Maximizing Your Decorating Budget

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  • Furnishing and decorating a room can be a mass undertaking, which is why I waited several months to final make selections for our living room.  As with weddings and events I coordinate, I recommend you establish a budget.  Decorating blindly can be far more costly.
    Then, decide what’s most important to you.  For us, it was our upholstered pieces.  We want them to last several years.  A rug on the other hand, we don’t mind changing every few years.  
    Accessorize by finding mimicked styles.  Sure, I love this Restoration Hardware lamp, but have found similar for just $99, less than 1/3 of the cost.
    Find pieces that multi-task.  I found this solid wood stool that will allow for additional seating when in a pinch, can be used as a side table or as a foot rest, where it will spend most of it’s time.  It will also transition well into other rooms of our home as needed.  It was a $49 find at Home Goods.
    Adalyn couldn’t resist demonstrating!

    Kenny Rogers said “know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”  The same is true when decorating.  If there is something you gravitate to and can’t live without, go all in.  Make up for it on another piece.  
    As I mentioned in my original post, Designing a Living Room, utilize complimentary catalogs for inspiration.  They offer great styling suggestions along with artwork ideas that you can easily recreate.

    Look to sister stores.  Both Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have Children’s versions with similar, yet less expensive options.  This table below is $150 less than it’s sister store version at RH Baby and Child.

    For tips on purchasing a rug, click here.

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