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Tips & Tricks Thursday – 4 Simple Things

Sometimes you need a change, right?

Sometimes you don’t have the money – or time! – to spend on said change, right?

Never fear!  I’ve come up with four simple changes you can make this weekend!

…and they:

                       a) won’t brake the bank

                       b) won’t take forever to complete

                       c) will satisfy your need for to “update” something until you can get around to that larger project



I’m a HUGE fan of adding plants to help create depth in a space.  And I love the architectural look of succulents.  They come in so many different shapes and sizes, that the combinations are limitless.  Create an interesting centerpiece by placing some in a large piece of driftwood…instant update!  Or, place them in separate votive holders or even fancy champagne flutes for a play on texture.  Like I said… limitless!  An added bonus?  They’re easy to get and don’t cost a fortune, so you can really play around with them!

Country Living

Country Living

LOVE This!

Emily A. Clark

Emily A. Clark


I know.  I know.  You’re thinking that painting is really labor intensive.  Well, it doesn’t have to be.  Think about painting something smaller than an entire room.  Maybe an accent wall, a picture frame, a vase, or even your own abstract canvas!  (Play around with color palettes.  I love the idea of selecting 4-5 tones of the same color…)

Here’s what I’m talking about: 

Painting the interior of a vase…

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eighteen 25

Gold paint to accent your moldings…

via Lonny

via Lonny

Instead of painting an entire wall, why not create your own “wallpaper”?

This was done using decals (Awesome!!!! I’m totally doing this when I have kiddos!), but why not use freehand it using paint?

A Thoughtful Place

A Thoughtful Place


Now, I know that knobs and pulls can be expensive, but there are some great options out there on the lower end (Lowes, Ikea, etc…) if you want to update a room with a lot of casework – like, say, your kitchen?  Or, you could splurge for something more pricey and update a piece of furniture that only has a few pulls.  Either way, you’ll see an instant update that will make you smile.

Ikea Orrnäs Handle 13" - $12.99/pack of 2

Ikea Orrnäs Handle 13″ – $12.99/pack of 2

Restoration Hardware Grafton Clear Glass Pull - $13.50 - $19 (sale)

Restoration Hardware Grafton Clear Glass Pull – $13.50 – $19 (sale)

Lowes - $3.99

Lowes – $3.99

Anthropologie Saddler Knob - $14

Anthropologie Saddler Knob – $14


There is no simpler way to change up a space than swapping out throw pillows.  Period.  

I just bought these for my bedroom to completely change the look… Love!

…now I just need to get a headboard.  But that would go into the category of : LARGER PROJECT

CB2 Optical Pillow (with insert) - 29.95

CB2 Optical Pillow (with insert) – 29.95

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What are some of your favorite ways to update your space without breaking the bank?


10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Love love love, just found your blog, super chic. I love all of these suggestions, especially the throw pillows (I’m a junkie). I’ve been reallllly feeling succulents but don’t really know how to pull it off the cheap way (running to home depot and planting in a fancy planter). I hate the hardware in my house and this post kind of inspired me to get some fun handles.

    Surrounded by Pretty

    August 8, 2013
    • I’m so glad you were inspired! I think I’m going to try playing around with some succulents this weekend.


      August 9, 2013
      • I hope you do, and then post about it so I can just go off that 🙂

        August 9, 2013
  2. Reblogged this on Surrounded By Pretty and commented:
    I love this, “simple things” around the house is how I usually fill up my weekends.

    August 8, 2013
  3. I just helped my niece redecorate her room for her 15th birthday and we pretty much used all your tactics! We spray painted a bunch of stuff, replaced the pulls on her dresser, added a succulent to her desk, and I sewed toss pillows for her bed. Reading this post makes me feel very validated by my “designer” decisions. 🙂

    August 9, 2013
    • I always knew you were design-fabulous! You didn’t know it, but I’ve been spying on you and using your design skills for my own! (insert evil laugh here… muahahahah!)


      August 9, 2013
  4. Accenting the moulding is such a great idea. Looks lovely. Love these ideas. Need to try some!

    Mary xo

    August 9, 2013
  5. Accenting the moulding is such a great idea. Looks lovely. Love these ideas. Need to try some!
    Mary xo

    August 9, 2013
    • I know. I only wish I lived in a home with such great architectural details. I’m dying to recreate this! I may have to get creative… 🙂


      August 9, 2013

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