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Decorating a Small House on a Budget

Colorful accents breathe life into neutral furnishings in the living room. The vintage Italian coffee table was an inexpensive yard sale find, and the room-size area rug was a free castoff from a friend. By saving money on those pieces, the homeowner was able to splurge on a French cabinet and last-forever, always-in-style side chairs. Mixing scavenged finds with newer, store-bought pieces is what gives the home its relaxed, welcoming character.