To decorate or renovate?? A good question to ask yourself as you are planning spaces in your home.  Budget is what usually dictates this decision.

I was lucky enough to purchase a condo in Florida this Spring.  It is a two bedroom, two bathroom space with an eat-in kitchen and spacious living room.  It has a comfortable screened in balcony over looking the water.  The condo came furnished and in very good condition.  It had been a rental property prior to me and had good basic pieces.  However it didn’t have a “beachy”, “holiday” feel to me at all.


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I closed on the property on April 2, 2013.  I had a planned visit for April 15th (by car) and only had five days to complete my projects.  So time was an issue and then of course….money!!  So mini make-overs it was!!  I must say, although totally exhausted (my friend Diana too!!) it was very rewarding! With mostly editing (all donated to a local charity who picked up!) small furniture changes and art work, it is definitely feeling boho, beachy.  I love it!

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We actually completed a couple of small projects in each room.  But I am only showing the living room today.  The coffee table came all the way from home.  It was won at my son’s school fund raiser. It is from UpCountry and it definitely paved the way for the rest of the space.  The matching chair to the sofa was donated to charity and replaced with two very pretty bamboo chairs.  Although very comfortable, I wanted to both soften the chairs and add some colour.  The beautiful throws and two pillows on the sofa made my decision to add orange as an accent colour an easy one.  Of course I had to include blues….what seaside home is complete without blue?? With new art work, lamps and some pretty books, the room is almost complete! I moved the TV to the opposite corner of the room for more comfortable viewing.  I also replaced a leather lazy boy chair with a side board for storage, a lamp with rope accents and some home made art.

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When the budget permits I will change the carpet out for scraped hard wood.  I of course have plans to spray furniture, but Paint It Like New is kind of far away…….hmmm……hmmmmmm.