Glamorous Gold DIY Decor Projects

One of the strongest design trends over the past couple of years has been metallics, and gold is back in a big way. Glam and glittery, it adds elegance and a modern vibe all at the same time, updating a tired space without changing the color scheme. Whether you want big drama or just a touch of sparkle, there is a DIY gold decor project that will add an element of glam to any (or all!) of your … [Read more...]

Decorating with Collections

A lot of us tend to have collections... You know what I mean, those beloved things you adore, that people give to you as gifts, and that you pick up at those hole in the wall shops during family vacations? But what can we do with those dozens of dog statues and retro game boards? You're laughing, but seriously. Our collections reflect a part of what is important to us, and they shouldn't be shoved … [Read more...]

DIY Restoration Hardware Hacks! (part 1)

Ok, let's be honest. If you have ever walked into a Restoration Hardware store, you have drooled, just a little bit. (If you haven't, check out their photo, above. Drooling now?) They have perfected a blend of rustic contemporary that few other retailers have, and we love it... but, we don't love the price tags! Now don't get me wrong, if I can afford it at some point, I have my eye on their … [Read more...]

How to Style Bookshelves

Arranging bookshelves to look like a stylish detail in your home instead of a stuffy library takes a little insight and practice. But it’s a valuable skill for home decorators, as almost all homes have shelving of some kind that can benefit from a few design principles to keep from getting the stiff soldier look. (Or worse, the stuff every loose thing into the messy shelves look!) Here are a few … [Read more...]

Make a West Elm Planter look alike for $2!

We all love having unique home accents in our homes, but sometimes that can be expensive. Terrarium planters are very trendy now, and in looking for something out of the ordinary I came across West Elm's Shane Powers Fishbowl planters and vases... Loved the contemporary look with the traditional overtones, but wasn't crazy about how the price would affect my pocketbook. Here are step by step … [Read more...]

5 Ways Details Make a Difference

​ We don't have to have large budgets or make major purchases to make decorating decisions that make big impact.  Sometimes the best home decor comes in the smallest packages! Home decorating isn’t always about large pieces of furniture and expensive things. Here are some amazing decorating ideas for using small things in your decorating details to make a big difference in any room. Use … [Read more...]

Crate & Barrel Spin Vase Hack

I love Crate & Barrel, and I recently had a yearning for their Spin Hurricane Vases from the catalog. However, even the small one retails for $24.95, so here is The Budget Decorator's hack of the Crate and Barrel Spin Vase that only cost a little over a dollar to make. The 3 photos directly below are Crate & Barrel's version.   Materials One round candle … [Read more...]

DIY Moss Spheres

What the heck are moss spheres, you ask? Well, they are a cool, organic and chic decorating accent to be displayed on trays, on bowls, in pots... you name it, this works! You can buy these kind of decorative spheres at many upscale stores... or you can make DIY moss spheres for your home without the expense. And a bonus? The DIY versions tend to look more unique, and natural as well, not so … [Read more...]

DIY Industrial Metal Style Numbers

Ok, so my latest project around the house - I wanted to add some cool, industrial style metal numbers to my living room decor to update the look a bit, and give it some edge. Those cool zinc metal numbers and letters Anthropologie sells are great, but I figured I should be able to do something similar for a lot less. So here it is, call it what you want, my version of  DIY decorative metal numbers … [Read more...]

Arrange Home Accessories in 3 Steps

One of the biggest home decorating dilemmas is how to arrange home accessories, whether it be a bookcase, shelf, or tabletop. Here is a three step system that will transform your boring or cluttered spaces into charming vignettes! Harmony and Contrast When arranging a space with accessories, one has to keep in mind that the most important thing to avoid here is boredom! This has a lot less … [Read more...]

Make DIY Paper Mache Decorative Bowls

Decorative accessories can really eat up your home decorating budget, but here is an easy project that even the kids can help with, and can blend with any style! Bowls can be used to display fruit, decorative objects, pretty storage, or as decorative accessories in their own right. Use old paper, a little leftover paint, and some flour paste to make beautiful decorative paper mache bowls, almost … [Read more...]

Home Accessories: Decor on a Budget

Home accessories and decor are the jewelry of any room, and can also take up the majority of your home decorating budget. Here are some easy ideas to decorate with accessories without breaking the bank! Don't you love our featured photo? Using old blueprints as wall art! Genius! Bedroom Decor Accessories * Use mementos as bedroom decor, such as framed love letters, your wedding veil hung … [Read more...]