I attended a lunch presentation about revised codes regarding the slip coefficient for porcelain tile..."free lunch" and a vendor "happy hour" where they brought empanadas :)
Ooooh, lucky. I LOVE empanadas!
I was unhappy about the aesthetics of the home office (both Husband and I work from home 3 days a week) - it was cluttered and super bare and not appealing to be in, and spending 24 hours a week in that sucks.
50$ on Kijiji and Facebook found a nice wood filing cabinet and short bookcase (we can reduce clutter, but some things we actually gotta keep, so may as well be pretty...) Repurposing curtains we had on plumbing pipes (uneven ceiling means traditional curtain rods won't do, but this works and costs less than 30$) will hide the wine rack and chest freezer we stashed in there. And I picked up a large box of ugly wood frames at a garage sale for free (seriously - I asked if sh had frames, and she said she had forgotten to take them to the dump and I could have them). A coat of white spray paint (left over from another project) and they look decent. Then I stalked design bloggers and found some free posters and illustrations to print, and will put up a gallery wall. Only thing left to get is. Decent desk lamp - I've found gorgeous brass lamps at the thrift store near here for 10$, and 10$ for re-wiring supplies should cover it.
Conclusion: we de-cluttered, put away, bought storage, made pretty, and generally created an appealing and decently-designed room for under 100$, and now I don't feel cranky every time I go downstairs to do work, so I avoid leaving to go work in a coffee shop or more appealing environment. Pretty houses don't have to be expensive. :)