Staying on budget

While more and more realtors and home-sellers are seeing the huge benefit of staging a home prior to listing, everyone has a budget.  I have always prided myself on my ability to stay within budget on a project which is why I love doing occupied stagings. Working with what is already in the home, re-purposing, re-arranging, selecting items the home owner already owns and adding only a few on-trend decor items to create that “wow” factor in a home is a challenge that I truly enjoy. Given this information, you can understand how thrilled I was to be awarded 1st. Place Budget in the Hiawatha Cottage designs Challenge.

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One of the ways we stayed on budget was re-purposing items that were already in or around the cottage.

design Hiawatha 352 This photo shows how we turned an old wagon wheel hub into a one-of-a-kind (OK, we actually had two) solar light on the huge cottage deck. Not only did these cost us under $20 for the pair, we did not damage the hubs in anyway.

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Here you can see how 3 discount store canvases and a metre of fabric created a large piece of art that was used on a dark wall that we were unable to paint. The little bit of color you can see was accomplished with some colored pencils.

Having a budget doesn’t have to mean that you get less!

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