7 Low Cost Timeless Decorating Ideas That Don’t Involve the Dollar Store

7 Low Cost Timeless Decorating Ideas That Don’t Involve the Dollar Store are not earth shattering revelations. Rather, they are simple reminders that even when the decorating budget hovers near zilch, creativity can yield high style and fresh moments of style around the home.

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I just arrived home from an afternoon of local estate and yard sale shopping. What did I buy? A 1950s shabby chic pale pink painted chair (for which Rachel Ashwell may have wrestled me), an old wood country stool, a handmade-on-casters antique industrial curiosity, and a box of homegrown tomatoes. The grand total? 10 bucks. And nothing came from the Dollar Store.

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7 Low Cost Timeless Decorating Ideas That Don’t Involve the Dollar Store

Not that I have a gripe with that vendor. It just seems the internet is saturated with posts and tutorials for Dollar Store derived, disposable, trendy decor. There’s something gratifying about timeless decorating with a mix of old, new, and unexpected.

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YOU: Wait. Are you actually linking to a bunch of decor and furniture similar to what you have in your own home in this post about how to save money?

ME: I’ll get emails with requests if I post pics but don’t link to ’em…so yepper, I’m saving myself a few hours. πŸ™‚

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Decorating Idea No. 1: START WITH ONE ROOM

When you’re ready to make some changes, refresh, or even start at square one, it can feel like a daunting prospect to look at your home in its entirety. There’s too much work to be done! It will take forever! Who has the energy or time!?

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Instead of giving in to overwhelm (and maybe numbing with Netflix or pouring another glass of happy juice), find your bearings again by focusing on one room or one part of a room.

Peaceful living in a French country courtyard with pea gravel. Come be inspired on Hello Lovely by 7 Low Cost Timeless Decorating Ideas That Don't Involve the Dollar Store As Well As Photos Around My House.
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Inexpensive & Timeless Decorating Tips

You might even want to start with the room you have been procrastinating about (for me, it is our laundry room!) since what do you have to lose!?! If it can only get better, the odds are in your favor.

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Decorating Idea No. 2: START WITH PAINT

It always helps me personally when I begin with setting the mood with the paint color first, and need I remind you paint is a relatively inexpensive way to make a big lovely change.

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See this story for choosing the best white paint colors.

So dig in my archives to discover paint color and mood ideas for your space, save money by painting yourself, and pat yourself on the back for getting off to a grand start that will likely propel you forward!

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Devana 4-Light Candle Style Chandelier
Devana 4-light candle style chandelier…certainly lovely indeed.
Folmar 30" Bar Stool
Set of 2 Louis Bar Stools…certainly elegant indeed.
Louis Dining Chair
Louis Dining Chair…certainly classic indeed.

Decorating Idea No. 3: CLEAN LIKE A FIEND

How does cleaning your space qualify as decorating? When you get intimately up close and personal with the room in need of love by vacuuming, scrubbing surfaces, clearing cobwebs, polishing finishes, and laundering linens, it will tell you things.

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Suddenly you will see things you didn’t see before…the furniture arrangement may need a tweak, too much clutter on the dresser, ahhhhhhh that’s where those reading glasses went, and so on.

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There’s no downside to cleaning the space, but some folks forget that the process of housework often bears unexpected fruit when it is approached in a zen manner rather than a frenzied one.

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly spa-like decor indeed.
Three legged rustic wood stool
Three Legged Rustic Wood Stool, Amazon…certainly simple indeed.
Turkish bath towel in a beautiful shade of grey with stripes.
Turkish Pure Cotton Bath Towel…certainly timeless indeed.

Decorating Idea No. 4: TAKE A PHOTO

This tip comes straight from my life as a visual person and as a blogger since I’m always snapping pics.

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Mid century modern egg chair with leather and hammered metal.
Modern Egg Chair…certainly a piece with personality indeed.

Viewing a room while standing in the doorway is a different sort of experience than viewing a photo on your phone or iPad.

A mix of old and new, a relaxed approach to decor and shopping, and plenty of creativity yield a timeless look that isn't dependent on following trends or disposable decor. Come read more practical decor advice from Hello Lovely.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly tone on tone indeed.
Propeller Arm Maritime Table Clock
In case you need a pop of metallic on your bedside table…Howard Miller Table Clock

So try getting a fresh perspective by noticing in the pics you took what bothers your eye and what pleases it.

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Marchant Crochet Cotton Bed Skirt
Crochet Lace Bed Skirt…certainly a touch of femininity indeed.
Score a Different Perspective

For example, you may discover you hate the scale of a particular accessory or recognize you should swap the accent tables in the room.

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Hello Lovely Studio – find a resource guide for this bathroom we created from scratch here.
Venetian Mirror
Venetian Mirror…certainly lovely indeed.

You may notice “holes” in certain areas in need of layering or suddenly realize YES, that’s where you can hang the new piece of art gathering dust in a closet.

Belgian linen slipcovered arm chair (RH) with animal print faux throw. A mix of old and new, a relaxed approach to decor and shopping, and plenty of creativity yield a timeless look that isn't dependent on following trends or disposable decor. Come read more practical decor advice from Hello Lovely.
Hello Lovely Studio. Knotty Alder Doors: HERE…certainly rich in character indeed.
Aveda Shampure Soy Wax Candle 275G/9.7Oz
This is the candle in the photo I love: Aveda Shampure Candle…the scent? Complex and irresistibly reminiscent of Paris.

What seems off balance? What seems too formal or fussy? Are the window coverings at the right level? Are the wrong things jumping out of the photo that you would prefer to de-emphasize?

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Shop my home

Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Marsh Rustic Wood Bench
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool
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Decorating Idea No. 5: SHOP AT HOME

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Something that is currently driving me a little nuts these days is how I have decor stashed in a variety of different places all around the house as opposed to living in one organized location.

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly rustic and French inspired indeed.

So this decorating idea is for us all. Let’s decide to take the time to round up what we have to make this part of decorating a whole lot more efficient.

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Murchison-Hume Hand Soap
Murchison Hume Superlative Hand Soap (Australian White Grapefruit)

It never fails. When it’s time time to move, and I’m packing, I discover all sorts of treasure I haven’t seen in years.

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly Belgian inspired indeed.

Shop Your House and SHOP MINE HERE!

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Hello Lovely Studio…Discover inexpensive decorating tips and photos of frugal moments around my house as well as resources to get the look.

I wonder what treasures are already yours, waiting in a box in the basement or garage?

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Hello Lovely Studio..certainly peaceful indeed.
Tencel Quilted Silken Coverlet
White Quilted Coverlet…certainly lovely indeed.

The truth is, for many of us in modern culture, it takes less time to drive to a local Homegoods to buy what we already may own in multiples stashed away!

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The beauty of shopping your home (beyond the economic advantage) is that if you liked it enough to bring it home, it’s probably a good contender to bring into service once again. If it’s not, donate!

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly spare and simple decor indeed.

Decorating Idea No. 6: Shop at Thrift & Consignment Shops

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You’re gonna think I’m far out, but when people admire something in our home and ask about its provenance, more often than not I have to admit “it found me.”

And there’s always a story.

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When there’s a specific piece for which I’m hunting, I actually go out into the wild with an eerie confidence that just the right table, chair, or vintage bicycle or steel cart will indeed manifest.

And it does!

Belgian style in my living room. Come tour my home and consider inexpensive approaches to simple decor.
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For example, today’s mission included finding a stool to replace the broken one at my makeup vanity.

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly classic indeed.

There it was at the very first stop: a collecting granny’s overflowing garage.

Rustic European country style in my entry with alder front door. Come tour my home and consider inexpensive approaches to simple decor.
Hello Lovely Studio – A timeless and tranquil look doesn’t have to cost a fortune: creativity as well as a relaxed decorating attitude will help you get there.

Years of accumulated dust mean I can’t even bring that stool into the house before a power wash, but as soon as I saw it, a “thank you” bubbled up in my heart.

Vintage fashion ads framed and placed on piano. Come tour my home and consider inexpensive approaches to simple decor.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly charming indeed.

The Thrill of the Hunt

It never gets old…does it? Hunting for cast-offs and vintage wares which cost next-to-nothing is a sport some of us design freaks excel at if only because we have learned to be sensitive to the energies of objects.

Safavieh rattan grey chairs on my patio. Come tour my home and consider inexpensive approaches to simple decor.
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(I told you this is hippie trippy, far out, crystal visions, dumpster diva intelligence level processing!).

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly serene indeed.

And isn’t it curious how we may forget anniversaries or the entire 6th grade year but not the stories of how this jam pot or that Fireking mug came into our possession?

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Hello Lovely Studio – A timeless and tranquil look doesn’t have to cost a fortune: creativity as well as a relaxed decorating attitude will help you get there.

Decorating Idea No. 7: Don’t Be Afraid to Customize Inexpensive or Free Pieces That Are Not Quite Right

It always surprises me when I am out thrifting and hear folks say things like, “It’s the perfect scale, but the color is just a tad off,” or “That painting is fabulous but I hate the frame.”

Detail of Belgian linen club chair. Come tour my home and consider low cost timeless decorating approaches to simple decor.
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly a mix of old and new indeed.

In both cases, a little bit paint may be all that is needed to tweak something mediocre to take it to the next level. (BTW, if it’s the art inside a beautiful frame that is hideous, have fun painting over it!…I have done this dozens of times!)

Belgian style in my living room with minimal yet coy charm. Come tour my home and consider low cost timeless decorating approaches to simple decor.
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Take a Risk If It’s Inexpensive

Go ahead and take some chances! There are always going to be flops. A couple of years back, I found a peach velvet vintage chair at a local shop and loved its curves but not the color. I decided to paint it white, and the result was less than ideal since the fabric became too stiff to enjoy.

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Hello Lovely Studio…certainly simple and spare indeed.

I used it for a few styling shots before placing it curbside for another treasure hunter.

Just last week, I found it in an antique store across the stateline, styled beautifully and poised for its next happy owner!

White quartz on countertop in kitchen is Viatera Minuet. Hello Lovely Studio. Find low cost timeless decorating ideas on Hellolovelystudio!
Hello Lovely Studio – A timeless and tranquil look doesn’t have to cost a fortune: creativity as well as a relaxed decorating attitude will help you get there.

Ha!

Serene breakfast dining area of kitchen with window seat. Belgian linen pillows and slipcovered arm chairs. Find low cost timeless decorating ideas on Hellolovelystudio!
Hello Lovely Studio…certainly lovely indeed.
Round Bronze Accent Table
French Country Lamp
French Laundry Basket
Metal Martini Table
Distressed White French Country Chandelier
Farmhouse Dining Table
Helmsley Bronze Door Hardware
Oval Back Counter Stool, Set of 2
Turkish Cotton Blanket
Gertrude Wood Bench
Upholstered Dining Chair Set
Avignon Coat Rack With Hooks
San Jose Handleset for Front Door
Round Farmhouse Dining Table
Linen Slipcovered Dining Chair, Set of 2
Campaign Style End Table
Louis Upholstered Bench
Oak Laminate Flooring
Knotty Alder Interior Door
Alabaster 30″ Lamp
Louis Ghost Chair
Rustic Wood Candleholders
French Linen Dining Chair
Beachy White Slipcovered Sofa
Diptyque Oyedo Candle
PARIS Framed Print
Cross Back Dining Chair
French Country Candle Holder
Tulip Style Modern Round Dining Table
French Industrial Metal Cafe Chair (Set of 2)
White Farmhouse Lantern Pendant Light
Oak Accent Stool
Bridge Kitchen Faucet (Stainless)
Jute Area Rug
Leather Club Chair
Reclaimed Wood 3 Leg Stool
French Linen Sofa
Venetian Etched Mirror (24″ x 36″)
Rustic Wood Candlestick Set
French Market Basket
Polished Carrara Subway Tile
French Country Farmhouse Baskets
Magnus Table Lamp
Belgian Style Lamp
Modern Farmhouse Lamp
White Slipcovered Sofa
Round Woven Placemat Set
French Country Wood Mirror
Fireclay Farm Sink (Reinhard, 30″)
Marsh Rustic Wood Bench
Linen Slipcover Dining Chair
Wicker Patio Chair
Teak Farmhouse Stool

For more great tips for timeless home decor, see Yvonne’s post HERE.

Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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10 Comments

  1. Marilyn S.
    August 10, 2019 / 5:23 am

    It never fails…… Seeing your house and reading your post describing it and it’s most lovely contents just come across as so soothing and motivating. I typically get my first cup of coffee around 6:00 am and begin reading my emails, I usually save yours for last so I can linger. However what usually happens is that I become so inspired that I get up and start cleaning, rearranging and most definitely decluttering ! I never tire of seeing the home you’ve created. You are so right about remembering where each piece in my home came from – from the first real antique we purchased at a roadside junk stop 30 years ago- a simple twin size iron bed (which I’ve used in many ways over the years ,but now finds its home in the attic waiting for its next assignment) to the super crazy bargain Pottery Barn Solana sofa we scored for less than $300 at the outlet. Home …… I just love home!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 10, 2019 / 10:31 am

      How awesome to hear! Ha – the stories of our lives – love hearing about those pieces that have meaning for you and the bargain scores! Thanks so much for playing along and offering your spirit of graciousness here. I have the best following of thoughtful souls. Peace to you and happy rearranging! πŸ™‚

  2. Connie
    August 10, 2019 / 11:15 am

    Loved this post because it’s as if I could have written it myself. I have been doing pretty much the same things as you for more years than I can count. (I was shopping thrift stores before it was “cool” or trendy and making over pieces when necessary…which was usually..hee hee.)

    There’s so much to say about each numbered item in your post but I want to address the one on cleaning.

    When I had my interior decorating business I cannot tell you the number of times I’d hear a client say as I entered the home—“Oh sorry the place is so messy and dirty but….” ! And though I really wasn’t always excited about cleaning a room before I started styling it, I knew a spic and span room would do more for the “new look” than any amount of changes I could make. People that live in messy and dirty houses often are the ones who have lost sight of the beauty in their houses (i.e. the architecture—even if it’s very simple, the furniture, the accessories) and all those things they love that make it “home” for them. So even when I made changes, being able to “see” their rooms from a clean and decluttered point of view, made more difference than all the high end things I could have purchased for them. πŸ™‚

    Lovely and thoughtfully written post Michele, as always ! πŸ™‚

    BTW….After months and months of the ‘thrill of the hunt’ for a really large art piece for the tall wall by my grand piano, I recently stumbled on a beautiful oil painting but the color of the frame and mat were all wrong. Paint to the rescue for both the frame & mat, and it looks SO much more updated for only $6 and a little of my time. Gotta love those thrift store finds that will be made into treasures. πŸ™‚

    • Michele
      Author
      August 10, 2019 / 5:01 pm

      You could do more than write this post – it would be a hundred times better, Connie! You have the best advice drawn from hard earned experience and wisdom. I totally agree that folks living in messy houses feel stuck in part because they lose sight of the beauty underneath–fresh eyes are everything. Your vision indeed has made a difference in countless homes I’m sure. Thank you for echoing and adding to the beauty about this discussion of ‘seeing.’ Seeing is everything! xox

  3. Joanna
    August 10, 2019 / 1:38 pm

    I knew we were kindred spirits. I love to go to thrift stores and find treasures that need a new home. Many a time, spray paint is my friend. My hubby laughs when the spray cans come out. Did you know chalk paint comes in spray can form? I am discerning about what I bring home though. I don’t like clutter.
    When doing new vignettes, I like to take everything out of the room, have a selection of possibilities at hand and do a good clean before getting down to the fun part. I usually start with the mantel, as it’s the focal point in the living room and the rest will follow.
    I’ve been away for the pass two & half months. I hope all is well with you and your summer has been fun. I was just watching your dancing video, again. It’s a happy one!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 10, 2019 / 4:58 pm

      Spray paint is a friend indeed! Ha! I didn’t know about the spray–thank you kindly, friend. Good for you being discerning–that is wise. I have missed you but not sad when blog friends are too busy living life away from their devices where all the fruit is!!! Bravo! Time to make new videos and maybe time to dance with a new pup. πŸ™‚

  4. August 10, 2019 / 5:48 pm

    Always love your posts…and just saw the video. Too cool!

    • Michele
      Author
      August 10, 2019 / 9:30 pm

      Thanks for reading. πŸ™‚

  5. Connie
    August 11, 2019 / 9:25 am

    Michele…. I cannot say enough how your blog posts simply make my day! I generally read every single word but if time is short, the images alone are a wonderful ‘place to go to’ to see the quiet one can create in our homes.

    • Michele
      Author
      August 11, 2019 / 7:08 pm

      Creating quiet is so close to my heart, Connie. For me it is the secret to hearing and noticing the subtle beauty we might otherwise miss. The way the sun streams in and lights the wood floor, the silhouette of a simple branch, the glow of a flickering candle in a humble lantern…their quietude slows down time for me. xox

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