Whether your buying or renting your home, when it comes to decorating, you want to make it your home without spending a lot on window treatments and furniture. This Princeton rental gives you a few examples on ways to save and achieve a finished look.
Living Room Before/ After
The no-sew window valance are made from cotton floormats purchased at West Elm ,$20 each. I attached them to a simple wood cornice. The color, Strawberry, adds a punch of color and texture to the small living room. The round side table is an outdoor folding table. I draped it with a white tablecloth, then covered it with 1 1/2 yards of blue fabric by Waverly and finished it with a great lamp, found at Jane’s in Princeton. The fireplace mantel books were purchased from the library from the “used book” section. It’s a great way to support the library. Finally, the ginger jars and mirror are from One Kings Lane. Can you believe the camel back sofa was once covered in pink damask. I purchased the sofa at a thrift store and had it reupholstered in beige velvet. For a detailed finish, I added brass nailheads to the arms. The feather-down cushions are comfortable and durable.
Dining Room Before/After
The dining room curtains are tablecloths, $10/each at Target. I hung them from a small rod with clips for no-sew curtains. They wash easily. A chandelier found for $20 dollars at a garage sale is paired with black shades, $2 each. I had the lamp re-wired, $50. The rosewood dresser is great for storing table linens, napkins and accessories. I covered the inside of the secretary desk with fabric from Calico Corners. The antique sugar bowl looks at home next to the blood-orange coral.
Family Room Corner
The small chair is from Ikea. It has a black and white check slipcover, which is easy to remove and wash. I added a blanket, from One Kings Lane. The silhoutte is kid’s art, made in school. I added a simple glass, black frame. The fabric window shade is from Target. It’s a great corner to read a book.
I hope I inspire you. Let me know what you think.