Let's Get Crafty
Typhanie Peterson, an interior decorator and blogger (typhaniepeterson.com) from Orange County, Calif., set out to make her own art and accessories look store bought. Her motto: \"If you don't have the money, you can make the time!\" First up: custom artwork. \"I've seen ombré paintings online, but I couldn't afford them,\" says Peterson. \"Then I came across a DIY technique on another blog and tried it out myself. The final look is upscale, modern and 100-percent custom.\"
\"I wanted to add some character to this boxy room, but I didn't have the budget for wood trim and installation. So I got a gallon of paint (around $30), and did this in a weekend,\" she says.
Peterson knows embellished lampshades can be expensive. \"I wanted to give plain ones a custom look for next to nothing,\" she says.
Frosted Polka-Dot Vases
\"This was my first DIY project after I started my blog in 2008,\" she says. \"I had seen a really expensive frosted-glass vase that I fell in love with, and I knew I could get the look for much less.\"