House to Home Redesign, Inc.

We’re all watching our spending habits in this economy. Here are 5 quick tips for maximizing the power of your decorating dollar:

1) Paint one wall. Be bold! Pick a color you love and try it out on one wall. What have you got to lose? That’s right: the cost of the paint. A new, fresh color could change the whole mood of the room.

2) Reupholster the seats of your chairs. You don’t have to know how to sew to do this. Find a print you love on the sale rack (Jo-Ann Fabrics is a great store for fabric). Turn the chair over and unscrew the bolts to remove the seat. Remove the old stapled-on fabric using a flat knife. If the chair cushion or foam material is still in good shape all the better. If it’s not, it’s inexpensive to replace. Next, just place the new fabric over the chair cushion, pulling it taut and use a heavy duty staple gun to staple the fabric to the underside of the seat. Another way to add some zip to your color palette!

3) Go to stores that are closing or offering great sales. Linens ‘N Things is a good example. I just found beautiful drapes for my Living Room and Dining Room at 40% off at a Linens ‘N Things store that was going out of business. Even if they aren’t closing their doors for good, many retailers are enticing consumers with fantastic sales. Home Goods is a great place to find reasonably priced artwork and accessories. Kirkland’s Home, Marshalls and TJ Maxx are also good choices.

4) Refinish an old piece of furniture. This is an inexpensive way to create a new look for an old piece you already own. Or, you can find very reasonably priced wood furniture pieces at Good Will and other thrift stores. Have some fun! Sand it down, and then paint it, stencil it or stain it. Low cost, fun and you end up with your own unique piece!

5) Give yourself flowers. A simple bouquet of flowers in a beautiful vase can bring color, cheer and good energy into a room. Treat yourself. It won’t cost you much, and it will bring you instant pleasure!

Happy Decorating!

Author's Bio: 

Bio of Regina O’Leary, IRIS, NAPO, NRI

Regina O’Leary, president and founder of House to Home Redesign, has always had a passion for creating beautiful spaces in homes. She created House to Home Redesign in 2004 to serve individuals who wish to transform their living spaces into beautiful, organized, welcoming areas which also serve their lifestyle needs. This is known as “Redesign” or a “One-Day Home Makeover” Regina accomplishes this, while utilizing the furniture and furnishings her clients already own, making her service unique and valuable. Regina also offers Professional Organizing, Senior Move Management, Redesign for Resale, Shopping and Color Consultation services. She is an active member of I.R.I.S. (Interior Redesign Industry Specialists), NAPO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and NRI (National Redesign Institute). House to Home Redesign serves Palm Beach County, Florida and its surrounding areas, including Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. A native of Florida, Regina resides with her husband and son in Delray Beach, Florida. She can be contacted through her website:, via email:, or by telephone at 561.756.4368.