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Ten Frugal Home Decor Tips

As I’ve confessed in the past, I do not have a decorating bone in my body. But I so admire those who do! is such a person and she kindly offered to share some tips she’s learned in her experience as an interior designer. I can’t wait to attempt to put some of her tips into practice once we move into our own home. – Crystal

Guest Post by Myra from

Decorating is something I’ve loved for as long as I can remember. As a child, I 
regularly rearranged my room and the
 living room (whenever my mom would allow me to!).

I decided to study Interior Design because it was a “trade” I could practice as a stay-at-home mom. After I graduated with a B.A. in 
Interior Design, I worked for three years in the high-end furniture 
industry. My clientele was willing to pay big bucks for furniture,
 accessories and for my time, but I was not.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a number of tricks for decorating a home beautifully and frugally:

1. Get Inspired

Read decorating magazines and browse decorating 
blogs online. Don’t try to perfectly replicate what you see; take 
inspiration and create your own look!

2. Shop at and

I have found numerous items at
 these stores on sale or on clearance. has a rotating 50%
 off sale that covers most of their inventory. If you need a product
 that doesn’t go on sale, check ’s website for a 40% off 

3. Hit Yard Sales and Thrift Stores

Don’t buy junk, but look for items that can be re-purposed. I love finding architectural pieces
 like picture frames, windows, shutters and furniture like .

4. Use Paint

Many people are afraid of paint, but it is one of the 
most inexpensive ways you can update a room. Neutrals are good, 
but don’t be afraid to use color to spice things up! Arm yourself
 with spray paint for re-purposing items – it will become your new 
best friend.


Let Nature Bring It

Use branches or sticks, rocks, shells and 
de-bugged moss to bring the outdoors inside – for free!

6. Cut the Clutter

Knick-knacks be gone. It is more pleasing to 
have five awesome pieces on your mantel rather than twenty little 

7. Create Your Own Wall Decor

Hang architectural pieces on the 
wall. I hung an old window in my dining room that I dug out of my 
mother-in-law’s neighbor’s garbage. {blush} Enlarge photos and use 
inexpensive frames to create an arrangement of family photos.

8. Mount Window Coverings High

Trust me. It will make the ceiling
 look higher and your room will appear more “grand.”

9. Use Books

You think I’m kidding? I’m not. I’ve found many 
inexpensive “pretty” hard cover books at antique stores, thrift stores 
and at library book sales. You can stack them, lean them and even 
turn them around backwards to let the pages show.


Be Yourself

Let your home’s personality shine through!

 Take it slowly. Don’t try to completely overhaul your home in a
 week. Change little things out here and there and you will be amazed 
at how much you can do for so little out of pocket cost!

Myra enjoys her days as a WAHM and wife to her childhood sweetheart. 
She blogs at about various topics to inspire your
 heart and your home. You can also find Myra on Twitter and .