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Repurposed touches and a creative eye are the secrets to designing on a dime, as the owner of this Atlanta home knows full well. To pull together comfortable, stylish rooms on a budget, she frequents clearance rooms, secondhand shops, and flea markets
The chic bargain finds start just inside the door. An entry table draped with fabric, which conceals storage underneath, is set against the backdrop of a creative art display. Basic frames are a bargain-decor power accessory. They can be painted and customized on a dime, and they're affordable enough to buy en masse. Here, black frames with botanical prints hang in a grid for a gallery-worthy display
Budget decorating is as much about giving yourself options as it is about conserving cash. White walls, a sisal rug, and slipcovered chairs provide a budget-friendly foundation for stylish thrift-store and discount accessories. With neutral big-ticket items, you can affordably change up your look from time to time. A basic sofa in a solid light-color fabric can be dressed up with pillows and a throw.
You can find potential in the humblest of objects, as long as they have the right color and look. The books in these bookcases are from a thrift store, chosen for their blue covers and pennies-each price tags. Other stylish and thrifty accents: artists' brushes displayed in jars and a collection of old glass bottles and jugs -- all picked up for less than $100.
Think twice before tossing out worn items like this old copper downspout, which finds new life as a wall shelf. Along with the lamp, which is a repurposed glass jug, the spout adds character to this space. When oversize wooden cutting boards caught the homeowner's eye, she snapped them up even though she wasn't sure what she was going to do with them. Now they lend rustic character to the kitchen backsplash. Don't be afraid to buy an object you fall in love with, even if you don't have a purpose for it. Avoid buyer's remorse by asking yourself, "If I came back tomorrow and this was gone, would I be disappointed?" If not, put it back.
Get the most value from your home by using spaces for purposes that fit your lifestyle, rather than what they were originally intended for. This space off of the kitchen is typically designated as a breakfast nook, but the homeowner transformed it into a relaxing sitting area. A small table and comfortable armchairs are a destination for a morning cup of coffee.