I get a lot of people saying to me “you must spend a lot of money on decorating your house” or “I can’t afford to decorate my house” and the truth is you don’t need to spend a lot of money if any to make your house feel more homey. I know Kmart is super cheap for homewares these days but it’s also nice to not have the same as your neighbour or everyone second person in Australia, it’s also nice to add more personal items to your home. I’m going to share my top 5 ways to decorate your home and they are all FREE.
- This is one of the most recent pieces that I put together for my coffee table. All you need is some nice glass jars or canisters, think Moccona jars or search your pantry you might have some stashed away waiting for fabulous project like this. If you don’t have any you can buy these ones from Ikea, Large costs $4 and the smaller one $1.50. Head down the beach and start collecting shells, the kids loved this part and every now and then they will have a fight over who collected what shell, honestly my kids will fight over anything.
You also use the jars for other things such as filling the bottom with sand and adding in an air plant, soaps and cotton buds for a bathroom or having one for your washing powder an another for wooden pegs in your laundry, the sky is the limit.
2. Driftwood is one of my obsessions, everyone thinks I am so weird when I come home from holidays at the beach with a bag full of driftwood, my husband just doesn’t get how cool it really is. I love to use it to decorate too, you can group together pieces to create a real abstract statement or use a chunky single piece on it’s own. One day when I’ve got a beautiful outdoor area I plan on making a driftwood succulent table decoration. So while your at the beach collecting shells for the jars keep an eye out for some nice pieces of driftwood.
Image from Bek Halliday
3. You have probably noticed by now if you follow me on Instagram that I love to decorate with books, I have used material covered ones in the kids rooms on their bookshelves or I rip the front cover off and stack them up for a layered look on a coffee table or bookshelf. If you don’t have any old books lying around to use then head to the op shop, I have picked up some for free or have payed around 50c for them. Gumtree is another good place to find old books for free.
4. Ditch the $50 flower arrangements and head out to your garden (or the local park) to take some free clippings of greenery. I am so lucky to be surrounded by holiday houses that have great gardens that run wild, technically I am helping them out by trimming their bushes haha. Greenery tends to last a really long time too if you keep changing the water. I love to use big leaves from palm trees or gumtree leaves. Have a look around your place I am sure you find something you can use for a dining centre piece.
5. Work with what you’ve got. This one is very general but let me explain. Don’t think because you have it shoved in a cupboard means it shouldn’t be on display, things like cook books or magazines look great stacked up with a plant on top. For a kitchen shelf you could stack your dinner set up to create a statement or display some of your favourite kitchen pieces in a vignette. Trendy handbags or shoes can be used on display in your bedroom or on hooks at your front door and why not display them if you have spent all this money on them they deserve to be out on display. If you feel like a change or want to decorate a new part of your home take a look in your cupboards before you go and spend money or decorative pieces.
Photo from Hutchinson house
Photo from Honey and fizz
I hope you found this helpful and it inspires you to look around your surrounds first before you go and spend money on decorating your home. Imagine how much money gets spent each year on decorating your home but then imagine how much money gets wasted when you throw out that item in a years time when it’s no longer trendy or one of the kids have broken it. You’ll thank me later 🙂
Have a great day.