HOW TO DRESS YOUR HOME ON A BUDGET

Couch on side of road

Way back in May, when the weather had turned towards winter and we were retreating indoors. I decided, it was the perfect time to launch the home series. I don’t know about you, but I find that the change of season is the perfect time to evaluate and set goals for the while ahead. Being a bit of a home body, I’m happy to hibernate inside and while away the winter months, giving me and the inside spaces some rejuvenation. Are you a bit of a home body and like to hibernate over the winter months?

As Spring has now sprung, I thought it was the ideal time to wrap up the home series, but before doing so I wanted to check in and see how far you have progressed with your remove/ replace lists that completed earlier in the series and your wish lists that were compiled as you completed your room by room unclutter. How many of the items have you managed to address or complete from your lists?

Pansies in tyre
Photo by Jakub Jacobsky on Unsplash

Whether you are a home body like me or not, your home is the place where you can truly be yourself and is the sanctuary that nourishes our sole and provides our refuge from the rest of the world. I hope that after reading the articles and completing the exercises in this series, you’ve experienced the positive impact that living in a home that you love has on your day to day existence?

I know that dressing your home can be a very expensive exercise, and that is why I’m always harping on about thinking outside the square to see how you can re-purpose items you already own or source things at little or no cost. Last week, I decided the lighting situation in the master bedroom needed to be addressed. The bedside light that was on my side of the bed was very bright and just perfect for me, who liked to read before dropping off to sleep. But, was not ideal for the partner who wanted to drop off to sleep straight away and was always complaining that the light was to bright and prevented him from dropping off to sleep. So, last Friday while doing my weekly clean, I moved the partner’s light, (which was not as bright as the one I had been using) over to my side of the bed, to see if it would be ok for me. Then I started to think about where the lamp that had originally been on my side of the bed could go. The standard lamp which had been positioned behind our bedroom chair, was looking a little past it’s best. After faffing about for a while with some different furniture layouts. I discovered that the lamp which had previously been on my bedside table would be perfect for the spot behind the chair, if I found the right thing for it to sit on. We had nothing suitable at home, so after taking note of the measurements and collecting the measuring tape, it was time to go shopping. After searching around for a bit, I located the perfect stand and top. The stand was a wire upturned plant pot holder and the top was a large marble coaster. Being prepared to think outside the square had paid off and I had now sorted two of the things that needed to be addressed in our bedroom.

Lamp Table stand

 

The old lamp from behind the chair was advertised on Neighbourly, which is a community website and within a few hours the lamp had found a new home. In the past I have gifted and gained many items from this website and another one called Free stuff, which is a nationwide website where people can advertise items that they are giving away or require. The inorganic collections, that are arranged each year by our council are another source of free items. These collections provide an opportunity for residents to dispose of stuff that is not suitable for the regular rubbish collection. These collections usually happen once a year and it’s amazing to see what was one neighbours trash, becomes another neighbours treasure. Second hand charity stores and buy and sell websites are a wonderful place to fossick through to see what is available and could be of use to you. I’m very much in support of recycling and think that this also provides an opportunity to become creative and produce something unique for your home. This is not to say that I don’t shop from regular stores, because I do that too and love the mix of new and recycled items in a home, and think that it is a wonderful way to let your personality shine through when dressing your home. Do you enjoy getting creative when sourcing décor for your home?

OP shop store front

Jenni XXX

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  • Sue Loncaric (Sizzling Towards

    Oh I love the tyre with the pansies! It is just a matter of using our imagination sometimes isn’t it. Thanks for the inspiration.
    Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond

    • Yes, they are beautiful Sue. Sadly we don’t give ourselves time to dream and use our imaginations much anymore.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    Great tips. I’m on a tight budget at the moment as there is much structural work to be done on my house. I intend to get more things from secondhand stores. They don’t make furniture like they used to.

    SSG xxx

    • I agree, furniture is not made like it used to be and often an older item that has been purchased 2nd hand will last longer than some recently made item.

  • Alicia-OneMotherHen

    My problem is I need more storage, if it is one thing this house is lacking it is storage. Now I am wondering what can I get rid of or unclutter so I have more room for stuff!

    • Unclutter first and then you are only trying to find home for things you really want to keep, rather than finding places to store just stuff.

  • I like a rethink which involves a change of items you already have. Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 37/52. Next Week: Movies. It’s up to you how you might interpret that one!

    • Often it only takes the movement of one item in a room to totally change the look of the space.

  • Kerrie Wallace

    I love that you shop at op shops! They are my favourite places to get some interesting pieces for the house!

    • Kerrie, It’s amazing what gems you can discover, I love the fact that you can get some unique things that now one else will have.

  • I love the whole concept of repurposing – or purchasing from buy/sell/swap sites. Often you just need one piece to make a big difference. #TeamLovinLife

    • Jo, Often its the item that you find when you were looking for something else that becomes a treasured item that becomes a feature of your home.

  • Small things like switching around a lamp make such a big difference sometimes! I love my lap, I won it last year and it’s such a bright and awesome fabric.

    • Ness, I’m a big fan of lamps and when every possible will choose to have a lamp rather than a ceiling light.

  • I’m still slowly and gradually decluttering before I start rearranging and redressing! I’m off to Vinnies with another box of ‘stuff’ today and I’m determined not to bring anything new home from my visit there today.

    Ingrid
    http://www.fabulousandfunlife.blogspot.com.au

    • Congratulations Ingrid, for starting your uncluttering journey. If i’m on a self enforced shopping ban and am dropping stuff off to the op shop. I will park in the 5 minute drop off car park right outside the store and ensure that i’m on the way to somewhere else, and don’t have time to shop.

  • Kathy Marris

    I do love your new marble top table. I can imagine it looking very chic in your bedroom. It is amazing the bargains you can find by looking in recycling places and op shops. I also think that K Mart have some good cheap home decorator items at times as well. We’re selling our house next year so I will need to do some sprucing up around our house so this advice is very timely. #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy, I’ve found that being open minded about where you purchase your home furnishings from, works well and prevents you from ending up with that shop display look. If you are preparing to sell, start the unclutter now, it will make your life so much easier when it’s time to pack up for the move.

  • I’ve not done a HUGE amount of interior decorating in a while but I tend to use a blend of cheap stuff with more expensive stuff.

    I remember years ago developing a bit of a fetish for modern furniture but noting that it can make a place look impersonal or too unlived in so try to mix it up in that respect as well – with old / second hand or retro stuff and newer things. #teamlovinlife

    • Deb, Being surrounded by the things you love in your house, is what makes it feel like home.Choose what you love, regardless of whether it is on trend or not, and it will always work for you.