Rearranging and Repurposing


As I mentioned on Wednesday, one of the best ways to decorate on a budget is to reorganize and rearrange what you already have. Sometimes that's all it takes to make things feel new--or meet new needs. I'm loving how Yvonne of Yvestown did just that, turning her office into a snug! I'd never heard a room called a snug before, so I looked it up; it's a "small cozy retreat room in a private home." Yvonne plans to use hers as a space to read, relax, play the piano, plan trips, and get away from the distractions of the internet. I love this idea!

rearranging and repurposing

There is a photo of Yvonne's old office in this post. By simply rearranging furniture and the function of the room, it feels new and fresh!

reading room

I absolutely love the sweet polka dot wallpaper.

reading room

We have a little bonus room in our house that we planned to turn into a reading room (with games and puzzles too). This gives me some motivation to finish that room!

reupholstered sofa

Yvonne got this sofa for free--in an ugly, dirty flowered burgundy fabric. She was able to reupholster it for half the price of a new sofa--and look how pretty it is now! Thrifty and it saved a lot of waste.

This is probably my favorite part of the room! The black mantel and piano work to ground all the whites and pastels in the room, and those colorful tapers are just adorable. I'd love to have a piano of my own to play one day...I'm not very good at it, but I like playing for fun anyways.

Yvonne says the fun in decorating is: "letting it go, living in it a little, change something, add something, remove something. It’s an ongoing process of evolution." I couldn't agree more!

Do you have a room in your house that you'd like to rearrange or repurpose? Or perhaps something on a smaller scale--like putting your dining room chandelier in the bedroom? Of course, sometimes repurposing is a necessity--when you have a baby on the way, or if you start working from home, etc. But even if you're just starting to feel a bit bored with the way your house is, a little rearranging can make a big difference! Rather than blowing a bunch of money on new things, try moving around what you already own to shake things up. You may be surprised by how new it feels!

See more photos and shopping sources here. Hope you all have an amazing three-day weekend!!

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  1. Posted by kelsey on Friday, May 24th, 2013

    this is a gorgeous, dream home!
    kw, ladies in navy
    jewelry giveaway!
  2. Posted by Jenn V on Friday, May 24th, 2013

    I love the pink polka dot wall!
  3. Posted by Ben on Friday, May 24th, 2013

    We already have the games so we really need to finish that bonus room!
    • Posted by Aileen on Monday, May 27th, 2013

      Yes, let's work on it soon!
  4. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

    This is a great way to make things seem new! Also everyone should have a snug!!!
  5. Posted by Renae on Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

    Fun! I love little reading nooks!