Decorating can be expensive, so why not shop your house. I’ve found that I can revive a room by just switching things up a bit. Shopping your house for items to use in your decor is also really fun too. Look at what you have with fresh eyes and get creative! Let’s shop our house!
Here are some of my very favorite ways to shop your house for decor…
SHOP YOUR KITCHEN
Let’s start in the kitchen and see what we can find that will work in other rooms of our house.
A kitchen can be quite the treasure trove of decor pieces. Take inventory of your serving platters. They make great trays on a coffee table. Small bowls are perfect for corralling small items like jewelry and other objects.
Dishes are my favorite item to use on a gallery wall or stacked to make perfect decor risers to put things on. They look so elegant and can make such a beautiful display.
And I LOVE to use cake plate as risers! They make such a pretty base lots of decor! I big weakness for cake plates!
Think beyond just dishes and platters. How about stacking cups or bowls in a sweet vignette? In the vignette above I used a small bowls to add a bit of color and interest to the vignette.
BRING THE OUTDOORS IN
Looking for a gorgeous spray of flowers?
If you have a few flowers around your house you have one of the best shop your house decorations. Clip blooms from outdoor pots, flowering trees, and shrubs.
The blooms above came from a few ranunculus plants I planted this spring. No need for tons of blooms either! A few will do!
Use clippings from your yard for an arrangement that is fresh and free! I love using greenery to add depth to a tablescape and it looks gorgeous on a bedside table, too!
You don’t need a big garden to take advantage of what mother nature has to offer. Just a few green clippings will make a big decor difference!
DRESSERS AND BUFFETS ARE YOUR BFF’S
Dressers, buffets and chests can be used in so many places other than bedrooms or dining rooms. I love the buffet and dresser I have in my living room.
Both are gorgeous as a decor pieces and their storage is fabulous. You wouldn’t believe how much I put in each!
A long bedroom dresser can make the prettiest sideboard in a dining room or armoire can look beautiful as a tall buffet!
SHOP YOUR HOUSE FOR TABLES
Dining tables can be transformed into so many great pieces. Using a table for a desk can provide you with a ton of workspace. They also work great as coffee tables when you shorten their legs. You can even use it for crafts or sewing.
A desk can also be updated to become a great piece of furniture.
A side table can work as a nightstand and vice versa! The nightstand in the image above is really a side table! And a sofa table can work as a long nightstand too!
OLD PAINT IS PERFECT
A paintbrush is like a magic wand!
And it is one of my favorite ways to get a new look using things around my house. The large clock above the family room mantel was a very heavy brown. It almost went to Goodwill but on a quick second thought I decided to paint it and I am sooooo glad I did!
You can see how I updated this clock HERE. The sofa table used for a long nightstand was also painted.
Don’t let your paint dry in its can. Use it!
THE “SHAFFER” SHUFFLE
My maiden name is Shaffer and when I move things around Bobby calls it the “Shaffer shuffle”.
Moving items from one room to another can make a piece look fresh and new! Please try this if you do one thing in this post. Moving furniture from one place to another is the ultimate shop your home!
The chair above is just the latest in the parade-of-chairs in this little corner of our sunroom. Just a chair switcheroo makes a huge decor difference!
DON’T FORGET THE PILLOWS!
Keep changing out all your pillows! Super easy and instant wow factor! Don’t you love pillows?
Change them out seasonally and for holidays like Christmas! They are my all time favorite thing to switch!
ATTIC ATTIRE AND BASEMENT BARGAINS
Last, but certainly not least is the attic and basement. Take a look around these areas of your home and see what you could use in a room in your home.
That pair of old shutters could make an impressive headboard. That stack of old postcards would make a gorgeous gallery wall. Bits and bobs that are hanging around your attic and buried in your basement could be great filler items for vignettes. Even old pictures can be quite beautiful displayed in your home.
These white lanterns turned vase live in my basement until I find them and add them to a room in my home!
These are just a few ideas to spark your imagination and creativity to shop your house! Decorating does not have to be expensive, but you do need to think out of the box!
What is your favorite shop your house tip?