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Poking around Southern Living's site, we found a lot of low-cost ideas with a traditional twist. There are plenty of DIYable projects such as furniture makeovers and plate displays, but our favorite ideas came from the magazine's budget-friendly house tours, including a designer's ranch house renovation in Houston and an inspiring starter home in Atlanta...

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Designer Patti Perrier madeover her Houston ranch house by removing the carpet and painting the walls with a cream color. Patti paid attention to basics such as furniture arrangements and window coverings, avoiding an expensive overhaul.

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In Atlanta, this first-time homeowner decorated her place with reupholstered furniture, homemade pillows, and carefully chosen flea market finds.

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In this kitchen, compartmentalized shelves are stacked upwards to create more functional storage space. For other ways to make the most of a small kitchen, click here.

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Blue and white plates on the wall add character to this country bathroom. Inside the bathroom closet, a hidden washer and dryer add another level of functional space.

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This thrift store find was transformed with paint and new hardware. The magazine documented the makeover with step-by-step instructions.

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