When you think about interior design in your home, you probably start imagining huge home improvement projects, hours at furniture stores or antiquing, and spending a small (or not so small) fortune. That doesn’t have to be the case. As you get ready for back to school, the push for the holidays, and the whirlwind that is Labor Day to New Years, there are a few things you can do that don’t take much time or money. Making a few changes actually does a lot for your mental state, especially when winter hits and you are trapped inside.

Get Ideas

Spend 15 minutes or so checking out Pininterest and Instagram. There a lot of great pictures on there to help you get an idea of the things you can do to make your living room, kitchen, or bedroom look a little bit different. If there is a look you love that you can’t do on the cheap, go in and start budgeting for it and make it your Christmas gift to yourself and your family.

Farmers Markets

There is a lot more at a farmer’s market than just food. Check out the stalls that have home goods, handmade designs, and patterns for things you can make yourself. There probably aren’t many of the last idea, but if you spend time talking to the people working the stalls, you can probably get some great tips. You are also guaranteed to have a look that is completely unique.


Most décor places, like JoAnnes and Michaels, offer classes, sometimes even free classes. They can give you great ideas on how to make items for your home. From learning how to sew to matting, there is a lot you can do on your own with just some material, yarn, and your imagination. Of course, this hobby will require a lot more time, but you are guaranteed to have a home that looks like no other if you design and make your own bed spread, pillows, and curtains. And it is a lot cheaper than the alternative.

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