Fun & Cheap Design Ideas
I remember going to a party with my grandparents when I was a kid. We drove up to this house and it had a vintage, life-sized carousel sitting in the front yard. When we went in we passed a jelly bean shaped pool and in their living room was a couch that was set into the tail end of a vintage car (the tail lights worked). They had big fridges with glass doors that were filled with food but had funny fake food items mixed in. I remember thinking two things: 1) I want my house to be this fun when I grow up and 2) These people are loaded!
I stand behind my first thought. I love having a fun house. I like that there are things in my house that make people laugh and that when basic folks with midwestern housewife taste come in they smile and use words like "quirky" or "artsy" or "interesting." I've put a lot of work into my space but it hasn't broken my bank. Here are a few ideas for how to add a little fun to your space even if you don't have deep pockets.
Thrift Store Chairs in a Single Color - Find a bunch of different chairs you like (make sure they're comfy) and paint them the same color. In my case I went bright and cool to counter the abundance of warm tones in my dining room.
A Pop of Color or Wallpaper - Wallpapering is a pain in the tuchus and can be pricey. You can avoid the pain and price of doing a whole wall or room by just choosing a small area to wallpaper. (I found this wallpaper in a drawer when I bought my house.)
Ordinary Items as Design - Things like books and plates and instruments are probably items you already have around the house. Are any of them especially cool to look at? Try displaying them somewhere in your house. I had a little fun capturing the irony of a pig book-ending vintage etiquette books.
DIY Tile Mosaics - this is a little more involved but not too expensive if you're doing a small area. When you're redoing a floor or backsplash, is there something that would be fun to tile in? The answer is probably yes.
Do you have ideas for design that are fabulous, fun and frugal? I'd love to hear about them!