Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Cheap Home Ideas (And Confessions)

"There are people who have money and people who are rich"
- Coco Chanel
Think, Don't Spend: Get over the idea that dropping big bucks is the solution. Use your head instead of your wallet.

How can frugal souls not fall in love with a book that has the first sentence transcribed above? "Home Cheap Home" by Budget Living (now defunct) is my favorite interior design book. I flipped through my old copy until it fell apart.

A few months back I held a book giveaway for this book. I have a confession to share about that; I did not give the book away out of benevolence, I accidentally ordered two books! But now, I plan to share the best bits with everyone. This interior design book is incredibly inspirational for the frugal at heart, thrifters, recyclers, artists, crafters, and everyone in-between.
It's hard to say I'm sharing "the best bits" because the entire book is "the best bits". Every page has a good idea, a new story. The editing and the pictures are all consistently clear and crisp. This book doesn't discourage a splurge or two, it simply encourages you to break boundaries, use your hand, and get creative.

Below are a few of my favorite pages. I'll share more of my favorite elements of this book for the next couple of days.

Click any of the page scans to view/read the entire page.

My Dream Living Room: Retro Fun, a flourish of colors, re-purposed items, and excess lighting!

Cozy Kitchen Ideas: A spot to sit in the kitchen corner. Get cozy and read while the soup simmers. Also, fantastic use of an old basket.

Chair Repair Tutorials: The chair I'm sitting on is identical to this one with even worse tear. I'm definitely going to try this camouflage tutorial.

Breaking Boundaries: Who says an old colander or a bucket can't make a sexy lamp shade? Say otherwise, and this book will roundhouse kick you in the face!

Low-Cost Custom Outdoor Space: This fresh modern-looking outdoor sofa was made from foam, plywood, cinder blocks, and weather proof fabric. Stepping stones made from cardboard and poured concrete.

I'll share more of my favorite ideas from this book and more useful resources in upcoming posts. Amazon.com Copies of this book for sale in the $2.50 range. It's definitely worth the nominal investment for pages of quality advice on how to spend smart and live rich.


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