Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Book Review: Ideas for Creating a Luxurious Home on a Budget

I highly recommend the eBook Ideas for Creating a Luxurious Home on a Budget by Tracy Lee, the blogger behind Have Less. Do More. This short book is full of wonderful ideas for a elegant home. ...that are actually doable! I wanted to share some of my favorite ideas from each of her five chapters. In addition, I wished to show a couple of small home projects that her fourth chapter inspired.

The first chapter is about decluttering. If you follow my blog, then you know that I agree how a decluttered home can be spacious.

Tracy mentions a cleaning schedule in her second chapter. This is something that I've adopted, but am still tweaking due to a busy and changing work schedule.

I can see her third chapter inspiring major change in my home(s) in the future. I love the idea of hanging a chandelier over the dining room table. I also adore architectural details such as crown molding. Maybe using a bit of summer commission soon, I will consider adding an orchid as a glamorous touch to my home. I like the idea of using white paint (or even silver...) to transform knick-knacks into modern decorations, which I will keep in mind in setting the table when entertaining. Having a bookcase bar myself, I approve of the idea of repurposing a cart as a sophisticated bar. Perhaps most of all, I agree that quality linens are important. In fact, I plan to improve my bedding as late as Christmas this year. Right now, my white fitted sheet of a low thread count was picked up cheaply from Target and doesn't match the nicer white flat sheet of a set I used to own. Additionally, my nearly-four-year-old white comforter was scored cheaply from HomeGoods and is very lumpy inside the duvet. I would love to save up and upgrade with this one from Garnet Hill.

The fourth chapter on curb appeal inspired a couple minor home projects. Since I live in an apartment, I don't have a yard, but I do have a balcony and front door. Visitors see my balcony first as it faces the front of the building, right next to the building entrance. Around the time summer officially started, I budgeted for and purchased a couple of geraniums to fill my two terra cotta pots, one white and the other red. The blooms are prolific throughout the summer!




Coming up on my four-year anniversary in my home and only possessing a holiday wreath from Target for my front door before, I finally purchased one for another season. A glorious sunflower one for summer. It reminds me of Tuscan sunflower fields that I've seen in pictures. I ordered this stunning wreath from etsy shop KBhomecrafts. I know Tracy would have wanted me to make my own, sorry! Although without this book, it is likely that I would not have researched and saved up for any door decor. Now, I smile every time I approach my door.




My favorite part of the fifth chapter serves as my reminder to "dine al fresco more often" or even simply take a beverage of my choice on my balcony.

If you own a house, I think you would even find this book even more helpful than I did since I limited to what I am allowed to do because I rent an apartment home. Whatever your home and budget, it's nice to know that with some effort, your home can be luxurious.



4 comments:

  1. I lobe this! These are simple and practical tips that can have a big impact! I'd love to see the bookcase bar, as I'm unfamiliar with what this might look like? Love the sunflower wreath-- my favorite flowers! It must be great to see those first thing every time you walk into your home.

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    1. Erm... That should say, I LOVE this! Pardon the typo!

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  2. What a great review, Michelle. I enjoyed Tracy's ebook too and I love the ideas you have put into place. Your balcony is gorgeous and the Tuscan sunflowers on your door fabulous. Brava!

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  3. Michelle, thank you so much for your gracious review! I'm so glad my tips were helpful. I love your balcony and the cheery wreath on the door!

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