I don’t say renovation lightly- most of the time, a bad room or home can be completely transformed. Not by gutting half of the building or knocking down walls (although sometimes that is necessary), but by paying attention to details. From my experience, I’ve learned that small things like new switch plates and clean baseboards can totally change the look and atmosphere of your space.

My current project, an off-the-bedroom porch, has reminded me of this idea. Here are my top must-haves when giving my space a facelift! 

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New fan plugs

 For some reason, this tiny change makes everything look so much cleaner and nicer (probably because the old ones are covered in dust). You can find themed pulls for children’s rooms with butterflies and basketballs, or more decorative ones for subtle detail. 

Buy these at your local hardware store or Lowes for as little as $3.

Pillow covers

 I had pillow stuffings on hand, so I picked up some cute pillow covers at IKEA. The ones I bought have a small green pattern, which make them look like they belong outside. The fabric is also thick, and seems like it can withstand some wear and tear.

You can buy stuffings/covers at any home store, and they can change the look of a couch or a chair in seconds. When you get tired of the color or pattern, just switch the cover. And, the best part about these is, when they start getting dirty you just unzip and throw them in the washer! Easy as pie! 

IKEA sells covers starting at $4, but you can find them at places like Target, WalMart, or Tuesday Morning.


A few plants can change the vibe of any room- inside or out. In my living room, I have a larger plant in the corner with tall leaves in an ornate looking pot. The pot is actually plastic and from a garden shop, but it looks expensive! Big plants are perfect for corners, because there isn’t much else you can do with that space.

Smaller succulents or plants look great on entry tables, shelves, or mantles. Get colored pots for a little more detail! If you can’t seem to keep even the hardiest plants alive, try fake ones. You can often find cute, artificial plants already in decorative pots at TJ Maxx or HomeGoods. And, they’re usually inexpensive! 

Glass jars and vases

I have to admit that I have a slight obsession with glassware (and with decorative bowls, but that’s another story). My favorite ones are made from colored glass- the green, red, and purple look so festive in the fall.

The cool thing about vases and jars are you can use them for so many things. Stick pens or markers in one, flowers in another, and forks in the more stout container. Or, leave them empty and let the colors reflect in the sunlight! These look great on a bar cart or shelf, and can jazz up any side table. 

Hobby Lobby has a good selection, as does IKEA and HomeGoods.

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own

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