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10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

10 Great Budget Home Decor Ideas for the Summer

Redecorating the house is one of those great little life joys. Sure, it can be time consuming, physically challenging and mentally exhausting at times, but it doesn’t have to be too expensive. The best part of it is that all your hard work really pays off in a big way after everything is done.

Summer is the perfect time to make some big changes to your interior and freshen up your home, and if you have a little bit of creativity, it’s possible to do some very nice things with limited resources.

1. Use plenty of fresh flowers

Fresh flowers in home

    Summer is all about the celebration of life. The focus should be on vibrant colors and floral arrangements. Think about giving your home a green touch by adding lots of fresh flowers.

    Vertical gardens are a neat idea if you have the know-how and the time, but there are also plenty of simple ideas that can look great.

    2. Shop around for colorful trinkets

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    Decorative trinkets

      Interesting and engaging home decorations don’t have to be overly expensive. You can hit the flea markets, yard sales, Etsy or local stores, and look for cute and original little decorations. Even random small trinkets can come in handy, as you can combine them and create some unique pieces.

      3. Get some wallpaper with natural prints

      Floral print wallpaper

        A paint job is a good low-cost way to liven up your interior. However, it can take some skill to really go crazy with different patterns and designs, and you can get much quicker results using wallpaper.

        Wallpaper is making a comeback, and there are a lot of appealing natural prints that you can use in combination with flowers and light colors.

        4. Hang motivational quotes on the wall

        Motivational poster

          Everyone needs a bit of a pick-me-up from time to time, and the walls of a home can always use some added flair, so why not kill two birds with one stone and put up a few motivational posters?

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          A cool image and some plain text with a nice frame can make a big difference in terms of atmosphere. You can use these for any room of the house, and it’s easy to switch the quotes every month to focus on specific topics like love, motivation and hope.

          5. Design your own decorative pillow cases

          DIY decorative pillow

            Custom pillow designs are an excellent finishing touch for any home design project – no one else will have the same pillows, and you can make them fit in very well with the rest of the décor and the general theme you were going for. There is a wide range of pillowcase projects you can try, everything from simple and elegant beginner stuff to some elaborate creations.

            6. Put up lighter see-through curtains

            White dining room

              You need to let in some light and brighten up the home. Light see-through curtains will allow plenty of natural light to get through, but they will also add an air of elegance, and they’ll keep the mosquitos out as well.

              7. Go for a romantic feel with homemade scented candles

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              DIY candles

                Candles have several great benefits – they provide lighting that is perfect for romance or kicking back and doing some musing with a glass of wine. They save you some money on electricity, and scented ones can really help calm you down.

                Making your own candles won’t take up much of your time, and you can go wild with the different colors and aromas.

                8. Spice up your glassware

                Classy glassware

                  Most households end up accumulating quite a few glassware items over the years. Bottles, mason jars, and vine glasses can all be used in creative ways around the house, but you can also just spent a few hours adding a few decorative touches to them.

                  9. Create an exotic centerpiece for your kitchen table

                  Centerpiece

                    Using some cheap glass items like candlesticks and bowls, and a few crafting materials, you can create a beautiful faux mercury glass vase. Spend some time on choosing the right floral bouquet to compliment your living room or dining room area, and you will have a breathtaking centerpiece for a very reasonable price.

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                    10. Set up an outdoor dining area

                    Outdoor dining area

                      While bringing the garden into your home is a good idea, you’ll have tons of fun if you create a small outdoor dining area.

                      You can set up different seating arrangements in your garden, or just have a private little area where you can relax, read a book and have breakfast. It’s always good to spend some more time out in the fresh air, and this small modification will give you an excellent excuse to do just that.

                      With these simple and creative home décor projects, you’ll be able to really liven things up for the summer, without burning a big hole through your wallet. Try out different things, and don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with some unique ideas.

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                      Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

                      Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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                      Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

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                      The leap happens when we realize two things:

                      1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
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                      Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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                      Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

                      My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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                      In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

                      “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

                      Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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