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6 Budget-Friendly Updates for the Home

Turn ordinary pieces into stylish accents for a space that you can be proud of

Photography: Dairy Darilag

When it comes to redesigning our homes, we sometimes resort to using low-cost materials to save on costs. However, this may compromise the quality of your space.

Here's a piece of good news: you can do update your home without spending much! Here are ideas to help you create the new and inviting look that you want to achieve.

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  • Change your fabrics. “Opt to replace the upholstery of old furniture, change the curtains or the pillow covers in your sala or bedroom," shares interior designer Ann Katherine Dee.
  • Turn ordinary things into stylish accent pieces. According to fashion designer Tippi Ocampo, playing with different textures is important. Try arranging dried leaves and twigs into a glass vase to achieve a rustic look for your home. If you love having a lively kitchen, place your snacks or condiments inside mason jars.  
  • "Shop" for vintage pieces from your relatives! You'll never know what vintage items you can score from your parents' home. “I found an old stereo cabinet. I painted it blue and then turned it into a side table,” editor Liza Ilarde shares.
  • Search for rugs, curtains, and furniture in thrift shops or shops in the provinces where they sell cheap ones. Be sure to check the pieces first before buying them. Look at the sides and see if there are dents or cracks. You may also turn it upside down to double check if it's sturdy enough. This applies to soft furnishings, too.
  • Have plain walls? Use pictures from books, magazines or calendars to add flair to your plain walls. "Get a slightly larger frame with matting to make your home look stylish," suggests stylist Issa Villar.
  • If you have extra accessories that you don’t use anymore, glue them together to create a stylish sculptural piece. Spray paint it with white or gold before displaying it as a statement piece on top of your coffee table.

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