When my personal/design assistant confided in me that she was not very happy with the espresso brown leather sofa, loveseat and chair they had recently invested in, we came up with a plan to create a fresh, contemporary space that would incorporate these more traditional pieces. Having recently purchased the home together with her husband, renovation plans included new flooring, moldings and an upgraded kitchen. Here are a few tips we worked with to keep on budget and create a contemporary holiday look using her existing pieces.

REPLACE YOUR OLD AND DATED AREA RUGS with affordable seagrass rugs for a light and fresh look.

LEOPARD PRINTS PICK UP EXISTING GOLD BEIGE/EARTHY TONES. We added them along with some white pillows to create a fresh look. Adding wooden accessories helps to repeat the warm tones of the leopard pillows.

A USED BOOKSTORE IS A GREAT SOURCE FOR affordable coffee table books that can be used to create vignettes throughout the space.

ADDING FRESH EUCALYPTUS to a faux garland is an affordable way to make it look real!

DRAPERIES DO NOT HAVE TO BE EXPENSIVE. Inexpensive grommet drapes can be hemmed to the perfect length for the room, creating a contemporary look on a budget.

Maria Killam, http://www.mariakillam.com

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