You asked, we answered – here we solve 10 common decorating queries with easy and affordable ideas.

Question #1 

I’d like to give my bedroom a fresh new look but don’t have the budget or time required for a full-on makeover. How can I transform its look and feel on a shoestring (and in the space of a weekend)?

Answer: There are lots of easy and affordable (and a few free!) ways to give your sleep space a mini makeover. First, a thorough declutter and clean will give you a fresh slate to introduce a few key pieces that will bring new energy to the bedroom. Hanging artwork that makes you feel calm and happy will be an instant improvement. For more ideas, read 9 ways to update your bedroom in a weekend.

Question #2

My hubby has a hideous armchair I hate but he loves. How do I make my peace and live with it?

Answer: Simple, either move it to 
a room you don’t spend much time in, or reorganise the living space so that it works for him, but you don’t directly face it. You’d be surprised how the process of moving it might help 
your attitude in general.

Related: How to live with a messy person

Question #3

My kids do their homework on the kitchen table and it’s such a pain. How do I change that if we don’t have a study?

Answer: You don’t need a whole room, just 
a designated nook. There are often spaces in homes that could do with 
an shelf and you’re done. Take a 
fresh look at the spaces between rooms.

Related: 10 tips to create a budget-friendly home office

Question #4

Stylists mention ‘vignettes’. What does that mean and how do I create one?

Answer: A vignette is simply a little collection of pieces to show 
off your favourite things. The trick is to try to keep all the items either similar in colour or texture, and use lots of interesting shapes.

Question #5

My home is full of downlights, but I really 
love all the pendants I keep seeing on shows like The Block. Can I have them?

Answer: Former The Block 
contestant Shannon Vos is all about doing away with downlights. There are some affordable options at , or get creative and make your own with mason jars or teacups.

Question #6

I love my cat but the fur is driving me insane 
– especially on my sofa. What are the best vacuums to keep the fur under control?

Answer: Check out our round-up of the best vacuums to tackle cat and dog fur, or take a look at How to keep your house clean when you have pets 

Question #7

What is the easiest way to get my kids to clean up after themselves?

Answer: Declutter expert Peter Walsh says the best way to get your kids on board is to “Make sure everything has a place and playtime isn’t over until the toys are away.”  Try How to trick your kids into tidying up

Question #8

I can’t afford art for my 
place. What are good 
places to buy prints?

Answer: There are loads of great online stores. Try and . Also take a look at 8 ways to make over your home without spending a cent

Question #9

I keep seeing blush pink everywhere. Is it too girlie for a family home?

Answer: Not at all, it’s about what you pair it with. Work with greys and neutrals and 
be sparing. Just a touch here and there. Find some inspiration at 7 ways to use soft blush tones at home

Question #10

When is the best time to invest in a sofa? My kids are quite young but our couch is looking really tired.

Answer: There’s no perfect time, 
but we think it’s when kids are regularly eating at 
a table, and know how 
to put the cap on a Texta… When you’ve decided the time is right, visit 4 steps to finding your perfect sofa