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Take it from Minnesota native Jill Vegas, author of Speed Decorating: You can get a whole new look for a room (or even your entire home) with a few simple changes. Three of her lessons in quick decorating are pictured here.
Make instant furniture. Stack hardback books on the floor or on a low stool or dining chair. Top the pile with a lamp, vase or bowl to create a quick side table or nightstand. Place it where it won't get bumped, such as close to a wall.
Switch out art. Perk up walls by putting new artwork in frames you already own. "You can change your room so quickly with art," Jill says. "Go on an adventure and find some local artists that you like." For low-cost art, use the old standbys: pages from photography books or arty wall calendars. Even pro designers do it.
Refresh seats. A vibrant textile quickly transforms a worn sofa or chair. No sewing required! Tuck fabric between the chair and cushion, Jill says, and bring in coordinating pillows.
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