Budget Decorating

Also known as "use what you have" decorating, shopping your house entails searching your own home for forgotten treasures and looking at what you already use with fresh eyes. Get started with these three steps:
  1. Do a walk-through of your home, exploring every nook and cranny for forgotten items. Note anything you would like to have repaired.
  2. Take photographs of everything. It is easier and faster to see what will work where if you can hold up a picture, rather than dragging furniture from room to room.
  3. Remember to remove, not just add, items. If a piece of furniture or a decor item has been rubbing you the wrong way, move it out, try it in a different room, paint it or sell it — but don't let it just sit there.
Here are 12 creative ways to kick off your shop-your-home makeover. Feel free to add your own ideas to the mix in the Comments section.