If you have been watching home decor shows on TV or reading online articles about home decor recently, you have likely heard the term ‘shop your home’. It’s #trending these days….let us explain to you what this term and trend mean.
Basically #shopyourhome is all about using what you have already and bringing it out (if it was stored away), maybe re-purposing it or maybe even updating it. It’s part of a recycling movement – instead of tossing out items that are just out dated but are still in good condition and work just fine, give them new life by updating them or re-purposing them (a new location or a new purpose all together).
Some great “shop your home” examples…
We all know what paint can do to a room but what can it do to an old piece of furniture or a light fixture? Instead of buying new – update what you have! This is easy, affordable and you are recycling something that might other wise end up in a landfill. this painted light fixture is a simple fix, affordable too plus the end result is a unique ‘one of a kind’ light fixture that will add WOW factor to your room.
Give a bench or chair new life with some fabric. A few yards of fabric will go a long way and give you a whole new look. It is easy to re-upholster a simple bench or chair seat – you will need some fabric, fabric glue, staple gun and a screwdriver to remove the seat cushion. You may want to add some foam or cotton batting if the seat needs some volume or cushioning.
New hardware can completely change the look of a room. We recommend this to our home staging clients as well. This works on furniture and cabinetry – this is a great update for a kitchen and bathroom. It is easy to do but it really makes a big impact.
Bored of your current art displays but can’t replace your pieces? Try moving your art into a different room or in a different arrangement. This can make a huge different in a space. It’s a great way to display pieces that aren’t usually seen.
Do you have beautiful flowers in your garden? Instead of buying cut flowers from the market use your own – it adds a special touch to your space and it’s a great way to add a welcoming scene to a table scape, front entry, coffee table or even a guest bedroom.
If you are like either of us, you probably have a drawer full of beautiful scarves and for every season – so make use of them! Try re-purposing your scarves as a table runner. Think bright and colourful for summer, neutral for fall and airy for spring. It adds a fresh new look to the table, it sets the scene and it adds a unique touch.
Try moving your pieces into a different layout or swapping pieces around – accent chairs are a great and easy choice to re-arrange. Think of re-arranging your furniture to take advantage of a view of your garden in the summer months or place your furniture in a way to snuggle up by the fireplace.
Feeling inspired yet? Home decor can get expensive but if you shop at home and get creative you can get a whole new look !