I am in a flurry of decorating right now, for next to no money!
Here are some things i have done
I hav egiven each room a theme! It helps me to have a framework in hwich to function. So, when I am thrifting, I dont just pick up every little thing!
So, m front room is Southwestern. We have a photo dh took of a church steeple in NM, we are going to have it blown up, in black and white and in color. Kinkos does it for cheap. it will be $18 each to have them enlarged to 20 X 30 (or something like that) matted and stretched on an internal frame(which means there is a wooden frame, but it is on the inside). Dh is a woodworker, so he will make on outer frame for them, if we feel they need it. They will go side by side as the focal point of the room. I bought a large basket with handles and a small wicker hamper with a lid at Goodwill for $6 each the other day. They now hold all the boys toys that are in the front room. I have a desk that I am going to refinish by mosaic-ing some old plates we have, and then adding a wrougth iron lip and painting the rest of it santa fe pink. I have garge sale found pics of New Mexico and Alaska, all matted in the same white mats and framed in unfinished wooden frames that were scrounged off of other pics.
For the curtains, I am going to buy mule shoes(like horseshoes, but for mules) for $1 a piece, tie some dried chile peppers to the side of them with raffia, like this: http://www.nmcatalog.com/cgi-bin/cat...i?product=7356
and thse will be the curtain holders. I am going to get muslin and run it through them. I may dye the muslin, depending.
I got a beautiful rug from Ikea(originally) in just the right colors, with a big happy blue sun on it, for $10 for a 4 X 6 ft rug.
I hate my couch, but I am going to buy Falsa blankets for $6 each and wrap he whole thing in them, piece by piece. It will take 5 blankets, so I will have recovered my sofa for $30, and if I ever come across a sofa I actually LIKE I will be able to use them as blankets! DH is going to make me a kiva ladder to stand inthe corner of the room, they are very easy to make and FREE!! For a lot of southwestern style! I picked up a MExican handbag at a garage sale this weekend for a quarter, so I will hang that on the ladder.
We bought a table top at a garage sale last year for five dollars and dh is going to make legs out of 2 X 4s for it. OH! And also, I found a sofa sized futon frame for $2 this weekend and am now biding my time till I find a futon for it, then it will be my other sofa in the front room.
My br is going southeast asian, I found a tassle at Pier One on clearance for $3.75!! And then another one at ROss for $1. So, today, I went to Joann and bought 8 yards of tulle at Joanne for $5.50 total, and one set of ceiling hooks($1.99 ace hardware) and put the hooks in the ceiling at each side of my bed. I put the tulle through shower curtain rings and drpaed it across my ceiling,and it runs down the side of my bed and puddles at the floor. I hung the tassles on each side from the hook as well. If they get it before the week is up, I will buy another 8 yards in burgundy, this first layer is gold. I found valances at a thrift shop for $5 total, and I cut bamboo from my back yard(any branch would work though) and tied twine to it, put little nails in the window frame and hung the bamboo by its twine. Curtain rods for nothing!!
So, I guess my message is to bargain bargain bargain shop! I find all my candles and baskets at dollar stores, thrift shops and garage sales. Inf act, I find everything there! And dont forget to check Marshalls, TJMaxx, and Ross for their clearance sections. Also, Linens and things has a good one. I got a cute lampshade on clearance there for $3.45 last month