Low Budget Bedroom Make Over – Found My Inspiration

April 10, 2009 Katja Presnal


Nobody seeing our current bedroom would ever believe that I love interior design, and love scouting new decorating ideas from magazines like Better Homes & Gardens and online, and even share decorating ideas in my blog.

Our bedroom is as blah as blah can be.
Rest of the apartment isn’t that decorated either.

Don’t take me wrong – we have owned beautiful houses that I have decorated, designed and fully renovated; we haven’t always lived in this decorating funk. But after living in three different countries and seven states in the past ten years, the ever changing addresses in temporary apartments have left me with this “why bother, life might take us somewhere else soon anyway” – mentality of not decorating the apartment we moved in last fall. And frankly, we haven’t had it in our budget either.

But making your home beautiful doesn’t have to be expensive and take a lot of time. I am excited to show you how I will turn this blah bedroom to sophisticated in only a matter of days and with a budget of only $500 dollars, using products from Better Homes & Gardens’ new collection sold exclusively at Walmarts. To see what my fellow bloggers, Sheena of Mommy Daddy Blog and Colleen of Classy Mommy are thinking about doing for their living rooms and kitchens, check out their inspirations as well.

My step one was to make myself a big cup of coffee and indulge me for browsing the latest issues of the Better Homes & Gardens magazine and their website for inspiration.


Photos: Copyright© Better Homes & Gardens and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

My plan is to turn our bedroom into sophisticated, relaxing and fresh with a splash of color. I’m thinking adding some green as an accent color and bringing in some flowers too, after all, it’s spring and time to bloom – outdoors and indoors! Some of the items in my shopping list are curtains, new bedding and a bedside table or even a bookshelf. And better lighting is a must. Maybe even a chair to sit on…

Can’t wait to share what I come up with and also see Sheena’s and Colleen’s room makeovers. Now that it’s officially spring – thank you! – you’re probably looking around your house dreaming up a project or two. Your imagination may be healthier than your budget but little moves can have a huge impact. Tell us what kind of a mini-makeover you’re imagining for your kitchen, bedroom, living room or bath. Inspire us! I would love to hear your low cost decorating ideas. Please join us in our low budget decorating journey, and keep an eye for a fun giveaway coming up!

This post is also published at BHG.com.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

Comments (14)

  1. Our bedroom is drab but it was so important that we tackled the living room first. I know how it feels to move somewhere, wanting to make it “home” then having to pick up and leave. We may have to this summer, it sucks! We’ve been here since August and still have some traces of boxes!

    I love your inspiration, can’t wait to see the finished product. I may have to steal some of your ideas!

    P.S. I think I’m going to go over my budget!

  2. You are giving me the redecorating itch :)

    I am loving the second inspiration room. The yellows, greens and neutrals are perfect for spring and a great palette to work with. Another idea is to make a headboard out of something unexpected, like a gorgeous blanket framed by inexpensive molding. That could also act as a large wall art installation behind the bed :)

  3. Katja,
    I love Better Homes & Gardens, too! In fact, I just started subscribing to it.
    I am in the same decorating funk–and I’ve lived in my current house for 11 years! I used to have every room decorated like something out of Pottery Barn and then my 3rd child was born & demanded all of my time & attention (he was really sick his first year of life) and I let everything (myself included) GO.

    Now, he’s 2 and I’ve just begun trying to decorate each room. Yesterday, I went to Michael’s armed with a 30% *your entire order* coupon and bought the prettiest decorations for my living room mantle. Just that alone gave me and the room such a lift! And it cost only $50! (I found the coupon on http://www.dealigg.com)

    Next, I’m moving onto my bedroom–mine rivals yours as far as being boring. We have every shade of beige & not much else. Blah! :)

    Some of my favorite inspiration comes from Better Homes & Gardens, Ballard Designs and Pottery Barn. I cut pages out and make a decorating scrapbook with fabric pieces & paint swatches. Then, I find sales or coupons and buy everything very cheaply.

    Good luck with your bedroom makeover–I can’t wait to see it!!!

    Heather

  4. I can’t wait to see the finished product! I’m in the same boat with my bedroom decor. I love interior decorating too, and I get what your saying about having the know-how to do it … but not necessarily the drive to see it through. I’m hoping your transformation will fire me up to make some changes in my home (or at least my bedroom)! Good luck & have fun!

  5. I’ll be v. excited to see the final bedroom. I’m sure you are going to love it – and a picture on that wall will be totally fabulous. Switching up your bedding always does wonders too – I like to switch mine 2x per year Spring and Fall for the seasons and I always feel like it is a brand new bedroom each time I go back and forth! Happy shopping!

  6. So fun! Can’t wait to see it! I love designing spaces and got very nesty with my first baby–wish I had more time and money! Looking forward to seeing what you can do on the budget. I’m sure it will be fabulous!

  7. Awesomeness! I love the “get rid of the moving boxes” note. I am *so* with you (and we moved in, like, July)!

    Look forward to seeing what creativity emerges! -Christine

  8. What a fantastic idea! I can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)

    What I want to work on is getting my photography on my walls! It is all in my hard drive or on my refrigerator. I am always too busy and too overwhelmed to figure out what to put where and how.

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