Top 5 Decorating on a Budget Blog Reviews

The Best Decorating Websites Make Thrifty Decorating Easy!

I’d like to review my choices for five of the best craft blogs and best decorating websites on the web. Many wonderfully talented individuals and creative crafters have created their own decorating on a budget blog or websites.

Many of these blogs and websites garner huge page views and posses a devoted following of fans as these very talented crafters and thrift decorators share their love for crafting, make money off their respective niche blogs and demonstrate their creative, savvy and cheap decorating ideas. All of these top five and best decorating on a budget blogs or websites have a presence on Facebook. Some of them have many pins and boards on Pinterest. Don't miss out on exploring these top sites for many lovely and unique DIY and crafting projects. Continue to hunt thrift stores for items to renovate and refurbish cheaply with these masters of budget-friendly decorating to guide and inspire more of your own budget DIY projects.

Many of the founders of these craft blogs are non-professionals who love decorating for less and have a real knack for finding frugal and inexpensive ways to decorate. They are also equally good at presenting their work and instructing others how to replicate their crafts and furniture makeovers. Kudos to them for sharing their talent and home decorating tips on a budget. While many of these excellent do-it-yourself crafters and home decorating experts are non-professionals, as mentioned, their talent and finesse for helping others and for thrifty decorating is outstanding.

Outstanding Features of the Best Craft Blogs

Not all of the sites mentioned below contain all of these terrific features but they do contain most of the following helpful attributes:

  1. Step-by-step directions
  2. Stunning still photography to go with detailed directions
  3. DIY project costs
  4. Video tutorials
  5. Where to buy product information
  6. Terrific looking and easy to do DIY projects and cheap room decorating ideas

Top Five Best Craft Blogs and Decorating Websites (in no particular order)

1) Apartment Therapy

Decorating small spaces on a budget

Apartment Therapy's speciality is decorating small Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design SolutionsCredit: Amazon product image
spaces on a budget.  Tips can be found on green living and on budget living. Discover their excellent house tours, fabulous before-and-after featured posts for DIY projects and other superb cheap room decorating ideas. Look also for posts on helpful homekeeping advice and top organizational advice too. Another outstanding Apartment Therapy highlight is their regional editions for certain cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle and so on. Scavenger roundup posts, of their Craigslist finds for these particular cities, make for fun and interesting reading as well. Apartment Therapy is also on Pinterest. Apartment Therapy creators likewise sell books on decorating small spaces on a budget on Amazon.

A hugely popular Apartment Therapy post:
Living Large in an Airstream Trailer House Tour

Apartment Therapy books for sale on

  1. Apartment Therapy: The Eight-Step Home Cure
  2. Apartment Therapy's Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces
  3. Apartment Therapy Presents: Real Homes, Real People, Hundreds of Design Solutions

2) Centsational Girl

Decorating for less

This is Kate's motto. She is a mom from Northern, California whose Centsational blog garners 1.5 million page views per month as stated on her about me page. Kate has been featured online, in print, and on TV on such shows as the Nate Berkus show. Look for project galleries, clear how-to tips and great pictures.  Kate prefers to spend time with her family instead of posting video tutorials.

Centsational Girl features occasional giveaways. I especially like her painting furniture posts and her recommendations. They are quite detailed for those who don’t have much experience painting or the knowledge of how to best paint old furniture.  Also look for Centsational Girl's many beautiful and fabulous decorating ideas and tips on her many Pinterest boards.

Step-by-step painting guide on Centsational Girl:
How to Paint Furniture

3) CraftyNest

Upcycling and recycling

CraftyNest is run by Monica Ewing and it's one of the more user-friendly sites offering beautiful online crafting ideas. Better still all decorating ideas found here feature frugal DIY projects and cheap room decorating ideas. Ewing states on her site that she loves to upcycle and recycle unwanted items. I especially like the Reader's Gallery on CraftyNest, a unique feature on her site, that demonstrates the finished products and steps taken or modified by others as they complete her helpful and first rate tutorials.

Try this thrifty redo of a popular Pottery Barn item:
Salvaged patchwork bulletin board

4) How About Orange

All things orange

Orange is such an amazing color for any use from fabric crafts and interior design to KitchenAid mixers in tangerine for the kitchen. One of the first posts I saw on How About Orange is the post about KitchenAid's artisan mixer in tangerine. This is a terrific site with lots of innovative and creative yet inexpensive decorating projects to try. Created by a graphic and textiles designer, How About Orange, features free downloads for origami paper crafts and fabric patterns, downloadable fonts, customisable calendars and printable holiday tags, cards and labels. Currently, How About Orange is a Bloggie finalist for being a rock star in the "best art, craft, or design weblog" category.

Fun and easy decorating from What About Orange:
Cheap, trash bag Halloween decorating

5) Design*Sponge

$$ Project costs for cheap decorating ideas

My favorite feature on Design*Sponge blog created by Grace Bonney is the dollar signs that figure prominently on the site next to each DIY or creative decorating project. I don't know of any other blog that presents this data as clearly as the Design Sponge team does on their site as compared to similar websites or blogs. Design Sponge truly features superlative craft, cheap decorating ideas and fun do-it-yourself projects as do these other blogs and websites.

Unique patio garden idea featured on Design Sponge:
DIY Project: Recycled Pallet Vertical Garden

Design*Sponge book on by Grace Bonney-
Design*Sponge at Home


Demo of Design Sponge's New Features and Navigation

Other Highlights to Look for on Decorating on a Budget Blog Sites

  1. Look at the blog rolls on these super blogs and websites for the names and links of other great frugal decorating websites
  2. Look for reader’s galleries to see the photos and read comments completed projects to gauge the success and ease of these inspiring projects. Are the projects really cheap room  decorating ideas and are they feasible to actually complete?
  3. Reader gallery reviews will also offer really good substitutions or modifications that can be made for redos and refurbishing projects
  4. Take advantage of the projecct cost estimates and monitor your spending as you begin any budget-friendly projects

Discover for yourself the many wonderful tutorials, projects and frugal decorating tips that these sites have to offer. I think you will agree that these sites are among the best craft blogs or best decorating websites on the web. If they are not yet your favorites or you include other such sites on your favorite list, these blogs and websites are, nevertheless, premier sites of their kind for decorating on a budget.  Stay tuned for photographs to accompany this article from one or more of these websites and blogs.

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