Design 101: How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

It’s that time again.  Remember my post about the Girl’s Night Out event I attended at Down East Basics a couple weeks ago?  {Click here to read about how I started this Design adventure}

I promised you I would share the decorating tips I learned from Designer Debbie Stapley with you and today is that day! Double yippie!!

Decorating doesn’t have to be expensive ladies.  It is possible to stay on a budget while making a beautiful home.  It just takes time, patience and favor in the marketplace.  Yes, I said favor.  I pray before I walk into a store and ask God to give me favor for finding the best deals and saving money.  And it works!  The Lord is good! 

Sometimes, we think we need to buy new furniture or paint a wall to make a room feel new again, but that’s not true.  I learned that it’s all about the little things called details.  You can refresh a room on a budget by adding accessories.  It’s so easy and you will be inspired to start today.  

1. Pillows

Adding or changing pillows can help a theme evolve and tie a room together.  They can pull colors from different parts of the room and add personality to your home.  

Budget Tip: Add a vintage brooch to a pillow or recover your old ones. 

2. Throws

Adding throws to your room adds texture, color and dimension.  
Place a throw on a arm of a chair, foot of the bed or arm of the couch.  
Budget Tip: Be creative. Use a large scarf in place of a throw. 
I used a black and white chevron scarf on my bed in my master bedroom to add some fun and personality.  This is the first time showing you my bedroom.  It’s coming along, but I’m not finished yet.  

3. Animal Prints 

You can’t go wrong with these timeless and classic designs.  Adding a little touch to an office or living room can add sophistication instantly. 

Budget Tip:  Make your own animal wall art.  
4. Books 
Add charm to your room with old or new books.  
Raise something higher on a table or shelf. 

Budget Tip:  Tie books or old magazines with string and display in a bin or basket. 

5. Rugs

Add warmth and color to any room when you add a rug.  
Rugs also help define a space in your room and can make a fashion statement. 

Budget Tip: Shop stores like HomeGoods and Ross for affordable rugs. I found these chevron rugs at Family Dollar for only $6, so don’t judge a store by its name. Saving money is smart.  

6. Baskets, Trunks, Bins and Trays

You can stack, arrange, and store with these organizers.  They help contain clutter to a minimum and add texture to any room. 

Budget Tip: A coffee table arrangement using a tray is simple and easy to move when cleaning or playing those board games.  

7. Vintage Anything

Add history and character to any space with vintage pieces.  This one is my favorite because I can showcase memories that create a nostalgic feel to my home.  


There you have it! I hope my seven design tips inspired you as much as they did me!
Stay tuned for Design 101: Part 2 coming soon!

Which one will you do to refresh your home this season? 
I think I’ll focus on pillows and bust out that sewing machine 
and create some new pillow covers.  Go me! 

Comment below, I’d love to hear your precious thoughts. 

Have a beautiful day! 

Blessings and Shalom, 

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A Girl’s Night Out {Design 101 Adventure @ DownEast}

Summer is such a fun time to refresh my home.  I don’t know about you, but I always need some decor inspiration.  I get lost on Pinterest collecting pics after pics, but how do I put all that together?  How about you? 

Two weeks ago, my family took a shopping detour.  You know one of those trips, where you thought you were going to Winco, but ended up at DownEast?  

Ever do that?  

A brand new DownEast store just opened up in my area.   I was shocked with belief to drive up in the parking lot and spot this new shopping destination to explore.  Score! 

So of course, we had to check it out, ahem . . . I mean, I had to check it out, my family just followed me through the door. 

I absolutely knew when I walked in, this was going to be fun!

I found a couple of sassy items, I will show you in another post.  

For now, we will just concentrate on the pretty sign that attracted me to sign up for this splendid event. 
At first glance, I just knew I had to attend this because . . . 

1st,  It would be great to blog about and share with you. 
2nd,  I need more design tips for a summer refresh in my home.

I’m kind of lost when it comes to decorating.  I know what I like and what I don’t like.  I just need a way to make sense of it all.  

I was hoping I would come away with some new design inspiration, and home decor tips.  And girl, did I ever! 

So the day finally came and of course, I was the first one there.  This blogger Mama made sure she got front row.   Just seeing the presentation table got me all giddy!  
Creative boards, frame bulletin boards and vintage displays give a glimpse of inspiration. 

As more attendees showed up, all those seats behind me got filled up!  My precious daughter wanted to get in this picture before her and Daddy left on their date.  Can you see our excitement? 

Hadara is modeling her pretty in pink outfit from DownEast Basics we scored last week at 40% off.  She even window shopped a little and found this little cutie.   

I just love the little touches DownEast put into this event.  Every one received a folder with design notes and resources.  I really got excited with this cute notepad and paint color sample bookmark courtesy of DownEast Home. 
A little details.  I always love victorian tea plates.  The desserts were served on these little lovelies created from antique plates and candlestick holders. 
Our Presenter/Designer Debbie Stapley was such a joy to watch.  Her energy and passion for decor was contagious.  I learned so much from her!   

I had an opportunity to talk with her before class as she set up the desserts.  She mentioned that this was the first girls’s night out event at this DownEast store.   I’m so happy I attended!   

I will share the best tips I learned from Debbie’s Design 101 class in a future home decor post.  

And then, there were the raffle prizes.  I always like free products.  We finished off the night with announcing the winners! 

Guess who won a precious gift? 
 Yes!  I was blessed to be one of the winners.  Debbie told me, “It pays to the be the first one!”.  I believe it! 

The revealing of my prize . . . so beautiful.  I have always wanted a vase like this and the color is perfect for my bedroom.  Now, to find a perfect place for it?  Thank you Lord for this special blessing.  

What a lovely Girl’s Night Out I had at DownEast Home.  

I also vlogged about this perfect night on video. 
Here’s the video highlight of the event: 

You can also watch it on my Little Pink Casa youtube channel.  

I’m so looking forward to the next design class! 
Remember, I will be sharing the best design tips I learned in future post, so stay tuned. 

Click here for my next post in this Design 101 Series:  
How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget.   

Do you have a DownEast Home & Clothing store where you live? 
Check out their website: DownEast Home & Clothing 

What are some things you’d like to learn about home decorating or decor? 

What is one thing you do to summer refresh your home? 
I love to add coastal cool colors and items in my home to remind me of the beach! 

Blessings and Shalom
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