I was so excited to move into our own home when we got married. I could finally decorate the entire place however I wanted! Thankfully Jacob seriously couldn’t care less about decor as long as it wasn’t pink and girlie – which I completely agree. I also thank my father-in-law for telling Jacob, “let your wife have control over the inside of your home, you can have the garage and outside”. Wahoooooo!!
Deciding on what style you want your home to portray can be a little overwhelming. What helps me to narrow down what I like and don’t like is looking at pictures. I turn to Pinterest. I love getting inspired from the pictures of living rooms, bedrooms, and bathrooms. It fuels my creativity to create something new and challenges me to step outside the box and try something I normally wouldn’t think of. But seeing the beautiful pictures on Pinterest can be a bit discouraging. I defintely don’t have the extra cash to spend at Pottery Barn or Sur Le Tab, but I still want to decorate to my liking.
I’m not going to lie, the majority of things in our home were purchased on the plethora of gift cards we got from our wedding. But when gift cards weren’t available (or ran out), I was faced with the challenge of finding quality decor for the lowest price. My two absolute favorite places to shop for decor are Home Goods and Marshalls. They have a huge variety of styles for majorly discounted prices.
The tray, candle, pineapple canvas, bronze mirror, and black pillows were all from Home Goods. The other frames were wedding gifts from Pottery Barn, the M from etsy (for our wedding), the guitar was my Dad’s when he was in high school, the striped pillow from Target, and the cute “you & me” pillow and white blanket were gifts. The atlas canvas reads “married atlast” made by one of my best (and most talented) friends, Nancie. She’s made us the sweetest and most amazing artwork – such a gift!! The couch was my in-laws and oh man was I excited about that!!
So how do you get the best bang for your buck?
Here’s Rachael Oslovar, of Rachael Oslovar Designs to lend a few tips:
For example look at Anna’s beautiful living room space. She has a cognac leather sofa,
matching ottoman and some great neutral fraes. These are her key
neutral pieces. From there she brings in pillows, a throw, art work, a tray, accessories and a few sentimental family pieces. This type of styling is genius when it comes to creating a beautiful space but also keeps the budget in check. She can change out the photos in the frame asher taste and color preferences change as well as her pillows and throw. All of these accessories are fairly cost effective and make a huge statement that really can change the whole look of a room.
but be realistic about what your taking on. This will save you time, money and your sanity.