From Avenue to Western Living, the magazines we love tease us with stunning pictures of well-styled homes.  They often show it’s the personal touches that represent your individual character that makes a house home. Many of us fret about the time, inspiration and investment to do it right, but there’s no need. You can make your home look and feel new again, without breaking the bank or spending months on one project.

Here’s how in three easy steps:

  • Keep It RealBrookfieldDIYTag (1)
    Work with your favorite current pieces and accessorize. A well-chosen new pillow, throw, covering, or place in the house can renew soft furnishings you already own. Staged settings are not always the most livable or inviting.
  • Cut the clutter
    Less is more. Pack away the superfluous or donate items you no longer love. A clean space delivers contemporary character. Take a look-in at one of Brookfield’s most dramatic designer showcases in industrial-glam style.  You can experience this more minimalist residence at one of the show homes in Edmonton’s Edgemont community. Here combinations of old and new with rustic brick and dark woods come to life when well-lit with modern and efficient LEDs.
  • Buy local
    A sense of place is best cultivated when you embrace local goodness. Venture to quirky staples like Twisted Goods in Calgary or the Old Strathcona Antique Mall in Edmonton. Local artisans like Meraki Supply craft and sell goods with homespun flair.

Looking for more real-life inspiration? Brookfield is opening 11 different show homes in four communities this year, all designed with a specific theme in mind.

If you can’t check out the show homes in person, surf online. Brookfield is active with Pinterest, pinning and curating pictures of trends, project ideas and how-to’s. After creating a fresh, stylish space to come home to, share it with us on social media using #BrookfieldDIY.