Want to make some long-term design changes but only have one weekend? Try one of these ideas:
(3) Update the flooring with an area rug. It's OK to place a decorative rug on carpet and is a quick fix for worn and dated carpet. Change the area rugs you have from one room to another for a new look. You don't have to add lots of pattern to make it work; a great texture can make a terrific change.
(4) Change your art. Add a mirror, create a 'pair' of pieces, re-arrange one wall with a vignette of photos or art rather than one or two large ones. Buy some new art and frames at www.art.com.
(6) Hang new window coverings. If you have blinds, try adding side panels for softness and warmth. www.ikea.com has great pairs for under $40. Already have panels? Change them out, add trim, add tassels, change the rods. Going from heavy drapes to sheers will make a big difference in the space. Need blinds? The big box stores sell ready-to-hang and cut-to-fit blinds. Here, the woven blinds were dressed with both panels and a valence to create a very elegant new look.