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Be inspired and impressed with the creative, budget-savvy ideas that transformed this old cottage into a bright and cheery home for five.
Color Your World
“When we bought the house, I was going to use all these subdued colors and make everything really sophisticated,” Jill says. “But after we painted the whole thing white and took a step back, I thought, ‘I can’t do this! It looks like an asylum!’ ”
Jill repainted her daughter’s bedroom the very next day. (Yes, she did all the painting herself.) Looking to a bedding sheet from Pottery Barn for inspiration, she chose Tranquil Blue for the walls and accented them with green and white pillows and artwork.
In a downstairs bath, a digital image of a green-and-white botanical evokes spa serenity. Though this Graham and Brownwallpaper mural is discontinued, there’s plenty more to choose from on their site. We’re especially fond of the cream rose and purple flower. “It’s a fun way to get a great splash for about $120,” Jill says
All in the Family
A hand-me-down slipper chair becomes modern and sophisticated with a fresh covering of a green velvet remnant. The lumbar pillow, a no-sew project, adds a bit of funkiness. Jill found the peacock print at a retailer for around $70 a yard. “But I only needed a 1/4 of a yard,” Jill says of what turned into a bargain purchase. Wrapped around a bolster and tied with ribbon, the dress silk wears a dragonfly pin for extra flair.
Pillows have always been an inexpensive way to dress up a bed or sofa. Though most of Jill’s pillows in this bedroom are store bought, she built on a color scheme of greens and blues and shopped a variety of retail outlets for a one-of-a-kind combination.