5 Cheap Ways to Spruce up Your Space

Tomorrow my loft is going to be photographed for a local website.  I gotta say, nothing makes you look at your space with a more critical eye than knowing someone is going to take photos of it. You start to notice things that your eyes usually gloss over every day; like scuffs on the wall or how pilly your couch is.  Here are some things I did in my loft to make it photo ready: 1. Magic Eraser.  They aren't kidding, this thing is amazing.  From wall scuffs, light switch smudges, to deck stains, this thing handles everything.  I used to to demolish little kitty paw prints, shoe scuffs, and the gross part of the wall I put my feet up on while I'm on the computer.  They are all squeaky clean now!

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2. De-fuzz.  If you have a cat (or 3), you may have some pulls on your couch.  They make your couch look old and crappy.  I have tried several de-fuzzers and the best one I have found so far is the Evercare Giant Fuzz Remover.  It's huge, take 2 AA batteries and makes short work of those cat pulls.  I don't know why it has so many negative reviews.  My guess is people don't know to take the clear protective cover off.

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3. Pillows.  After I de-pilled the couch, I realized that snags were not my only problem.  When had my couch pillows become so dingy and sad?  So I went shopping for new pillows.  You don't have to spend a million dollars on pillows, lots of places have pillows on sale all the time.  Only suckers pay retail.  I got this big Anthro one for half off.  Look at the little sloth! Is he cute or what?! I got him at Myrtle.  The purple one is from my friend Izzy at Dekor.  Or if you have a sewing machine, get to the fabric store and make your own!

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4. Spray paint something.  If you are a DIY person, chances are you have some spray paint lying around.  And most likely some painters tape as well.  Use those to add a pop of color to something in your space.  I added a bit orange to this stool and look how cute it is!  I like the way it ties into the backsplash.  (Even though I am not really fond of that backsplash.)

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5. Add fresh stems.  You don't have to go out and buy expensive flowers to give your space a fresh feel.  A lot of my herbs are bolting right now and they look great in a simple mason jar or old bourbon bottle.  You could grab some wildflowers from the side of the road or weeds from abandoned parking lot.  Get a $5 bouquet at Trader Joe's.  Whatever.  I like the look of unconventional blooms.

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Look around your space and pretend someone is coming over to photograph it.  Or the president is coming.  Or Martha Stewart is bringing over some fuit tarts.  What would you want to spruce up? Leave more suggestions in the comments!