Happy Friday, y’all! I hope you’ve had a great week!  If you missed my post yesterday about the 5 Simple Ways ebook, be sure to download your free copy! 🙂  Today, I’m excited to share 5 Simple Ways To Update Your Home Decor. Most want to increase their homes aesthetic and value with custom windows and doors. Not there yet? That’s ok – Make your home the best it can be for the least amount of money possible with these tips!

1.  DECLUTTER AND DEJUNK.

It’s easy to get the cart before the horse and begin decorating before cleaning out and cleaning up. Decorating is the fun part, but by decluttering old paperwork, donating items to the thrift store and selling unnecessary furniture, you will be able to decorate much more efficiently and you might even make a bit of money to fund your decorating update! Don’t be afraid to get rid of what you don’t love any longer!

2.  ADD ARCHITECTURAL INTEREST.

My very favorite way to warm up a space and make it feel “lived in” is to add architectural interest.  I’m a sucker for vintage windows, my old stove board, ironwork and board and batten. In our old house, we installed board and batten on the extremely-textured walls. It made a dramatic change!!

The board and batten method we used wasn’t cheap. Because of the imperfections in the bumpy walls, we installed paneling so the wall would be smooth between the strips.  My friend Decor Chick has a super-inexpensive board and batten tutorial that rocks!

 3. PAINT A PIECE OF FURNITURE.

If you’ve never painted a piece of furniture before, prepare to get addicted. I’m no expert at painting furniture like my friends Shaunna and Kate, but I’ve achieved some good results.  I’ve snagged beat up furniture at yard sales and thrift shops that is just begging for a new life.  One of these pieces is my apple green desk which everyone loves. I took a risk painting it green, but it still makes me smile and it’s perfect for every season!

4.  BEAUTIFY YOUR BOOKSHELVES.

Bookshelves aren’t just for books and collecting dust.  Consider using a shelf or two to display decorative accessories or photo frames. This small addition will add character and personality to an otherwise “boring” shelf of books…and it’s basically free!

Here you can see how I transitioned bookcases in our living room {2 houses ago} from cluttered to simple and neat.  There’s nothing “wrong” with the more cluttered look. I just got tired of it and I really do like having to move fewer items when dusting.

5.  SEASONALLY DECORATE A SHELF OR MANTEL.

You might think that decorating seasonally is a lot of work, but it can be as much or as little as you want.  Whether you go all-out for every single holiday or if you just rearrange a few things as season change, either choice is a great way to keep a mantel {or a shelf} fresh and new throughout the year.

Above, you can see a few of my seasonal mantels – Spring, Summer, 4th of July, Fall and Christmas.  Some are simple and others are more extravagant.

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