11.09.2009

Creativity and Frugal Decor~


So I've been waxing philosophical lately. Well, philosophical in a Frugal OCD* kind of way.
*Obsessively consumed with decorating



I decided to make my dream list of the things I would do to my home if money, time and skill were not obstacles. And you know what? It wasn't very fun. If money, time and skill aren't obstacles, where's the challenge?


After reading the comments that many of you left on my Houzz interview (there's still time to enter for a chance to win a $50 Restoration Hardware gift certificate if you pop over to Houzz and read the interview) I was most impressed with the number of readers that are inspired by my frugal decorating suggestions. As one reader commented "Anyone can have a beautiful home if they have lots of funds but it takes work and creativity to make a beautiful home with a tight budget!"


Constraints force one to think creatively, and the creativity is my favorite aspect of interior design. I love to be forced to think outside the box. I love to make myself find frugal solutions to my design dilemmas. Nothing thrills me more than getting the exact look I was hoping for at a fraction of the cost! And in today's volatile economy, I think many of you feel the same way. The media buzzword is "cocooning". As a society, we are "cocooning", we are spending more time in our homes. So why not make them the homes we want them to be? We can do it frugally!


So, my dear readers, I was wondering...what are some of your decorating challenges that you hope might have frugal solutions? Leave me a comment , and I'll try to address some of them in upcoming Frugal Friday posts!
Have a great Monday~

25 comments:

Vanessa said...

I always try to make my own decor stuff. Always lookign for some inspiration online, specially PB. Love their stuff! With a little bit of imagination and a little bit of "shopping the house" I get to make my little home a better place. The best thing is hearing my hubby says: - You're pretty good at saving money! Wish you have a great day! Vanessa

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Wendy I was surprised to see my little bit of frugal decorating wisdom on your blog!! Thanks!

What are some of the obstacles- lets see- a pink and black 50's bathroom, 40's metal cabinets kitchen, outside updating to front of house.....the list goes on and on with this lovely old and needy home we are blessed with!

blessings
mary

Julia Stainton said...

With an old house, five kids and a limited budget...I have lots of obstacles. I'm new to the diy decor ideas. I'm hoping to fix up my family room. I'm running into furniture placement problems in a large room and I need to keep an old burgundy/wine colored recliner couch. The room is a yucky 90s pink right now. What new color scheme can work with this couch until I can afford something different?

Kasey said...

I wish i was more of a frugal type of gal;-)
I re do all my own furniture...does that count?
hope you had a great weekend.
xo

homeinthecountry said...

I've been reading for a while (but rarely commenting... oops) because I love the frugal solutions. I wonder if you have any ideas for making inexpensive poles to hang drapes from... I love simple floor-length drapes (and make them myself to save $$) but hate spending a ton on the hardware needed to hang them!

Shannon said...

I was just telling someone that I love browsing through the PB catalog or Ballard just to find things that I can do for a lot less. :)

Tiffany said...

My biggest decorating challenge is my plain ol' kitchen cabinets that need some life to them along with the linoleum floor that accompanies them in the kitchen. Our whole kitchen needs help and personality but we haven't done any of it due to financial restraints. I'm not sure what to do???

jmberrygirl said...

My kitchen stinks. It's dated and the colors were all wrong for me and I just didn't like what I saw. I'm entertaining 12 guests in three weeks and I've dug up $100 to "fix" the place quickly. Good news: the guests are close friends, they know we're poor newlyweds who just bought the house and they don't expect much. What I've done: Fabric for no-sew curtains, repurposed some old ones with new fabric. Painted walls a nice red. The cabinets will probably have to wait, but I've washsed them--shiny clean! I'm making a pad and some pillows for the kitchen window seat and I traded babysitting services for some bar stools. Money spent so far: $16 for fabric, $35 for primer, paint, brushes, roller and pan. Shined the sink--free. Cleared counter and bar of junk--free. Wow. It is really coming together. Hope I can find some more modern light covers before the big day!

mary said...

I'm having Thanksgiving here! My house hasn't changed much since we moved in,'cept now it is looking 'lived in'. I have a VERY tight budget, no stuff around the house to change around and 25 or so people coming. I want it to be warm, inviting and comfortable! HELP!
I read your column on Houzz, you have such wonderful creative ideas!

The Whispering Creek House said...

The above the couch space...i dont want to do the usual mirror or a picture with two wall sconces...

Holly said...

Always ORGANIZATION dear sister!!! The cuter the better, ya know?? I am not thrilled about filling my house with plastic bins from Walmart, but the more desperate I get for some organizatio the closer I get to purchasing those plastic bins. (darn them for being so affordable!)

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Well said Wendy! I used to get a thrill from shopping at the high end stores, that is, until the guilt set in! :)
Finding ways to duplicate fabulous home decor on a budget is WAY more fun.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

My bedroom....I just hate it. Sad...I know~

julie said...

what a great idea! i am going to look around my house and get back to you!

Jen R. said...

KIds toy area... too much plastic!

Jen R. said...

Ca-ute profile pic by the way! Love it!

Michelle B said...

I recently found your blog and I love everything! Its just my style. I will be back often! Thanks!

Jane said...

I need a headboard. I had a great frugal solution for many years- I used a curtain rod-)covered with a pool noodle for extra thickness)and extra coverlet for a headboard.

It worked great, but now I am a bit bored with it. I rent and have a king sized bed.

LuLu said...

My problem is my kitchen island... i want to surprise my husband and do it myself when he is on travel, but i don't know how to do it... so frustrated... i know i want beadboard on the 3 sides,wider trim maybe some vintage corbles on the underside then paint the whole island a contrasting color.
sounds scary to me... your advice would be fantastic,
xo,
LuLu

Clare said...

Oh so many things come to mind, but one sticks out...how can I cover my ugly fan hood over my range - I love the expensive ones, but I don't have the budget! (It circulates air and does not vent to the outside.)

TheWench said...

Christmas. It's my first christmas in my own place with my husband and I have no idea how to decorate and there really isn't extra money to decorate with.

J said...

I have a few problems with my sofa that I hope you can help with. It is beige microfiber and even though they said that it would clean up easily, it really doesn't. I have 2 boys, one is 2 yrs old, the other is 4 so as you can imagine things get quite messy. My problem is that we can't afford a new sofa and the sofa is longer than a regular sofa (104" to be exact) so a slip cover doesn't work. The second problem with my sofa is that it has pillows at the back (3 of them) and they are not attached, but they are now shaped weird, it doesn't help that my kids like to climb on them constantly. I would like to somehow 'fix' my sofa for now until we can afford a new one so I can don't have anxiety everytime someone comes to my house. My son's birthday party is in a few weeks and I would like to make it look better before then but if you don't get to it I understand. Thank you for doing your blog. I just found it the other day and I love it!

Thanks, Jen

Connie said...

I just found you from Mary's megardengal blog, sugar! You're delightful.

I, too, love being creative with my home. Since it's going to be our "forever" home I try to decorate it in a "celestial" way from all the cares of the world. It's truly a girly, pink, feminine home but Love Bunny has no problem with living in my pink world. I also do this on a very creative budget: if I love it, it goes in th' house!! LOL

Nice to meet you, chickee!!

xoxo,
Connie

Jennifer @ Our Cottage (in the Desert) said...

I love that there are so many ladies out there who want to use their creativity and frugalness to decorate their homes! It is so inspiring! There are a few projects that I would like to tackle, but am still debating on whether the funds will allow me to. Updating the kitchen cabinets with new paint and hardware (hardware is the expensive part). I'd also like to add board & batten to the walls in our dining/living rooms....that would give our house such a custom look!

Thank goodness the Hubby and I are avid DIYers...could you image always paying someone else to do the work around your house? YIKES! I love that we're not only saving money by doing the projects ourselves, but we're also learning new skills...that is the best part of all!

Good luck on your home sale!

rachel @ perfectly imperfect said...

i've been trying to figure out how to create a comfortable, somewhat grown-up, masculine home office for my husband. we have a perfect room for it in the finished attic- a large space with a good window. we have a desk & some bookshelves, but not much else.
i know that's not much to go on... any frugal ideas i may not have thought of yet? : )
happy thursday,
rachel