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Tips to a Luxury Home for Less

This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated to reflect my favorite ideas to get the look for less.

It’s no secret {to Chris} that I like the finer things in life. I’ll find myself perusing a magazine or shopping an antique store and everything I’m drawn to makes me fall over in shock when I look at the price tag. I can spot something fabulous from a mile away.

I allow myself to have nice things, but blend them with less expensive items to maintain a style I love and my budget! Today I’m going to share my tips to a luxury home for less aka the look for less.

Tips to a Luxury Home for Less:

Shop outlets. They don’t just carry damaged goods, but also carry overstocks and floor models. I particularly love outlets for down pillow inserts {usually 1/6 the price} and if you’re lucky, curtains. Get to know their sales and their staff. I know to refrain purchasing from the Restoration Hardware Outlet when they’re offering $100 off every $500. I hold out for 30-40% off. Remember, it’s only a deal if it’s exactly what you want!

12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

Craigslist. I don’t reserve Craigslist solely for furniture that I want to paint. I seek beautiful pieces of furniture that my favorite luxury stores try to duplicate – with veneer. Having a piece of furniture with history always adds to the beauty. This also includes thrift stores and garage sales. You can learn the best tips for buying on Craigslist here.

girls bedroom inspired by the nutcracker sugar plum fairy

Local Artists. Stray from galleries and seek beautiful paintings and watercolors from local artists. They’re a fraction of the price and will add even more charm to your home.

12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

Etsy. I look to Etsy for reproductions of popular items and antiques. It’s also a great resource for custom pillow covers in high end fabrics and one-of-a-kind art.

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Buy Used. Antique rugs not only add character and charm to your home, but can be really inexpensive. You can find some favorites in my shop.

traditional bedroom decoration | soft blue and neutral bedroom

Pin it. Find something amazing online that you can’t stop thinking about, but it’s out of budget? Pin it! Pinterest will notify you when there is a price reduction. I recently purchased a set of Pottery Barn baskets that were on clearance for 50% off + an additional 20% coupon and was thankful I waited. Just adjust your settings to make sure you have selected “yes” to receiving price changes on your pins.

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12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

Froogle it. Okay, Google discontinued using that name years ago, but I never will. Enter your google search, then click “shopping”. Google compares prices of that item for you! I make a lot of major purchases this way. I was able to upgrade when purchasing our refrigerator because I found the one I truly wanted at 40% off. To think I almost settled! I used Google to search for a similar bench, saving me over $1,800 with this find!

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Ebates. I was hesitant to try this at first, but my sister was a huge fan. I started using Ebates 3 years ago and now average $150/quarter in cash back. All you have to do is create an account, visit Ebates, then click over to the store of your choice. Stores offer 1.5-10% back on your purchase. At the end of each quarter you receive a check in the mail.

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Craft stores. Craft stores have become really great at duplicating high end looks for less. This vase is an excellent example. I removed twine from it to reveal a vase I saw at another store for $70. I paid $9, using a 40% off mobile coupon.

12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

Discount stores. Discount stores {eh um Home Goods} often carry fabulous home and furniture accent brands. I see $300 lamps for just $30 all.the.time. They’ll also surprise you with things like turkish towels {usually $50, but about $10 there} and every now and then belgian linen curtains. Yessssss.

Sister stores. Stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware have “sister” stores Pottery Barn Kids, Pottery Barn Teen and RH Baby and Child. Crate and Barrel owns their lesser expensive CB2. For lighting and accents, I look to their sister stores to see if I can achieve the same aesthetic at a more reasonable price. I just “had” to have this chandelier lamp from Restoration Hardware, but I couldn’t really justify the price – $1,100. I purchased similar for just $400 – almost 1/3 of the price, from their Baby and Child store!

12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

The hardware store. Yes, I shop at the hardware store! I was able to find the same low profile carpet I was looking at at a flooring store at Lowe’s at a deep discount, plus I was able to use a 5% off coupon! I also look to them for furniture {like the bench below}, paint, and even our brick and vinyl floors.

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Email lists. I’ll be honest, I dread this one a little bit, but saving 20% on purchases of $1,000+ really helps!

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Floor models. A gently used floor model can sometimes be found at more than 50% off. These are particularly great for those rarely used pieces. Check carefully for damage as those sales are usually final. The two chairs to the right were 60% off floor models!

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Create your own art. This botanical was inspired by a significantly more expensive designer piece and made quickly and inexpensively.

Beautiful DIY pressed botanical wall art

Use magazines and catalogs as a resource to guide you in creating a luxury home for less by utilizing their styling tips!

12 tips to get a luxury home aesthetic for less

Use keywords to find similar {or just get them in my shop, I’ve done all the work for you} like I did with these luggage racks for the lake cottage guest bedroom.

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41 comments on “Tips to a Luxury Home for Less”

  1. Fabulous tips, Julie! You’ve created a beautiful home for you and your family!

  2. Thanks for sharing! Will you come decorate my house? 🙂

  3. You and I are soooo on the same page. Champagne taste on a boxed wine budget! I love your tips. And you have found some great discount items!

  4. You always have the best advice Julie! I also wanted to say for a while now that I love the new heading banner on your blog….simply stunning!

  5. I found you on Instagram just today. Your pictures are beautiful as is your home. These tips are great!

  6. Julie,

    Where did you get the dining table with the wood top and white legs? I am looking for something similar for my kitchen. Thanks for your wonderful tips!

    Catherine

    • Craigslist, then I sanded to remove the finish from the top, stained and used tung oil. You can often find similar really reasonable!

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  9. Thanks, wonderful tips! great! for your wonderful tips!

  10. Great tips, thanks so much for sharing! Sort of an outlet, sort of a discount store, but better… I’d like to recommend Tuesday Morning, Homegoods and Beall’s!

  11. Your tips and visual presentation of them are truly amazing. Learned a lot from this single post of yours. I will surely browse around for some more. Thanks Julie for this one! Truly amazing.

  12. These tips are great. Sure, a low-cost home additions like these could make regular room stand out.

  13. Hi Julie, I really liked all your tips. Pinterest brought me here, I was just searching for some home inspirations and I saw these great ideas.

  14. This is such helpful information. I had no idea about the google or Pinterest assistance with finding a worthwhile bargain.
    Great post.
    Karen

  15. Having a luxury place to live is really nice, and Google is a pretty good resource to find one that is in your prime location! Making sure you are comfortable in your home or apartment should be one of your top priorities. If you aren’t happy with your home, then you are going to have undo stress in most everything you do.

  16. I actually really love supporting local artists, so I’m thrilled that that’s one of your suggestions! I’ve found some really incredible art at local craft fairs and shows. Every time people come over, it’s my art from local artists that draws the most attention. Thanks for a great list!

  17. I’d seen that “shopping” tag on google but never tried it! Thanks for that tip!

  18. I think that’s a great idea to get art from local artists. I haven’t thought of that before! It makes perfect sense, though. Every luxury home I’ve been in has unique art. Why not get some art from where you live and have it be unique to your home.

  19. Your photos are beautiful!
    Mako

  20. The idea to look at buying a floor model is really smart. I wouldn’t have thought of this, but if you can get them at 50% off or more then that is a great deal. The tip to look at Etsy for reproductions of popular items is also really smart. I think you could find a lot of great options on there.

  21. Julie,

    I love the linen ottoman/coffee table in your last photo. Would you kindly share your resource? It’s exactly what I have been looking for.

    Thank you.

  22. I love to decorate my house with the royal home decor products like figurines, bull dogs and so on…

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  25. So many great tips! I love to save whereever I can but still have the look. 

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  27. Hi Julie. This is Donna Ackerman, Kate Ackerman Jones’ mom.  I love your kitchen island lights. Are they Hudson Valley? Thanks so much. I ordered a television with the frame like yours. Can’t wait to get it installed. I love your blog, etc.
    Hope you are doing well. 

    Sincerely
    Donna

    • Hi Donna, they are not, but I just visited their site and am in love! I emailed you the details and also created a new post about them – thanks for the inspiration!
      You will love the TV – it amazes everyone who walks into our house and I like that it doesn’t feel out of place.

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