By guest blogger Caroline Downing of Little Bitty City One
I moved into my first place almost exactly a year ago, but had started planning the
aesthetic of how I wanted it to look long before that, surrounded by more home
goods than anyone would ever need, working at Pier One. I had a $1000 budget to
completely decorate and furnish my room- and I stayed completely in that budget
with some crafty planning. Are you looking to create or redesign your space? I have
some tips for you.
1. Dollar/ discount store treasure hunting is so worth it. My “perfume tray” is
actually a platter from the dollar store, and my necklaces are hanging from a
locker-sized corkboard from Big Lots that I painted to match my room!
2. Never buy anything full-price. Really. One of the things I learned working in
retail is that sales are never-ending and cyclical, and more often than not,
salespeople will be more than happy to answer your questions about when/
if a particular item is going on sale. And don’t even get me started on
clearance! Some of my favorite art is from the clearance section at Pier One!
3. If you’re looking to furnish a whole room, or even more, I suggest getting a
credit card where you earn rewards back. Buy the bed, use rewards points to
get the bed set! Macy’s has a great reward system, for example; just make
sure you pay down your cards in a timely manner.
4. I cannot stress candles enough. In my opinion, a space is not home without
one or two candles to warm it up. This is an easy way to personalize using all
of your senses for very little money, and really make a space your own.
6. Collect odds and ends as they come to you. I found gorgeous mismatched
candle sticks at an after-Christmas sale. I bought them and put them away
until I needed them.
7. If you have something particular in mind that you want to spice up your
space, chances are you can and will find it- maybe after a little digging, for
amazing prices. I knew I wanted a certain print, and I found exactly what I’d
imagined on Etsy. Etsy is everything. Ev. Er. Y. Thing. (Bonus tip: CVS sells
very inexpensive black frames in standard sizes)
8. Stick to your budget and go in knowing what you’re looking for. You can
always add little touches later on a whim, but as far as furniture, know
exactly what you need and what will work for your space.
9. Get inspired! My bedroom idea was loosely based on Alice in Wonderland-
the antique version. Aqua, black + white, and pops of red. It’s not theme-y,
but it helped give me some direction when shopping for art and accessories.
The main point is just be prepared before you decorate. Know your esthetic, know
what you want to spend, and know what pieces you need. What are your decorating
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