Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Decorating Smarts: Using What You Have

Do you think you need to wait until you have a decent budget to start in on a room? If you look around your house, in the garage and perhaps in the basement, making use of what is already on hand you might just be surprised with the progress that can be made by using what you have. Case in point: Lakeitha's "new" living room!


As Lakeitha wrote: "Last night while I was painting the last cabinet in my kitchen, I got the urge to pull together my living room on the fly using what I have."


"For the past year, my living room had been bare. Ok, who am I kidding, it has been my catch all room when I’m working on projects! So last night when I saw one of the boys riding the back of my sofa like a horse, I decided right then that I had to make better use out of my living room and I started by moving the sofa in there. After pulling pieces from different rooms and from my garage, I ended up with this:"





"I still have A LOT to do to say that this room is “finished”. I need to add some pictures and art to the walls. I need more pillows and I know exactly which ones I want! With the holidays knocking at the door, I had to do something fast. Next is the dining room and then I’m going to finish the kitchen which is really really close to being done. Using what you have is a great way to decorate when you’re in a hurry and on a limited budget (and believe me, my budget is teeny weeny!)…. So, what do you think?"

I think you rocked it! When I saw the first "after" picture, for a moment I thought it was an inspiration image. Great job, enjoy!

38 comments :

  1. I think it's great to use what you already own! Spray paint is awesome! If you're interested in the possibility of scoring some new decor make sure you enter the $50 West Elm giftcard giveaway I have going on right now!

    http://flowerhilldesigncompany.blogspot.com/2011/11/50-west-elm-holiday-giftcard-giveaway.html

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  2. Love it! It's amazing what you can pull together when you are feeling creative, right?

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  3. Oh WOW!!! THanks for sharing my living room makeover! The best part about not spending anything to pull this together is that I didn't have to listen to my husband complain about how much things cost! We already had everything:)

    Thanks again girl!

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  4. I LOVE THIS POST!!!!! i shop my basement all the time, my daughter will tell people she is going to shop at this great little place called moms basement.. i guess it all goes back to when my husband was in the air force and we could not afford alot. i learned to sew,and refinish furniture. i love it. i just did a makeover for my breakfast room, got the furniture from my basement, and i think it turned out great... Thanks for sharing~Grace

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  5. This is brilliant! I love what she did and I love that you don't have to feel guilty moving things around when you didn't go out and buy a bunch of stuff to start with. I did something similar with our living room about a year ago.

    http://honeyandfitz.blogspot.com/2011/01/30-minute-design-transformation.html#axzz1W9He6WCX

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  6. WOW! She had all this in her garage? This looks fabulous! So smart.
    I bet she can park her car in the garage now.

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  7. That is inspiring! Off to let her know, thanks for sharing!

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  8. Wow, Lakeitha did a great job on her living room! What makes it even more of a "wow" is that she just did it on the spur of the moment. It's amazing how a deadline like a holiday or guests coming to visit can light a fire under us!

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  9. I saw her living room post last night and loved it! I honestly think rooms come together so much better when they're done on the fly and it just happens instead of over thinking them! Her living room is seriously beautiful!!

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  10. Beautiful room! No matter what the budget - it's so smart to "shop our house" - like looking at things from another perspective!

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  11. wow that is great! I would love to know where she had all that stuff! and I love the brass cranes in the tray - I had those in 1983! Love how things come back around :o)

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  12. Holy Christmas...that is so unbelievable!!! I am blown away with how awesome it looks...way to go Lakeitha!!!!

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  13. Using what we have....best advice ever! She did a great job!

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  14. Looks great and fresh! I love to read up on all her projects while keeping up with her boys. Kudos Lakeitha!
    Have a great day ladies,
    Maureen

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  15. Very inspiring and I agree...shopping your house or what you have is such a great way to change up a look without breaking the bank!!

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  16. The living room looks great! Love the blue dresser, the rug, the birdcage and the table lamps. I love how she shops from her own home and from the garage, very smart of her! I wish my garage has that many beautiful pieces! :)

    Have a lovely day, Janell!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  17. She did a great job....Love it and a good reminder to shop at home before heading to the store!

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  18. Lakeitha--this is inspiring! I totally support shopping at home; that's why it matters so much that we buy what we love in the first place and then we have all these possibilities, over time. That dresser's color, a whole lotta soul in that beauty. Love the lines in the room -- now this will discourage your boys from climbing on the sofa! well, maybe, a mother of three here, grandmother of four. reality says, prolly not but I can see the mood in this new room enticing a little guy onto the sofa with a book, sitting by his mama.

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  19. I want to go shop her garage! Unbelievable what she did to pull that room together with what she had. I don't think she needs to do another thing to it, it looks fantastic! So inspiring.

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  20. She totally ROCKED it! What a great addition to her home out of things she already had!

    I am loving your concept of decorating slow. My husband and I ripped out some walls and redid all the floors and the kitchen in the main level of our house last winter - finished in early Feb - and I am JUST getting to the decorating. I've had several failed attempts at smaller project hoping for direction but I am just now figuring out what I really want. Some how the concept of slow decorating makes me feel less decor impaired and smart for taking the time to make the right decisions. Thanks for that :)

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  21. She did an awesome job! Love that turquoise chest - beautiful.

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  22. wow - looks great! I can't believe she already had all these great pieces! :)

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  23. Great post Janell! I thought that fisrt picture was an inspiration photo as well. Lakeitha did an AMAZING job using what she already owned to revamp her space. The room looks so cozy now. You'd never know that space wasn't furnished the day before. Beautiful room!

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  24. I thought it was an inspiration picture, too! I'm so impressed.

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  25. Wow! I really appreciate everyone's comments on my living room makeover! Thank you do much!


    Janell... You already know. You ROCK and you know that:-)

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  26. Ummm... That was suppose to say 'thank you so much'! Gotta love iPhone!

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  27. Truly amazing. It really is beautiful! What a collection of great pieces to have to pull from.

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  28. Well Geesh! What on earth were you waiting on girl? When you have 'pieces' like that just lying about the garage...

    I was truly blown away. I had to scroll back and forth just see-- if what I read was right?
    Picture #1 ...your living room
    Picture #3 ...still your living room
    ONLY WAY BETTER!
    EXCEPTIONAL JOB!!!!!
    Loved it.

    Pat

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  29. Wow...don't you just love when a room comes together and from shopping in your own home, no less. It looks wonderful!!

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  31. impressive! it always amazes me when people have enough extra stuff in their house to create an entire room.

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  32. So impressive! I love what she's done so far. It looks pretty well finished to me!

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  33. A great job! I was just thinking today that I need to take inventory of all the things I have stashed away and just start using them!

    heyhomeslice.blogspot.com

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  34. I think it looks fabulous!! Lakeitha did a wonderful job of pulling it all together into one beautiful space!!! love it!
    joan

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  35. Love the turquoise color of the chest of drawers and the way it is blended to the room.Though we get scared to play with colors they have a great effect on the looks of the room.Cabinetry Ventura

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  36. Do you have source details for that sofa? I've been looking for a 2 cushion with those straight arms.

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  37. I just wrote Lakeitha to ask her for the resource...she replied, "Macys!"

    Hope this helps, Janell

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  38. Hi Amber!

    My sofa is from Macy's and was part of their Tyler collection. It has since been discontinued, but I did manage to find a similar collection on their site. Here is the link

    http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/matthew-sofa?ID=438733&CategoryID=29391&LinkType=PDPZ1

    Hope this helps!

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