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A Change of Season – Updates for Under $50

April 26, 2017

Spring has sprung, the daffodils are out, and I am in the mood for the change of season!

This past weekend I did a home update! Nothing listed in this article cost more than $50! Yes…I rearranged, toiled and added a little color.

You too can freshen your home, and here is how!

The fifty dollar update does not seem possible when fluffing a home, but these tricks and the 10 items on my shopping list are a game changer when you use a little elbow grease!

Like my closet, I first shop my home! What needs fluffing? Are the pillows worn out? Do the plants need an update… look, look, look! As I walk, I move what does not seem to fit any longer and find items that need to be washed off! After this long busy winter, my glass urns needed to be hand washedit immediately made a difference. I took more books off my shelves and stacked them on tables, giving my fresh plants a little height! While the spring nights are still a little chilly, I consolidated all my tea light candles and lined them up on the mantle for a Sunday evening fire. I vacuumed all the old cushions and pillows, and with that the couches looked brand new.

After all of that, I finally made my shopping list, which included:

1. Dining Room Table Runner

Leave it on the table this whole spring season! Add new napkins for a festive table.

2. Fresh Candle

A new candle makes the house fresh when entertaining. The bath or powder room are a terrific place to keep smelling fresh.

3. Pillows

Pillows are a great addition to a chair or the garden! Remember to Scotchgard them so the outside pillows last for more than one season.

4. Fresh Flowers

Put pennies in the bottom to make them last longer, and mix colors – pink and orange or purple and white are a great mix!

5. Plants

A fresh plant from the farmers market is a win-win! Air plants, succulents or potted – green plants help reduce stress at home or at the office.

6. Bowl of Candy

If you look closely, mine are all sugar free!

7. New Throw

Ivory is a great soft way to make a room feel welcoming and comfy regardless of the season. Cashmere or cotton is good 12 months a year!

8. Colored Glass

This is a terrific way to introduce pops of texture or color without changing an interior.

9. Coral or Shells

These are an awesome way to celebrate summer – white or gold is great!

10. Books

I love books! Rearranging books and stacks of old magazines allows you to review the past, freshen the shelves, and use them for stacking or clearing out the old to make room for the new. A photo album on a table can be quite a conversation piece. 

Some of my favorite places to shop are Home GoodsPottery BarnSaks Off 5thZ Gallerie, and Ross Dress for Less (yes, they have home goods too!) 

Best of all, I shopped locally in stores close to my home! I spent close to $150 this spring, but really decluttering, cleaning, and moving the energy was a bigger benefit than the $150 investment.

 I recycled, reused, and reset my living space in about 5 hours total for 3-6 months of enjoyment! 

A spring cleaning and updating made the good weather outside inspire a whole new interior! 

Happy Spring! 

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