How to Make Your Home look Expensive on a Budget.

I have always enjoyed decorating my home (and childhood rooms.) I can remember helping my mom paint my room in high school, it was powder pink and black (I know, what were we thinking.) We installed a horrible wallpaper border that was black with pink flowers and I loved it back then.  My taste for “finer” decor has evolved but my bank account is yet to catch up. I love looking at model homes, and saving pins on Pinterest of really nice designer decor and model homes. To decorate your personal space as nice as a designer home can get very expensive, unless you had a thrifty mom such as mine! I credit my mom with teaching me a lot about decorating the frugal way and maintaining a homey home. I am always complimented on every home or space that I have owned and visitors always seem to feel very comfortable at our home.

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Keep Your Spaces Clean & Organized.

Regardless of the amount of space that you have a key to making it look expensive and beautiful is to keep it clean and organized.  I can not agree with you more, “I don’t have time to clean.” I know, I know….but the key to keeping your spaces clean is to be organized. Consequentially, the two go hand in hand. I won’t start this post the way I start my weekends fussing with my children to keep things organized but IT WORKS, IT REALLY WORKS if you work it!! Sacrifice a few hours on the weekend to clean and organize your home/space, once you have it cleaned and organized return things as you use them to keep it clean and you should not have to do a major clean out again for a while (I usually always do a spring cleaning.) Keep up with things like laundry and develop a system to make sure you stay on top of chores so they don’t pile up and you are able to stay organized. Laundry is a major factor I know for large families with children.  We have two children at  home plus my husband so we have our fair share of laundry. I have a system where I put in a load of clothes everyday before I go to work and put it in the dryer when I get home. During the summer because my husband is a teacher and he is home most of the day, I may ask him or one of the children to toss them in the dryer while I am at work.  I will either fold each load that night or fold several loads on Saturday morning. I only fold/ hang me and my husbands’ clothing. I have a pre-teen and a teenager at home so I sort out their clothing and expect them to hang and fold their clothes; I want them to learn these principles as well.  This allows our home to look expensive by things staying clean and put away.           

Make Your Own Art.

I am not an artist you’re thinking, neither am I. Find free art online and frame it in expensive frames. To find inexpensive frames shop places like Goodwill and thrift shops to find pictures with frames that you love, then remove the pictures and use the frames with your own personal art or photos.  Use you phone to take pictures of things you love, email the pictures to yourself, print them out, and frame them.  Print out your photos in black and white to make them seem cohesive and group them to make them look expensive and designer.  There’s several online places to find free art (Google “free art”) beware of copyright infringement when using the art of others. One of my favorites is framing fabric swatches that I order from to display or layer the fabric in the frame to use as the mat behind the picture to make it look expensive and decorative.

DIY or Hack Expensive Designer Options.

Strolling through Pottery Barn find curtains that you like but hate the price tag? Yes I have been there, they have the cutest stuff right?  Find similar fabric at and make your own.  Don’t know how to sew? No problem I have you covered, there’s NO sew options to making curtains. Watch the visual tutorial here to see how to use fusion hemming tape to make a set.  Don’t think you can make a set of curtains?  Try just adding to the bottom or edge of your current curtains to spruce them up a bit. This options opens up so many possibilities for decorating. Use this to also make throw pillows for your sofa and beds.

Pillows made in really nice fabric can change the look of an old couch and brighten up your living space.  Find a pillow that you really like and make it with similar fabric normally for a huge discount.  I know that we are keeping cost down in every area (this is a frugal home need I remind you) in order to save money on the pillow stuffing I recycle old throw pillows that I have and recover them with new fabric or I purchase throw pillows from Goodwill or garage sales for as cheap as $1 a pillow. Sounds gross I know but I wash and bleach the pillows that I purchase from Goodwill and garage sales in hot water in the washing machine. It doesn’t bother me if the bleach fades the design on the pillow, because I will be covering it up with fabric anyway I just need the cheap pillow to be sanitized and to act as an insert for the cover.



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Can’t get enough of those glamorous mirrored dressers and nightstands, I know I can’t?  Don’t they look Hollywood expensive?  Yes, yes, yes!  Take the nightstand or dresser that you currently have or find one at a garage sale, and paint and cover it with mirrors purchased cheaply and cut for free at your local hardware store.

Do these DIY’s sound intimidating? If so, head over to the Centsational Style blog and follow Kate as she turns old kitchens into marvelous spaces on a budget and revamps old dressers. I can not say enough good things about Kate’s Blog. I have followed her since 2012 and she always seems to amaze me with her out of the box designs.  She can take the simplest items and make them look so expensive and designer, that’s the key to making your home look expensive on a budget.  Her projects are amazing and her eye for design is impeccable.

These DIY’s and Hacks will have your home looking stylish and expensive in no time without breaking your budget.

Want to see some of my frugal DIY’s and hacks? Let me know below, and don’t be shy I would love to see your pictures as well.

Love the look below? Click the picture to find the items to help you bring it to life in your home!

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