If you’re looking for inexpensive, low time commitment, high impact ways to update your house, you should read Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love.
I found a long list of ideas of simple things to do for every area of the house, plus entertaining tips. I like how sometimes the author just lists the idea while other times they gave instructions and pictures. With books like this I often get weary of reading through countless steps for simple projects, or feel overwhelmed when the idea doesn’t give me any hint of how to achieve it. The authors of this book had a good sense of when to go into detail and when to skip it.
I also appreciated how the ideas could be used in different ways for different styles of decorating. It wasn’t 243 ideas for modern Swedish minimalism or 243 ideas for New England farmhouse or 243 ideas for Anthropologie-aholics. Rather, it was 243 solid ideas you could use in a variety of settings.
Finally, I liked how each idea was ranked by cost, time commitment, and sweat factor. These are things it’s good to know when it’s 11:30pm and you feel you’re going to jump out of your skin if your living room is not a neutral khaki with slightly warm green undertones. Not that I’ve been there or anything.
I found Young House Love a great resource: charmingly written, inspiring without being intimidating, and just the thing if you feel you need some updating but don’t have the time or money to go all out all at once. I’d recommend it.
What one small change or project has made the most impact in your home?
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