Start Here - Matthew IacopelliHello and welcome! I’m Matthew Iacopelli, creator of Decorating With Less. If you are new to the world of interior design, home decorating, DIY, and decorating with less, this page is you! It contains the information to help you get up to speed quickly and started with decorating your home.

This site is devoted and focused on budget-friendly home decorating, DIY projects for your home, and simplicity in the home.

Here’s a quick introduction to what home decorating means, as I define it on the blog, and some resources to help you set yourself on the path of decorating your home.

“Home Decorating” Defined

Home decorating is the sweet frosting on a birthday cake…and who doesn’t love the frosting. I like to say home decorating is what give a home life and personality.

How do I define home decorating…

Home decorating is selecting furniture, furnishings, colors to give a home function and style that mean the needs of those who call the house home.

Let me quickly go a little deeper into what that definition means. When you are decorating your home you maybe doing the following actions…

  • Picking out a new sofa for your living room.
  • Selecting paint colors for your master bedroom.
  • Adding home decor accessories to your mantle (vases, candles, books, decorative objects, pillows, etc).
  • Putting up curtains.
  • Hanging pictures and artwork.

The goal is when doing these activity is to of course have FUN…because if is not fun then why do it and…

…to enhance the space to meet your needs (function) and your desired style (a.k.a. traditional, modern, eclectic, industrial).

If picking out paint colors, furniture or home accessories frighten you…you have come to the right place. I will walk you through the process of turning an empty room into the room of your dreams.

"Home decorating is what gives your life and personality to a home."

Budget-Friendly Decorating

One of the biggest barriers you keeping you from decorating your home is…MONEY. I completely understand that barrier because it is one of my greatest barriers that keeps me from quickly designing the home of my dreams.

Check out my post, Why Frugal Home Decorating is My Passion, to learn more about my financial struggles.

A goal of this site is to help you breakthrough this barrier of money so you can start decorating your home. What is my plan to achieve this goal…

  • Sharing smart ways to save money when decorating and designing your home.
  • Helping you best use your decorating budget to get the biggest impact.
  • Letting you know where to shop to get the best deals on home decor.
  • Giving you resources to help you save money and manage your expenses when purchasing home decor.

Decorating your home doesn’t have to be expensive and the fact is you can create a beautiful on any budget…even a shoestring budget. I will show you how.

Posts about Saving Money

Secret To Saving Money For Home Decorating [FREE GUIDE]
5 Websites for Free Photography to Decorate Your Home
27 Ways to Avoid a Sticker Shocked Husband
Smart Strategies to Save Money on Kitchen Countertops
Money Saving Tips For Living Room Furniture
Only 20% of Your Home Decor Matters

"Decorate within your needs and not your within your wants leads to regards later."

Decorate Your Home One DIY Project at a Time

One of my favorite things to do on weekends is a DIY decorating project. Completing a DIY project give me so much joy and pride.

Decorating your home with art or accessories you make is rewarding and gives your home personal meaning because you did it. An added bonus is you can save money in the process too.

DIY is Not For Me

You maybe saying right now that I’m not a DIY’er…and I don’t know where to begin. I hear yah and understand that DIY projects can be overwhelming and scary.

However, I think we all can contribute to our home decor by doing simple do-it-yourself projects. All the DIY projects I do in my home I will share with you and show you step-by-step how you can do the same thing in your home.

My hope is to help you built the skills, knowledge and experience to make it easier and less costly to decorate your home.

DIY projects You Can Do Today

How to Make a DIY Distressed Wood Crate Centerpiece
How to Make & Use DIY Chalk Paint to Makeover Furniture
How To Repurpose a Tin Can Into a Beautiful Wood Strip Vase 
How to Make a Ring Holder in 5 Minutes

How I Made an Incredible Piece of Artwork for $5

"The best way to give your home meaning is by putting your own blood, sweat and tears into DIY projects..."

Simplicity For Your Home

Less is usually more when it comes to decorating your home.

Have you ever been in a house where every wall and shelf have something on it? I know I have been in homes like this and it can be a little overwhelming. I often find people over decorate their homes. Which means they may be spending too much money on decorating. These homeowner could save money decorating if they embrace simplicity when decorating.

Typically while flipping through a home magazine you see pictures of rooms with limited decorations or a less is more philosophy.

I believe decorating simply is a better and more beautiful way to decorate your home. There are numerous benefits to a simplistic approach when decorating.

  • Less to clean.
  • Less expensive.
  • Less stress to fill every inch of your home with “stuff"

I will help you decorate with less and embrace the beauty of simplicity. While doing this, I believe you will create the home you have always wanted on a budget you can afford.

Want a cleaner home? OWN every time." Becoming Minimalist, Joshua Becker

Simple Steps to Amazing Home Decorating

To help you start decorating your home I have created a simple Roadmap to Creating Beautiful & Meaningful Homes that Reflect Your Style. Download this roadmap to discover the 4 Simple Steps to Successful Home Decorating.

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 Need Help Decorating Your Home?

If you have been working on decorating your home, but are feeling lost, overwhelmed, or not sure where to even start, then I like to help you transform your home into the home you always dreamt of.

Check out my Design Services page, where I have several Custom Design Packages to fit your needs and budget. No matter where you are in decorating process or the world I am available to help you. I would absolutely love to help you.

I Appreciate YOU!

I want to finish by saying that I’m here for you, not only as a guide while you begin or continue a home decorating or DIY project but also more important as a friend.

I do my best to answer all emails. I don’t hold myself better than anyone else. I’m not special; I’m just a guy who likes to work hard, get messy and use the influence I have online to help others make their homes a better place to live.

Thank you so much for your support. If you’ve made it this far, I’d like for you to come say hi to me on my Facebook Page. I’ll definitely respond, and look forward to meeting you!

Happy Decorating!


  • Debbie Painter

    I have my Mom’s cedar chest but it’s 1950’s blonde. It has water stains and chipped laminate! I would love to do this to hers