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...]

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...]

15 Easy Decorating Ideas on a Budget

When money is tight, it can seem impossible to decorate your home. But we found tons of great ideas and DIY tutorials that you can use to transform your space, no matter how tight your purse strings are! Think creatively and put in some elbow grease, and take inspiration from these tips and projects. Our feature project above, is from Katelyn at 'Learning, Creating, Living'. These DIY concrete … [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...]

Natural Household Cleaner Recipes

If it's important to you to use fewer toxic chemicals in your home, then the first place you should look to cut back on them is in your cleaner cabinet. We commonly use some pretty toxic chemicals when cleaning mildew off the grout, or hard water deposits off the faucet, or even just disinfecting the kitchen counters! The good news is, you don't have to. Not only are natural household cleaners … [Read more...]

Dollar Store Organizing Ideas

I think it's pretty well accepted now that the dollar store is a great place for budget finds...If you know what to do with them. These dollar store organizing ideas are creative, useful, and only a buck! Ideas for every room of your home. Remember, no amount of decor will cut it if you have "stuff" everywhere... So start here before you develop your design plan, and keep your budget in check by … [Read more...]

DIY Shoestring Wall Art Ideas

There are lots of great cures for filling those blank or boring spaces on your walls, without spending a lot of money. Remember this is a great place to show creativity and personality, so make your walls your own, and use creative wall decorating ideas as starting points to dressing your wall areas on a budget. Quick ideas to get your thoughts moving? (Our feature photo, above, from 'Poppytalk' … [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...]

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...]

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...]

One Day Kitchen Updates

When you ask most of us which room we want to update the most, the majority will answer the kitchen. We spend a good amount of time there, cooking, eating, doing homework, entertaining...Problem is, kitchen remodeling not only takes a lot of cash, but a fair amount of time as well. We found TBD readers some great one day kitchen updates that won't take a lot of time or money! You can start making … [Read more...]

Home Decorating: Using Color to Create Moods

Choosing color for your home is about more than just what looks good on the walls. It's about how the color makes you feel. For me, how it feels is more important than how it looks. There is a real basic psychological connection to colors, and it varies for each person. While there are some good general color mood guidelines,  color "memory" can affect how an individual color can affect your mood. … [Read more...]

High End Decorating: 7 Simple Budget Tricks

High end decorating can be achieved by anyone who wants it, no matter what the budget. Customizing the décor to fit your personality does not have to be tacky either like some would like you to think. Knowing what to keep neutral and where to kick it up a notch is essential to good design. Whether your budget is $500 or $5000, here is what you can do: 1. Clear the space: Most people have … [Read more...]

Warm Modern Decorating

Modern home decorating is often thought of as a design style that is cold and impersonal, but if your taste leans towards contemporary you can have a warm home full of modern style! Here are some modern decorating ideas for any budget. Warm Modern Decorating Guidelines Clean away all your clutter and unnecessary furniture. When trying to create a modern look of simplicity, its easiest to … [Read more...]

3 Common Decorating Problems – Solved!

Home decorating can be challenging enough as it is, until you add a tight budget to the mix! Many wonder how they can learn to decorate on a budget, and if it’s possible. Here are the top three budget decorating problems, and the solutions! Our featured photo is an amazing living room by Bek Design... Let it inspire you, because you can do this too! Problem 1: Q. Can I decorate my home on a … [Read more...]

Entertaining Outdoors – Chic, on the Cheap!

Warm weather means outdoor picnics, barbeques and family get togethers. Casual gatherings don’t always have to mean plain paper plates and paper napkins. Here are some cheap and easy ways to entertain outdoors no matter how tight your weekend budget may be. We love our featured photo through Style Me Pretty from Corbin Gurkin Photography... Amazing! * Create a theme for each event you host. … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Decor Ideas

Summer decorating should add freshness to your home, not bog you down with more projects during an already busy season. Here are a few of TBD's top easy, fast and cheap summer decorating ideas. Our featured photo, above, is from Maria Carr and her amazing French farmhouse shop DreamyWhites.com. 1. If you want to add color to a room fast, paint is a great option. To save time and money … [Read more...]

10 Things To Do with a Quart of Paint

Can't afford to do a whole repainting of your room? Paint is still the best budget decorating technique around, but if the cost of even a gallon is off your budget radar, try a quart! There are still a lot of things you can do to make a color statement and a style update with just one quart of paint. Choose wisely, grab a brush or a foam roller (or both) and let's paint! Paint the backs of … [Read more...]

How to Save Money on Home Decor

There are many ways you can save on home décor and decorate your home no matter how tight your budget.  Follow The Budget Decorator’s tried and true tips and have the home of your dreams, on a budget! Make a plan for each room. Without a home decorating plan, we are much more likely to make impulse purchases. It's pretty hard for the average person to envision their room when standing in the … [Read more...]

Stenciling: How-To

Stenciling is one of the most inexpensive, creative, and easy paint techniques you can use to dress up your home. It can be used in any decor from Paris chic to contemporary to traditional, and can be used on many surfaces other than the walls. Here is a quick primer on how to stencil, along with a list of creative ways to use stenciling in your home decorating. Our featured project, above, is … [Read more...]

DOs And DON’Ts Of Decorating On A Budget

Great guest post I know you will all enjoy...a great basic list of decorating guidelines when you start feeling a little off track! Photos by Emily Henderson of HGTV... We love Emily! -Kathy The rules of interior decorating can be as solid as a rock or as open to interpretation as the sky. But most of the experts agree that you must first learn the rules before you can begin breaking the … [Read more...]

DIY Wall Words

Adding style to an area as large as your walls isn’t always as easy as it sounds! There are so many options in painting, papering, faux finishes and paint treatments it can be hard to know what might be a good choice for your family. Right now a really hot technique is adding quotes, words or sayings to your walls that might be meaningful for those who live there, and it is very easy and … [Read more...]

Decorating Ideas: Using Everyday Objects

When decorating your home on a budget, nothing is a more effective budget decorating strategy than using what you have. You can repurpose everyday objects found around your own home to add decorative elements. Here are five ways to repurpose everyday objects as decor in any room, on a budget! (What’s better than free?) Our featured photo, above, was an amazing repurposed kitchen chair bench … [Read more...]

Fresh and Easy Kitchen Style

Need some fresh and easy kitchen style ideas? I think we would all like to bring a little more charm into this utilitarian space. Here are a few easy kitchen decorating ideas to add some style to your kitchen while saving some cash. Paint, paint, paint! For years people believed utilitarian spaces should remain white for cleanliness issues, but we no longer live in the dark ages. (Cleaners work … [Read more...]

Spring has Sprung: 5 Ways to Fresh Decor

Spring is my favorite time of the year, I think because it represents renewal. Maybe that's why at this time of year so many of us are drawn to rebirthing our decor, so to speak! Here are some great ideas to freshen your spring spaces, on a budget! 1. Bring color into the home. You can do this by using wonderful paint colors on the walls, painting all the furniture in a room white or cream to … [Read more...]

10 New Uses for Old Items

​Creativity reigns in budget decorating, and there is no better place to showcase your creativity then repurposing old things. Just a couple of great ideas can make a room scream with style, and add loads of personality. Our featured photo above, is a door frame project by Photogmommie. 1. Crate It! Use an old wooden crate once used for pop bottles or wine as a shelving or wall display unit. … [Read more...]

Curb Appeal on a Budget

Sometimes we're so busy decorating the interior of our home , we forget about the view most people see first...the outside! Perhaps we think improvements to the exterior of the home are usually expensive. Not true! What a better place to showcase your clever creativity than where every passerby can see, in DIY curb appeal decorating. ​Your best friend here is a building site. Find out where … [Read more...]

5 Eco Friendly Decorating Ideas on a Budget

Decorating your home to be eco friendly shouldn’t be expensive. And it shouldn’t just be for the environmental activists either; we all have a responsibility to our communities, and to our families. There are many ways you can decorate “green” for a lot less “green”! Here are The Budget Decorator’s top 5 ways to green up your home, on a budget! ​Use what you have: Many times when decorating … [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...]

Budget Backsplash DIY

  If you have a boring builders kitchen backsplash you would like to update, but are decorating on a budget, here are some great ideas to create a one of a kind custom look for your kitchen with a DIY budget backsplash! Our featured project, above, is from DIY Network and uses maps for a backsplash. Use cast off or leftover tiles to make a mosaic backsplash for your kitchen or bath. Break … [Read more...]

DIY Toy Storage Ideas

With today’s unique toys in all of their various shapes and sizes comes the need for creative methods for storage of these joy-bringing items. There is no longer any need for constant nagging to clean up the toys, because with just a little creativity and for a small cost you can provide the solutions for your little one to store his or her toys easily and safely.  Consider the following DIY … [Read more...]

Furniture Arranging Tricks

Sometimes the most difficult home decorating decisions we make is how to place the items we already own. Placement of furnishings in a room can affect mood, the visual size of a room, and the functioning of the family. Being creative in arranging your room can also be a great way to set your living room apart from every other on the block! Here are some great easy furniture arranging tricks to try … [Read more...]

Today’s Country Kitchen Decorating

Country kitchens are one of the most popular kitchen styles today, and with good reason. This style emphasizes family and home, and has come a long way from the cluttered country look of the ‘80’s. Here are some great ideas for bringing today's country feel to your kitchen without bustin’ the budget!   Bring fabric and pattern into the kitchen! Soft curtains on the window, … [Read more...]