WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

30 Days, 30 Tips to Budget Friendly Home Decor - Day 1

Hey, thanks for stopping by today for the launch of my new feature called
"30 Days, 30 Tips to Budget Friendly Home Decorating".
These tips are loaded with big-impact for little $$$. Over the last few months I've talked with a lot of Moms, Singles, and Empty-nesters. It seems they all want the same thing - easy, doable home decor updates using what they already have or budget friendly ideas that WON'T break the bank! So that's been the inspiration for this special feature. Each day I will post a new tip. Today's tip is so easy and best of all IT'S FREE! It won't cost you one penny and believe me it makes a huge impact!
Day 1 - Tip 1:
FURNITURE REARRANGEMENT
This is so easy! One of the best ways to get an instant "Umphf" from your interior space is to rearrange your furniture and accessories. Just positioning your furniture in a new configuration is sometimes all you need to create a new mood. Always start with the bigger pieces such as your sofa in the living room or table in the dining room and your bed in the bedroom.
I like to clean out the entire room and start from stratch. This might not be doable if you have big, bulky pieces. In which case take out all the small, accent furniture so you will have plenty of room to work. Reposition the key pieces then add back the smaller accents.
A good rule to keep in mind is that every room should have a FOCAL POINT. This could be a fireplace, window or a wall decorated with a gorgeous piece of art. Orient your largest piece of furniture in the room towards this focal point. In my living room I have my sofa facing my fireplace. In my dining room I have my table facing a double window. The den has two focal points and so I have the sofa facing one and the loveseat facing the other. Don't be afraid to angle seating pieces and tables or to pull your sofa, loveseat or bed out away from the wall.
Once you have rearranged the furniture, come back and "sign your name". This is the part I like best! This is when you accessorize your tables, bookshelves, mantles and walls. You will be astounded at the difference you will feel in your own space once you regarrange things. I like to keep my family guessing so every 3-4 months I change it up a bit. During the Fall and Winter months I pull my furniture close together - to the center of the room and place tables and consoles around the walls. During the Spring and Summer, I like to spread things out and allow the air to circulate. No matter how much or how little you rearrange, it will make a big impact for little effort!
Hope you find this tried and true tip useful. I'd love to hear how you rearranged a room to add impact and freshness! Tomorrow I will share Tip 2. Don't miss it! Until then,
Happy Decorating!
~Alisa













16 comments:

southerninspiration said...

this is my passion, so I wholeheartedly agree....love rearranging and re-accessorizing!!!
I look forward to your 30 day series!!!

Suzanne

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is my theory too. I like giving accessories a new look by pulling them from other rooms. Inexpensive (free) makeovers and fun! Love to shop the house!

Looking forward to the 30 days!

marty39 said...

Great tip. Sometimes in a very small room it is hard to change the furniture too much, but just changing the accessories can make a whole world of difference. Also changing the drapes and color scheme is fabulous. Love it. I look forward to all the other tips. Hugs, Marty

Melissa Miller said...

~Great tips Alisa!
You are truly a very talented designer. ;)

Shirley said...

I'd love to be able to move my very heavy leather furniture in the family room. Does anyone know the name of those glider things you put under furniture to move easily??
Great idea Alisa, I'll be sure to check in every day.
Shirley

"Blossom" said...

Great idea; looking forward to the next 29 days.

Lane said...

I love to decorate my home with lovely stuff!! Thanks for the tips for furniture arrangement...

Gina @ The Shabby Chic Cottage said...

Loved all of the posts! I learned so much, can't wait to see more tomorrow.

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