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Sprucing Up Your Home Decor on a Budget

For as long as I can remember, I have always loved designing pretty spaces in my home. I love to decorate and create new areas or new designs or re-finish a piece of furniture. I have always been very handy and creative. We moved into our Fixer Upper almost 7 years ago and it has been a long and slow process because we just didn't have the money to do it all at once. My style 7 years ago was way different than my style today.

Over the last few months, I have been sprucing up different areas of my home by re-arranging decor pieces or moving them from one room to another. I purchased a new coffee table and end table for my living room last year along with a new rug. I then took a break because life got busy. I wasn't really finished with the look of the living room and wanted to take my time doing some research of what I wanted it to look like. I still am not even close to being done, but here is where I am at the moment.


Built in bookshelves in living room

When we bought this house, this living room had carpet and absolutely no character. I have always lived in homes with a ton of character like crown molding and hardwood floors and built-in bookshelves. I knew that I wanted to completely re-do this room and over time we added hardwood floors and painted and added new crown molding. The biggest change in this room are the custom built-in bookshelves that my husband and I built while I was pregnant with my son. We were losing our guest bedroom once he was born and I had to have a place to put a lot of my things. So, I looked online and found a website called

Ana White is a true artist in every sense of the word. She has all of these amazing plans to build furniture yourself. I found some bookshelves like the ones I wanted and downloaded the plans and we went to work! We spent about $600 in materials doing it ourselves versus around $5,000 paying someone else to build them. It was a long process because we had to do everything on the weekends with a toddler in tow. However,

after it was finished, I was over the moon excited because it significantly changed the look of the room and I had a place to

store all of my things. We modified the plans of course to fit our measurements and instead of it being built around a fireplace, we

built ours around a window. We used shiplap for the backing of the shelves which made the cost go up some and we used finer wood

than the mdf the plans called for. We like the look of no hardware, so for now, it will stay as it is.

Built in bookshelf in living room

The rest of the decor is a combination of old and new. From time to time, I will find something I like at Home Goods, Hobby Lobby, Target, Kirklands or Pier One (those are my go-to places for decor) and update a picture frame or a cute little sign, etc. I have always loved the more eclectic look with a touch of modern and touch of farmhouse, so I wouldn't be able to really put a finger on my exact style.

I usually try to find inexpensive items because I like to update things regularly and I don't want to pay too much for something if I do not plan on keeping it for years.


I hope you liked my living room decor and if there is anything you see that you would like more information on, please do not hesitate to reach out to me. My email is listed under contact or you can Direct Message me through instagram.

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