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My daughter wanted a princess room, so I did a search and found a great site that had patterns for do it yourself wall murals, and articles with ideas on ways to make your own accessories like picture frames, chalkboards, etc.

The room looks great and we spent less than $100 redoing it because we coordinated the mural and accessories with bedding she already had.

The url to the princess room is and you can go from there to see the other articles.

Of course, shopping at garage sales and thrift stores with a little elbow grease is the best way to decorate. (And a healthy dose of imagination) Here's One of the many ways I've decorated on a budget:
I have very little living space: (I live in a single wide mobile home, need I say more?) and am on a very limited budget so I use my imagination. The nuts who designed my mobile home put my washer & dryer in my hallway, so I have nowhere to store or sort my dirty laundry. I came up with a great solution. I built a laundry sorting area out of those square metal cubes that lock together. I built mine 5 cubes high x 3 cubes wide. (each cube is 14 inches wide) This leaves 22 inches for walking space which is plenty for me! (Christopher Lowell says we only need 18 inches of walkway space) The open grid of the cubes allows for any damp clothes to dry, and I can sort by the type of clothes and their color. For socks and undies I used plastic baskets I got at the dollar store. (kind of like drawers) You could even thread a pole or dowel through the top cube and hang a shower curtain over the front to hide your laundry. And the best part of this set up is: You can make the cube formation any way you'd like: over your washer & dryer & next to them, and/or across from them as mine are. Before this I had a pile of never ending laundry in my hallway, Now I have a neat, organized laundry station! I don't need to dig for the right colors to wash, they are already sorted and ready to go! This saves me all kinds of time. Boy! I sure wish I had this set up when I was raising my 4 children!
Here is a URL for a picture of the cubes I used
It's the "Safeco Wire Cubes". But I got mine at the Thrift store and Costco. They come in many colors including stainless steal. One more note: To keep the area looking best, Unless you have a large laundry area, for the front curtain, use a color that matches your wall, this will make the area "blend in" For example, if the wall is white, use a white sheet, fabric or shower curtain to cover the front, This way it won't stand out & will make the space look larger. If you're doing this in a laundry room a small print would look nice.

Last Fall I took a walk in our local state park and gathered pinecones. I then purchased an inexpensive wreath form and some sale ribbon. With my trusty gluegun I was able to make a nice wreath for over the sofa.  

Tell us about something you did to decorate your home that saved you some money.  There are tons of creative people out there and for those of us who may not be so creative, your talents shared would be much appreciated.


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