Then I discovered grocery store flowers...
I can pick up a bouquet with a few flowers for normally between $5-$10. That's a reasonable expense to me.
I love the orchids that my local grocery store is carrying lately. This was just the dash of color my living room needed to look finished.
I now have a few small vases around the house that I fill with flowers every week or so. Does my home look like the magazine pictures now? Hardly! But it is a nice small improvement.