Published on April 11, 2014—  Leave a comment

3 Tips For an Affordable Spring Decor Refresh

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We’ve already talked about the benefits of shaking up your wardrobe for spring, but as you say goodbye to those winter clothes, it might be time to consider a refresh for your home as well. To get some tips for small, affordable changes that make a big impact, we turned to Bay Area-based designer Bianca Sotelo, whose blog A Fabulous Challenge frequently showcases her own gorgeous pad.

Bianca is proof positive that you don’t have to study art or interior design to create stunning decor. “I never went to school for anything design-related,” says Sotelo, who now works as an editorial manager for a San Francisco-based lifestyle brand. “When I got my first apartment out of college, I fell in love with interior design. My natural eye and passion for design lead me to start blogging, and has now allowed me to be in the creative field for a living. I love the freedom it gives me!”

Bianca extends thredUP’s repurposing philosophy to the home, relying heavily on vintage and secondhand pieces to create great looks on a budget. “In design, buying vintage is not only key, it’s necessary!” she says. “Older pieces bring a life and story to a room that new pieces just can’t.” Here are three of her favorite tricks for spicing up any home’s decor for spring.
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1. Give your closet a fresh coat. Many of us turn to new wall colors when we want to spruce up a room, but sometimes-neglected interior spaces can also benefit from a little attention. Bianca loves this subtly elegant closet interior, done in stripes of beige and white paint, for its motivational purposes as well as its looks. “You’ll definitely be more apt to put things back where they belong when you open a door and things look great in your closet,” she says. Plus, if you’re already paring down your closet for