The new year is a great way to start fresh in your home. This doesn't need to be expensive, it just takes some time. Give yourself one goal to accomplish in January to make your house more like a home. Some ideas to get you started:
Clean out cluttered drawers
Get rid of furniture or accessories you don't like or don't need anymore - de-clutter. Only keep things you LOVE.
Paint an old piece of furniture to make it "new" again
Make a family wall with pictures of this past year - use all matching frames but different sizes.
Start using your china and crystal weekly instead of once a year
Change an old lamp's lampshade -pick a great shape or a fun color
Add a new finial to the top.
Have what you want and want what you have
Take some chances on wall colors and be bold
Update old floral arrangements - add a few "all natural" pieces and it will make it look so much better. If the arrangement is dusty, either clean it up or get rid of it!
Get rid of old candles that are sitting around never being used. Find large pillar candles with amazing color that you can burn all year around.
Add new pillows to your couch or a chair - choose down filled pillows, they are luxurious!