I recently wrote an article for the Great Southwest Home Show that had some easy and inexpensive ideas that might help you.
You can be frugal and still have a beautiful home -the key is to really put together a plan with what you want to accomplish and how much you want to spend before you start shopping.
When a start on a Lifestylist® Designed home, the first thing I do is think about the homeowners lifestyle, and how they'll be living in it. Do they have kids? How Old? Pets? Are sports important? Do they like to entertain? Do they enjoy spending time in the kitchen or would they rather share "Take-In" with their guests?
Making over your home can be as simple sometimes as just moving some things around -by giving the room a different "flow" and feel, you might end up with just the experience you were hoping for!