No Spending One Room Challenge

Having a nicely decorated home doesn’t have to cost a lot. Actually it doesn’t have to cost a thing! Just by taking the things you already have on hand and tweaking things a bit you can create a whole new space. If you have been following me on any of my social platforms you may notice I have a very small decorating budget. Many times there is zero money to purchase any new decor pieces so I am sharing my tips and tricks on how to transform any space for no money! Some might say I hold on to too much stuff but I usually find a way to reuse an item….so basically I can shop for a new look right in my own home for free!

I am very excited to announce that I have decided to help 3 clients makeover a room in their home for free! Yes for FREE! I have decided to challenge myself and my readers to a room challenge where I make over a room with a zero budget. You may think this is impossible but I encourage you to follow along as I show you on three different homes how I transformed their space.

First up we have a living room that use to be two separate spaces. There was a wall that divided the two rooms, formal living and a family room. They didn’t need to spaces to basically serve the same purpose. Essentially one was not being used at all. The new space became a living dining room combo which is a great use of the space. So as you can imagine this left multiple pieces of furniture that now needed to work in one space cohesively.

The first two pictures are how the room looked before we got started. All great pieces in amazing condition, which I was very happy to work with. So I had a great starting point, just did some moving around.


In this photo you can see where the two rooms became one. The back family room is now the dining area off the kitchen with an amazing fireplace. The dining area is now open to the living area creating an open floor plan.


From a design stand point the cream-colored sofa worked more as the focal point. So that is what I designed the room around. Like I said they have some great furniture and accessories to work with. I moved the cream sofa to the main wall you see when you walk in the home under the art work. Flanked on both sides with two side tables and matching lamps. Family pictures were added which really make a house feel like a home. Shopped her home for some fun accessories to create the grouping on the coffee table.


Speaking of groupings, I thought it would be a good time to give you some of my go to items to create little vignettes. Think layers! Baskets, table runners, trays or even a bowl. These are items that will start as your base, use what you have! A good rule of thumb is to think in three’s. Coffee tables are good for things like a stack of books, candles, and some flowers or greenery. Also it’s good to have varying heights to create movement with the eye.


If you notice in the before picture the recliner was off in no mans land between the two rooms. I created a little sitting area in front of this beautiful bright window. Very simply just added a small side table with a lamp and a cozy throw to complete the look. You can also add a basket under the table to hold some reading material for this great reading nook.


On the other side of the room I took the dark reclining love seat and used it as a room divider to create a bit of separation between the two spaces. This opening was large enough to create a pass through into the dining area. This helped anchor the room but also helps keep the space open and airy. Well I hope you enjoyed this little tour of a space decorated with no money.

If you have any design challenges I would love to hear them! Please leave comments below. I hope I encouraged you to think outside of the box and shop your home.

Love, Jamie @ The Turquoise Bungalow

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