideas and then I look for items I can afford to duplicate a featured look that I like. I would love to hear from you, where do you get your inspiration for decor ideas?