Interior Design 101: Think Big. Spend Little.

I am not an interior designer by profession but I’ve been keeping interest with designs, styles and different fusions. Growing up in a home full of Architectural Digest magazines might be the reason. Funny things is, not my mom’s but my dad’s. He didn’t miss a single month’s issue until few years ago; he switched to Real Living.

I had this equation: Money + More Money = Beautiful Home. As I flipped pages from Real Living, my equation starts to wane. RL provides an article that suits your budget, whether it is eight or five G’s. Moreover, it features ways to keep renovation costs down and several saving ideas. Like this is a total package. On the other hand, most people emulate what they see. Say hello to Imitation.

At most we say imitation is appalling as it lacks originality, I begged to disagree on this. As Mason Cooley, a well-known professor for his witty aphorisms said, “Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.” It has to start on something. Like for social media networks, we only knew Friendster, then MySpace, Multiply, Facebook and now Twitter. Then, what is good about imitation?

Imitation triggers creative thinking. The minute our right-brain thinker works, ideas are starting to form.

You see, creativity plays an important role in the context as it develops innovation. Innovation for that matter will only be visible if you put it into action. Sounds confusing? Try to put it this way:


So much for an introduction huh? Anyway, I only have 3 Ways of Designing in a cheaper way. I called them the:

Triple R’s:

Remove. Remove the unnecessary stuff you have. Being sentimental is way too different from being a hoarder. If you think dried flowers your ex-boyfriend gave you are memories, and such a waste to throw them, and then go to the next one.

Recycle. There is a bunch of ways to recycle dried flowers. An example of which is get a bottle. It doesn’t matter what shape or size it is. Clean it and decorate it with the dried flowers you have. (See picture below. Credits to Pat Mcauley from Pinterest)


Let’s accept the fact that some canisters or storage bins are quite pricey. As an alternative, gather those sturdy shoe boxes you have. Wrap them with glossy papers or paint them. If you have a sister, then you’re lucky. Ask her if she has ribbons or any clips she is not using. Glue them on the box. NOTE: Do not over do it.

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(Credits to AmberInk’s InKredible 21 Day Challenge)

Resell. There are unwanted things you might see useful. If you don’t need it, some might. Go to eBay or any portal sites. Online selling is risky as there are a lot of bogus buyers. Do a garage sale. We call it “ukay-ukay” in PI. Perk of reselling? You have money solely dedicated for decorating.

Being thrifty doesn’t mean you have to live in a dull house. Let your mind do the work not your pocket. Happy decorating, People!


Interior Designing: Easy as 1-2-3

Contemporary? Embroidery Mosaic? Zen-styled? Fusion of Modern and Contemporary? These are some of popular styles when it comes to Interior Design. Making your home sophisticated by a professional designer will compel 60-70 percent of your earnings. Well, that is A LOT. With the never-ending economic problems we are facing, here are some tips to turn your plain simple home into a rocking crib (sans spending your Benjamins)


Go the Right Spot. Good furniture doesn’t have to be branded or pricey. All you need is a pair of keen eyes. Look around you! Your center table might be sitting on your neighbor’s trash or your java lamp is waiting at the nearest flea market. If you’re too lazy to go outside, then do it online. There are websites where you can shop for cheap but good stuff. Even if we are in a modern, techy world, a little of a barter trade is not bad. Ask friends, relatives or anyone who wants to swap tables or whatever with yours.

Make it Big. Don’t be a HOARDER. Too many things will make a room small and suffocating. With the above mentioned, gather things that are NECESSARY. Avoid bigger fixtures that will eat a lot of space. For instance, to obtain a larger floor area or working space, use shelves that suspend on the wall instead of a cabinet. Or you may want to recycle hangers or unused bags. Designed it and hang them on the wall.

Then God created the Light. In cases, where your room has no trace of daylight, work on your walls. Use wallpapers with reflective property which amplifies the light. If you prefer paint, then go ahead. As long as the reflective property is there, the effect is still the same. For people who like gloomy rooms, warm tones are more appealing than bright ones. Last advice, white is preferable as you can change your theme occasionally. If white won’t work, paint one side with yellow, orange or green to make it spacious.

interior5.pngGreen Scenery inside the house. Good ventilation is a must. Why? Scientifically, it brings more oxygen inside the house. Hygienically, it keeps bad odors out. There are a lot of plants that can be stored without sunlight like Persian violet, Azure bluebirds or Alata. Plant them on a small pot and put them as center pieces of your tables or on top of your cabinets.

Once all wanted pieces are gathered, creativity comes next. A dab of sugar, spice and everything nice results to inexpensive chic home.