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Tips & Tricks Thursday: The Quick Fix

Sometimes it’s all about instant gratification.  I love a quick fix that refreshes the interior and creates a new perspective.

Much like hitting the design “reset” button, small changes can instantly update a space and bring out new interesting details.

As you know, I have major commitment issues when it comes to design.

These quick fixes help to satisfy my need for change (without breaking the bank) every time I get the urge to see my space in a different light.


1.  Put your jewelry on display

If you’re like me, your jewelry collection may or may not border along the lines of “Hoarders- Buried Alive” .  What better way to add some sparkle to your space than showcase your jewelry?  Drape a beautiful necklace around a lamp base… Display bracelets on a tray… The possibilities are endless!  An added bonus?  You’ll always be able to find that amazing ring that would otherwise be buried in your jewelry box.

Shoshana Gosselin

Martha Stewart

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2.  Flip for your books

Books are great display pieces.  They can add height and depth to countless vignettes in a space, and they don’t need to be limited to a shelf .   Don’t like the binding?  Flip the whole thing around and expose the pages for some texture and a more uniform color scheme.


Pottery Barn


3.  Throw in the pillow

A throw pillow may be small, but it can have a huge impact on a space.  It’s one of the easiest ways to transform the feel of a room.  Color, pattern, and texture can create a major mood change, ramping up the intensity or toning down the chaos.

via Lonny

via Lonny

via Lonny


4.  Spray away

For just under $4 you can buy a can of Valspar spray-paint and transform any old glass vase (I had a collection of them under my kitchen sink) into a showpiece.  I love using a matte white paint to mimic the look of porcelain.


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via Free Pretty Things For You


5.  The little things

Changing out the small things (those things that may not seem like they make a big difference) can breathe new life into a design that seems to be flatlining.  Replacing the knobs / pulls on your kitchen cabinetry or changing the color of your lampshades can update your space in just the right way.  These are the new pulls and lampshade that I just purchased.  I haven’t put them all together yet, but you’ll have the update soon!

Restoration Hardware

World Market

World Market

What are some tricks you’ve used to give your space a quick fix?



2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tina #

    I love the drawer pulls…f

    October 11, 2012
  2. Tina #

    I love the drawer pulls…for your new dresser??

    I also love the idea of spray painting vases. I always seem to amass a collection of the cheap ones that come from the florist with bouquets. Now they don’t have to go in my next Goodwill pile!

    October 11, 2012

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