Do you have one of those friends that no matter how long its been since you've seen each other, things never change between you? Over 15 years ago, I met my very best friend while in college. Our friendship was one built on You've Got Mail, box pasta, chocolate donuts and coffee. Lisa Owen is one of the most talented people I know--creative, organized, driven and a fantastic all around woman. Finding someone who is creative and organized is a tough combo to come by sometimes. When it comes to organizing and styling your home, she has some fantastic ideas. She recently posted her home on Facebook and I knew I must share it with you. All of us can relate to decorating and styling on a budget (especially those of us who rent). Without further ado, meet Lisa...
Sarah asked me to share some tips for Christmas decorating on a budget. When it comes to decorating for Christmas, it has been a year for DIY projects around my house. Last year my husband surprised me with the wonderful Christmas gift of built-in bookshelves surrounding our fireplace so this year, I am enjoying the fun of figuring out how to make them festive...without breaking the bank. I don't know about you, but open, blank bookshelves can be overwhelming especially when working on a budget. I like subtle touches of Christmas in my house which is the approach I took with my bookshelves. With lots of openings to fill and a few things just waiting to be repurposed, I managed to add Christmas trimmings for about the cost of two Venti Peppermint Mochas. (And since you aren't breaking the bank, you may want to reward yourself with one of those Peppermint Mochas!) If you find yourself like me, on a budget, I have a few simple tips.
Here are my three simple & inexpensive suggestions:
1. Add fabric ribbon to existing items already in your space. You may be surprised by how many things you can dress up this way (it’s not just for boxes).
2. Find live seasonal plants to add color & fun to an existing planter. Or swap out an everyday planter for one that adds to your holiday style. I went for the $5 poinsettia and put it in an antique mercury container that I already had on hand.
3. Wrap up boxes you have laying around your house with fun, festive paper and decorate to your liking. I stole an ornament off of my Christmas tree, added an evergreen sprig and tied them on the wrapped box with jute--all of which I already had at home.
And there you go, holiday ready--subtle and simple-- for less than $10.
Thanks, Lisa! I don't know about you guys, but that feels manageable to me who is not so DIY inclined! Go shop your house and see what kind of things you can add without breaking the bank. The good news for you is that she is launching a new blog in the new year! I will make sure you let you know about it when that happens because I know you will want to follow along.
What ideas do you have for decorating for Christmas on a budget?