..5 Tips for Decorating on a Budget

May 8, 2017

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I, like many of you, am not yet a homeowner. I looove my modern open sun-filled apartment but investing thousands of dollars into a space that I keep changing every couple of years (I have moved three times since turning 25) doesn't make sense. I am a SERIOUS bargain huntress when it comes to home decor for this reason and also because frankly home shit is HELLA expensive and I ain't about that $4,500 for a bookshelf life. Here are some of my tippy tip tips.

1. Do your research. The rug pictured above is selling at Target ($309) for nearly double what is sells for here at Overstock ($165) and it is the exact same thing and size! I usually find a style I like and then do a google image search for it (Catfish style) and see where else it pops up!

2. DIY (if you can). It really doesn't take a whole lot of talent to replicate some of your favorite pieces out there. I painted the two unframed ones above with some $1 acrylic paints and Michael's canvases. I duped a beautiful Megan Carn painting. The original was going to set me back $800 so I settled for my less amazing but still fun version.

3. Craigslist is your friend. This seems obvious to me but I got my coffee table above on there for $40 from someone who lived a few blocks over from me!

4. I make a rule that I don't pay over $100 for anything unless I absolutely have to (couch, rug, etc). Seems a little crazy but when you are fixated on finding something with that goal in mind it changes things. I found my bar cart when it was on sale for $87 dollars at Joss & Main. Even the target ones were selling for over $100 then so it made me really search my butt off!

5. Nail down exactly what you are looking for instead of perusing every option. For example I had endless options for a desk chair. I could get tufted, rolling, arms, no arms, and thousands of different fabrics. I figured out I actually wanted a ghost chair and went from there. These things can go for upwards of $400 (shown here)! I used my first and fourth rules and researched the heck out of them until I found one for under $100 there is one that looks pretty much identical to that $400 one for $69 here. It really helps to know what you are looking for.

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