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Pay more for the things you know will last forever and you won’t ever grow tired of.  For everything else, pay as little as possible.

Try to think of a budget before you begin. Are you just doing 1 or 2 small projects or are you decorating a whole home?

I use Craigslist, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I have saved tons of money and gotten some really great things from some store I can’t afford. Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren and even some nice art work I have gotten off Craigslist. Don’t let chipped paint, dated oak or ugly hardware deter you. You can always paint, stain and replace elements you don’t like. Be careful of scams, and don’t ever meet anyone alone!

Look for good deals on paint. Paint can really freshen up a room or make it look completely different. During the Spring season, Lowes and Home Depot always have cheaper prices on paint, and all DIY items. Maybe even do a bold, accent wall that will make a room pop.

As far as accessories go, look no further than Homegoods, Target, Ikea and World Market. You can get great designer things here for a price everyone can afford.

Garage Salllesss! One of my favorite past times in the spring is to get the paper, find 2-3 garage sales and hit them up on the weekend. You can turn some junky furniture into some gorgeous furniture with a little love and a sander.

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The more patient you are the more money you will save. If you run out and buy everything you need that day, you’re  not going to get a good deal. Hobby Lobby, likes to have candles and candle holders on sale opposite weeks of each other. Never fails.. So if you can wait, then you can get both 1/2 off!

New lighting, This can change a gloomy dark room into something light and beautiful.Get some sheer curtains, to add in that natural light, this will also cut down on the electric bill.

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Ok, this is a big one that most people don’t think about! If you don’t have money to get all new cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom, Install new door pulls and handles. This will give them a new look to a previously boring or out-of-date door pull. Same goes for your plumbing fixtures. Get a new faucet and some towels, and your bathroom is going to look brand new…unless you have that ugly pink tile that makes people cringe!

Be creative in your thinking and remember that you don’t have to go overboard in spending. Less is better, don’t clutter your home with junk you’ll never use, or things you’ll be tired of in less than a year. 

 

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Decorating in 24

Hey y’all, this weeks post is going to be a little bit of a change up. This past weekend I went to Galveston, Texas and had to decorate and buy everything for a house in basically 24 hours for my boss. Some of you may think ewe or I would hate that..Well for me it was pure bliss! Oh and I didn’t really have a budget, but there are only a few stores on the island. On the drive down I call and order the furniture that I want and have them deliver it to the address and fingers crossed it matches the soft beachy theme I planned in my head.

Luckily I enlisted the help of my best friend Shelby, as we enter Target with our mile long list it occurs to us that this is going to take a while.. We start with the bedrooms, comforters, pillows, rugs etc. Then we go to the bathroom section and pick out what we need.. DON’T forget the clear shower liner like we did! Some other vital things not to forget are a bottle opener, toilet paper, a tool set, light bulbs and batteries. We then got the television, dishware, coffee makes, and basically anything you could want or need in a vacation home.  8 shopping carts and 4 hours later I’m checking out at Target. 

When we finally get to the house and unload the car, the furniture and mattresses are already installed, and it’s looking great.

Now to make it not look like the house was covered in Target, we went to a few consignment stores and found some very cute nautical and beach themed art and decor that we added around the house. Also found some great pieces at Galveston Furniture and they were very helpful!

Some tips to speed things along:

  • Get some friends to help out
  • Be as organized as possible
  • Throw away your trash as you go, or you will look up and you can’t walk anywhere because of all the trash and empty boxes.
  • Stay on budget or as close to it as you can. I was given a budget and I didn’t go more than 600 dollars over budget!
  • This girl has some great tips on decorating!

Here are some photos from the house! Enjoy

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Happy Shopping!

L