7 Simple “Quick Change” Ideas to Freshen Up Your Home

By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor

Admittedly, I love this time a year. And what is not to love! The outside is looking all anew with trees budding, flowers blooming and the freshness in the air is intoxicating! As I open my doors to bring in the sights, scents and sounds of the outdoors, I look at my home and see that it is tired looking, stuffy and drab.

It is definitely time to refresh, rejuvenate and reorganize the inside of my home. And I want to do it quickly and inexpensively. So, I went looking for versatile and budget-friendly ideas to spruce up my home. Here are some of my fun finds:

  Petal Pillows – A sure way to bring a little spring into your home decor! These round flower garden petal pillows make a bright and distinctive accent to any room. A definite reminder that spring is here! Buy from A Touch of Class for $22.00 each.
  3D Image Decals – These realistic 3D shadowbox decals are the super-quick solution for a room touch-up. Great for the bedroom, office, kitchen or living/family room. Your guests will have to look twice to know they are not real! Plus, the decals can easily be removed and reused. They come in a set of 3 for $29.99. Go to 88unlimited to order.
  Toilet Flush HandlesAnd the bathroom also deserves its own dose of added ooomph. These unique and charming toilet flush handles will probably even become the subject of conversation. Buy directly from Functional Fine Art for $39.95.
Wireless Sconce Lighting – These wireless wall sconces will add extra mood lighting and charm to any room with ease. Simply hang them as you would a picture with no wiring, cutting or drilling. They also can be pre-programmed or turned on/off with a remote. They come in a wide variety of colors, textures, sizes and designs that will compliment any decor. Buy from It's Exciting Lighting for $49.99 – $129.00.
  Wrap Itz – These clever static cling vinyls are great for adding a decorative touch to different elements in the room. Wrap around candles or on boring picture frames. The possibilities are endless. Buy all three designs and a style guide, for $10.00, by calling the number on the Wrap Itz site.
  Wexel Art – We have mentioned Wexel Art before but feel they deserve another mention here with their new line designed by the legendary designer Eva Zeisel. At the age of 104 and just before her passing last year, Ms. Zeisel created 3 floating frames for Wexel Art. This 3 piece limited edition collector's set is available from Wexel Art for $119.00.
  My O'verlays Panels – These are inexpensive, lightweight, decorative fretwork panels that come in several patterns and sizes. They are paintable and easily attach to any flat surface. A simple, quick way for any room or furniture piece to go from drab to fab!  Buy from MyOverlays from $2.95 – $25.00.


Fun, eh? And your home will thank you!

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