We've all seen incredible before-and-after home makeovers on TV, but an unlimited budget and a team of pros isn't everyone's reality. That doesn't mean you can't get a designer look on a reasonable budget. We recently tackled a home makeover for a single gal in her 20s. Here's how we gave her the look she wanted without the sky-high price tag.
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This gallery wall came together quickly, and at a very low cost! Shop for frames at your local thrift store to make framing more affordable.
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We spend about 1/3 of our lives in our beds! So splurging on a nice mattress, and bedding gets a big YES in our book.
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We're all about using what you already own to accessorize your space. In the bedroom, we used our client's jewelry and perfume bottles to accessorize the wooden console. This added some glam, and we didn't have to spend anything on new items for that part of the room. Score! But make sure you keep your gems and family heirlooms safe and insured. Download the Liberty Mutual Insurance Home Gallery app to keep track of your valuables, and you won't mind displaying them 24/7 for all to see!
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Storage is key in any home and we needed some extra space in the kitchen. Instead of doing custom cabinets, we went with inexpensive open shelving to display kitchen goods.
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According to the Liberty Mutual Insurance New Beginnings study, 89 percent of millennials say they have financial concerns when making a life change or major purchase; and trust us, we get it! But you can be smart about the big purchases for your home, and we decided to go big when it came to the living room. We hired a contractor to make custom built-ins. Not only will this add to the value of the home, but they're just so darn pretty and offer even more storage in this small condo.
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Because the built-in bookshelves took a big chunk of change, we kept all the accessories on them under $10! We scoured thrift stores for unique decor, used hardcover books from half-price bookstores, and hit up many garage sales for unique (and inexpensive) finds.
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SPLURGE: A Couch
The couch was the one central piece of furniture in the living room, so we looked long and hard until we found the exact one that worked perfectly in the space. It wasn't free, but it was worth every penny to find the right piece for the room.
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Pillows and blankets are a definite "save" for us. We like changing out the colors, patterns, and textures on a whim so we never spend too much on these accessories.
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The best thing you can splurge on? Anything that you absolutely love and can't live without. Okay, that doesn't exactly narrow it down for you, but if you adore an item, then it should be a part of your home.
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DIYing is a great way to save some money. Instead of buying a new plant stand, we made our own with supplies from the hardware store! Here's the full tutorial if you want to make your own.
All Photos Courtesy of "The DIY Playbook"
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