Teri and I have always enjoyed watching the HGTV and DIY television network shows. Our favorites usually involve a situation where an experienced interior designer takes on a project where they are going to remodel and update part of a home.
Some of our favorite shows from recent past years include “Design on a Dime” and “Decorating Cents” because the designers are always sticking to a very limited budget. We can relate to having a limited budget! We would love to have the money to spend tens of thousands of dollars redecorating and remodeling, but the reality is that we are trying to stretch every dollar and pinch every penny just as much as most everyone else in the country is doing!
We’ve entered all kinds of contests we’ve seen online, on TV shows, and in magazines where the big winner gets a remodel of part of their home done as the grand prize. So far, we’ve won absolutely no prizes! So, we are doing the best we can with remodeling and redecorating ourselves a little bit here and there, when we have the money and the time. Sure wish we had the money to pay a pro to help us out!
We recently replaced the wall-to-wall carpeting in our living and dining room with wood laminate flooring. When we finished doing that we realized that the brand new floor made our walls look very dingy, so now we are looking at our options for updating the walls. We can’t quite decide whether to paint (which is what I’d rather do) or hang wall-paper (which is what Teri would prefer.) She has brought home several books of samples of wall paper with texture that she is really excited about. In the spirit of compromise, I suggested that we use the textured wall paper as one accent wall behind the TV in the living room, and I have the feeling that she will go along with that idea.
In addition to the walls in the living room, Teri and I have been talking about reorganizing and redesigning the closets in the foyer, the laundry room, and our bedrooms. We live in an area where there are four different seasons; we just do not have enough closet space to accommodate all of the clothes and coats for the changing of the seasons! We’d love to figure out a better way to maximize the space that we have to store our coats, clothes, boots, and shoes! Right now we have our hats and scarves in cardboard boxes on the top shelf of the foyer closet – there really must be a better way to store these in a way that keeps them clean, easy to see, and access! We will be researching the best ways to maximize those valuable storage spaces. There are so many different options and organizing gadgets and gizmos for closet storage that it is enough to make your head spin!