Pleated Pendant Lamp (West Elm)

Pleated Pendant Lamp (West Elm)

In our upcoming book we devote a chapter to redecorating on the cheap. So many people, hungry for a change, make the mistake of throwing the baby out with the bathwater, opting for all new furniture and accessories—rather than re-purposing and re-imagining what they’ve already got.

In a recent NY Times there’s a useful piece about a single mother who, with a budget of around $1,000 and a raging appetite for something new, transformed her blah living room. The perfect Bitch on a Budget, we’d say. The end results are fairly impressive. With a little paint; some chic West Elm lighting; and a few smart accessories from CB2, Ikea, and Pier One—the overall effect is, if we say so ourselves—pretty bitchin’.

Have you transformed a room on a modest budget? Send us before & after pics! Or be a brave soul and post a pic of a room you long to make new!