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Update A Room on ANY Budget!

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Sarah’s family room was feeling a little blah.

Her room has cream walls, a dark brown leather sectional and just felt a little dated.

With a next-to-nothing budget we brightened things up by adding more contrast by pulling black and white items from around the house.

Take a look:

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

boxwood clippings | living room spruce

.STEPS TO UPDATE A ROOM:

Change Throw Pillows
Sarah’s pillows were all monotone so it was a great start, all the couch needed was a little ‘punch’. These ones worked out perfectly, see HERE and  HERE. Adding pattern and contrast is always a breath of fresh air!

Switch up Artwork
We created the mini gallery wall by collecting unused black and white pieces from storage. Sarah had the silhouettes of the twins done at Disneyland and we popped them into $3 frames (HERE). To help bring the look together we painted basic circles onto a piece of card stock and hung with a skirt hanger. All these were attached with command strips, so they’ll be no nail holes when she’s ready to switch it up again!

Other existing frames got a fresh look by repositioning them. The brown frame in the entry, got a buddy by adding a one above it. This really made more of a feature and elevates the eye upward!

Add White!
White is essential to brightening up any space. A simple $8 lack table HERE worked great next to the couch.

.The room is the main living area in the house and doubles as family room and formal living room. We feel we mastered the art of living with kids, without sacrificing design and feeling like a grown ups!

Paint is next, we’re just meditating over color. Any thoughts on what would look good?

New Posterboard Abstract Artwork

Monday, August 10th, 2015

I love everything about abstract art. Simple, bold and graphic.

I’ve been eyeing several large pieces lately but they’ve been way out of my budget so I asked the artiste of the family, Sarah to create a copycat version.

Look what she whipped up!

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork

boxwood clippings | abstract artwork 2

You are never going to believe how little this cost to put together!

We used poster boards and brushes from the Dollar Tree,

basic black craft paint and these huge frames from Ikea that were $17.99 each (HERE)

Sarah literally brushed few strokes and we popped them into frames.

If you like the look of abstract art, spend five minutes and see what you can create!

5 Rugs to Welcome Fall

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

As soon as the first crisp night breeze arrives and I’m ready to layer up the house and that night is just around the corner!

Pillows, throws and rugs add texture and warmth like no other.

I’m on the hunt for runners to put in my entryway, kitchen and upstairs hallway…

boxwood clippings | fall rugs1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5

These runners are all $70 or under and will make a statement piece of any room.

Which do you like best?

Large Planters on Sale at Ikea

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

We cannot believe summer is drawing to a close and summer clearance is in full swing!

We picked up these large terracotta planters and plates for only $5.99 at Ikea!

boxwood clippings | large ikea plant pot

The perfect combo for our fiddle fig…run, don’t walk! They’re bound to be sold out soon.

Tween Bedroom Design

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Our first room design for our sister’s reno is the girls’ bedroom. This is one of the only rooms in the house that doesn’t need structural changes, making it the perfect place to start!

The room is on the smaller size and doesn’t get a lot of natural light so we plan to brighten it up with white walls, light flooring, white furniture and a few pops of color. The girls, aged 8 and 11, are right at that age wanting less pinks and more blues…

boxwood clippings | tween girls bedroom decor

headboards ($140) HERE
pom-pom pillow ($45) HEREpink stripe pillow ($22) HERE
lamps ($30) HERE
dresser ($80) HERE
art ($22) HERE and ($20) HERE
chair ($40) HERE
rug ($57) HERE
trunks ($200) HERE
garland ($15) HERE

Our design budget is $1,000 so we will be shopping the sales, and making our dollars stretch with great basics at Ikea and Target.

We can’t wait to show you how it turns out!

Do you have a tiny design budget, but would love some professional help?
Shoot us an email: mail[at]boxwoodclippings[dot]com, we’d love to help!!!