"Blah blah blah all the cool stuff costs credits now blah blah blah."
This is my second floor.
Minus the fishbowl, which I bought for 100k, everything is free. There are a few free-for-subscriber decorations. I'm sure you can get them by giving furniture bases to a subscriber friend. :) Giving a thank-you gift wouldn't hurt either.
Another thing: decorating with items works too. Notice the cubimals and easter eggs? Those are really pretty things to decorate with. Food and drinks are cool too.
So! Get creative, non-credit-owning homeowners! Necessity is the mother of invention...
EDIT: More cool things to decorate with: icons, focusing orbs, trophies, dolls, pretty herbs (silvertongue and purple anyone?), and, weirdly enough, SDBs.
ANOTHER EDIT: GEMS. 'nuff said. Sparkly, too. And pumpkins. Pumpkins are oddly pretty. Firefly jars! Crystals! Emotional bears!
Subscriber-only free stuff:
Displayed in the picture:
Potpourri Pillar - room decoration. Really pretty.
Blooming Moss - wall decoration. Goes with the Potpourri Pillar; both look nice, imo, on the sky-blue wallpaper.
Firebog Green and Yellow Charms - wall decorations. OH MAN THIS WAS A MUST FOR ME. I LOVE THE FIREBOGS. (Also why I spent 100k for that fishbowl.)
Not displayed in the picture:
Firebog Door - door. I really want to use this, but it doesn't match the rest of my furniture. :( Plus it's really wide; not sure if I can fit it in. Goes well with the free firebog wall swatch, I would assume.
Firebog Fishing Poles - Cool...but there's just no more SPACE. I need more WALL SEGMENTS. They cost lots of TIME and EFFORT and I am a LAZY FACEHOLE so I really can't.
Firebog Green Table - As you probably noticed, a lot of free-sub stuff is firebog. Anyway, this is awesome. Even though it's green. Might stand out among all the other brownish firebog decor.
Firebog Wall Cabinet - OK, I have to stop being a LAZY FACEHOLE. I need this.