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hey there! I'm monica 

I pride myself on making amazing style and design accessible for everyone, regardless of location, budget, or ability! My design philosophy is rooted in authenticity + attainability - If I can do it, you can too! My work has been featured in countless publications, but I take the most pride in homeowners that have been personally inspired by my DIY ideas and have tried something in their own homes!

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We have another treat for you today! Meet Beth, from Free Stylin’. She is a girl after our own hearts, since she LOVES decorating with style on a budget, and is pretty darn good at it, too. πŸ™‚ We had the priviledge of meeting her at Haven, and she is so sweet and bubbly! We’re sure you’ll love her-after reading her post today, and then head on over to her blog to check out the fun stuff she does in her neck of the woods!
———————————————————————————————————————Hey East Coast Creative Fans!! My name is Beth, and I blog over at Free Stylin’. You can find all kinds of posts about “living a stylish life without the expensive pricetag!”

I’ve been big fans of Jess and Monica’s since seeing them on The Nate Berkus Show. Those girls have some talent! It was such a blessing to meet them in person last month at Haven. (And yes, they are as sweet and friendly and beautiful in person!!)
Haven Conference
Me, Jess, Monica, and our cute friend Jamie

 

I was so excited when they asked me to visit with y’all about something I love to talk about…Decorating for FREE!! I am all about using what you’ve already got to make your space beautiful. I’m also way into projects that I can do right now. (I love instant gratification.) So today I want to show you…

5 FREE Home Decor Projects You Can Make TODAY!

Would you like a little more glamour in your bedroom? New sheet sets and pillow cases can get expensive, and if you try to save a little in price, it could cost you in comfort. BUT!! You CAN make pretty bedding pieces out of the “underutilized” πŸ˜‰ lingerie in the back of your closet. Choose the items that have the most material and add the satin fabric to a pillow case you already own. Or make a throw pillow using pillow fill you aren’t currently using. Learn how to make your own HERE.

 

Trays are a decorating must-have, and they are as functional as they are decorative. A pretty tray can help complete a look, and you can make one for your home in about 15 minutes using an old cookie sheet and a piece of fabric. My tray, above, was made from a shirt I was about to give to the Goodwill. Instead I cut it up and glued it to the cookie sheet. Find out more about it HERE.
Sometimes you just need to see something in a new way. Take a piece of artwork for example. I could no longer even look at the Monet painting on our mantel. So, I sprayed the frame another color and painted my own abstract art instead. You can paint directly to the back of your artwork or buy a poster board for just pennies. See how HERE.

 

If you don’t have paint, or can’t because you rent, but you want a change today, try “wallpapering” a wall with maps or book pages or sheets of music. All you need is a stapler and some Mod Podge (or watered down glue) to seal the edges. The paper isn’t permanent, but it makes a huge statement in your home. Check out how I papered my boys’ bedroom HERE.
Decorating with plates is such a fun and interesting way to bring in color and shapes into a room. And don’t feel like you have to limit the plates to just a dining room! Hanging plates on any wall in your house is quick and free…just raid your own kitchen cabinets! You can hang your plates with hot glue and paperclips, too. No fancy plate hangers needed. Go HERE to see how I used plates in my own living room.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try something new and FREE in your home today, using the items you’ve already got around you. It really does feel great to have a new look for nada lotta. Come stop by Free Stylin’ for more tips and tricks like these. πŸ™‚ Β  Thanks SO much, Jess and Monica, for having me! Hope you’re having a fun vacation!

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So much amazing inspiration in one place! I don’t know about you, but I’m totally loving that abstract art she DIYed. Add that to my ever-growing list of projects! Thanks for being here, Beth!


The comments +

  1. Thanks so much for letting me come by girls! πŸ™‚

  2. Jamie says:

    I love all of those ideas! Lingerie into pillows… genius!!! PS I feel pretty special that I made the photo πŸ™‚

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