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I remember when I was recently married. I had a new space to call home, to decorate and to make it ours! That feeling is somehow indescribable but along that happy thought was the uncertainty of not knowing where to start decorating and with a tight budget. It can be overwhelming!


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My friend Jennifer and her husband Robert were going through exactly this stage in life. They recently got married and were living in a rental house along four dogs. They both wanted their house to feel more like a home of their own and a place where their furry children would feel comfortable. After discussing which area they could start decorating, we all agreed in starting with the master bedroom. This room was big enough for everyone and really needed a new look – the photo above is the newlywed’s bedroom before the revamp…

When working on a budget, it is crucial to try to use many of the existing furniture pieces. Some of the accessories that we used were the bed, two chairs, a bench and a bookcase. Adding some new accents and rearranging the existing pieces made a huge difference in this space. Here is a list of what we did to transform their bedroom…


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Created a Sitting Area: The already existing chairs and bookcase were the starting point for creating a sitting area in themaster bedroom. I found a unique vintage inspired lamp at HomeGoods that helped in setting a reading nook for the couple.


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To define this space, a rug was placed in the center of the area and a storage ottoman (from HomeGoods of course) served as a coffee table. I styled the bookcase with some textural storage boxes and an array of vintage cameras that Jennifer has been collecting for years. This area also served as the perfect place to set the dogs’ beds and toys.


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What I loved about creating this area besides its main purpose, was the many accessories that I was able to incorporate that now serve as storage: ottoman, boxes and baskets. You would not believe how much functional and stylish furniture/accessories HomeGoods has with storage.


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Unisex Bed Area: A “his and her” bed area needed a neutral territory where two different styles can meet in agreement. For this, I used a denim colored comforter found at HomeGoods served as the base for this setting. To soften the color, I added some floral pillows, as well as a set of orange ones for an unexpected pop of color.


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I replaced the old “mismatched” side tables with some mid-century modern inspired nightstands also from HomeGoods. We just changed the pulls to add an interesting detail. One of my favorite accessories in this area were the lamps because these bare a resemblance in form with the “Tour Eiffel” wall art that was already above the bed.


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As you can see, the key to this upgraded newlywed couple’s bedroom was to rearrange the existing furniture and to create a style with some accessories that spoke to both sides (and their furry co-partners). The final result is a transformed room for the new family to have a comfortable space of their own for sleeping, reading, and playing with their dogs! I hope this showed you how easy it is to merge personal styles and easily transform a room on a budget, all thanks to some simple tips and HomeGoods’ amazing prices!


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Gloribell Lebron is paid blogger. She’s an interior stylist and designer with a strong background and knowledge in graphic design. View more of her work at I Don’t Know How She Does It. (Find her on InstagramPinterestTwitter and Facebook.)


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