Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Decorating on a budget - or should I say Decision making on a budget

One day, when I'm rich and famous, I'm going to buy something I want at FULL price. 

HA - Just kidding, I LOVE buying stuff on sale! And since I've become an expert at finding good deals I wanted to put together some tips to help you while bargain hunting.

Ask yourself these 4 questions and save yourself come cash by choosing only what truly works for you!

I am VERY picky about what goes in my home so I always ask myself a series of questions when I'm shopping to make sure I'm making the right choices. 

Does it look expensive? 

Just because something is affordable, that doesn't make it worth your cash. 
Think of what that item will look like in your home to someone who can't see the price tag. 
If it looks like it cost you 3X what you paid and you love it, BUY IT! 

Is it too trendy?

I love chevron patterned EVERYTHING that I see - but it's super trendy. 

Use classic lines and neutral colors in your furniture so you can play with trends in your accessories and linens. 
Ask yourself if you'll get bored with larger or more expensive pieces like a rug or sofa in a trendy color or pattern before spending too much on it.
But of course, if it's totally you and you are totally in love, BUY IT!

Will it clash?

OK, duh right? But I've made this mistake lots of times. 
I see something I love, get it home, and it looks atrocious next to the other thing that I loved so much before. 
For example, I love shabby chic but I'm far too committed to a more sleek look throughout my home that I pass up that cutesy embroidered pillow. 

Think of your overall vision you want the room to feel like and make sure you're not changing it up too much with one particular piece. 
Grab that fun accessory if it will ADD to your overall style not compete with it.

Can I return it?

That one is simple - just think it through with all the questions above if the sale is final.

And an example of one of my latest finds that I snagged by following all my little rules:

These awesome boxes look expensive, have a classic and timeless look, go perfectly with my home's style and were from HomeGoods so they were returnable in case I didn't have a good place for them. Love!

And from my styling of my parents' house, this lovely ceramic stool - always a classic -
with some pretty flowers, both from HomeGoods so they were a steal and will never go out of style!

I hope that helps! What questions do you ask yourself before making a purchase for your home?


  1. These are great tips! I feel like my interior style is SO all over the place that I'm constantly running into the clashing thing... Like I'll just absolutely love something then get it home and it just doen't work with what I have. With clothes, this isn't really a problem because it's fine to have one style one day and another the next... But with your home you have to be more strategic.

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