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Home Design Hacks

5 Budget-Friendly Ways to Refresh Your Space

Spring Refresh, Home Design Hacks, Home Design Ideas, Vintage Style, Vintage home decor, Upcycling, Design on a dimePamela DeweyComment

The birds are chirping. The grass is turning green (in places! I’ve seen it!). Spring is slowly arriving.

And with the start of a new season, many of us are ready for a refresh in our home décor too.

If you want to update your space, but your pocketbook is feeling a little light, don’t worry! Today I’m sharing five ways to breathe new life into your home without breaking the bank.

1.    Paint those walls.

Painting a room or even painting an accent wall can drastically change a space. You can buy a gallon a paint for around $27-$40. That is a lot of transformational bang for your buck.

2.    Add some new art.

Sure, art can be really expensive. But it doesn’t have to be.

Vintage art is often less expensive (not talking Monet here). You can also shop student art sales or art fairs. Or you can buy art prints and frame them.

My gallery wall is a blend of all these with a few original paintings mixed in.

 You can buy the  vintage cross stitch art  far left middle or the set of  two vintage carved wood art pieces  second and third row from left. 

You can buy the vintage cross stitch art far left middle or the set of two vintage carved wood art pieces second and third row from left. 

And if you can afford to support independent artists, I absolutely think you should.

Some of my favorite local artists are Ashley Mary (she sells some prints) and Joel Starkey. I also really enjoy the sassy embroidery from Erica Ross of That Sassy Stitch.

3.    Change out a light fixture (or 2).

I know what you’re thinking, light fixtures aren’t cheap. And certainly, some are very pricey. But if you skip the designer label, you can find some great reasonably priced options.

Buying vintage light fixtures is a more economical option. Or even upcycled lighting, like these custom macramé light fixtures available from us at the Vintage Modern shop.

Also places like Ikea, Home Depot and Menards have a surprising amount of good-looking lighting options. And I’m not talking boob lights here.

4.    Mix up your style with some new home décor pieces.

Tired of the way your couch looks? Buy some new pillows and a throw blanket. This will give your couch a new look without you having to go couch shopping.  

Sick of that same old coffee table? Add a new tray, a basket or maybe some new candlesticks. Suddenly, your old table will have a new life.

 Grab this  vintage wood candelabra ,  turquoise planter  and  vintage macrame wall hanging  for your spring refresh. 

5.    Declutter or reorganize your space.

You can also transform your space for $0. It just involves a little effort on your part.

Are your bookshelves looking overstuffed and dated? Try donating the books you’re never going to read, and then rearrange the ones you have. I like mixing in stacks, and then adding something like a candle or pretty rock to the top of the stack.

You can also sort your books by color. It adds a graphic design element to your scholarly collection. Or maybe it’s time to get rid of those fake flowers that have been gathering dust on your on shelf.

The important thing is to only hang on to the pieces you really love and that still resonate with your style.

There you have it! Updating your space doesn’t have to involve spending major bucks. It’s amazing what a little paint, elbow grease and a great piece of art can do!

5 Simple Ways to a Style a Bar Cart

Home Design Hacks, Bar Cart Styling, How to Style a Bar CartPamela DeweyComment

You’ve finally settled on the perfect bar cart. Whether its midcentury modern, shabby chic or glam, you know you want all the mixings for a perfect cocktail on your bar cart. And you want to look good while you’re doing it. 

1. Get your tools.

Make sure you have a cocktail shaker, bottle opener, corkscrew and an ice bucket. And if you’re a wine drinker like I am, don’t forget accessories like a bottle stopper and a wine aerator.

You also want to have a variety of glassware. Think highball and lowball glasses, champagne flutes, wine glasses, martini glasses and of course, shot glasses. If you’re a beer drinker, pick out a few pilsner glasses.

2. Add your alcohol and mixers.

It’s good to have basics like vodka, gin, bourbon and tequila. But keep your eye out for pretty bottles when you’re out shopping. Just make sure that pretty bottle is something you’re actually going to drink.

Then add mixers like tonic water, seltzer, soda, bitters and grenadine.

3. Organize it.

Divide your bar cart into different sections. Most people put their liquor bottles on the top shelf. Group similar glassware together, and any other collections you’re displaying on your bar cart.

If you are lacking cohesion, use a tray. A tray makes any group feel organized. It also adds a layer of pattern and interest.

 Grab this  vintage brass tray  with this amazing patina for $25.

Grab this vintage brass tray with this amazing patina for $25.

4. Add some color.

A lot of glassware lacks color. Vintage glasses often come in colorful patterns and styles. Seek out a few colorful pieces to add some interest to your bar cart.

Or you can add some brightly colored straws, drink stirrers or other cocktail accessories.

You can even use something as simple as lemons and limes for a bright spot on your bar cart.

 You can add this  8 piece set of pink vintage glassware  to your bar cart for $30.

You can add this 8 piece set of pink vintage glassware to your bar cart for $30.

5. Make it yours.

Have a collection of cocktail recipe books? Awesome! Stack ‘em up. Own a bunch of vintage tiki glasses? Pick a few of favorites, and group them together.

Your bar cart should reflect like your style. And more importantly, you should have fun with it. I mean, this isn’t rocket science. Just mixology. 

5 Easy Steps to Hack Your New Home Design Project

Minneapolis vintage shop, Home Design Hacks, Design a Color StoryPamela DeweyComment

Hi friends.

As I’ve mentioned before, I am a bit of a home design nerd. I get really excited about picking out new paint, rugs, light fixtures, and then pulling all these items into a cohesive project. Like my entryway redesign that I did a few months back. Or my living room redesign which is still ongoing.

How do I get started on projects like these? It usually starts with a particular piece of furniture or maybe a paint color. And then I find items that compliment that inspiration piece. I basically build a color story around that item.

Wondering what a color story is? Don’t worry. You’re not alone.

I was talking to my friend and her boyfriend about my booth for the upcoming Minne-Mile NightMarket, and how excited I was about the color story I selected.

And her boyfriend was like, “Wait, what the heck is a color story?”

A color story is basically a set of colors you select to design a home, an event or even a tablescape. This group of colors, or color story, will guide the items you buy for that design project.

By selecting a color story, you are essentially eliminating some options and giving your project a focus. This is incredibly helpful if you are designing an entire home, or say planning how to display merchandise in a 10 X 10 tent.

Using a color story will also prevent your house from looking, like Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess quips, “a little bit like a crayon box, or different sets for a quirky girl television show.”

1.      Check out Pinterest and your favorite stores for inspiration.

Pinterest is amazing for planning design projects. You can create a board specifically for the project you’re working on and then pin all your ideas to the board. If you’re using the Pinterest app, you can just pull up your inspiration while you’re out shopping too. Super convenient.

I am diehard Target fan, and if you’ve been paying attention over the last few years, the discount store has really stepped up its home décor game. The Target I frequent has also created an area where home décor is merchandised much like what you would see in a department store. And you better believe this area always has a color story going on.

2.      Pick colors you love, not just what is trendy.

I love design trends just as much as the next gal, but I also know that just because a color is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean it’s for me.

Blush pink is really popular right now, and I admit I am a huge fan. But I’m not going to paint my entire living room blush pink.

I like blush pink, but I don’t like it THAT much.

When I repainted my living room, I painted it black and white. Not only is black and white a classic color palette, but I have also loved this combination since about the third grade. I think it’s pretty safe to say I won’t be changing my mind about black and white anytime soon.

3.      Head to the paint store.

If you are designing a room or a home, I like to start with paint first. It really sets the tone. Plus if you’re buying new furniture it makes more sense to paint the room before you get all your new, beautiful pieces in there. I don’t know about you, but I am an incredibly messy painter.

4.      Let’s go shopping!

As Elsie from A Beautiful Mess suggests, “I like to build my color story like a pyramid, placing the biggest priority (both money and time spent on decisions) on the more permanent ‘bones’of my design first.” In other words, after the room is painted, you should be looking for your sofa, dining room table or headboard, depending on your project.

So head back to your favorite stores and start shopping!

You want to buy the bigger items first and then fill in around those big statement pieces.

5.      Embrace a little color story anarchy.

Not everything you buy has to fit in your color story. Say your color story consists of black, white, gray and blush, but you find these amazing turquoise pillows.

Buy those amazing turquoise pillows! (Especially if said pillows are on sale!)

Being too matchy-matchy can get boring. So don't be afraid to mix in small doses of other colors, especially in things like candles, pillows or other items that are cheap and easy to change out.

Maybe you'll decide down the road the turquoise pillows don't work at all, but then you're only out a few bucks.

But really, I think you'll be happy you bought the turquoise pillows. ;)

 This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the  Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd .

This blanket includes all of my color story picks for my booth at the Minne-Mile NightMarket on June 3rd.