Let your love for vintage jars shine. Light fixtures made from Mason jars fit with a vintage, rustic or farmhouse kitchen design. These single pendants made of upcycled jars cost about $125 each, says Atlanta designer Jenn Ryan, owner of Jenn Ryan Designs and Reclaimed Lighting. Chandeliers made with a trio of Mason jars can also be found for less than $200 through online artisan marketplaces.
Cindi MacPherson, co-owner of The Interior Partners in Atlanta, offers this way to save on pillows in a chic living room. Use patterned fabric, which may be more expensive, on the front of the pillow. Then buy cheaper fabric in a solid color for the back of the pillow, which often is hidden on a couch.
Give kids rooms they can grow with. Egypt Sherrod worked with AmericasMart to makeover the children’s rooms in this Dwell with Dignity project. She says her main goal was to create a comfortable space for the kids that reflected their personalities that they wouldn’t outgrow too quickly.
A bedroom makeover solved the design problem that was created by the room’s unusual one-window layout. To create symmetry, the designer sourced a mirror and hung window treatments on either side, says Kirsten Yonson, co-owner of SwatchPop. She brightened up the lamps and added art above the bed for a fresh update.
Atlanta designer Heather Hogan Roberts took objects and decor that the homeowner owned to stay under her $500 budget for a living room makeover. She bought new curtains, a rug, and small furniture such as side tables and a woven stool used as an ottoman. Roberts, who owns Ivy & Vine, reworked and styled the existing accessories and furniture, which is a low-cost alternative to always buying new items to give a room a designer look.
For a custom chair without the custom cost, save on the frames that will be hidden underneath a fabric of your choice. Designer Jennifer Foster purchased chair frames from an affordable home decor store and had them reupholstered in a fun raspberry chenille.
Don’t shy away from consignment and resale stores. Designers Lisa Turner and Wallace Bryan of Trinity Mercantile and Design Company repurposed a vintage dresser from a consignment store for less than $500, a huge discount from the price of a new dresser of that size. Paired with a mirror, it created a good vanity space. The red lamp and the gold bedside lamps were donated to this Dwell with Dignity makeover room by Currey & Company.
Take a cheap white bowl (this one cost $2 at a Goodwill thrift shop) and add interest by filing it with a unique accessory: pink beads. Then don't forget mirrors, big or small, when decorating a living space. Designer Heather Hogan Roberts of Ivy and Vine used a mirrored tray underneath. Beyond the table, the woven basket holding blankets on the hearth used to be hidden behind a chair.
Karen Cooper, a DIY blogger from Atlanta, used a stencil to create a simple, but elegant vertical design behind this basic headboard without spending a lot of money. The darker shade of the design pops against the light background on the wall without competing with the patterned pillows on the bed.
Frankie, a picky, perfectionist nurse at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, has his mind set on finding a rowhouse with all the bells and whistles under 200-thousand dollars. He always gets what he wants, so why should this be any different? Will Frankie's diva attitude get in the way of his house hunt? Or will he be able to find exactly what he wants because he sticks to his guns?
A prison supervisor who shops to relax must decide whether she should cut back on her shopping or change her $168K price point. Monica has just been transferred from Mississippi to Texas for work and is living out of a hotel. She's got all her shoes and handbags in storage and is anxious to find her first place with a large walk in closet, of course. She soon realizes she doesn't want her mortgage to be more than a thousand dollars a month, which drastically lowers her price point. When her realtor miraculously finds a home within her new price range that has nearly everthing on her long must-have list, a friend encouarges her to lowball the offer. Will she risk the perfect house by offering a price so low the seller walks away?
Kelly and Phabian have already made 8 offers in their search for a place for their family in Livermore, CA, but are still waiting for a ''yes.'' Just when they think their luck is changing, they get bad news about their dream house. The couple must face big decisions if they are to achieve their goal of home ownership.
Kim and Terence are getting married in 60 days and want to find their first home before the wedding. Will this double deadline force a compromise onwhat they want in their first place?
Paul is a single dad who wants to buy a cool first place in Austin so that he can give his teenage son a permanent home. But will his variable incomelimit their search to the cheap properties? Or can they find the perfect place and still come in under-budget?
Young Baltimore attorneys Gabby and Zak have great earning potential in the future, but they don't have a lot of cash on hand as they buy their first place. This becomes a huge challenge when they ask the sellers for $30,000 in closing costs. When the sellers refuse, the couple must get extremely creative or lucky to save the deal.
After Audra and Brian adopted 4 siblings, their 1,000-square-foot rental very quickly became cramped. An exhausting and indecisive home search finally unearthed a hidden gem. Unfortunately no one can come to terms with closing costs. The realtors make one last ditch effort to close the deal, but will it be too little too late?
Velvet is looking for her first place in Austin. After she rejects one home for foundation issues, will the next home's need for another major repair could keep her from closing?
Andrea and Mike's lease is up in 8 weeks but they haven't even started their home search! The couple is determined to buy so they put an offer on the second home they see but continue to look in the Dallas area. The third house they see is truly their style with all their must-haves so they put another offer in on this house. While their first offer doesn't work out their second offer looks hopeful until they realize the seller isn't really willing to negotiate. Will they be able to reach common ground before they're kicked to the curb?
Faced with only a few months before their wedding, LaKeasha and Jared race to find their first place in Baltimore. Already paying $1600 in rent to go month-to-month, they are eager to get out of their small apartment and settle in before the nuptials. When they find what they think is the perfect place, they overlook a potential deal breaker. Could their dream of homeownership get derailed before they even leave the station?
Courtney and her French husband, Benoit, are on deadline to buy their first place before their first baby arrives. After looking at several Pittsburgh homes and disagreeing completely on their style, the couple has some compromising to do. But will this expectant couple agree on a home before their bundle of joy arrives?
With their conflicting taste, it's hard to imagine Audra and Justin ever agreeing on a house. But when they finally find a home that meets all their must-haves, they impulsively leap before looking. Can they get out of this contract? And will they ever find a place they both love?
A couple living in downtown Baltimore, Maryland is tired of noise and no parking. With a baby on the way and their apartment lease nearly up, they're under pressure to find their first place quickly. But Dan would love to live way out in the country, while Griffin wants the convenience of suburbia. Complicating matters, their first place can't be too far of a commute for Dan who works in downtown Baltimore. Finally they agree on a suburban home that's been newly renovated, but there are three other buyers interested as well. Dan and Griffin have to figure out a negotiating strategy that will ensure they get the only home they can both agree on.
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