When you’re wanting to redo a space in your home, one of the hardest things to do is find home decor that works within your budget. Or at least that always seems to be a major frustration in our home. Maybe it’s just us. But on the off chance, we’re not the only ones, I wanted to share with you one my favorite home decor lessons: how to shop your own space for home decor.
Stay with here for a second…often times when we’re rethinking a space, we’re looking at it with a whole new perspective. When you use that same new perspective to look around your home at what you already have that could be repurposed in your new space, suddenly you’ve not only breathed new life into your already own possessions but you’ve also saved yourself a pretty penny on decor for your newly re-envisioned space!
So, how exactly do you shop your own space for home decor?
- Decide on your new vision: The very first thing you need to do is decide on what style or theme it is you want to have in the area you’re redecorating. This will help you have a clear vision of what “look” you’re trying to go for as you shop your own home.
When deciding on your style/theme, one of the easiest ways to make sure you can shop within your own space is to try and stick with what you could already have going on in your home. For us, when we began to re-envision our patio, I remembered that I married a carpenter who was obsessed with water. Finding wooden pieces and ocean related decor wasn’t a reach for me. And since I knew blue was going to be my go-to color, embracing a rustic nautical theme was a pretty easy call. I decided to go with something fresh that I was excited about, while still working with what I knew would be readily available to me in my own home.
- Go room to room: Start looking at your pre-existing pieces with your new style in mind, and ask yourself if they could fit with what you’re going for? And don’t forget spaces you wouldn’t necessarily think of like the garage or the attic! One of the pieces I’m most excited about with our patio is using my husband’s wooden kayak as a decorative piece.
After a day of brainstorming the look of our patio, Phillip added that he needed to get his kayak out of the garage, and wanted to know if it could live on the patio. My first reaction was absolutely not! Then I started to think about how it was a handmade kayak, that could actually be a really beautiful piece if displayed right, and since it was wooden it would blend seamlessly with the other rustic pieces I was thinking of going with. Water-related and made of wood…by my husband…it was actually pretty brilliant. And it never would have happened if I hadn’t taken the time to think a little outside the box.
- Remember that things can be refinished: I truly believe a coat of spray paint can change the world. And sometimes when you take something that is tired and forgotten, throw a fresh coat of paint on it, voila, suddenly it’s something you would have spent $25 on at Target.
- Embrace what you have around you: We live in Florida, where all things are tropical and Santa lives on the beach. And for so long I resented living here (and I still do on occasion if the month is August). But then one day a switch went off in my head. This was my home. And by wishing it wasn’t, I was completely missing out on the beauty that was right in front of me. So rather than fight the “Florida” I decided I needed to embrace it (minus Santa on the beach), and figure out a way to blend it’s “bright and free” ways with my aesthetic style.
- Try taking a risk: Since you’re shopping your own home, it’s even more okay to experiment because you’re not spending any money on something new. So move a few things around. See what works and what doesn’t. The worst thing that could happen is it makes its way back to the garage.
I get it, everyone loves to rush out and buy new home decor when they get the idea to redo a space. I’m right there with you! But when you take the time to shop your own space first, not only do you save yourself some serious money on your redecorating budget, but you sometimes find things you would never be able to find in the store. All it takes is a little creativity and an open mind. Who knows, you might be surprised by what you find!