Keeping Home Decor Costs Low & Decorative Impact High: Affordable Home Decor Ideas

Affordable home decor ideas make cents. Unfortunately, there are times when too many ideas at the end of the money will happen.  Thankfully though, stylish and affordable home decor ideas help to keep home decor costs low and decorative impact high.

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Home decorating should be an exciting and rewarding experience, each and every single time you do it. Dave the Builder constantly reminds me that any interior decorating or designing project is like eating an elephant, one bite at a time.  It will all come together as you dot the i’s and cross the t’s of getting “it” right.  What is right?  Right is when the finished look is exactly what you envisioned it to be.

decorative throw pillow

Horchow, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond

Changing, rearranging, and editing from season to season puts a fresh spin in the mix of interior and exterior color palettes.

flamingo-painted cabinetPinterest

Painted pieces add a touch of whimsy. Painting a vintage or thrifted piece can be the perfect muse for dipping your toe into DIY waters.


A decorative tassel is a very stylish and affordable way to add the all important pop of color.  Opting to switch a lampshade from a warm color to a bright solid or bold pattern instantly brings a noticeable change to the space without breaking the bank.

A single curtain panel paired with a  tie-back  adds decorative flair and presence.  As a room divider or as a fixed curtain, this look can be a dramatic charmer.

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Achieving a designer look with curtain panels doesn’t have to be money or labor intensive.  I have great luck finding inexpensive curtains or a single panel online and at big discount and resale stores. Fabric store bargain bins are home to designer fabric remnants at great prices.


House Beautiful

If you choose to go with drapery fabric and you do not sew,  no-sew is no problem. I recently purchased a hand held Singer sewing machine from Hobby Lobby, but have yet to open the package.  Okay, the jig is up. Sewing is just not my thing.  Here is my my no-sew advice: take the fabric to a seamstress for those no-frills bottom hems, side hems, rod pocket and header projects.  The lady I use gets the job done reasonably and the work is perfect.  Custom does cost more than ready made, but it is worth it for the look and decorative longevity.


With a glue gun in one hand and several yards of accent trim in the other, I’m now in the drapery decorating business.  Bouillon fringe comes in different lengths which comes to the rescue when the curtain look or length is not right. It’s a handy talent when you are a card carrying member of the hot glue gun gang!  Drapery hardware can also be found at bargain prices at home improvement stores, discount and thrift stores or estate sales.


I am a corbel kind of girl, and I’ve never met a wall sconce I didn’t like. I absolutely love them!

wall sconcesAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Using corbels as wall sconces for displaying decorative home decor accents comes highly suggested. Shake things and a can of spray paint up for an accent with a twist. Pick up a can of your favorite brand of spray paint in your favorite seasonal color and voilà!  This particular style corbel is from Wish I Had That and suitable for interior or exterior use.

architectural corbelsHouse Beautiful

Let there be color, presence, height, proportion, style, and a new and affordable look!  Seasonal home accessorizing can equal a stylish look that is both easy and affordable.


St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration: Decorating With Green

St. Patrick’s Day inspires many a lad and lassie to give thought to decorating with green.

green-paul-raesidePaul Raeside

The Seasonal Influence of Color Awakenings Through Spring, Space and Color Palette Choices

The seasonal influence of color awakenings through spring and space are upon us.  Warm mid-afternoon breezes,  hints of pastel petals, the yellow dusting of pollen (you want pretty flowers, don’t you?),  the hum of lawn mowers and thoughts of strawberry pie. Spring offers wonderful inspiration for making color palette choices.

spring flowersGood Housekeeping

The colors of the season shake off the last of winter’s remnants. Granted it was not much of a winter here in Louisiana, but enough of one to make me appreciate the fact it is almost a memory.

spring color palette choicesPrego Sem Estopa

Spring moves the clock forward, seems to think it is the perfect time for us to clean, and wakes up the color all around us. You know how I love my world to be colored!


An easy and affordable way to make a colorful impact on your surroundings is through exterior and interior paint, accents and accessories.  Throw pillows are a guaranteed burst of new color energy with maximum results for minimal money.  Who doesn’t like that?

decorative throw pillowsGood Housekeeping  

Wallpaper has the power to quickly transform a space by infusing color, pattern and texture. Using wallpaper or fabric as the wallcovering on only one wall can automatically pack a space with immediate focal point potential. There will always be the question of wallpaper vs. paint.  In certain situations, coupled with certain tastes, here’s where I stand on the matter…why not both?  Decorative harmony is a beautiful and colorful thing!

clarissa hulce wallpaperHarlequin 

Oh Happy Day

A gorgeous wallpaper pattern in equally gorgeous spring colors~ Masquerade from the Gazebo collection by Thibaut.

Thibaut wallpaper

“Only those who love color are admitted to its beauty and immanent presence. It affords utility to all, but unveils its deeper mysteries only to its devotees.”

~ Johannes Itten

Habitually Chic

Subtle in nature and brilliant in execution, white does indeed make a strong and complementing canvas for the space to show its true colors.

Country Living 

The different shades and tones of gray in the distressed headboard, chandelier patina and wallpaper all come together as the foundation to build upon. Gray is no longer associated with lifeless, sterile and unimaginative interiors. I really am embracing it more and more as an accessory color. The more I study this image and the influence gray has on bringing out the pinks, the more I am fascinated by the result.


House of Turquoise 

Color wakes up a space in the same manner that spring wakes up color from its winter hibernation. As shown above, furnishings and accessories are the means in which color is portrayed as the star of the space.  Balance is perfectly achieved between the neutral walls, rug and curtains and the strategic points of color. Color breathes life into the space to freshen and renew the look.

Norskein Interior Blogger 

How do you color your world?

The Decorative Darling Color Duo Of Black And White

The centenarian Oreo cookie and its trademark black and white color scheme are both unmistakably delicious!

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Decorating with the decorative darling duo of black and white sets the color combination bar high for the sublime, statement worthy color combination standard.  I acknowledge the color combination of black and white as the leader of the gorgeous color combination band.

black-chest-Ethan-AllenEthan Allen

I wouldn’t dare refer to Coco Chanel’s legendary black and white suit as devoid of color.  Would you?   The pairing of these two standards of color creates a stunning execution.  This decorative darling color combination duo instantly introduces luxury, class and elegance to a space.

black-and-white-bedroomCountry Living Magazine

The color combination of black and white is easily recognizable as the closest to neutral most people will ever come.  The pairing stands up well as a decorative chameleon.

black and whiteBlack & White (and a bit in between) ~ Celerie Kemble

From classic traditional to vintage retro kitsch, black and white interiors, accessories and accents garner dramatic results in presentation.

malene birger spaceMalene Birger via French Garden House

I discovered a new level of black and white cookie greatness over the Christmas holidays.


The easy and delicious Oreo Cookie Truffle takes three ingredients: Oreos, cream cheese and white chocolate to a wonderfully decadent new level. That’s the power of black and white!

black-and-whiteAtlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Be it together on a wall, chair, frame or fixture or in complementing contrast to each other in the space, black and white accents and accessories command attention.  Considered neutral alternatives to the pop of color movement, a black and white color scheme is far from basic, safe or boring.

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One Dining Room and Four Re-dos: Let’s Dining Room Remodel

Look familiar?  Yes, it is the second draft of parts 1 and 2 of the Olioboard moodboard I worked up  for our dining room remodel.  Change is a constant thing around Places In The Home, and anticipation is keeping me waiting for the right time to proceed with yet another dining room remodel.  This will be the fourth remodel do-over of the dining room, but who’s counting?



I use the term do-over because that is exactly what it is- the chance to redo the previous idea of what floated my decorative boat at the time. This is strictly a preliminary guide in the general decorative direction I’m going in for the space. Olioboard is my virtual controlled source for design and decor storage.  Come up with an idea, create a board, save it, and conveniently store it away for future use.




This dining room has come a long way since its humble beginning in 1965. See more of the reveal here.  The wall color has seen two choices thus far. Fired Brick from Sherwin-Williams had a five year run being replaced by Crème Fraîche from Valspar.


I want to mix and switch the furniture from other rooms to create a flow with the my decor ideas du jour.  The marble top sideboard pictured below will replace the existing one currently in place and be graced with…

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a two door primitive cabinet with chicken wire doors similar to the top of this one from Matthews House and Garden sitting atop it.  I think it will be a great choice for displaying my china, and the juxtaposition will work for the space.

chicken wire doorsMy Notting Hill

Dave the Builder is a farm table builder extraordinaire, and I have put my order in.  I will more than likely use Louisiana Cypress with antique table legs. Stay tuned for more on this project. The Chippendale dining chairs are keepers and will be updated with new upholstery.  Although, a set of six dining chairs recently added to inventory might find their way to the house.  Another advantage to this thing I love called antiques.

Okay, now it’s your turn. Are you contemplating a do-over, redo, or complete remodel in the decorative future?

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Kitchen Color On The Rise

Are you an early riser who springs right out of bed full of energy and ready to take on the world?  Well, I’m not. Yes, the jig is up and the secret is out.

I am an early riser, but one not so full of energy or immediately ready to take on the world. My morning involves a strong cup or two (or three) of coffee, a Visine moment for my computer weary eyes, and five minutes of peaceful meditation and prayer. The enthusiastic voice of an exercise routine weighs in, so I pick up the coffee creamer container and use it for a quick strength training session. That’s about as good as it gets most mornings.

Morning routines are the pace car of our day.  A peaceful environment is a plus, hopefully setting the tone for the rest of our day. Unfortunately, it appears fast, faster, fastest is the morning mantra of the masses(number one reason I drink instant coffee).  Accept it, we go-getters are a hurried group. This is the reason I embrace the first few moments of my morning routine. As I sketched out the design for our kitchen and breakfast area, the main goal was to create a visually pleasing space.

Enjoying coffee time, mealtime, or downtime in a kitchen designed and decorated with color, comfort, and convenience in mind is a plus in the slow it down column of life.

Some of us need all the help we can get to get our mornings started.

Colorful kitchen elements and accents add the pop o’ the morning to the space.

Cheerful colors evoke a feeling of warmth and coziness. Good morning, this is color calling with your wake up call.

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images: Erdreich Architecture, P.C., Better Homes and Gardens, Southern Accents, HGTV, Hermitage Kitchen Design Gallery/Steven Long Photography, Sroka Design, Traditional Home, A CASA Design, J. Stephens Interiors

Match Game: Matching Paint Colors

As I make my way through the blogosphere,  I continue to be impressed with the collections of so many.  Our treasured collections become color palette influences for many.  Matching paint colors to our favorite collections and collectibles is one way to carry out a personal treasure theme.


When a client, friend or family member enlist my services in the color selection process,  it often begins like a Kohler faucet commercial.  I am shown an item and asked to design or decorate around the color(s) of the collection.  Let the match game matching paint colors magic begin!


I’ve been introduced to new blogs this week via fall/autumn link parties. One fall mantel display immediately captured my attention.  The author used pieces of blue and white French china from her personal collection. Another blog showed how a beautiful collection of leather books influenced the color scheme of a space.  Decorating inspiration comes from many different influences.  I realized I am among those who have been, and will continue to be, influenced by items they collect or hope to start collecting.  I also thought it might be informative to play a round or two of Match Game: matching paint colors to items known to be collected for future decorative reference.

Probably one of the most recognizable colors in the world,  the Tiffany Blue Box® was the referenced example used time and time again when selecting the paint color for our bedroom.  Sweet Rhapsody by Behr is close, close, close.


Little Blue Box by Sherwin Williams is my second choice.


Gone  With The Wind remains one of the most watched and loved Hollywood classics of all time.  I fell in love with the movie poster when I was six years old, and forty two year later I still can’t get enough.  If I didn’t know better, I would believe it is a requirement of my inner circle that you must own at least one piece of collectible GWTW memorabilia.  I remain in good standing with my vintage hardcover copy of the book, 70th anniversary edition DVD, and a good idea of what paint best matches Miss Ellen’s portiers.




   Emerald Isle 3120 – Olympic Mecca Gold – Offbeat Green

Blue & white porcelain and pottery collections are both popular and stylish.  Traditional blue and white wares of Chinese, English and Italian origin merge well with modern patterns to create beautiful displays. The varied shades of blue play well off of each other and the result is a visual treat.



Blueberry Buckle – Rainbow Bright – Annapolis Blue – Stunning Sapphire 


Benjamin Moore

Prussian Blue – Blue Suede Shoes – Delphinium – Stratford Blue



Loyal Blue – Georgian Bay  – Commodore  

Staffordshire dogs are highly collectible ceramic items.   Dating back to the 1700’s,  Staffordshire figurines were made in pottery companies located in the County of Staffordshire, England.  Authentic Staffordshire figurines are rare beauties with proper and notable markings.

staffordshire-dog-figurineAntique Staffordshire King Charles Spaniel dog

Vintage Staffordshire dog figurines can be valued in the hundreds of dollars.   Staffordshire inspired reproductions or in the style off knock-offs are less expensive copies, making ownership more affordable.   I have come to love authentic Staffordshire spaniel figurines and some of the better quality reproduced Staffordshire dog figurines. White, red, and rust continue to be the most common colors.


navy-blue-paint-colorsHonorable Blue – Old Navy – Eric Cohler

Coins come in as one of the top ranked collectibles.  Years ago when my parents were big time Vegas visitors, my mother would bring back silver fifty cent pieces as souvenirs.  My fascination with the metallic paints began right then and there.  The fifty cent pieces are long gone and spent, but I’m rich in my love of the colors silver and copper.

half-dollarGreat American Coin Company

Modern Masters Metallic – Silver


Modern Masters Metallic – Copper

Behr-Maple-GlazeBehr – Maple Glaze

This iconic example speaks for itself.


Sherwin-Williams  Tricorn BlackCaviar, Paradise, Overt Green, Nervy Hue

It is no surprise that matching paint colors to collections resonates with the decorating choices made by collectors.

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Decorating With Fall Colors Is In Season

The colors of the season are proudly on parade, signaling it is time to begin decorating with fall colors. ‘Tis the season of rich browns, vibrant oranges, dark greens, deep reds, and metallic golds.  Twenty-seven designers share with Traditional Home some of their favorite fall colors.  I have selected eight of my favorites to share with you.

Matthew Patrick Smyth of Matthew Patrick Smyth Interior Design showcases rich browns and mossy greens in a traditional manner.  His color choices easily transition from season to season.


Deep brown wood furnishings and neutral colors beautifully frame this bedroom by Chris Barrett Design.   The pink in the rug and the lantern light fixture add the wow factor.

Kristen Panitch of Kristen Panitch Interiors  selects fall colors in deep greens and persimmon for this outdoor space.  The deeper tones bring a welcoming warmth and inviting scheme perfect for crisp days and nights.

I call this space three B’s with a kicker – black, brown, beige, beautiful!  Natural woods and reds round out the flawless vision for this space designed by Scott Laslie of Scott Laslie & Associates.

Benjamin Bradley of Bradley Thiergartner Interiors chooses Paprika as the primary color of the space.  He “seasons” with accent colors of olive green (bay leaves), brown (cinnamon), and golden tones (curry).

Kevin Corn of Kevin Corn Design uses neutrals and warm tones to produce a soothing and calm effect. Vintage and modern furnishings co-exist in decor harmony.  Accent lighting enhances the tones and shades of the space allowing the palette to take center stage without overpowering the overall intent of the decor.

Bill Murphy of Essary & Murphy Inc. must know how well the combination brown ticking fabric, brown toile draperies, and English transferware captures the feel of fall.  I stumbled across this example when pulling the other photos and information.  The design and decor accessories of the space result in the ideal traditional fall color scheme.

The owner of this country home is also designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.  Crisp white walls and barn wall floors reflect soft light from the fire and evening sunsets, and best define the feel of fall for the owner/designer.  I love the patina of the antique work table and the stare of the stately gentleman in the portrait above the fireplace.   Man’s best friend looks too cozy for words!