Central Florida new homesOur model home at Whitemarsh in Leesburg, Florida, is a little over 6 years old and, while it still shows beautifully, the décor was starting to look dated. A few months ago, I toured the model along with our VP of Sales and we decided it was time to update the decor! As with many companies and individuals, our budget was limited so I had to put some thought and planning into how to update this Central Florida home without spending a lot of money. 

In my years of home design and model decorating experience, one of the most important things I have learned is to start a decorating project with two clearly defined goals – the budget and the overall finished look that you are going for.

After walking through the Whitemarsh model, the first thing I noticed was the whole interior was painted white. Paint is easy and inexpensive to change and can make a huge overall impact, so this was the first item on my to-do list. I decided to paint the entire interior one neutral color (PPG’s Almond Brittle, which is an included paint color at Highland Homes) and add colorful accent walls and trim in different rooms in the home. The Winston II model has beautiful tray ceilings in the master bedroom and dining room, which I thought really needed nice color inside the stepped tray to highlight and accent this detail. To decide what colors to use for accent paint, I first needed to determine what furniture and accessories I was going to keep and which items I was going to replace.

Room by room, I made a list of the items that I was going to reuse and took pictures. Some items I wanted to keep, but move to different rooms where they would better fit the space.  When I went back through the photos, I noticed common colors in each room of greens, blues, and reds and decided to use these as accents throughout the home. I pulled out my PPG paint color fan deck and selected shades of these colors to come up with the paint scheme for the home.

Now that I knew what items I was keeping, I contacted The Room Exchange, a consignment shop located in Land O’ Lakes, FL, and they picked up the furniture that was not going to be reused. We have utilized consignment shops in the past when doing redecorating projects and it works out great – within 48 hours, The Room Exchange had an offer for us for all the furniture pieces. This went a long way towards providing money to purchase new furniture and accessories.

Now that the budget was finalized, it was time to go shopping! All the main furniture pieces were bought at Ashley Furniture and accessories were purchased from stores such as Ross, Target, Hobby Lobby, HomeGoods, and Old Time Pottery. Lots of work went into preparing for the new furniture and accessories to be installed. One tip for you is to get some helpers!  We had a couple of people come in and help move all the furniture away from the walls, take down all the pictures and wall accessories, and remove window treatments in order for the trim carpenters and painters to come in.

Meanwhile, while that was being taken care of, I was meeting with our window treatment company, Window Trends of Tampa, to design new window treatments. The Winston II floor plan has lots of great windows and natural lighting and was in need of new, lighter and brighter fabrics to go with the new paint and color scheme. I showed Window Trends the new bedding I had purchased for various rooms and she suggested complimentary fabrics for the custom-made window treatments, which added the perfect finishing touch to all the rooms in the home.

I added ceiling fans with light fixtures to the family room and living room, which needed a little more light. New black-on-black Whirlpool appliances were ordered to give new life to the kitchen, along with new accessories for on top of the cabinets to coordinate with the paint scheme in the adjoining nook and family room.

The new furniture was delivered after the painters finished up, and after adding the new accessories, window treatments and finishing touches, the new and improved décor debuted to the public in mid-October.

Take a look at our Before and After album on Pinterest to see some of the changes we made, and come by Whitemarsh anytime to see the new décor for yourself! If you are considering re-decorating your home, I hope these tips have helped to show you how you can redecorate on a budget.

Highland Homes builds new homes throughout Central Florida, Tampa Bay, Manatee County, and coming soon to Ocala.  For more information, visit Highland Homes online today!