A House With Lots of Style on a Little Budget

It may have been pulled together on a shoestring, but this home featured in HGTV Magazine has good looks to spare.

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Elizabeth Demos)

Savvy Shopper

Go furniture hunting with Shannon Eddings and there’s a good chance you’ll end up pulling a table out of a dumpster. The interior designer is a pro at unearthing gems where you’d least expect them — one of the many dollar-stretching tricks she’s put to work in her Austin, TX, home. She and her husband, Sam (pictured here with their kids, Dottie, 3; baby Lucy; and Porter, 5), were first-time buyers with limited cash for updates when they nabbed their 1955 ranch house six years ago. Fortunately the previous owners had already renovated, so the couple needed to make only cosmetic changes. “My approach to decorating has been pretty much DIY,” says Shannon. “For example, if I want a piece of art, I’ll just make it.” She also has a knack for balancing splurges — like glamorous hand-painted wallpaper — with steals — think hand-me-down furniture painted bright white — to create a cohesive look. “My house proves you don’t need tons of money to have a cool space,” she says. “You just need an open mind.”

Living Room

Layered Rugs: Instead of busting her budget on one room-size patterned rug, Shannon laid a colorful World Market dhurrie over a larger gray Loloi rug.

A Sofa That Was Part of a Sectional: Because it was missing the chaise that was supposed to come with it, this Four Hands sofa, snagged at a warehouse sale, cost about a third of its original price.

DIY Art: Knowing the abstract paintings she likes cost hundreds of dollars, Shannon picked up a brush and acrylics and made her own large work of art. The thrifted frame cost $10.

Flea Market Wingback: A formerly dingy $35 chair got a refresh thanks to trellis-print upholstery from lsfabrics.com.


Splashy Wallpaper: At $160 per roll, this Designers Guild paper was pricey, so Shannon restricted it to a single accent wall in the entry.

Framed Print: To give this tiny print by Austin artist Leah Duncan major presence, Shannon put it in a large frame with an extra-wide mat.

Heirloom-Quality Bar: A friend who builds furniture made this partially painted wood piece. Because he was just starting out, he gave Shannon a deal.

Dining Room

Home-Sewn Drapes: Custom curtains can cost a pretty penny — but not if your mother-in-law stitches them for you! Made from Robert Allen linen, these drapes, hung high, make the window seem larger.

Free Chairs: Scored at a church giveaway, these cane-back chairs now have seat cushions covered in a John Robshaw Textiles ikat.

Sample Sale Table: Scrolling legs give this table a unique flourish. Shannon’s mom picked up the piece for $250 at a furniture showroom sale in Dallas. 

Wall Color: Kendall Charcoal by Benjamin Moore


Priced-Right Fixtures: This domed pendant — plus the woven wood one in the dining room — come from West Elm. “Their lighting looks really sharp for the price,” says Shannon.

Painted Backsplash: Shannon painted the once maroon, gray, and black tiles crisp white. She used latex paint over Zinsser B-I-N primer, then sealed it with Minwax Polycrylic, a protective clear coat.

Original Cabinets: Already white and sporting classic nickel-finish hardware, the existing cabinetry only needed one tweak: the addition of a few frosted glass doors up top for a modern touch. 

Kids' Bedroom

Mix-and-Match Art: Although Shannon DIYs a lot of pieces, she also relies on Etsy and stationers like Sycamore Street Press for colorful, affordable prints. The deer bust is from cardboardsafari.com.

Repurposed Dining Chair: Part of a set, this glossy West Elm chair used to live in the dining room but was relocated to Porter and Dottie’s shared bedroom for its kid-friendly color, which plays off the tones in the West Elm rug.

Vintage Dresser: Shannon hunted down this dresser from a dealer in Dallas — and paid only $300 for it. Its mid-century-modern look adds a grown-up touch to the kids’ room. 

Guest Bedroom

Rug Wall Hanging: As pretty as art but less expected, this Mexican-style wool rug in the guest room was only $30 at a Dallas consignment shop.

One-of-a-Kind Table: Sam’s uncle — “He’s an old-school craftsman,” says Shannon — made this table as a wedding gift for the couple.

Hand-Me-Down Bed: Most of the beds in the house came from family. This one was Shannon’s grandparents’ and is now painted White Dove by Benjamin Moore. She scored the cozy bedding on sale at Anthropologie. 


Curb Appeal Boost: Painting the doors, trim, and gutters fresh blue green pepped up the exterior on the cheap. 

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