Our homes are important to us. We work hard, but they're where we come home every night, on good days and bad. If you're like most of us, you haven't fully decorated every part of your space...or (confession) ever really started. So, here are 6 incredible ways to make an impact on your home in ways that could cost you nothing:
Collage Interesting, Beautiful Plates.
This design could be on the pages of Architectural Digest--but we mastered it for free. If you’re like us, you have some pretty dishes that just sit in the cabinet waiting for special occasions. Instead, hang them on the wall with plate hangers, which you can find at most craft stores. While you can group plates in an orderly way if they’re all matching, we actually prefer grouping together a bunch of pretty plates that don’t match, for an eclectic effect.
Use Old Jelly Or Mason Jars As Candle Holders.
It’s as easy as it sounds. Just place a tea light or other candle inside a mason jar for a shiny ambiance boost.
Surround Yourself With People.
Pull out the best photos from your photo album and pop them into cheap frames. The quality of the framing won’t matter so much if you cover a swath of the wall with a collage of little images. In our book, the older the photos and the frames, the better (and we love black and white). You can line them up symmetrically, but we prefer displaying our family history in a hodgepodge, artsy arrangement with lots of differently-sized frames. Anthropologie achieves a similar look for nearly $700, but really, all you need are a few simple nails.
Frame Your Favorite Fabric.
Old fabric + old frame = style. Choose a piece of fabric with a nice pattern—even old bedspreads and tablecloths can look really great inside of simple wooden frames. We particularly like Apartment Therapy's great demonstration of how to do this.
Repurpose A Chair As A Nightstand.
For a nightstand that’s more unique than a standard boring table, slide a chair next to your bed and stack with books or a small lamp. We particularly like doing this with rustic-looking wooden chairs, some of which we’ve repainted for added effect. We like how Real Simple pulled this one off.
Use A Flowerpot To Hold Kitchen Utensils.
Flowerpots are incredibly useful because of the drainage holes they have at the bottom. As a result, we love putting our kitchen utensils like spatulas in one, which lets them dry and drain without making a puddle.
A happy, comfortable home provides us a sane retreat from the world and peace of mind, which, to us, is priceless.