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Rearranging furniture counts as redecorating in my book — FranklyStein

Front HallI recently changed the angle of the table in my kitchen, and it feels like we have a whole new kitchen.

Every few months, I walk around my house — built in 1889 — and wonder what I can do to make it feel fresh. We’ve renovated a few of the rooms over the years, but as life with kids has gotten busier, the restorations have come to a standstill.

The front hall has been in the midst of a makeover for at least three or four years. The crumbling plaster walls were demolished and completely redone, but we have yet to paint or finish the room. In the meantime, a large metal poinsettia from an after-Christmas sale hangs on one of the walls. It’s probably a holiday decoration, but it’s become a permanent fixture until the renovations are complete. I’m hoping a large metal flower helps draw visitors’ attention away from the unfinished state of the room. I think it might be working because we get a lot of compliments on it.

It’s amazing how little things can make a big difference when you are trying to spruce up a room. Last year I was moving furniture around in the living room, trying to find a more comfortable setup. The room is an unusual shape and has a large piano on one wall that can’t be moved. Eventually, I moved the couch to one corner and set it on an angle, which totally completed the room. A year later, I still love how the room looks every time I walk in.

If you are looking for a few inexpensive ways to freshen up a room or space, check these cool redecorating ideas. Rearranging furniture is one idea, as is buying new pillows or throws. I’m thinking a few new throw pillows and a cozy blanket might be just the thing to give an old couch in our family room new life. The story has also inspired me to do some thrift-store shopping to see what treasures I might find and fix up for the house.

And if we ever get around painting our bedroom (currently a lovely shade of washed out yellow with burgundy trim), I love the idea of creating an accent wall. Maybe I’ll have time for the painting when the older three head off to college. That might also be a good time to get rid of the cute border in their bedrooms that’s been there since they were toddlers.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Life editor Betsy Stein, who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 18, Lilly, 16, Adam, 16, and Jonah, 12.


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