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tie can update a man's plain suit the same way a killer pair of earrings
can transform a woman's last-season dress into a knockout new outfit.
These accessorizing tricks don't just work in the world of fashion; they
also apply to home dé cor.
The first step, said home stager Teresa Cwik, owner of Showcase Staging Houston, is to clean up.
looking for an end result that's very simple, clean and sophisticated,"
she said. "To achieve that, you'll have to declutter, reorganize and
reposition furniture and accessories."
much stuff overpowers rooms, a common mistake homeowners make, Cwik
said. Moving excess furniture and decorations out of the space to create
openness and better flow makes a big difference, as does making sure
the place is squeaky clean.
The best part? Those two steps don't have to cost you a penny.
To stay on the less-expensive end of the redesigning spectrum, you want to purchase pieces that are versatile.
choose items that will have a life beyond one season," said Laurie
Furber, senior vice president of merchandising for Pottery Barn.
vases, for example, can be used interchangeably for flowers, candles or
even wine when filled with ice. Create drama by arranging them in a
line down the center of the dining table.
in vessels you love and then use them throughout the year for seasonal
touches," Furber said. "Flowering branches in the spring, grasses in the
summer and persimmon branches in the fall."
walls provides the least expensive and most dramatic change, said
Melody Salazar, owner of Salazar Custom Interiors in New Braunfels. But
if that big step intimidates, there are other ways to make your room
up what you already have with throw pillows and area rugs," Salazar
said. "You can try a whole new color scheme by bringing in those smaller
Furber added that accessories are a good way to test a color before committing it to your walls.
Another dramatic change can be made by framing a bathroom mirror, Salazar said.
plain mirrors common in homes are flat and uninteresting. "Putting a
frame around it makes it a piece of art and finishes the room," she
said. "It's a small thing, but it has so much impact."
other suggestions are investing in custom window treatments (if you can
spend money in only one place) and changing out small-scale decorations
that make a room look cluttered for large-scale, dramatic pieces.
statement jewelry, one-of-a-kind artwork serves as a wonderful
conversation piece, especially if it's something very personal. Put your
lip prints, thumbprints or even your DNA sequencing on canvas in
you made it by taking the photo or, and this is a weird way to put it,
it's made of you, like with the DNA, you are the artist," said Spencer
Callaghan, spokesman for DNA 11, a company specializing in personalized
art. "It's something unique that represents you and will last."
When it comes to redesign, it's about the bang more than it's about the buck. And whatever you do, don't skimp on the drama.
When people walk into your newly redesigned space, they'll immediately notice a difference, Cwik said.
don't have to spend a lot, but you do have to edit well," Furber said.
"Decorate with things you love, and your home will always be stylish."