Since I’m a big fan of antiquing and DIY, I love a good budget success story. To me, nothing feels better than creating the look for less (without looking like you skimped!). My friends over at Laurel & Wolf, an online interior design company, recently created this graphic to help design lovers master their budgets. Laurel & Wolf is unique because they have an entire database of designers from all over the country, so no matter what your personal style, you can find someone that can work with you to create your dream space.
My rule of thumb for staying within your budget is to invest in a comfortable sofa that you really love with a durable fabric, unique lighting, and original paintings. I also love to splurge on designer fabric pillows. I wholeheartedly believe that nothing will make your room feel more high-end than high quality, designer-print pillows filled with fat fluffy down inserts, even on an IKEA sofa! Save on items like credenzas, coffee tables, dining furniture, and small accents that can be found vintage and collected over time. I also like to save on items like window treatments which can get crazy expensive by using solid linen stock drapes from sources like Pottery Barn and IKEA and letting the pattern in the room come through on smaller items like pillows.