Customizing a builder basic, or “cookie cutter” house can change the entire feel and make it a home. Even when you have a tight budget, there are personalization’s that can be made, to make the home yours.

“Your home should be a reflection of things you love and show your personal style.”

“What updates will add value to my home?” This is by far the most popular question when helping create a more curated space for clients. 

There are many different options for changing the look, even on a tight budget. I work with a wide variety of vendors that offer great products at all price points.

Does the term “builder beige” ring a bell? Yes, builder beige is the easy go-to that you will find in many cookie cutter and builder basic homes. The flat, dry paint is usually found on every single wall in a house. I once was a victim of builder beige, and it was one of the first things that had to go. I wanted to add some life in the house and there’s nothing quite like fresh paint to do that. I have an open concept home, so I went with one color throughout the kitchen, dining and living rooms, and spiced it up a little with the powder room!

Yes! The powder room is a great space to go bold and add some rich color or wall paper. Take a look at what we did to this builder basic powder room. It went from drab to warm and inviting. We added new lighting, a framed mirror, hardware, countertop, re-purposed the vanity by painting it a rich blue, and added the beautiful large print coral wallpaper. We made a huge impact with this small space, and it was a WIN.

Chic Design Before
Chic Design After

Hardware! Don’t underestimate the difference hardware can make in a house. No matter your style, there is hardware out there for you! This is one of the easiest, most budget friendly updates you can make in a home. It’s amazing the difference it can make in a kitchen, bathroom, or even change the feel of furniture.  

Light fixtures are yet another great way to personalize your home on a budget. There are so many resources to find quality, yet budget friendly options that will set your home apart from the rest.

For any questions, please feel free to contact me at or by calling 231.620.0201

Chicly Yours,


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