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Decorating on a Budget

Making your home look a million dollars doesn't need to cost...a million dollars. If you're like me, you often avoid looking at the corners of your home that need a little TLC, whether it be the growing clutter in the 'spare room', that blank and uninteresting wall in the dining room, or the outdated and mismatched furniture in the bedroom...or all of those!

Don't worry, I have some tips that will help you gussy up your space no matter what your budget, and you can tackle it bit by bit and enjoy the process - that's half the fun!

I have a general approach to decorating that involves:

  • Online research and planning 

  • Thrifting

  • Upcycling

  • Not skimping on 'big ticket' items

  • Reliable budget retailers for accessories such as lamps and rugs

  • Artwork!!

Let me explain...

Choose your favourite mood board (Pinterest etc) and then spend some time deciding on the look or the pieces you’re after. Use your measuring tape to make sure they will fit in your space.

 HOT TIP - try using masking tape to mark out the measurements on the floor to give you a good visual. 

Once you've decided on a piece, make sure you find the best price available. Don't be tempted to be hasty and pay more than you need to, and don't be tempted to skip this step. Planning is vital to make sure you'll get the look you're after!

There’s not much in life I enjoy more than scouting thrift stores and vintage stores. Even if you can’t leave the house, you can go online (there are plenty of options now to buy secondhand online). There are SO many incredible bargains to be had by simply buying secondhand, and it's better for the environment.

I’m not talking about letting loose with the glue gun and lace, but getting the piece you want, or making the statement you want to make could be as easy as rolling up your sleeves and brandishing a paint brush. Check out this hot pink console that was actually dark green when I found it on eBay! 

With some items, the old saying 'you get what you pay for' should be your guide. I'm taking about sofas, dining tables, coffee tables - you want something that will last and that will take all of the 'knocks' your family can throw at it. I like to pick classic pieces (tan leather sofa, old hardwood timber farmhouse-style table) that will outlast the current trend and that can look fabulous styled in a multitude of different ways.

Reliable budget retailers such as IKEA – these stores can be perfect for filling spaces with reliable but inexpensive furnishings such as lamps, rugs, pillows and little knick-knacks.

How can I NOT talk about artwork? Artwork can truly 'make' a space, but too often, we feel overwhelmed with choice and don't know which direction to take, or which particular piece to choose. My only rule is that I have to love a piece - it may be the colours, the light, the marks, anything really. It shouldn't feel like such a big commitment that we 'have to get it right'; it should be enjoyable. 

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