With all of the snow we've been getting here in the Northeast, I'm sure many of you have spent more time in your house than usual lately! We start to find ourselves analyzing our homes and seeing all of the things we want to change, get rid of, or update come spring time. Rest assured, you are not alone; here are some tips to help you breathe some life back into your space and on a budget!
1. Gallery Wall
A gallery wall is a featured selection of art paired together on one wall, typically as a focal point in a room. The great part about a gallery wall is that you can use existing artwork you have and even make use of those random unfilled picture frames you have lying around. Make this a day project on the weekend and bang it out all at once. You can mix in your photography and kid's artwork with different color, shape, and size frames. Have fun with it, a gallery wall doesn't need to be matchy-matchy and it fares well with an eclectic vibe!
Greenery: it helps you breathe! This addition doesn't have to be a ton of indoor plants (if you have a black thumb like me), but a well placed medium-sized indoor plant can do wonders to make your house guests question what you changed about your living room! Even little succulents are fairly low maintenance and can be styled in with your existing bookshelves or tables.
3. Statement Accessories
Make a statement and place them with purpose. Copper, brass, and gold are very on trend, but also timeless metals. A single copper tea kettle, updated gold hardware for the kitchen cabinets, or a statement fruit bowl on the island will speak volumes over crowding lots of little accessories in one spot. A sheepskin throw placed over a desk or dining chair can do wonders, especially in the winter. IKEA happens to sell faux sheepskin throws that fit perfectly over chairs, by the way! Take things you already had lying around and create a new arrangement out of it; or if you have too much stuff, put some of it away and rotate accessories and books per season!
This may not be a $3 or $4 update, but it definitely does not cost as much as redoing your kitchen or replacing all of your furniture. If you feel like you are happy with where your space is at, but could just use "something else" as a refreshing update, try wallpaper! As I mentioned in my last Currently Craving article about patterned wallpaper, peel-and-stick wallpaper now exists, you know, for the noncommittal types (wallpaper used to be such a pain to remove)!
5. Thrift Shop
When in doubt, hit up the nearest thrift or antique shop. My favorite store in Philadelphia for antiques is called Jinxed. They sell so many goodies- chairs, sofas, lighting, and accessories! Thrift shopping can be a cheap way to find your new favorite piece that your home has been needing! Plus, I always believe that something with a little age can make your home feel gathered over time and chic.
Not to fear, spring will be here soon!