Good Design on a Tight Budget


By Rachel Greathouse, Rachel Greathouse Design GO AHEAD AND PAINT IT I am constantly changing and updating my home and love to find fun, unexpected ways to do this without breaking the bank. Painting is one of the least expensive ways to make a big impact and give your space some “punch.” You don’t have to paint everything; but do paint something unexpected like the pantry or behind your bookshelves for some color that makes you happy. I love to find a flea market piece and paint it something bright and bold. This is a great way to incorporate a color that may be too much on the wall but you can still enjoy in the room.

MIX AND MATCH I always tell my clients it doesn’t have to match- it just needs to work. This means we shouldn’t be afraid to mix styles, patterns, and eras. If you do this right, you will get a current and fresh look. Take your grandmother’s favorite chest and pair it will a modern clean lined lamp or mid century modern mirror. Throw in some unique accessories, and enjoy. This is such an easy way to give your home interest, character and feeling like the style is all your own.

LOVE IT What’s your favorite color? Artwork? Funky piece of furniture? Whatever the case may be, don’t be afraid to use it in your space--and love it. I hear all the time, “I’m not sure if this works in my new house or goes with the style of the home.” Or, “Hmmm… what do you think?” If you love something by all means use it! You can make most anything work if you have the right pieces to work with it. When you view the finished room, you will smile and say, “I’m glad I did that!” Your home should feel collected, not decorated…It’s your special place. Tell your story.

FOREVER HOME If you have some vintage furniture or a unique piece you picked up at the flea market, spend a little money making it fantastic. A beautiful upholstery grade fabric can give your piece new life that you will enjoy for years to come. Spend the money on items that you can use and enjoy wherever you may live; and save money on accessories that you can change out more frequently. I love pillows and switch mine out all the time—I have to admit I have a closet full of them; and it’s such an easy way to change the look of your home in about 5 minutes.

Rachel Greathouse lives in Milton with her husband and children. Because of her belief that personality can be showcased through good design, Rachel works closely with her clients to create inspiring and functional spaces. Her approach to design is fun and friendly. In keeping with Atlanta’s postmodern style, she loves to re-purpose unique pieces, as well as combine old with new for a fresh look. Rachel has been featured in HGTV magazine, chosen as one of Atlanta’s Top 15 designers, on TLC’s “Four Houses” TV show and recently did a Whirlpool commercial with her family. 404-310-6205•