Rework What You Have: Savvy Budget Decorating

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Sometimes redecorating simply means utilizing existing furnishings in fresh ways to suit your new digs, and talk about being budget-friendly. When this family moved to a new home, the designer/homeowner mom adapted furniture from her previous home to suit the new space to a T.

Planning for a Small Space

Soon after downsizing to a smaller home, this family of five welcomed twins. That's when it became especially important for the blogger/homeowner to tap into her interior design background and pro thrifting skills to edit down to what her family needed the most. She decorated with the best from their previous house, plus secondhand finds found on frequent Craigslist and thrift store visits.

Striking Entryway

A quick addition of bold charcoal and white stripes anchor a series of inexpensive framed botanical prints and potted plants to greet guests in the entry. Thanks to the family's piano, extra seating, and the room's proximity to the home office, the entryway maximized as another usable space and not just a pass through.

Adding a Natural Touch

Woven elements, such as the rug, baskets, and window shades, warm up the strong lines and the black, white and gray color scheme found in the living room. A new circular wood-frame mirror continues the natural theme.

Updated Entertainment Center

To give their preexisting media center console a more functional look, the homeowners removed the top drawers to provide shelving for the family's entertainment system. New sconces hang alongside pieces of art they've accumulated over the years.

Shelving Solution

A demilune table from the entryway at the previous house now adds extra storage behind the sofa. Textural elements and light colors displayed on the shelves give the room the laid-back feel the owners were going for.

Resourceful Kitchen Table

Reusing their oversize, sturdy kitchen table (which the couple purchased as newlyweds) as a catchall for whatever the occasion calls for -- eating, board games, homework, and more -- creates a family hub, without the expense of a new piece. A light color scheme balances the dark table to keep the multipurpose room bright and approachable.

Fitting Family Needs

Wall-to-wall bookshelves and a sturdy farmhouse table help this versatile room pull double duty as both a home office and a formal dining room -- its intended purpose in the floor plan. A comfy chair and bold lamp transform the table into a desk.

Showstopping Storage

Leftover charcoal paint from other areas of the home adds depth to the wall of shelves in the home office and provides the perfect backdrop for treasures and colorful books to shine.

Bold and Beautiful Bathroom

The homeowners knew they wanted to find a way to make the powder room a little funkier than the rest of the house without putting too much pressure on their wallets. In came dramatic color and a flea market mirror from their old home's entry that balances the bold black walls.

Repurposed Furnishings

Crisp white sheets, curtains, and walls look fresh and modern when paired with pieces from the old master bedroom, such as the bed and the nightstands (now with gold spray-painted trim and knobs). A mirror from the previous living room now hangs as a sunny centerpiece above the headboard. At the foot of the bed stands a bench that was re-covered and repurposed from its formal role as dining room seating.

Colorful and Classic

The trick to decorating the bedroom for the owners' eldest daughters was creating a room they could grow in. They turned to striking patterns and colors to provide the perfect balance of sophistication and fun. The inexpensive headboards were a budget DIY project, created by wrapping plywood with foam and batting, stapling the fabric, then hanging the homemade pieces on the wall.

Playful Nursery Decor

A bookcase from the family's former living room now adds storage to the reading zone in the nursery. Instead of using wallpaper to add a graphic punch, a simple stencil design does the trick at a much more affordable price. A copy of a vintage reading poster showcased as art continues the graphic approach.

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Incorporating Inspiration

Because the stairway is such a high-traffic area, the owners wanted to be sure it held an additional purpose in their home. An inspirational quote greets the kids as they climb up and down the steps next to the gallery wall of their own artwork.

Pretty Patio Design

Brick siding provides a perfect backdrop for a comfy outdoor seating space. Pillows, a rug and furnishings designed for the outdoors add colorful style that will withstand the elements.

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