Making the most with what you have
There were quite a few design bloggers who watched and wrote about the show ‘Million Dollar Decorators’. I watched one episode but never got around to watching the entire season. The reason I am bringing this show up is because I really wonder how well “million dollar decorators” would do when forced to use a very tight budget and some not-so-high-end pieces. Truth is, most of us aren’t millionaires and we don’t have the ability to go buy all new beautiful high end pieces to curate our home with. In most cases we just have to work with what we have. This is even usually the case with decorators!
My husband and I recently moved into our home (May of last year). We are your typical twenty-something couple early in our careers and we don’t have a huge disposable income. I’ve been decorating our home slowly but surely, doing what I can when I can. Even though I believe your home should be amazing and make you happy, I don’t believe going into debt just to buy a piece of furniture.
Here is an example – my husband and I bought our sleigh bed back in 2006. In fact, we bought the entire bedroom suite. However, as my tastes evolved and changed over the years, I no longer liked the furniture. As I recently decorated our current master bedroom, I sold the nightstands and dresser, but the sleigh bed had to stay. A new bed is expensive, especially one of quality. So I’m working with what I have – the sleigh bed.
I worked the old bed into the new room, using cool colors to offset the warm bed. I replace the previous nightstands with softer skirted tables, and added some color with a new painted dresser. Even though I don’t LOVE our old bed, I do love our new bedroom. And someday, when the budget allows, I can get a new bed.
Another example is our TV stand. Sure, I would love this beautiful bamboo TV console from Noir, but the cost is $1,875.
So instead, I purchased this vintage piece at an auction for $60. Is that a price difference or what?
Someday I hope to get a new sofa for our family room. This one would be wonderful:
It’s by Lee Industries; they really make the best sofas. BUT they are priced in the thousands. Until we can afford the sofa we desire, we use this hand-me-down sofa that was FREE!
Sure, there will always be bigger and better things that we all want to fill our homes (and lives) with. But that’s why you must create your home with intention. Be intentional about what you bring into your home. Make sure you can afford it (with CASH. No credit.) If you cannot afford it, work with what you have until you can (like I did with my sleigh bed). Find pieces you love even if they aren’t what you dream of (i.e. I really love our $60 TV stand, even though it’s not the Noir piece).
When you start living this way, you’ll really start to love your home!