Romantic Decorating Ideas • All Around the House

Romantic decorating means so many different things, but most of us can agree, we can't get enough of it! Anything that makes you feel like you want to snuggle up with your loved ones and spend a rainy afternoon, or makes you dream of far away places and travel, or convinces you that today is best spent in bed, all of that qualifies. But so also does just a warm feeling you get when you look at a … [Read more...]

“Fixer Upper” Show Fan? • How You Can Get that Look!

We love Chip and Joanna Gaines. If you are a fan of the HGTV show, "Fixer Upper", they need no introduction. If you aren't, then know that they are a talented husband wife team who help families buy fixer upper homes, and turn them into dream homes, on budget. And dream homes they are, especially if you are a fan of their farmhouse flavored, warm yet modern approach to design. The thing I like … [Read more...]

Yard Sale Decorating

Yard sale season is in full swing, and there is no better way to get budget home décor items for your home decorating that also have personality and style. Here's how The Budget Decorator takes trash for little cash, and turns them into gold! Furniture Finds While finding furniture at great prices at a yard sale is a no-brainer, to get the best bargains look a little deeper. Furniture that … [Read more...]

Make a Perfect Boutique Hotel Style Bed

There is nothing that makes a bedroom look more luxurious or high end than a well made bed. It doesn't take a lot of cash to get a boutique hotel style bed, either. What it takes my friends, are the secrets. No lie, it's way more than making sharp corners! So we found some great blogs offering their tips for how you can make your bed look amazing every day of the week, every season of the year. … [Read more...]

12 DIY Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks

When we want to spend time outdoors, its natural that we want to linger on our patios, porches and decks. They are a natural gathering place to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and family, or even for a quiet Sunday afternoon with a lemonade and a book. So it makes sense to want to make those spaces as nice as our budgets will allow! Don't relegate your outdoor rooms to be the last space you … [Read more...]

Paint Transformations – 5 Amazing DIY Makeovers

You have heard it before, a million times. Paint is the best weapon in a budget decorator's arsenal! But do you really believe it? We decided the best way to get people to really understand the magic and power of paint is to show you some amazing makeovers. These before and after's show you how dramatic and awesome the use of paint is, in decorating! Really, we can all do this. No power tools, … [Read more...]

Best Budget Home DIY Projects on Pinterest

We love Pinterest just as much as the rest of you. Yep, we're addicts. Is there anything you can't learn there? From how to get gum out of the carpet, to the best wedding ideas, to what country to travel to in April, to... well, our bread and butter, DIY projects! With the thousands of projects we see, we know it's really hard to just pick one. Like, really, really hard. So we thought we would … [Read more...]

20 Best Budget Decorating Tips

Home decorating on a budget is totally doable! Get started with The Budget Decorator’s top 20 budget home decorating tips! Feature photo, above, from 'Good Housekeeping'. Paint your world. Paint is the cheapest, fastest way to dramatically change a room in just hours! This colorful living room by 'BHG' is a great example of how they used inexpensive furnishings and lots of paint to make this … [Read more...]

Quick Kitchen Makeovers on a Dime!

The kitchen is the hub of most homes today, and is the room we spend the most time in outside the bedroom! It deserves to be thought of as a style show stopper, and here are some quick and inexpensive ways to achieve that perfect kitchen decorating makeover without doing a remodel that could cost you thousands. Our feature photo, above, is a cottage fresh kitchen makeover by Cami from 'Tidbits'. … [Read more...]

11 Creative Projects with Old Windows

If you are looking for creative charm in your DIY projects, then look to use an old window! There is something about windows with history that make us feel nostalgic... And let's face it... they don't make 'em like they used to! Whenever I use an old window in a project, I picture the family that lived in the home (a simpler time, of course!) looking out those windows during good times and bad, … [Read more...]

Classic Christmas Home Tours

Merry Christmas to all our readers! We have been drooling over all those classic Christmas blogger homes the past few weeks with the rest of you, so we decided to share a few of our favorites here in our classic Christmas home tour! Starting out with ours, of course. Ya know, we usually shoot for a creative theme that is just a little off the beaten path, like our Candyland Christmas of a few … [Read more...]

Thrifty Decor Projects Under $10

Decorating on a budget is more than just keeping costs down during a remodel, or saving a couple hundred dollars on a sofa. Sometimes it means you really have only a few bucks to play with, and you want to make the most of it. So we searched the blogosphere for thrifty decor projects under $10 that you can use to add that special touch! Our featured project above, is a DIY driftwood wall hanger … [Read more...]

Drool Worthy Decor : Fall Decorating Home Tours

If you all have followed any other posts in our Drool Worthy Decor series, you know they are packed full of talented blogger's very own homes and the inspirational ideas they share with the rest of us! Our two most popular so far are "Dramatic Master Bedroom Makeovers" and "Farmhouse Kitchens". Well, prepared to be amazed, loyal readers! Fall is my favorite season of the year, right behind the … [Read more...]

Dollar Store DIY

Here at TBD, decorating on a budget is what we do, and you can't ask for more in "budget" ideas than a dollar! We love the idea of dollar store decorating, but we were skeptical. There is a lot of stuff out there that just seems a little too cutesy for our taste... and the idea of budget decorating isn't to look "cheap"... it's to make the most of what we have and spend the least amount we can … [Read more...]

Lovely Lace Decor Projects

Love a bit o' lace? Well then you will love this post, because we found a bunch of lovely lace decor projects just perfect for the romantic, vintage loving decorator in all of us! I have one little bit of advice with this... it's easy to go crazy with something as ethereal and evocative as lace... I get it. It's why we love wedding dresses made of it! But if you go overboard with lace decor, you … [Read more...]

Summer Home Decorating Ideas

When summer is here,  most of us look for a different home decorating look for those warmer months. Using fresh design elements based on nature is the epitome of summer. Here are some great ways to update your entire home for the summer season! Our feature project above, are these DIY dipped plant pots by 'HGTV". Walls One of the fastest ways to change out the décor in any room is to change … [Read more...]

DIY Budget Wedding Decor Projects

We haven't done any wedding posts on TBD yet, so why now, you might ask? Glad you're paying attention! A couple reasons. First, as most of you know, my fiancé Steve and I run all our blogs together. Good thing, 'cause I could never get this much done without him! The word "fiance" implies a wedding in the future, right? Yep, you guessed it, we are finally planning our wedding! The second reason is … [Read more...]

Glitz and Glam Decor Projects

If your decor is a little sleepy, nothing like a quick dose of glitz and glam to wake it up and make things lively! You can blend a little bit of "the glam" into any theme or style, just remember... less is more! Unless, of course, the whole idea is over the top. In which case, more power to ya'! Use these glitzy, glittery, glammy decor projects to get you on your way! Our feature project, above … [Read more...]

DIY Nursery Projects

If you have a new little one on the way, just want to upgrade your bambino's resting place, or are trying to help a loved one come up with ideas for their baby, putting together a nursery from scratch can be so much fun. I mean, come on! When, since maybe kindergarten, have you been able to think up ideas this creative and have a shot at actually using them? Would you have the nerve to put … [Read more...]

Decorating Cheat Sheets

  We all love shortcuts... Ok, well at least I do! There is so much information to remember when DIY'ing your decorating and design, we thought it might be nice to have a good list of decorating cheat sheets. I love these infographics because you can see so much info at a glance, and just Pin them away for later! So whether you want to know the best way to make a bed, or how to … [Read more...]

DIY Drop Cloth Projects

You may have never thought of the idea of using a plain old canvas style drop cloth as a DIY tool, but lots of creative bloggers have! Drop cloths are easy to find at any home improvement store, and are inexpensive given their size, and especially the wide widths they come in. They are durable, neutral, and even chic! Loving' these great DIY drop cloth projects, and not a drop of paint was … [Read more...]

Romantic Bedroom Projects

I love a romantic bedroom... you know, those dreamy spaces that make you want to spend all evening snuggled up under luxurious covers eating Belgian chocolates and drinking good red wine? Or perhaps just sleeping in on a Saturday, waking up to a refreshing and happy space? Well, time to start working on it, 'cause we've got the projects for just such a room! It doesn't matter if it's Valentine's … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Faux Fireplace

Those of you who are regular readers of TBD know that I've been talking for while about adding a faux fireplace to our long list of DIY projects "to do"... along with my master bedroom redo and a new kitchen island, (coming soon!) A faux fireplace was top on my list, and we wanted to get it done before the holidays. Our inspiration came along when we did this post on DIY faux fireplaces... I loved … [Read more...]

Candyland Christmas Theme Tree

2014 Update: This post was first published a couple of years ago, but we decided to revamp the Candyland Christmas theme this year for the grand babies... who are 3 now! So we updated with some brighter colors and fresh ideas, and have added this years photos to this post. I'm not actually done with the decorating of this theme all around the house, but the tree itself is full of great ideas... … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Make Your Home Fall Cozy

From candles to cushions, our Budget Decorator shows you how to add warmth to your home this fall! Fall is one of my favorite times of year for home decorating. The season itself emphasizes warmth and comfort, and brings us closer to simpler things, and shouldn’t that be what our homes are all about? Here are The Budget Decorator’s 10 top ways to make your home cozy for fall, using … [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...]

Decorating with Mason Jars

You don't have to have a farmhouse style home to love decorating with mason jars! They give any project a warm, vintage feel,  and are inexpensive as well. You can either purchase actual antique jars for around $10 each, or you can pick up pretty clear and blue brand new sets of 6-12 jars for around $10... I love the look of mason jars, and they are made of a thick, sturdy glass, so you know … [Read more...]

DIY Projects with Letters

Letters are a big deal in design right now. I think it's because we all connect with the personal nature of words. We can use letters in decorating to express ourselves, and we can do it in almost any style. I love vintage and industrial letters, but farmhouse style, marquee style and creative versions of letters are great choices too. Use them as a subtle reference to a person or place, or spell … [Read more...]

13 Easy and Inexpensive Fall Decorating Ideas

Autumn provides a bounty of decorating ideas. No need to decorate for fall with cheap, plastic, fake items when the real thing is inexpensive, more tasteful, and easily creates a beautiful fall ambiance in your home. Here are 13 ideas that you can easily do. 1. Use a taller pumpkin as a vase for fresh flowers. Clean out the guts and seeds and use the pumpkin to arrange your flowers. Taller ones … [Read more...]

Drool Worthy Decor: Farmhouse Kitchens

For anyone who spends any time on home decorating blogs, Pinterest or hey, the real world, you know that farmhouse kitchens are hot. Did they ever stop being "hot"? I think every decade has had their own version of the farmhouse kitchen. Warm, friendly, nostalgic spaces, they are perfect spots for long conversations, good red wine, and Saturday morning waffle sessions. (Do you guys notice I … [Read more...]

Feather Your Nest (Literally!)

I'm a big fan of nature and natural decor in my home, it's just something I really connect with. I also really love birds, although in particular, songbirds. So it recently occurred to me that bringing feathers in to my home decorating might be a no-brainer, and add some softness. And as much as I love moss, and plants, and stones... feathers might add a little more than the typical moss spheres … [Read more...]

Decorating with Pumpkins and Gourds

This time of year most people think about decorating with pumpkins outdoors... You know, those big orange things? The ones you make into very cool Jack O'Lanterns? I have a thing for using fall pumpkins and gourds to decorate indoors as well, and it really is an inspiring look that brings out the nesting instinct. Something about the harvest just kinda takes me back to our roots... A simpler time … [Read more...]

18 Lovely Apothecary Jar Ideas

Don't you love apothecary jars? Originally jars for medicines and supplies, they add vintage charm and can be used for everyday decor, holiday ornaments or even for decoratively displaying food and goodies!  We start off with a few DIY apothecary jar projects for those of you who want to make your own, and then we just have a ton of ideas for fillers... If you want to just pick up a few at the … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

Need some quick Halloween decorations, that even the kids can help with? Here are three great Halloween decorating ideas using easy to find, inexpensive materials. Craft Foam Creepies Craft foam is sold in sheets at the craft store in a whole array of colors. It is similar to construction paper, but made of thin, durable foam you can easily cut with scissors. Trace simple Halloween shapes … [Read more...]

10 Projects with Spray Paint

Every DIY'er with a budget has to know all about spray paint. It is the holy grail of fast, easy and affordable DIY projects. After all, who among us hasn't wanted a quick solution to an ugly thrift store knick knack, or a trendy update to a worn piece of furniture? However, bet you never thought of some of these 10 projects with spray paint, and if you did... did you realize they could look this … [Read more...]

5 Frugal Fall Fix Ups for Your Home Decorating

Fall is the perfect time to make some easy changes to your home, inside and out! Decorating for fall doesn’t always mean putting up the scarecrow, or taping the kids fall leaves to the living room window. Here are some easy, quick and cheap ways to update your home decorating for the colder autumn months ahead. 1. Inside and outside of your home, take a few minutes to do some decluttering. … [Read more...]