Let the reader be forewarned though, I usually operate by a different set of rules. And guess what? I've got proof that it works. No special building or sewing skills are required. And I pinky-promise it won’t involve using a glue gun. However, there is one requirement – the quality must be strong. Keep reading and you'll find out what I mean.
Below are three methods that I use to decorate my home on a budget:
Virtual Garage Sales
I love a great deal as much as the next gal, but hopping from one garage sale to another is really not my jam. So virtual garage sales are the way to go for me. These can be accessed in a variety of ways: area focused Facebook groups, or apps like OfferUp, VarageSale and LetGo.
My husband and I recently decided to build a storage closet in our basement. We not only wanted the closet to be functional, but to match the existing aesthetics of our finished basement. Closet systems at The Container Store and EasyClosets priced waaay out of the budget at around $800 - $1000 for a small linear 83½” by 80’ closet.
So I opened up my favorite virtual garage sale app, OfferUp, and the photo on the left below is what I found for $75 bucks.
Since all three items pictured here would have taken the entire width of the closet, I chose to keep the two end pieces, and I sold the center portion. Here’s how it breaks down:
$75.00 For 3 floor to ceiling cabinets
$50.00 For paint
$ 0.00 Sweat equity
$-80.00 From the sale of the center piece
$ 45.00 FINAL COST FOR THE CLOSET SYSTEM
You’ll have to check back with my blog for the final details of the closet, but for now, above-right is the finished look of the solid wood cabinets that I purchased. It’s worth noting, that Pottery Barn sells a similar solid wood cabinet system for nearly $1,000.
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Hotel Furniture Resale Shops
How often have you walked into a hotel and secretly dreamed that its furnishings were in your own home? A hotel furniture resale shop turns that dream into a reality. Hotels are constantly updating their looks to stay current. Smart, discriminating shoppers like you and I get to benefit. Here you can find top value, fine hotel furnishings, often custom made, either new or used, at bargain prices. Why is this such a big deal you ask? Well if you’ve ever taken a close look at furniture in a hotel room, you know that it is usually solid wood, and top notch quality. For my top five home decor tips from boutique hotels, click here.
Not long ago, I scored big when I purchased a solid wood 73” tall headboard with two glass topped nightstands that were liquidated from the W Hotel. See photo below (please excuse the quality of the photos, as I was photographing at night) By the way, the item at the foot of the bed is a curtain. For more information on how to decorate with curtains, click here.
My cost for this 3-piece set? A mere $167.00. I never would have been able to afford this at retail.
No, I’m not going to encourage you to buy up all the plastic storage containers at the local Dollar Tree. Remember "strong quality" is what we're going for here. That being said, I DO recommend that you check out the dinnerware. It is surprisingly restaurant-like in quality. Did you know that you can purchase a modified table setting for six people for only $24? That's only $4 per place setting? The photo below illustrates what that looks like in real life:
Yes, you can have this for a mere 24 bucks! That price includes: 6 dinner plates, 6 bowls, 6 wine glasses, 6 water glasses. For an additional $6 you can add coffee cups, or salad plates. For more tips on how to upstyle your home with glassware, click here.
So despite what you’ve heard - or have been taught - sometimes you really can live a champagne life on a beer budget. It all depends on where you look. Do you have a decor budget secret that you’d like to share? Please tell me all about it in the comments below.
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Welcome to "my place". I'm Ola, a self-confessed décor addict and DIY think-tank. I love working with small spaces. Make yourself comfortable, and feel free to "shop" my ideas.
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