Thrifty Home Improvement Tips : Don't Let The Recession Derail Your Project

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Inside Houston Real Estate
Last fall, the word "recessionista" began popping up in mainstream media. Since then, it has become popular and chic to live a lifestyle that embodies high style without the high prices. Being a recessionista doesn't have to stop with your clothes, though; here is a list of ideas to give your home a recessional friendly style update!

Reupholster your dining room chairs or sofa cushions- To really cut costs, browse through the clearance aisle at your local fabric store.
Mix up the color scheme of the pillows and placemats. Updating for the seasons can really give a room a facelift. Popular colors for the spring include greens, blues, apricots and yellows.

Reframe or regroup your pictures- Before forking out the cash on new frames, check out your local Goodwill or Salvation Army store for some chic, vintage frames- and don't be afraid to repaint or refinish them.
Scope out your house for blank walls- these are your empty canvases so have at it! Be creative and unique.

Treat your bathroom to some new throw towels or rugs- a small upgrade with a big effect. And while you're at it, don't forget the shower curtain.

Got a weekend? Grab a can of paint. Painting a room can bring about the most dramatic and satisfying changes to make to a room.
Take a look around a specific room and ask yourself if each item is useful, beautiful and valuable. If it doesn't meet any of the three criteria, toss it! You'll de-clutter your life and make room for new things at the same time.

As your shopping around, cleaning and updating, be sure to keep the mood of the room consistent. Accessorize with items that fit the overall personality of the room and move or pitch those items that don't quite fit.

Swap your current lampshades for new ones. If you're feeling crafty, accessorize the lamp shade with some ribbon or embellishments to match the theme and colors in your room.

Give your bathroom the feel of a spa. Use liquor decanters to layer colored bath salts and display on the counter. Also, use silver trays or serving plates around the bathtub as resting places for soaps and bath accessories.

Move your furniture around for a new and different look- it gives you're a fresh approach. To really work some energy into your home, think about following the Feng Shui approach.

Upgrade your fake flowers to real ones- they will brighten your mood every time you see them and can be a small and affordable treat for yourself each week. And while you're cleaning out your old vases, use decorative pebbles and/or stones at the base of your pots for some color. Allergic to flowers? Use the same idea of pebbles in the bottom of your vase but incorporate candles instead.


Inside Houston real estate helps buyers considering purchasing in the Houston Real estate market. Their site has updated market stats on their Houston Real Estate Blog along with information on surrounding areas like Katy Texas.
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Thanks for sharing some great tips. Just a coat of paint can give a new look.

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