Home Decor

The Green Apartment

Solar panels, programmable thermostats and STAR appliances—when it comes to being green, homeowners seem to have all the fun! But there are simple ways that apartment dwellers can make their living spaces more green as well.

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Fall Decorating for Every Room in Your Home


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The change of the seasons is a special time for home decorator's…and Fall decorating is a great way to cozy up your home for the colder months ahead. Fall decorating doesn't have to be just about Thanksgiving, and it doesn't have to be limited to the main room in the home. Here are some easy and inexpensive home decorating ideas to bring the glory of Autumn's bounty and warmth throughout your entire home.

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The Budget Guide to Home Decor Ebook

Redecorate With Style at Bargain Basement Prices

Don't waste tons of money on a professional interior decorator. Instead, grab this guide doing it yourself--for pennies on the dollar!

Redecorate your home for little...or nothing!...with the info-packed

The Budget Guide to Home Decor Ebook!

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Home Decorating: 5 Green Ideas on a Budget

Decorating your home to be environmentally friendly shouldn’t be expensive. And it shouldn’t just be for the environmental activists either; we all have a responsibility to our communities, and to our families. There are many ways you can decorate “green” for a lot less “green”! Here are The Budget Decorator’s top 5 ways to green up your home, on a budget!

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Quick and Cheap Summer Decorating

Summer is a time when we want our homes to be welcoming, to be functional for hosting get togethers with family and friends, and be a relaxing place to make some memories. Here are some quick, easy and cheap ways to make you summer decorating…a breeze!

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What's Missing in Your Home Decor?

Most of us have that one room that just seems to be missing something in the decorating department, and we can’t quite seem to put our finger on it. Usually, it’s a simple matter of recognizing three basic things each room needs in order to feel “right”. Luckily, they can all be achieved without a lot of cash, and in a short amount of time!

First, make sure your room has a focal point. This is easier in rooms that have a natural focal point such as a fireplace, or a dramatic window view. Not so easy in other rooms. One easy way to create a focal point is to paint a focal wall. Tape off the center third of the wall first seen as you enter the room. Paint the center section a darker or richer version of the color on the rest of the walls. Now create a wall arrangement within that center third. The color of the wall will set it off and immediately give importance to the wall arrangement, whether it be a pretty landscape painting, or a collection of your favorite antique plates. Easy, and makes a huge difference in a short amount of time.

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Color is Back: Use It Sparingly

For years, black was the hot accent color. You saw black granite, black tile, and even in some kitchens black cabinets. These days, color is everywhere and homeowners are taking full advantage of it.

Painting your home a myriad of colors is a fine idea--if you're careful about which colors you choose and what you do with them. A wall of Mediterranean blue or lemon yellow or even celery can be exceptional, if paired with the right white, eggshell or pale gray.

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Making Your Move Special

Many people find moving to a new home tough psychologically. There are always mixed feelings about leaving a place in which you've had good times to go to a new home where the future is a big question mark.

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From House to Home for the Second Week of May


  • Host a Memorial Day party complete with flags, red, white, and blue paperware. Invite families for a multi-generational gathering.
  • With wasps out and building nests, double check your screens for holes. Hire a pest inspector to remove any new nests as well.
  • Weathervanes are chic once again. Now homeowners may choose from a menagerie of roosters, cows, pigs, quails, horses in classic, antique reproduction and modern designs. Even solid copper weathervanes are relatively affordable.

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The True Costs of Home Improvements


On paper it seems simple: $30,000 for a kitchen redo, $16,000 for a new bathroom, $44,000 for a family room addition.

But what are the true costs of those home improvement projects? For example, that kitchen redo could actually be done for as little as $20,000, and the new bathroom may actually cost just $12,000.

On the other hand, a family room addition that costs $44,000 on paper may end up costing twice that much when you factor in decorating and furnishing that room.

The true cost of home improvements can often differ from the on-paper costs, and those costs can go up or down depending on the type of project.

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Cheap and Easy Wall Decorating

Decorating our walls seems to be a huge dilemma to most home decorators, but it need not be. Here are some quick and easy ways to dress up your walls, on a budget!

The most common mistake most people make in decorating their walls is to sprinkle things around just to fill empty space. Instead, draw an imaginary rectangle on the main focal wall in the room you wish to dress up. Now fill that rectangle with a grouping of related art, such as portraits, plates, or clocks. This makes much a better impact on the room than the “sprinkle” effect.

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Seven Ways to Decorate a Child's Room

One of nine chapters in the new TNH eBook, Budget Home Decorating.

When starting any project where a child is concerned, get them involved. What you need to remember is that this is their room-the only space in the house that is really theirs and not yours-and you want the space to reflect just who they are and what they love. So grab a pen and some paper (as your child is likely to come up with hundreds of ideas) and get talking!

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Housewares Reviews

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3 Steps to Arranging Home Decor Accessories

One of the biggest home decorating dilemmas is how to arrange your accessories, whether it be a bookcase, shelf, or tabletop. Here is a three step system that will transform your boring or cluttered spaces into charming vignettes!

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Space Clearing Tips for the New Year

As we embark upon this new year, while it is a time for that new diet as we recover from the binges of the holidays to shed the unwanted pounds they have brought, a time to embrace our new year's resolutions affirming our ideals and aspirations for a better future, it is also a time to let go of the old energies which may be lingering in our homes to make way for the new. The start of a new year presents an opportunity to turn our attention to the energetic remanants lingering from the past, for a fresh start of the new year.

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Last Minute Holiday Touches on the Cheap!

graham cracker gingerbread house!Last minute details can take a holiday home from ho ho hum to spectacular, and doesn't have to cost a lot of cash! Here are some great quick, easy, and inexpensive ideas to wow your guests and comfort your family.

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Painting Old Countertops

We are often asked how to paint an existing laminate countertop, and if it is even possible. Yes, you can paint countertops, but you need to prepare the countertop surface carefully beforehand with special primer. Here's how.

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Big Decorating Ideas for Small Rooms on a Tight Budget

Decorating a small room is one of the biggest challenges many families have in their homes today. Making a small room work for your loved ones can be frustrating and confusing. Here are some great low budget ways to simply transform your small rooms no matter what your budget!

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5 Quick and Cheap Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving is a special time in my house. It reminds us to take time out of our busy lives and remember how very thankful we truly are for the blessings of family. It is also a gateway for the busy, (and sometimes expensive!) holiday season! So here are some great ideas to bump up the autumn splendor in your home, while saving that spending money for other things!

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Long Live Real Living Rooms


Right At Home Daily: Ilyce's Corner
Long Live Real Living Rooms
Ilyce Glink for Right At Home Daily
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From House to Home 6/6/05

Right At Home Daily: From House to Home
June 6, 2005
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Ask the Miserly Mom: Snacks, Slip-Ups and Slipcovers

Jonni answers these questions:

  • I was wondering if you have any ideas for frugal, healthy snacks for kids. Mine love crackers, but they can be expensive. Any suggestions?
  • Just like going on a diet, I become very frugal for long periods of time, doing all the right things, from writing a menu and a food-shopping list to checking out sales and stocking up. I am restrained and don't buy stuff on impulse and ask myself if I need or want that item. Then after being very budgetwise for a long period of time, I just go loose. I stop doing all those good habits. I start racking up credit card debt again. I stop making menus but just go to the store and buy stuff. Needless to say, we end up in a financial hole, and we have to dig ourselves out. Is this common? How do you stop this cycle?
  • I have a sectional sofa that is maybe only 5 years old and is in good shape except for one corner where the cats clawed the material completely off of the arm. I mean, the wood is showing. Is there any way I can cover it cheaply? Any covers run at least $100.
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Live Tree Care for the Holidays


Live trees require extra maintenance and some compromises, but are more than worth it. They can provide joy at the holiday season indoors and later, in your yard.

Bringing in the tree

Don't plan to keep the live tree inside for an extended period--a few days, to a week maximum, is better for the tree. Bring the tree indoors gradually, and take it back out that way also. A drastic change from very cold outdoor temperatures to indoor warmth can stress a live tree. Start with a sheltered but unheated or cooler space. Place it in a garage or entryway first, or a basement, for a day, or at least overnight.

Water carefully; do not allow the tree to dry out, but do not over-water it either. Over-watering can cause root rot. Ed Mullins, a live tree grower, suggests placing the root ball in a large bucket or tub and keeping it moist, but not soggy.

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Thrift-Store Victorian

Thrift-Store Victorian

Getting "the look" on a budget
by Sonia Michaels

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Thrift-Store Mediterranean

I could use a month in Provence right about now. Or a few weeks in Italy, perhaps. I'd love to wander through ancient cobbled streets, dropping in at the occasional wine bar for a snack and a glass of Pastis or "vino rosso," and combing through market stalls to find armloads of lavender, fresh, beautiful produce to fill a wicker market-basket, and fresh-roasted coffee beans by the bagful to bring home and grind every morning...

But I'm stuck here for a while, in the gray and breezy Pacific Northwest, where the only way I can bring a little Mediterranean flavor into my life is by sitting down to watch my personal copy of "A Room with a View" for the 200th time, while munching on a sundried tomato and feta sandwich, and drinking a cup of decent coffee or a glass of cheap chianti. Fortunately, my living room is full of Mediterranean accents that bring some warmth and sunshine into the house, even when it's pouring outside!

One of the most popular decorating styles around right now is the "Mediterranean Look." Whether you want your home to be reminiscent of an Italian villa, a Provencal hideaway, or a Turkish palace, you can always find wonderful accessories--often at a hefty price--to help you capture that look. There are many ways to get that look that don't require you to cash in your retirement funds, though.

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Decorating With Antiques and Flowers

Decorating With Antiques and Flowers

And 'antique' doesn't mean 'expensive' either
by Patricia Moon

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