Decorating is one of my biggest passions. I love seeing the change, developing color schemes, and adding depth to what is already in place. I cannot tell you how many times I have changed the color scheme in our house- in the short two years we’ve lived here! I am ashamed to admit the amount of hours I poured into comparing paint and fabric swatches to existing home decor and furniture. While my heart and eyes develop a grande plan, our budget says no. In this clashing state of heart and mind, I came to develop a system of keeping decor costs down.
- Buy clearance fabric. I love fabric. Almost as much as I love paint. I can swoon over an alluring pattern for hours. Trips to the craft store have become entrancing journeys through my personal Narnia. It’s sad.
- Shop local thrift and antique stores. I was a little fearful of this concept when I first started poking around in other’s unwanted items, but when you check the price tag it’s well worth it. I like to check out both antique and thrift stores as each offers it’s own benefit. If I am looking for a basic item, such a candle stick, something that could be easily painted and brought to life I am heading to the thrift store because, well it’s thrifty. If I am looking for a more specific item that may not be as generic I target antique stores. Below is one of my favorites I found antiquing with my mother-in-law!
- Keep paint samples with you. Considering there is already a medley of items in my purse, I just like to throw these in for some variety! Samples are actually quite handy, by keeping these little guys around it has saved an immense amount of time and money.
- Be loyal. I shop the same stores over and over again. While this may sound redundant my personal strategy is to become familiar with the merchandise. My sought after good may be $50 the first time I see it, but attentiveness pays off when they mark it 30 percent off in a few weeks. This buddy hangs out on the table beside our window. He was an end of season clearance!
- Tenacity over temptation. Depending how much I need (want) something I may wait for it. Even booths at antique malls put there merchandise on sale once and a while. If you can wait for it than do it; it may pay off in the end!