Gorgeous, expensive looking rooms can be had for VERY little money!How many of you are intimidated at the thought of dealing with a designer, architect or contractor, or DIY? If I had to wager, I'd bet a bunch. Why? Because $ is what always comes to mind. And for a lot of people the lack of knowledge about those subjects and funds is scarey or overwhelming. Am I right?
|Jennifer Lopez's Home via Veranda|
See that painting? Gorgeous! Do you realize how easy you could make one similar for less than $50? Not to devalue or lessen this one in any way, but this is what you look for to create a look for less. Things you could duplicate or create near replicas of. Art is one of the easiest things to make yourself. Original work is so much more expensive looking than a print (more meaningful and beautiful as well) !
|via Andrew Raquet Interior Design|
See that chandelier? Easy way to get the lux Italian look with an old cast off chandelier of basic shape! Simply wrap arms in cording or braid and hang tassels. Easy and gorgeous!
We live in a day and age where everyone is used to just going out and buying whatever they want - instant gratification. If you want it, it's out there....for a price. Our lovely little economic situation here in the U.S. is evidence of that. But, were there is a will,there is a way... to get the look without the price tag!
|via Decor Pad|
Spray paint some old ginger jar lamps for a pop of color. Use high gloss for lux.
Do you know how many of these old spool style beds I find in thrift stores?! I love them!
When I was growing up, there were times I thought I was getting the raw end of the deal because we had so little. I used to spend hours restitching clothes, coming up with endless outfit combos, and figuring out how to keep my wardrobe "cool". We NEVER went clothes shopping right before school unless we had outgrown EVERYTHING. Not because my parents were "mean" but because we just couldn't afford it. Four kids on one school teacher's salary (four kids & college! $$$$). Thus, the seed was planted. If you really want something, figure out how to get it for as little as possible. So it wasn't the raw end of the deal after all...it was God's provision... teaching me how to think out of the box.
|via Decor Pad|
Make a huge stand against the wall mirror for pennies (screams $$$). Check out a salvage store or
Habitat Re-Store for a discarded sheet mirror removed from a bathroom for dirt cheap. Simply take old
boards and miter the corners at 45° then liquid nail on. Wha-la!
When I got older and wanted to decorate my own home(s), I quickly realized I could do it for a fraction of what others were paying. I just had to get out the ol' thinking cap and get creative. Do you know what you are actually paying for with most of the high dollar price tag? Status, marketing, materials and labor. So, take away three and you're left with only materials. Now, obviously someone has to contribute labor - you. This is where you have to decide two things:
- How bad do I really want this? If it's just to keep up with the Jones, you should forget it. I'm not an advocate of this way of thinking. The only thing that comes from that is debt and frustration later at money spent. It should be because it either meets a physical need in a pretty way, creates an environment you love being in, or satisfies a need for a challenge/creative outlet/money savings. NOT just because it's the "in" thing or because your confidence is linked to having it or not!
- Could I do/make this on my own? Of course you can, if you really want to. It may just take a little practice and learning, but it does for even the pros! Don't be scared to give it a try or be discouraged if the first time is a flop. I can't tell you how many times I've chunked an idea and gone back to the drawing board or redone something several times to get it right.
Inspired? GOOD! Now, go tackle that project you have been too scared to take on. Get the materials cheap enough and what have you got to loose...especially if you were going to pay someone to do it anyway? At least try. See if you can not only save money, but feel good every time you look at that finished project because YOU did it!