Learn five simple ways to brighten up your bedroom for spring this year. See how two yards of fabric transformed this space and gave it more of a cottage feel.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t have cash just lying around to revamp our spaces every few weeks like we see on social media.
But we don’t have to let that stop us from giving our spaces a re-fresh.
We just need to be resourceful, creative, and think outside the box.
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With warmer weather in full swing in the hollow and my husband away in FL for the week, I was on a mission to freshen up our bedroom with a more minimalistic cottage feel.
I love changing things up when my husband is working overtime or out of town! I know that I am not the only one. Haha! I enjoy the look on his face when he sees the changes for the first time.
You may be thinking, “Doesn’t that get costly?” For some, I’m sure it does, but for this frugal mama, it is the complete opposite.
I love a good challenge and trying to create welcoming and cozy spaces in our farmhouse without spending a bunch of money.
For this quick re-fresh, I purchased two yards of coordinating fabric from Joanne Fabrics during an appointment in the big city.
Then I did what I love to do…SHOP our home.
FIVE WAYS TO BRIGHTEN UP A BEDROOM FOR SPRING
Before we moved to our homestead full-time, I was always on the look out for a good deal for used quilts, bedspreads, and duvet covers.
I searched high and low on Craigslist and Bookoo. Once I joined FB, I discovered the amazing deals offered on FB Marketplace.
As a result, we have quite a collection of coverings for our beds to choose from.
This $20 off white matelasse was folded in the wooden trunk that my father built me years ago. This type of bedding is lightweight and perfect for those warmer months.
Being able to store our extra bedding makes changing the look and feel of a bedroom fast and easy.
EXCHANGE A RUG
Area rugs can give an otherwise neutral space a pop of color.
They can be pricey if purchasing new, but shopping around for clearance sales or holiday deals can help reduce the cost.
I found a large rug that went with the rustic charm in our family room for only $75 at the Habitat for Humanity Restore shop a few years ago.
I also love checking out thrift stores, Goodwill, and FB Marketplace for quality used rugs at affordable prices.
This blue patterned rug was found at Target, three years ago. I had seen the exact one at an Air BNB we stayed at in PA and thought it would go nicely with the pops of blue throughout our old farmhouse.
This off white low pile rug was found at Home Depot years ago for less than $100. I used it under a smaller patterned rug in our living room.
It’s just what this room needed to complete the simple cottage look I was after!
Purging and organizing can be one of the most impactful things we can do to spruce up the spaces in our homes.
We have an older farmhouse with A LOT of projects that have been waiting in the wings to tackle. But with time, budget restraints, and other priorities being a factor, many of them aren’t even on the table to start yet.
At first, I did not embrace the fact that we didn’t have spaces that were the way we wanted them. I was impatient and wanted them done NOW.
But with wise counsel from my hubby, I began to clean and organize the neglected areas of our farmhouse.
And do you know what I discovered? I could love our spaces even in their limbo state.
As a result, my perspective started to shift and my new found enthusiasm helped stir up my creativity in making the undone spaces more inviting with what we already had.
BRING IN FRESH CUT FLOWERS
Fresh cut flowers are my favorite! The old owners did a great job planting a variety of flowers to chose from around the homestead.
I, especially appreciate how the blooming times vary and overlap.
In the springtime, we have daffodils, lilacs, forsythias, roses, and tulips to enjoy.
While in the summer months, we can enjoy the different day lilies and peonies.
Some of these give off a beautiful fragrance that fills the air.
We also added hydrangeas and a viburnum bush to enjoy when in bloom.
Several years back, we started to plant zinnias, dahlias, cosmos, marigolds, and sunflowers. They make the prettiest summer and autumn bouquets!
Cut flowers can also be found affordably at local grocery stores if the fresh cut florals in your own yard are not an option where you live.
Zinnia and Cosmos
SEW A PILLOW SLIPCOVER
Sewing pillow covers is one of my go-to simple projects.
Fabric can get pricey, but if you shop around, you can find affordable patterns that you can mix and match to give your space a more custom look.
I love the way these cottage style covers turned out! I used some old IKEA pillow covers with ties, to make this sewing project even simpler.
Typically, I prefer to use the envelope pillow cover method. I have been sewing this easy template since I was 18.
It is so simple and can be done fairly quickly within thirty minutes, most of the time.
Knowing basic sewing skills can open up new opportunities to customizing your home.
I have made slipcovers, bedding, curtains, dining table accessories, clothes, table linens, and so much more with just simple sewing skills.
Check out some of my Sew Simple posts for more basic sewing inspiration.
Using my serger to clean up the raw edges.
This floral pattern mimics the popular block prints online, only for a fraction of the cost.
I love the pattern combination of the pillow covers and how this quick re-fresh turned out! It feels even more like a little oasis, where we can come to reset and relax.
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I hope you enjoyed these simple tips to help brighten up your bedroom spaces on a small budget!
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