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25 Halloween Costumes w/Your LBD

The easiest way to create a last-minute or inexpensive Halloween costume is to start with things you already have. I do it every year, because I get so frustrated with how expensive yet poorly-made most Halloween costumes are. I'd rather use what is already in my closet, or spend a little extra on accessories or a new dress that I can wear anytime of the year. A little black dress is the easiest way to use what you have to create a Halloween costume with a few inexpensive accessories and other accessories you probably already have in your closet.Pictured Above: Halloween Black Mesh Dress

1. Black Cat - This is the easiest way to use your little black dress on Halloween. I know it's pretty much the most generic costume in history, but for good reason - it's just so easy and affordable. It's the perfect last-minute costume for women, because you could really use any black outfit even if you don't have a little black dress. Pair it with your black flats or heels and a…

How to Get Las Vegas Luxury Decor on a Budget
by Ali Lawrence

I've always been obsessed with homes that are beautifully styled. Lately I've been helping my sister house hunt in Las Vegas, and I have been amazed at the luxury and attention to detail. We've been visiting houses all over her price range, and we even got to visit some houses that I've only dreamed of seeing in person. Thankfully, I know a realtor who was kind enough to show us some more luxurious options.
Pictured Above: A Las Vegas Casino Design Mastermind Shares His Secrets via ELLE DECOR

I've been scouring the Internet for weeks, trying to find pieces that could provide the same impact I saw in these homes, but there was nothing online that even came close. Instead of moping around, fretting that my house would never be as beautiful as the ones I saw during these home tours, I decided that I would make my own luxurious home decor to rival the Las Vegas mansions. Just a few simple and affordable changes make for a more polished look that can make any home look like it has received a professional touch.

1. Vent Makeover

Every room in your house, unless it's an old home, probably has some sort of vent system. Those Las Vegas homes were pristine, with every fixture blending right into the room. I wouldn't even have noticed that they existed if I hadn't been snooping around every corner to find out the secrets of luxurious design. Instead of letting the rusty metal be an eyesore, update it with a bit of spray paint and your home will be looking just as polished.

2. Cord Hider

Another thing that was well hidden in these homes were the TV plugs, electric cords, and phone chargers. Even the TV consoles had everything cord-related put away. Don't go out and buy a new entertainment center just to hide those unseemly wires. Instead repurpose a decorative box to hide those wires and to keep them from getting tangled.


3. Green Air

Perhaps the strangest thing I noticed in all these homes was the collection of plants that were elegantly placed in pots and terrariums. It seems those who live the luxurious life appreciate bringing a bit of nature indoors. Succulents in particular are trending in luxury decor. But you don't have to use an expensive terrarium to put them on display. Anything made of clear glass can be used to recreate the look on a budget. Pictured: Planetarium Terrarium via Anthropologie

4. Yard Sale Art

Keep an eye out for yard sales on the weekends because they're a treasure trove of interesting, beautiful items for a fraction of the cost. Every home we visited in Vegas had amazing bookshelves that were artfully decorated. Somehow the designers managed to capture the look of unintentional curation. The shelves were lined with books in unique textures and random gizmos and gadgets that helped to define each space. Add character to your bookshelves with a collection of interesting trinkets you can get for a steal at a local yard sale.

5. Throw Pillow DIY

I don't know about you, but I always think a bed or couch looks more luxurious when covered in pillows. The people who owned these homes seemed to have the same idea and dotted every plush surface with pillow after pillow. Unfortunately, even if you go to an off-price retailer, throw pillows are still pretty expensive. In order to get the same look without spending a fortune, buy a few pillow forms and some fabric at a craft store and make your own for much less than you'd purchase ready-made.

About the Author: Ali Lawrence blogs over at Homey Improvements about DIY projects, home advice and healthy living. Connect with her on Twitter @DIYfolks or on Google+.

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