Good design does not have to be expensive. One of my recent clients had a very limited budget but wanted to create an artful guest room.
This is how we made it work on an affordable budget:
Tip #1: Paint
Painting a room is the easiest way to refresh your space and of course, if you can paint it yourself -- you save the expense of hiring a professional painter!
Tip #2: DIY
I love a good DIY and headboards are super easy to make, if you have a few tools, like a saw and a staple gun. The fabric for this DIY headboard is actually a painter's drop cloth (it cost around $15) and is trimmed in a yard of green fabric found a local fabric shop. (Search Pinterest for DIY headboard ideas, or check out one of my favorite DIY bloggers: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs)
Tip #3: Mix and Match Bed Linens
Don't fall into the trap of matchy-matchy bed linens. The above bed features a blanket from Pottery Barn as a bedspread, an ikat coverlet from FurbishStudio.com and a variety of pillows that were sourced from a local consignment shop, Etsy.com and hand made by the homeowner.
Tip #4: Flea Market Finds
Do you have a flea market in your area? If so, become a regular visitor. It's hit and miss, but there are treasures to be found, from vintage art to architectural and sculptural objects. The asian screen in the above photo was around $150 from the Alameda Point Antiques Faire (in the San Francisco Bay Area).
Sometimes interior design is the thrill of the hunt, a little elbow grease and creativity!
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