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5 Budget Friendly Home Makeover Tips Anyone Can Use

5 Budget Friendly Home Makeover Tips Anyone Can Use

You’ll often hear people say things like, “I have an eye for design, but simply don’t have enough money to decorate my house the way I wish I could.” While there’s some merit to this statement (furniture and decorations can be expensive), you don’t have to purchase designer pieces to achieve the look you want.

Giving your home a makeover is all about being resourceful and strategic. Let’s take a look at a handful of budget-friendly makeover tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

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1. Use Free Digital Software

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    Here’s a tip that most people don’t know about. Are you aware that there are many different online home design software programs available? And most of them are free! This list provides descriptions and links for all of the different options, but the top selections include Home Stratosphere’s Interior Design Software, DreamPlan Home Design Software, Room Styler, and Room Sketcher.

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    These programs let you build rooms using 2D and 3D tools and then allow you to decorate these rooms with different furniture arrangements, floor materials, paint colors, architectural features, and other design elements. They are super intuitive and incredibly helpful – especially if you’re doing a major redesign.

    2. Create a Gallery Wall

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      One of the hottest trends right now involves gallery walls – especially if you’re working with limited wall space. A gallery wall is essentially a large – somewhat organized – group of picture frames and wall art that creates a unique and definitive statement. Think of it like a collage for your picture frames. Here’s a good article on how to create a gallery wall on a budget. Using IKEA frames and prints you already have, an entire, professional-looking wall can be created for just a couple hundred bucks.

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      3. Replace Outdated Hardware

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        One of the most cost effective things you can do is replace existing hardware with new hardware. This is especially true in the kitchen, where fresh hardware can totally transform outdated cabinets. And the good news is that you can purchase hardware pretty cheaply, depending on where you look. Overstock and contractor surplus stores often have good deals – but you may have to mix and match.

        4. Rearrange the Furniture

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          OK, here’s a tip that won’t cost you a dime (though it may leave you with a sore back in the morning). Try rearranging your furniture to give your home a new look. Start with the living room. Is it possible to move the TV to the opposite wall and then situate the sofas and chairs in a unique fashion? You’d be surprised how different a room can look with a clever switch. The bedroom is also a prime candidate for rearranging.

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          5. Install New Light Fixtures

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            While you may not spend a lot of time thinking about your home’s light fixtures, they actually have a profound impact on your overall design. Not only do they create high focal points, but the light they give off can create a unique ambiance. You should also consider installing a dimmer switch in bedrooms, bathrooms, and dining rooms – as they provide a unique mood.

            Light fixtures can be expensive, so be patient. Start by considering whether you want practical or decorative lighting and then narrow your options down based on style (recessed, pendant, etc.). You’ll know when you’ve found the right one.

            Invest in a (Budget Friendly) Makeover

            With some creativity, resourcefulness, and a small budget, you can completely transform the look of your home. Leverage the tips referenced in this article and don’t be afraid to think outside the box. A home makeover doesn’t have to be expensive and outlandish. Sometimes the best makeover is the one that’s subtle and fresh.

            Featured photo credit: Tim Green via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on August 20, 2018

            35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

            35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

            Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

            But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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            The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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            While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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            While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

            If You’re Staying In

            1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
            2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
            3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
            4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
              • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
              • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
              • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
              • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
                • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
                • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
                • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                  • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                  If You Want to Get Away

                  1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                  2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                  3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                    • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                    • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                    • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                    • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                    • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                    • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                      • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                      • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                      New & Exciting Experiences

                      1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                      2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                        experience.
                        • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                        • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                        • Experience white water rafting.
                        • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                        • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                          • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                          • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                            • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                            • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                            • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                            Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                            Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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