Healthy Lifestyle, Soul

Extreme Makeover: Trudie Edition

New year, new start.

So I started this year right (well actually I ended 2019 having started right – if that makes sense at all).

It all started with leather cushions in the living room that was REALLY past their prime. I finally convinced hubby that it was the perfect time to replace it. Honestly, I didn’t even replace it – I simply made slip-on covers from denim. And there you have it, ‘brand new’ couch and chairs for R500. Not bad if you ask me.

Of course it didn’t stop there. Not one to normally take down my Christmas decorations before at least mid January, I started the new year right. Fresh. By taking down the decorations – shocker, I know. It’s so early. But anyway.

Now the house looked bare. And this is actually where my point comes in.

You don’t need to rob a bank to have a nice home!

I took my time and ‘shopped with my eyes’ on Pinterest.

Step 1: Know what you like!

It is NO use if you don’t know what you like, what your taste look like. Luckily for me I have had that one sorted LONG ago.  So I found my inspiration. The look I wanted to go for this year (well, for now anyway – I like change).

Step 2: Finding items in your home to recreate the look you have found.

For me this is REAL easy, I’ve basically got my own ‘Ikea’. I like pretty things, ok! I have invested in a lot of different items over the years and that comes in very handy when I want to give the house a fresh look. (It obviously helps that I have storage space for everything.) My point is – use what you have – don’t go and buy new items. (Read my post about Home Decorating on a Budget  for tips on how to shop.)

Step 3: Don’t get hung up on the details.

The idea is NOT to copy Pinterest to the letter. Just use it as inspiration.

Step 4: Enjoy the process!

It should be fun. If it is not fun, you are taking yourself WAY to seriously.

Photo Journey

Step 1: The inspiration

Step 2: Finding items to recreate THE LOOK.

Let’s start with the kitchen. One look at this photo – and I knew the top of my cupboards are not there to stack things I don’t know what to do with. It should be a feature. I knew I had these lanterns, plants, letters and candle stick that would work.

Next I had a look at the counter top. I already had a little corner shelf there that hubby had made for me two years ago (yes, also from a picture that I saw on Pinterest – I know, I’m lucky to have such a handy man). But it needed painting. And re-organizing.

Now I was having fun! So I took my favourite ‘Looks’ and went ‘shopping’ in my home for elements that would bring it together.

Note that it is not nearly identical. But I knew it would work.

Step 3 and 4: Putting it all together, having FUN!

Was it FUN? Heck yeah!!

The overall look?

I love the look. And that is all that matters. YOU need to love it. It’s YOUR house.

How much did I spend? R500 on the slip-on’s, and that should actually not count, because it was a necessity. Everything else? R20 for a plant. That’s it.

A make-over does not need to break the bank. 

Hope you all have a blessed new year.

Happy decorating – please post your before and after photos when you have found your inspiration. 


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