Home Updates: Easy Ideas for a Fresh Look

Now is the perfect time to re-evaluate home decor. With all the holiday 'stuff' (Christmas, New Years, Valentines) finally put away, you can look at your home with new eyes. See what is working, move things around, reorganize, and make a shopping list. Most of us are on a budget (yay for New Years resolutions right!?)- but even with limited funds, it is possible to update your home and give it a new feel for the new year.

Here are few things I have updated in my home this past month. Maybe it will inspire you!

1. Throw Pillows! I found two new pillows at Home Goods. I liked the print, color, and size. Can't beat down pillows for $20 each.

2. New Accessories- Just like a statement necklace can dress up a white t-shirt, a few new home goods can transform a room. I am liking gold more and more. I found a gold plate at Home Goods and mixed it with some mercury glass. That gold frame from Christmas took the place above the dresser where the coffee filter wreath used to live.

A new vase, flowers, frames, books, baskets, and yes- even a horse head- can pack a lot of bang for the buck.

3. A Rug- How have I lived in Texas this long without a cowhide rug?! The cream sheepskin rug from Ikea, which I adored, was getting really worn. My Ikea doesn't seem to be carrying them anymore, so I came home with cow hide instead. I was a bit unsure about it at first, but now I am really loving it. It is surprisingly soft and really easy to vacuum. No matter the budget, a rug can really transform a room. Check places like Overstock.com for deals and steals on your favorite styles. Look for interesting texture (sisal, shag, fur) or a great pattern (floral, lattice, chevron).

4. A little paint- Don't 'love' something in your home? Try painting it! Our coffee table and side table was originally a yellow-pencil wood color. When I started re-decorating our home, I felt those tables had to go. Wrong! A coat of black paint helped them fit in perfectly with the new design scheme. Same goes for frames, lamps and chair legs. Gold, black, white, grey-- a little paint can make things you already own feel new again.

What would you like to update in your home? Got any ideas for 'cheap/chic' transformations?

PS- Have you tried the new "Vine" app for your smart phone? It allows you to post and share short videos. Basically, a video version of Instagram. Come find me- my account is "craftytexasgirl". I am excited to post videos with craft tutorials, room reveals, and more. In fact, if you head over there now, you can see a video tour of my family room and sitting area!

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  1. Your home is beautiful! You make decorating seem effortless-love the new rug!!

  2. Your home is so beautiful! I love the accent pieces and that awesome fireplace! Just lovely! Thanks for sharing!!! =D

  3. What a beautiful comfortable room. Easy ideas to freshen a room are my favorite.

  4. Hi! I'm redoing my living room and love your paint color. Would you mind sharing the name and brand?

  5. What color do you have on your walls?


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