Photos courtesy Ashlyn Elofson.

Designer tip: Ashlyn Elofson on big changes for smaller budgets

More often than not, big renovations come with even bigger price tags. However, local designer Ashlyn Elofson of TRENDS By Design suggests bringing in temporary pieces to freshen up old spaces for less.

One product Elofson discovered while attending High Point Market was Wexel floating acrylic frames. Elofson suggests using the frames to fill a wall going up a staircase or in a hallway for a major accent.

“The frame’s two acrylic plates are held together by strong magnets that can easily be taken off to change the display inside,” explains Elofson. “They are great for changing out different prints or pieces of art and creating a new look for your wall. They are also perfect for displaying children’s artwork or photos.”

A second product Elofson was introduced to at market was Tempaper, a self-adhesive, repositionable and removable wallpaper. The new and innovative line is available in many different styles and color variations.

“This is such a fun way to add a new design element to a powder bath or bedroom accent wall, without the cost of wallpaper install and removal,” describes Elofson. “It’s also a great idea for a kid’s room when their style is constantly growing and changing.”

Another tip that’s great for transforming the look of a room is changing up older pieces of furniture and upholstery by switching out accent pillows and throws.

These new additions can really refresh and update a couch that has gotten years of use,” says Elofson.

To learn more about Elofson’s work and TRENDS By Design, visit