If you enjoyed designer Leslie Segrete on Trading Spaces and While You Were Out, you definitely want to catch her latest show: A & E’s $100 Makeover.
Like other favorites of the home makeover show genre, Leslie’s new project transforms cluttered, uninspired rooms into more liveable spaces– all with limited time and money (specifically $100 per room). What makes this show fresh and interesting is the way Leslie maximizes her budget by utilizing the objects she finds in participants’ homes. That can of paint you bought two years ago for the decorating project you never got around to? She’ll use it on your weatherbeaten patio furniture– turning it into something fun again. Those tablecloths your mother insisted you take even though they don’t come close to fitting your table? No problem; Leslie’s a master at whipping up throw pillows and window treatments from unwanted linens.
Since we all have stuff lying around that could be put to better use and all love getting great home items for less, I think there’s a lot to learn and admire from the $100 Makeover‘s budget-friendly approach. Recently, I got the chance to catch up with Leslie, and she graciously passed on some tips for TFH readers.
With grilling and gardens on my mind, my first question was obvious. Since it’s summer entertaining season, what are some simple, inexpensive ways to liven up your patio for outdoor parties?
Leslie suggested “setting the stage” for the party with vibrant, colored tablewear. She’s impressed with the acrylic dishes from the Ty Pennington collection at Sears.
Ty Pennington floral drinkware collection at Sears.com
With a luscious selection of bright colors, cool patterns, and ombre styles available, just a bit can truly take your party from thrown-together barbecue to festive fete. Since many of these pieces are currently on sale for as little as $0.99, they’ll hardly put a dent in your cocktail budget. And if you’re looking to minimize expense even more, Leslie suggests adding just a few pieces to bring in that cheerful flavor. Even a few glasses to hold your flatware will give your outdoor event a special touch.
If you’re open to making a larger investment (the kind you’ll enjoy long past your next party), Leslie recommends shopping the Jaclyn Smith outdoor collection at Kmart. For a few hundred dollars, you may find some quality outdoor furniture that boosts your al fresco elegance many times over.
I’ve also had some luck finding colorful, vintage tablecloths on Ebay. They add a fun, retro touch, and since they aren’t family heirlooms, I don’t mind when someone spills salsa on them. Every stain is a story, right?
Stay tuned for more decorating and entertaining ideas from Leslie, and be sure to watch her on $100 Makeover on A&E, Saturdays at 10 AM Eastern/ Pacific!
Lucie Amberg is also a contributor to Powder Room Graffiti.