In our house, we only decorate on a budget. Almost all of our furniture pieces are hand-me-downs. The only exceptions are our beds and cribs which we got brand new on sale, and our dining room table, which we purchased brand-new at a thrift store for incredibly cheap. We’re pros at decorating on a budget.
I wouldn’t say our place has a defined style, though. It’s more of a “whatever people give us because they’re not using it anymore” kind of vibe. My sibling, on the other hand, has the style-on-a-budget thing down. For today’s post, I’ll be featuring some of their pieces, and how they furnished their apartment without dropping a huge wad of cash.
How They Do Decorating on a Budget
My sibling has style. They have classy pieces. They have matching pieces. There’s enough eclectic that their apartment is an interesting place to hang out, but not so eclectic that it screams, “I don’t care because I have young children who are going to mess it all up, anyways!” (Like mine.) We sat down and talked about where each piece came from, and I started noticing some emerging themes. You can apply the same practices to get your place looking stylish without giving up your frugality.
Go to Garage Sales
This beige, faux-suede chair has three friends just like it, along with an accompanying table (complete with leaves!) It looks like they got it at someplace way nicer than Home Goods (which I love,) but in reality the whole set was picked up at a garage sale.
Go to Flea Markets
See how nicely the wood on the lamp matches the wood on that chair? This one also has a partner, and was picked up completely independently of the dining room set at a flea market. Flea markets are one of their favorite options, as their schedules are predictable, and they have a large selection of all kinds of interesting home products at generally reasonable prices. You’re pretty much bound to find a steal if you look in the right booths.
Selectively Accept Hand-Me-Downs
They keep style up and price low by accepting hand-me-downs, but only when they match their current needs. This super comfortable couch compliments the dark wood tones in their apartment, and was something a friend’s aunt happened to be giving away at just the right moment.
Get it Free, and DIY it Up
This Pepsi machine used to be in our mom’s office. They were trying to figure out how to dispose of it, when she said, “My kid will take it!” She knows her children well enough to know that my sibling would take a vintage pop machine any day of the week.
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It’s also going to be a DIY project. It will possibly see a coat of paint. It already keeps pop cold, but someday it will cease dispensing Pepsi. Instead, you’ll be able to get tonic, soda water, and/or ginger ale for your 50 cents. I’m hoping the charge will be removed when that happens, but who am I to kill an entrepreneurial pursuit?
Hold Out for Birthdays
This cast iron cookware was a high ticket item, but one they really wanted. Rather than saving up or splurging, they waited until their birthday. This is a bit of a tradition in our family. We know people are going to buy something for us anyways, and we know they’re going to ask us for ideas on what to buy us. So we delay gratification, putting our wants on a birthday list. If the item is incredibly expensive, we’ll all pitch in to make it happen. We all get to stay on budget, and the birthday boy or girl doesn’t have to spend a cent on the few luxuries they actually want.
Why this specific piece? The color matched other ceramic cookware in the kitchen.
That’s how they’ve done up their fab pad without spending a lot of money. How do you handle decorating on a budget?
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