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Budget Bedroom Decorating Just Like HGTV

Updated on April 8, 2015
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Florida lifestyle, decorating, and retirement are topics covered by Virginia, who shares her own experiences.

The High - Low Bedroom Project

Inspired by Sabrina Soto's program on HGTV, I want to make over a bedroom using her budget tips. On the show, she interviews the homeowners about the look they want for their room. She then assembles all the furniture and accessories to create their dream room.

What they see is a very expensive, high-end designer room. They love it, but can't afford it. She then recreates the room for them using budget furnishings to get the same look for a budget price. Just imagine, getting a $28,000 bedroom for just $2,800. With savvy shopping and do-it-yourself, Sabrina performs this miracle.

Let's try out some of her tips here. I hope you'll find some inspiration here to apply to your own bedroom makeover.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Who Is Sabrina Soto?

I first spotted Sabrina Soto hosting the HGTV series Get It Sold. She did quick makeovers to help homeowners sell their homes. I loved the staging she did to transform each house.

Before that she hosted shows on TLC and on MTV. Her background in real estate and interior design comes together in her HGTV programs.

Here's a quickie video showing tidbits from her television career.

Highlights from Sabrina Soto's Shows

Let's Imagine a Dream Bedroom Retreat

Here are my ideas

I'm visualizing a room with soothing colors such as pure whites and the aqua colors that will make me think of the ocean and white sand beaches.

I'd like something unusual for a headboard that will give an architectural feel or serve as a strong graphic element in the room.

Since I love to read, I'd like a comfortable seating area in the bedroom with cushy pillows.

(photo by Virginia Allain of the inspiration bedroom taken at the Solivita model homes)

Look More Closely at the Bedroom - That We Want to Duplicate

solivita bedroom
solivita bedroom

I took this photo in one of the model homes in Solivita, a retirement community in Central Florida.

Here's what I like about this room and why it has a luxurious feel to it. The soft teal color in the pillows give that beachy feeling in contrast to the white coverlet. The stitching in the coverlet reminds me of patterns left in sugar-fine sand by retreating wavelets as the tide goes out.

The curtains bring a different shade of blue like the variations of water color in the ocean. The light colored walls make the one-of-a-kind headboard stand out serving a dual purpose of anchoring the bed and dressing up the wall with a piece of art.

The lampshade, draped with organza tied in a bow, adds a finishing touch.

Watch Sabrina Soto Transform a Room - I love her style!

Dress up a Burlap Shade Table Lamp - By Adding a Bow

Sabrina Soto gets quite creative in matching the expensive designer elements in the inspiration room. One thing she looks at is the size, shape and feel of the replacement piece. It isn't always an exact match, but gives the same balance and general look to the room.

Here is a table lamp with a burlap shade. It's reasonably close to the silhouette and size of the one in the big photo above. Now work your magic on it by adding a big, organza bow to it.

Check the Prices Online - for an Oatmeal Loveseat

In her show, Sabrina often says "I found this online." Now she isn't specific, but she could be shopping online sites like Target or Walmart which are considerably cheaper than buying at furniture showrooms. Quite likely she checks Amazon which has a huge selection.

Here's the loveseat similar to the one in my inspiration room. It's covered in linen.

What You Need to Make the Coral Pillow Shown on the Sofa

Here's What You Need to Make Your Own Coral Graphic Pillow

Perfect Fit 180 Thread-Count Cotton Euro Square Pillow, White
Perfect Fit 180 Thread-Count Cotton Euro Square Pillow, White

With a plain pillow like this, you can use paints to add a design of coral. What a bargain, when you compare it to designer pillows that you can purchase.


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More Ideas for a Budget Bedroom Makeover

  • Check eBay for items wanted for the room.
  • Shop the local thrift store and yard sales looking for pieces to refresh or make-over for the room.
  • Try making things yourself or finding a local craftsperson. For instance the headboard here could be made from metal rings welded together. If you see what you want, take a photo of it to use as an example. Another way to create the wooden rings (substituted for a headboard in the inspiration room) would be to use embroidery hoops and paint them yourself to get the varied look wanted.

Blue and White Striped Area Rug - Slightly different from the one in the inspiration bedroom

In the photo of the designer room, it shows an area rug in blue and white stripes. Most of it is under the sofa, so I think you could get the look you want with this less expensive indoor/outdoor rug.

© 2013 Virginia Allain

Would You Like to Give Your Bedroom a Makeover? - Or Another Room?

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I do shop in eBay once in a while as I like vintage but I stopped as I want to declutter and stay with a few pieces. I do watch the HGTV shows once in while. I enjoy it.

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      4 years ago from Land of Aloha

      We pretty much redid our whole house last summer. It was done on a budget too. I LOVE HGTV!!! (Sorry for the all caps, but that's how much I enjoy the channel.) :)

    • ismeedee profile image


      5 years ago

      I love what pretty cushions and lamps do, relatively cheaply, to lift the look of the bedroom! Nice lens!

    • MartiLawrence profile image

      Marti Lawrence 

      5 years ago from Grain Valley, Missouri

      I don't redecorate very often but there are some really nice ideas here.

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love her design ideas!

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @ecogranny: I just assumed everyone knew of that TV channel. Guess I should clarify.

    • ecogranny profile image

      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm going to have to Google HGTV (blushing). I've not heard of it until now. I do like that pretty bedroom, though, and surprised at our similar taste. We've been wanting a headboard solution for ours. The example has given me some new ideas. Thank you so much!


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