Restyling your home for spring on a budget

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014

Krystine Edwards PROVIDED

With winter still lingering, it's hard to think about spring. But don't fret, as spring is near. To me, this means it is time for brighter colors, fresh air and a little home restyling.

I'm not talking about gutting the house, repainting the walls or new furniture; I mean rotating some inexpensive pieces throughout the home, from pillows and throws to dishware in the kitchen. You might even consider painting some furniture or accessories for a new look.

Start with changing out your couch pillows. This can be a very inexpensive first move. Invest in a storage bin that can be placed easily in an attic or closet to store your winter/fall set. I purchase a lot of great down pillows from Homegoods in Mount Pleasant for as little as $12.

A more expensive option is working with a reasonable and talented seamstress for custom pillow covers. Perhaps you are even able to take this on as a DIY project. Invest in one set of pillow inserts and then change out the covers seasonally or twice a year. Choose the perfect fabric and pattern that complements your room. Add a colorful throw to your sofa, and the room is instantly changed. Trust me; people will notice.

Your kitchen will look new with some brighter accessories. Consider orange, blue or yellow (your options are endless) for your canisters, cake stand or even a fun vase with some fresh flowers. The small accents will make a huge difference. Great pieces can be found at local home stores, and Mount Pleasant has plenty! In fact, my favorite shop is Southern Accents on Coleman. It's a great, one-stop-shop for décor variety.

Colorful pops add glamour even in bathrooms and bedrooms. Think about changing out bedding sets and shower curtains. Or, simply add a new throw or candle to your room.

Don't underestimate the power of paint or spray paint! That old, dark side table that you've been thinking about donating could be transformed into an updated keepsake. Be bold with hot, trendy colors, or stick with traditional hues like navy blue. I love my Annie Sloan chalk paint from Charleston Revisions. I've applied it to an antique Victorian dresser, a kitchen pedestal table and a mid-century campaign desk. It looks great on anything.

If you have a great vase with a different silhouette but in a bad color, spray paint it! You can find good paint at any local hardware store like Michaels or Wal-Mart.

Lastly, re-organize those bookshelves. Sometimes less is more. Lay some books down horizontally on a shelf and add a simple object on top like a small frame or a little jewelry box. On another row of the shelf, place the books vertically and add another simple accessory. Follow these simple tips for freshening up your home. If you still need or want more, a local interior designer like myself can help you improve any space.

Krystine Edwards is a home designer and Carolina One real estate agent.

Read her blog – Living Pretty Styled – and more at www.krystineedwards.com.

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