10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

Do you want to update your home, but feel limited by a tight budget? Check out these ten inspiring tricks for budget-friendly decorating!

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

1. Buy Ugly Pillows

Say what? If you shop at designer stores for beautiful new pillows, you’ll likely spend a fortune. You can save so much money by covering simple pillow forms, boring pillows or even ugly pillows with fresh new fabric. Look for sales on last season’s pillows, sew covers yourself or buy premade pillow covers for your existing pillow forms.

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

2. Find Inspiration in Fancy Rooms

If you’ve ever looked through a magazine or blog and felt discouraged by all the picture perfect stylish rooms that would cost a fortune to duplicate, here’s a little trick. Scan your favorite inspiration room for several realistic things that could be incorporated into your own space. Focus on duplicable ideas like a color scheme, an arrangement of furniture or types of accessories. How could you substitute an affordable solution to an expensive item? Get the look for less!

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10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating
Easy DIY Map Wallpaper

3. Think Outside the Boring Box

A room void of stunning architecture can feel like a boring box. Any room can be improved dramatically with simple character-building tricks. Add a large mirror with a rustic frame to add texture and interest to a wall. Use self-adhesive faux wood planks (like we used in our hallway makeover here), brick paper, wallpaper or heavy duty gift wrap to create a charming feature wall. Install a chair rail to add character and dimension to a boring room or expanse of drywall. Remove cabinet doors to give your standard kitchen some open shelves!

Easy DIY Art and “Wallpaper” for Your Home

4. Remove or Improve Dated Pieces

When you’re in the mood to redecorate, start by improving what you already have. Don’t live with dated things you don’t love. Either remove it or improve it! Pair old with new to give almost any feature a fresher look on a budget. Ugly carpet? Layer a pretty area rug under your coffee table. Dated counters or cabinets? Adorable kitchen accessories can update the feel. Boring sofa? New throw pillows can inspire you.

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

New matching frames can be expensive, so don’t hesitate to mix and match frames you already have (or can find second hand). A gallery wall is simply a collection of artwork grouped together on a wall. Start by hanging your largest frame where you want it and then add smaller ones around it. If you don’t have art, make your own or use family photos!

Here are 10 Helpful Guidelines for Decorating Walls!

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating
My Painted Nightstand Makeover

7. Get Your DIY On

Paint is a budget decorating favorite. If you fear making a mistake, start by painting something you dislike right now. If you already hate your table or fireplace or a room right now, will you hate it any more if you paint it? Probably not. We feared painting our stone fireplace but we did it anyway and it looks so much better! If you want to start small and safe, update ugly accessories or old frames with spray paint in your favorite color or even a metallic sheen.

Find the paint colors I’ve use in my homes here.

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating
Polish Pottery

8. Showcase What You Have

You can often find interesting decor items by hunting around your attic, closet, basement or grandma’s house. Shopping in your own home can seem futile if you don’t think you have anything worth shopping for! But in all likelihood, you already have unique or sentimental pieces that could be repurposed as wall art.

Maybe you have a throw rug like this one we repurposed into a work of art!

Dig through your cupboards, maybe you have some pretty salad plates you don’t use often that you could hang on the wall and enjoy every day!

How to Hang Plates, Platters, or Bowls on the Wall (video)

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

9. Elevate and Group Collections

Here’s a great budget-friendly trick for your existing accessories. You can make just about any piece or collection feel more important and stylish if you elevate it or group collections together in some way. Ceramic pitchers will look extra special on a display shelf. Hand soaps and lotions look more stylish on a porcelain tray. Books and a vase feel designer-worthy in a shallow basket set on a coffee table. Bring small accessories together to give them greater impact.

10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating
How to hang plates and platters on a wall (video)

10. Yes, You Can.

The biggest hindrance many people have in decorating on a budget is the belief that something can’t (or shouldn’t) be done. Sometimes it is the notion that what you can do on your budget won’t be “good enough” or your options for decorating with young children isn’t practical. If you think a stylish house is not within reach for whatever reason, think again. Stop overthinking and go for the look you want!

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10 Tricks for Budget-Friendly Decorating

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My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

I just wanted my house to smell like Anthropologie.

If you want your house to smell like Anthropologie (who doesn’t love that Volcano candle?), too, read on because I’ve got a FREE GIFT for you today that I know you will love!

As you probably know, I’ve always been so in love with the scent of the Anthropologie stores. For years I’d walk into the store and take a deep breath. Ahhh, it was like heaven to me! It smelled exactly like I wanted my home to smell, so quite a few years back I started buying the candles and lit them almost every day. It was pure bliss.

A couple of years ago I decided to stop burning scented candles in my home (and stopped buying scented products as well) because of the correlation between toxins and various health issues. I just didn’t want to take that risk any more. Womp, womp, womp.

Even though I was so glad I made that change (ridding my home of synthetic and scented products has been one of the best decisions I’ve made for my health) I’ll admit I missed having such a divine smelling house.

I started experimenting with using essential oils to recreate the scents I used to love so much. My first attempts at the Anthro-inspired scents were good, but not close enough!

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils
The Desert Mist Diffuser – it can flicker like a candle!

Finally my girls and I came up with a couple of essential oils diffuser recipes that we tested right next to our old Anthro Volcano candle and a Sweet Vanilla Cinnamon candle, two of our very favorites! Our oil recipes are sooo close to the real deal! Woot!

My senses have been very happy ever ‘scents’. :). I actually don’t miss the scent of candles at all. In fact, now I PREFER natural plant-based scents! And I love the way they make me feel, too. So much healthier!

If you have been considering ordering a set of oils for your home or family (I promise you’ll love it!!), my girls and I would love to send you our Anthro-inspired diffuser scents and some other fun gifts in a welcome box!

Or, if you are a retail member or your membership with Young Living is no longer active you can use my member number 3731456 to hop back in with a new kit. Message me and I can help.

I’ll explain how to get the oils and a gift box from us in a moment.

I’ve shared our own exclusive Anthro diffuser recipes with our wellness group (my Young Living members), but today I’m posting them for y’all to enjoy!

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils
The Aria Diffuser – real wood + glass, a remote, pretty light settings and can play spa music!
My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils


Anthropologie describes their Volcano scent as smelling of tropical fruits, sugared oranges, lemons, and limes, redolent with lightly exotic mountain greens. That sounds heavenly, yes? It is.

This is the recipe we used in the Desert Mist diffuser (one of the starter kit diffuser options). It’s a lot of drops, but the Anthropologie candle is always a strong scent so if you want a more subtle effect or have a very small room, you can adjust to your preferences!

  • 5 drops lemon 
  • 5 drops lime
  • 3 drops orange
  • 2 drops grapefruit
  • 2 drops northern lights black spruce
  • 1 drop bergamot
My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils


  • 3 drops Stress Away (vanilla and lime!)
  • 1 drop Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
    (Try more drops of each in a larger space or for stronger scent)

Get these two essential oil blends for FREE this month from me, in addition to lots of other goodies!

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils
My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

Essential Oils Kit + Free Gifts in May from me!

When you get your Young Living starter kit with my referral this month (includes 12 everyday oils, a diffuser and more), I’m sending you a FREE additional gift bundle including two of my favorite Anthro-inspired diffuser blends in adorable little bottles (along with LOTS of other fun goodies you’ll love).

Here is what you will get for FREE in addition to your kit this month!

  • A sample bottle of our own Anthro-inspired volcano essential oil diffuser blend
  • A sample bottle of our own Anthro-inspired sweet vanilla cinnamon essential oil diffuser blend
  • A glass spray bottle to make your first bottle of Thieves Cleaner (which comes with the kit!).
  • A glass roller with a gold lid to make your own custom blends
  • An Amber dropper bottle filled with V6 carrier oil
  • 9 exclusive Dwell Well recipe cards full of DIY recipes and usage inspiration
  • A pretty oils guide book full of recipes and tips to help you use your new kit with confidence
  • An invitation to join the Dwell Well Collective—my free exclusive educational wellness community so you’ll have all the support you need
  • Wholesale prices (24% off) on all future YL purchases (no obligation to order again)


For the rest of May (May 20-31), when you get any premium starter kit as a new member (an essential oils kit, a Thieves kit, Savvy Makeup, or NingXia Red kit), Young Living is sending you a FREE full sized bottle of Thieves Cleaner Concentrate (my absolute favorite all-purpose cleaner which will make you TWENTY-NINE spray bottles of cleaner!!!) and a glass spray bottle. This is in addition to the bundle I am sending above!

It’s a GREAT time to grab a kit and get started with detoxing your home. The starter kit gives you everything you need to make significant strides in a healthier home.

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

There’s no better way to start and no better oils on the planet! The oils you find at the grocery store or on Amazon are not the same. For the health of your family, you want these oils because they are actually made from plants, not compromised with toxic fillers or synthetic ingredients.

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

My family uses our oils every day for SO many things…for sleeping well, to make our home smell like a dream (naturally), for emotional support, for better skin, to support our immune system, respiratory system, digestive system, to clean, to help us focus, for calm during times of stress, for soothing sore things, to balance hormones, to help us enjoy the outdoors in springtime…and SO much more.

A Young Living wellness membership is very much like a Costco membership, except with Young Living there are never membership fees. Once you grab your kit, you NEVER have to order anything else! But you can get household, skincare, baby, makeup or other wellness products at wholesale prices any time you want to order.

My Anthropologie-Inspired Diffuser Recipes + Free Oils

Order essential oils and diffusers here. 

Once you order your kit, you’ll also be invited into my free private educational group called The Dwell Well Collective where we have fun, learn together and swap recipes! I can’t wait for you to join us.

When you get your Anthro bundle from us, drop your essential oils in your diffuser and take a photo! Post it online with our hashtag #dwellwellcollective so we can see. I bet everyone who enters your home will say, GEE, YOUR HOUSE SMELLS TERRIFIC! (anyone know what that line is inspired from? LOL).

Have a happy day, friends!

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