Update Your Living Room on a Budget

Lucas Allen

Lucas Allen

By: Emma Gardiner

Aside from your bedroom, your living room is probably the place in your house that you spend the most time. Whether it’s watching a movie on your sofa or eating lunch, the chances are you’ve spent some time in your living room today. If you’re sick of your space, it can really put a dampener on the precious moments of leisure time you get to spend in it. However a full room redesign can take time and cost money that most of us simply don’t have. That doesn’t mean you can’t give your space a home make over though! Here are a few simple hints and tips for giving your living room an update on a small budget:

Shed a Little Light                        

It’s important to get the right lighting in your home, particularly in your living room. This doesn’t have to be expensive (it can be as simple as moving around a few lamps) but you’ll be amazed at what difference the right lighting can have to your space. Place a floor lamp next to your sofa, creating a snug space to read or work on your laptop. Choose a light bulb with a lower wattage for your main ceiling lamp, so that the light it emits is softer and more muted. These simple changes will make your living room look like it’s had an expensive make over: and they’ll only take a few minutes to do too!

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Fall Trends – From Runway to Home

Now that we’ve had a chance to take-in the eye-catching and awe-inspiring looks from the Fall fashion shows – we want to share some of the top trends that can be incorporated in your home.

From prints to era pieces and the hottest in fall color trends, HomeGoods has plenty of products to get you inspired to decorate for autumn, and with its ever-expanding, assortment, you’ll be eager to add eclectic pieces to your home all year long. HomeGoods can help you integrate fashion-forward, fun pieces into your home with prices that make the styles a cinch to follow. Here are some of our must-have fall picks:

PRINTS: Be bold; be bright; be busy. This fall, it’s time to welcome in patterns.

REPTILE PRINT: There’s no “scaling” back on animal prints this season.

BAROQUE: Ornate and embellished, these dramatic era prints and accents are grandeur standouts.
BURGUNDY:The official color of the season makes a deep impact no matter where you place in the home.
SHARP BLACK & WHITE: Feeling gray about other color pairings? Stick to this classic, crisp coupling.

(Courtesy of HomeGoods)

Hotel Sax

Hotel Sax Gives Design Inspiration For Small Spaces In Chicago

Clever room divider / photo- http://www.thompsonhotels.com

The Hotel Sax (A Thompson Hotel) in Chicago is a stunning, retro-inspired hotel. Located in Chicago’s Marina City, the room decor is almost as swanky as the river-front location.

Hotel suites are a great place to pick up clever, space saving ideas. With each nook and corner serving a function, you can apply these practical uses of space at home.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see inspiration for tight quarters in your own Chicago condo or apartment.


333 North Dearborn Street

Chicago, IL 60654

(312) 245-0333

Website/Photos: www.thompsonhotels.com

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Chalkboard Fridge Paint

DIY chalkboard refrigerator paint

Chalkboard Fridge Paint

New Country Appliances

Have an ugly, old refrigerator? Don’t despair!  With a can of chalkboard spray paint and a little elbow grease, your fridge will go from scary to stylish! Not only does this look adorable, it’s functional to boot. Chalkboard space can be used as a work of art or for more practical purposes such as; grocery lists, recipes and family notes.

Here are a few of our favorite fridge re-vamps!

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Get The Look with – Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board Paint:

Rust-Oleum Specialty Chalk Board converts surfaces into a usable chalkboard. Apply to metal, wood, masonry, drywall, plaster, glass, concrete, unglazed ceramics and hardboard. Erases cleanly.

Other products include: Spray paint, Colored tints, magnetic chalkboard paint and dry-erase paint. View the full line @ www.rustoleum.com

Product Features:

Indoor use only
Cleans with soap and water

Allow paint to dry for 3 days. Once cured, prepare surface for chalk by rubbing side of chalk over entire surface and erasing.

View product info: www.rustoleum.com

Chicago’s Logman & Eagle Boutique Hotel = Small Space Inspiration

Chicagoans know all too well, the joys and pains of living in a tight urban area. One of the major draw backs to some apartments and condos in Chicago, are the cozy living quarters. Never let a small space or small budget stop you from maximizing your creativity!


Logan Square’s new Logman & Eagle is a restaurant, bar and boutique hotel, all in one.  With design elements from Mode Carpentry, Logman & Eagle uses every inch of space to provide maximum function in very little space. With everything from eclectic artwork, natural elements, reclaimed floorboards and more, each small room is full of big inspiration and ideas.

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The combination work, sleep and bathroom spaces provide tons of ideas for small apartments, studios and master bedrooms. Clever uses of space, really showcase how to best get a function out of every inch of your home.

View more of their rooms and get inspired @ longmanandeagle.com

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