Published on May 10, 2017 — Leave a comment

A Professional Home Stylist Reveals How To Refresh Your Home For Less Than $200 (No Joke!)

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Emily Henderson is a thrifter at heart. Here, the best-selling author and creator of Style by Emily Henderson shares her easy-to-follow formula for refreshing your home on a tiny budget (less than $200!). You can even do it in a weekend. 

I know from my clients that it can be intimidating to approach restyling your home. That’s why I created this new formula to show how easy and inexpensive it can be to get started. Many people don’t realize that with a few small updates, like selling unworn clothes for items that make you feel good, or swapping out a few pillows, your home will be instantly transformed. Have fun!

1. Purge and refresh your closet

Purge, then splurge! It’s one in, one out. Prepare for spring by sending in winter clothes you no longer wear  (you know the ones that take up precious real estate in your closet) to thredUP. Use the credits to buy the latest trends for less.

Cost: $50 for 5 new-to-you styles from thredUP.

2. Bring in the outdoors with a few plants

The easiest way to liven up your space is to add some greenery to it. Opt for a variety of sizes and get creative with placement. From oversized, statement planters to mini pots placed on shelf, plants add big personality to any room. If you don’t have much of a green thumb, choose low-maintenance house plants like succulents and cactus.

Cost: $80 for 5 plants from Home Depot


3. Upgrade your photos

Swap all your framed photos for new, updated ones printed at your local drugstore. Photo printing often costs less than a dollar, but pictures of loved ones will add the most joy to your home!

Cost: $25 to print 10 5×7 photos from Walgreens


4. Buy throw pillows

Always an easy way to change the vibe of a room, you can either switch around the pillows you have, or add a few more to the mix. If the room is pretty neutral, try mixing bold colors and prints for maximum impact.

Cost: $26 for 2 pillows from Target


5. Paint an accent piece

Adding a pop of color always brings an unexpected touch. Instead of painting an entire room, paint an accent wall or even a bookshelf in a eye-catching color.

Cost: $8 for 1 can of paint from Home Depot


Total Cost: $189

Let us know how it goes in the comments below! Post pics on Insta with #secondhandfirst. 

Emily Henderson is the best-selling author of Styled. Get more style advice and shop her picks here