You see the shows – they come in and only use what is in the house to make a whole new room and think they could never do that in my house.

Well, I am here to tell you that you *might* be wrong.

For over 7 years now, I have been staging and re-designing homes and rooms and having a zero budget is usually my favorite thing!

With the exception of window treatments in the top and bottom photo, all of these rooms were done with only what the owner had.  So while they might not be “trendy” {honestly though, do you want to be a slave to a trendy house or a home that is comfortable?}, they work for the homeowners.
 So, how do you decorate with zero dollars?

First, take every single thing out of the room except large furniture items that must stay.

This is the point that I suggest you really clean the room well.  No use trying to arrange furniture over old dust bunnies šŸ˜‰

Now, really think about how you use the space.  Is it not functioning because of layout or because the builder told you it was a formal dining, but the only dining you do is at the breakfast table but you are missing a home office?  Editing is also key here, taking out extra items and purging can also lighten a room tremendously.

So now with function in mind, start bringing items in.  Start with any area rugs (since they are the hardest to add later) and work from there.  Once you  have the furniture in place it is time for accessories.  Shop your whole house, linen closet and storage.  You would be surprised what you can come up with if you think outside the box.

This is also the time that calling in a girlfriend, sister (or hubby for the heavy lifting) can be fun!

Good luck with your decorating.


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  1. This is the perfect solution for a clutterer. Just take out all their stuff and only put the good stuff back in. I would love to do this at my mum’s place. One day.xx

  2. This really inspires me to finally convert my den to a craft room!

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