Having a home you love to come home to is so important. It’s our safe haven, and it’s so vital that you love your space. The thing people ask my advice on the most is interior design, so today I want to share my tips for decorating your home and finding great pieces at inexpensive prices.
My grandmother is a professional interior designer and is truly the best of the best. My grandpa owns his own construction company, and with their powers combined, they truly are the original Chip and Joanna Gaines. My grandmother really taught me everything I know about interior design. She grew up an orphan and became an expert at making anything and everything look like a million dollars, even if it was inexpensive. I’ve grown up watching her create beauty out of everything she touches. So thanks to her, I know how to shop.
- Let pieces come to you
One of the biggest mistakes I see people making is buying everything for their home when they’re moving. Don’t just buy to buy – you’ll end up buying things you need and not necessarily what you want. I’ve made this mistake myself. I’ll need a chair in a corner so I’ll run to the store and pick up a chair, even if I didn’t love it. I often find better things as time goes on. So learn from my mistakes: Let your pieces come to you. Don’t waste your money on something just for the sake of filling a space. It’s OK to have a space be empty for a while as you collect pieces you truly love and spark joy in your life. Give your home time and space to come together.
- Look online often for second-hand pieces
My grandmother would tell you to go to flea markets and antique shops, but it’s hard to find good ones these days! So I turn to Craigslist. It’s one of my favorite spots to find treasures. Here’s a trick though: Instead of spending hours sorting through a lot of junk, do this:
- Click the city you’re in
- Click “For Sale”
- Click “Furniture”
- In the search bar, enter a brand you love
I often search for Restoration Hardware, West Elm, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and other brands/designers I like. This shows me exactly what’s available from them specifically. I like only looking at the brands I know I like as it saves me so much time and energy.
I’ve been putting together my home office recently but the pieces I already had were a little too big for the room. So I went on Craigslist and typed in my favorite brands. While I was searching under West Elm, I found a beautiful white lacquer console that was perfect for my office. And now that’s where it sits! I scored it for only $200 and that was that.
Another favorite piece of mine is my Restoration Hardware dining table. It sells for $3000 and I got it for $800. I also have beautiful Crate and Barrel brown leather bar stools that retailed for $300-$400 each. I was able to get both of them together for only $200.
(And let me just say: Always pick up the pieces with a friend for your own safety!)
- Home Goods is your best friend
The trick here is to go often and to keep your eyes open. It really is a treasure hunt in there. I try not to go with anything too specific in mind and instead let Home Goods show me what it has available.
One warning: There’s a lot of cheesy products there. Be mindful of details that can make things look cheesy or cheap. For example, good trims must be watched – it’s one of those things that has to be done just right. Pay attention to those details.
Something you can rely on Home Goods for are candles. Their selection is so good and the price point cannot be matched. Yes, you can even match your favorite Anthropologie candle for a fraction of the price. Some of my favorite candle brands are Sand + Fog and Scensational.
- Outlet furniture stores are my jam
Did you know most furniture stores have outlets too? Restoration Hardware, Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and other high-end stores have outlets. One thing to know: Clothing stores often have clothing specifically designed and manufactured for outlet stores, but that isn’t the case for furniture.
Furniture outlets sell actual items that were in the store in some capacity, perhaps as a floor piece or something that was slightly damaged. You can actually get the things you see full price in the real store at a fraction of the cost.
- Shop local.
As a small business owner, I love supporting other small businesses. And more than that, I love feeling like I’m finding a one-of-a-kind piece, and that happens more often than not at local stores. I know there’s a feeling that local stores are more expensive, but I haven’t always found that to be the case. If you can, try it out and shop local.
Local stores will often have sales and big warehouse clearances so pay attention to when those opportunities come up!
Here’s a recap for you of my top five tops:
- Let your pieces come to you.
- Look online for second-hand pieces.
- Home Goods is your best friend.
- Outlet furniture stores are my jam.
- Shop local.
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