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Simple Tips to Spruce Up Your Home in 2019

Ready to make your home feel new again? Here's some tips to help you get started.

Right now your home is probably decked out for the holidays but you know when those decorations come down you'll look around wondering why your'e home looks so….Empty? Drab? Boring? For some reason every January I feel like I need to freshen up, rearrange and update certain rooms, but lets face it- I just blew my bank account on unnecessary junk for my kids to make their holiday “special.” Can you say spoiled? We’ll leave that conversation for another day.

I have good news though-You don't need thousands of dollars to fully refurbish your home to make it feel like new again. Instead, you can DIY a lot of features in your house to help spruce it up for the upcoming season. Whether you plan to sell your home, have guests over, or are just tired of how drab it's been feeling lately, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to refresh your space:

CLEAN + DECLUTTER Throw out all of the junk taking up space! You'd be surprised by how much more you'll fall back in love with your home when you take out the collection of accumulated stuff that has piled up over the years and finally get to see your home's features for what they are. Store what you don't need/use in either the attic, basement, or in a storage unit. After you've decluttered, be sure to finish it off by cleaning your home. Clean windows, walls, and the floors for the best results. 

BRING IN NATURAL LIGHT Do you have heavy curtains covering your windows? Bring them down! Not only will this make your space feel bigger by removing stuff off the walls, it'll also feel alive again with all of the natural light that pours in. 

ADD FRESH PAINT Nothing refreshes a home like a new coat of paint. If you have dark dull colors, opt for lighter tones. Covering up stains on the walls, or drab old paint, can help your house feel brand new all over again. Don’t forget the moldinsg too. White moldings, freshly painted can do wonders!

ADD TILE Consider adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get beautiful results. Be sure you get tiles that compliment the colors in the space, so it doesn't clash and look unappealing.

ADD COLOR Although neutral colors are always recommended as the base of any home decor, don't be afraid to compliment your neutrals with a pop of color. You can add it throughout the home by using flowers, pillows, decor, area rugs, or even light curtains that are staged on the sides of your windows. 

CHANGE OUT FIXTURES + HARDWARE You'd be surprised by how much more a kitchen can look different just by replacing the hardware on the cabinets. A bathroom or living room can come alive again by installing a brand new light fixture. If you moved into a place that still has the same stock hardware or fixtures, replace them and add a little creativity with the new pieces you have installed. 

REARRANGE FURNITURE Head to Pinterest (my fav for inspiration) and get inspired for a new living room, bedroom, or dining room arrangement. Most homeowners decorate "incorrectly" when it comes to arranging their furniture. Sometimes you can add a lot more space and feel like you’re in a whole new home just by furniture placement.

Remember, most updates can be done within a budget. Head to Home Goods, Home Sense, or even Target and Wal Mart. Look for sales at Macys, Bloomies, Jonathan Adler, Restoration Hardware and even Anthropologie. Check out HOUZZ, Wayfair, World Market, Hayneedle, Overstock, Crate and Barrel and West Elm online. Some other online favorites that are bit higher end in some cases are One Kings Lane, Joss and Main and Perigold too-but every now and then I find a steal! Am I forgetting any? Let me know if you have a favorite I should try too! Need more tips? Reach out anytime-I love helping my friends decorate and share ideas!

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