Works For Me – Decorating Ideas

This week, what works for me, has to do with decorating. In February, Hubby and I bought our first house. We’re so excited to be here, and we LOVE our cute little cape code. We don’t, however, love our furniture too much. Most of what we have are hand-me downs or cast offs from family members. In fact, most of our furniture are cast offs from my brother in law, who received those pieces as cast offs from aunts and uncles. I would have loved to have bought our house and bought new furniture for our living room and family room, but we couldn’t afford that, and there’s no reason to go into credit card debt to furnish our house. So what’s the daughter of an owner of and architecture and interior design firm to do? Make a plan!

I love to thrift shop and antique shop, but man, that can suck you in fast. You really need to know exactly what you’re looking for, otherwise you’ll end up with a mish-mash of stuff that won’t work together, or just plan too much stuff! So, if I couldn’t buy everything all at once, I decided the best thing to do would be to come up with a plan. First, I decided what pieces I really wanted to add to my room, and what peices I already owned would work in my redesign. Then, I put all of the pictures together, so I would have a referance for what the room would ultimatly look like. I’m not positive all the things that are my inspiration will end up in the room. For example, I found the acyrlic ball lamp at my favorite on-line retailer for over $200. I KNOW I can find one with a similar look at Target or even Urban Outfiters for $50 or less. Now, when I’m furniture browsing and see a great price on a piece of furniture, I’ll be able to assess if it really fits the look I’m going for. It definely works for me!

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2 Responses

  1. Great idea! I did buy a new couch and chair retail when we moved in and I regret it. I like them well enough and we have them paid off so it’s not the $ so much. It’s just that my tastes have changed and because I bought new I feel married to my decision. I wish I had gotten some temporary stuff or collected more slowly. When we buy a house it will be the stuff we have now and thrift/bargain stuff. I love the thrill of the hunt!

  2. I agree, thrift shopping can be difficult sometimes. It’s best to start with big pieces and then get the smaller pieces, otherwise you will just have a bunch of tiny decorating items and no focal point.

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