Home Sweet Home
Having a stylish house on a budget is hard - if you want items and products that don’t look cookie-cutter or cheap and nasty, you’re going to have to shell out some bucks - bucks that could be spent on other things like… paying your rent! One of the aims of my blog is to bring stylish, but relatively cheap crafts & DIYs that you can decorate your house with. Trust me, I need these ideas too! I’ve been lucky to get a lot of furniture handed down to me (big ticket items like couches & tvs!) Here are my tips for getting chic on cheap:
Know What You Have & What You Want
Just like an outfit, you want your room to look put together. If your lounge room has floral print couches, will that modern glass coffee table really fit? If you have an idea in your head of what you want the room to look like, it’s much easier to buy pieces that will all meld nicely together. Also know what you already have - seriously, how many throw pillows do you need?!
Watch for sales
Just because you can’t afford the stuff at full price, doesn’t mean you can’t get it at half price or cheaper! When my favourite home wares stores (Freedom, Myer, Bed Bath & Table, Raw Space) have sales, I make sure I get there quick! If you can wait it out, sometimes sale pieces come down even lower in price. The only thing - a lot of the time (as you know!) the stuff that comes out on sale are the ugly pieces that no one else wants! A lot of the stuff in my house has been bought on sale - no one has to know!
Swap til you drop
My mum and I have very similar style and quite often will share different pieces. At the moment, I have on loan her gorgeous faux orchid (it’s super expensive - not something I could ever afford!) I’ve borrowed my sister’s box cube and she has my brown side table. If you have friends or family that you feel comfortable doing this with, it can help bring new flavour to your house. Just make sure you work out before hand if it’s a borrow or a permanent thing!
Op Shops & Sidewalks
I am definitely not condoning taking pieces from the sidewalk. In fact, I’ve heard of people fined for taking pieces off of the sidewalk… once it’s there, it’s the council’s property (this is for SA - check your local council for rules in your area!)
But um… maybe you will find a piece and you happen to pick it up and it ends up in your house… yeah. Just be careful!
The other way is to go down to the local op shop. Personally, I have gotten some amazing pieces on the cheap from my locals. A 6 piece tea and saucer set for $5! Bargain. And it looks gorgeous on my side table. Look for furniture that fits your decor or that can be easily sanded down and re-painted. That black behemoth of a dining table could look gorgeous in white, or oiled and naked (ooh-er!) Look beyond the current state, you could be looking at a gem!
Cheap Stores Are Your Friend
IKEA may be a dirty word to some, but when you’re on a budget it is like honey in your mouth. Even better is the seconds section of IKEA! A few years ago I decided to use my tax return money to buy myself a new dining table. I had my heart set on a beautiful classic one from IKEA. So imagine my utter delight when I found the exact same table down in the seconds section for about $200 cheaper! I checked it over - there were a few lumps at the break section, but nothing I wouldn’t be covering up anyway. Plus: already put together! With the money I saved I got some really nice chairs to go with it. But beware the lure of the cheap - sometimes cheap can look cheap.
Invest In The Good, Not The Bad
Homewares are a lot like fashion - don’t spend money on things that are too trendy. I’m glad that when I was younger I didn’t spend a lot of money on some of the things I loved because right now I would be kicking myself. I spent most of my money on things that I knew I would have years later - classic coffee table, towels, classic vases, etc. I’m glad I didn’t invest in: blow up furniture, that hideous bedspread I was obsessed with and way too many buddha heads.
DIY Of Course!
This follows on the above - if you make something on the cheap, you’re less likely to feel massively guilty about moving on once you’re over it! I like to think that the pieces I’ve featured here on the blog are both & modern and easy to make. The pom pom rug is a perfect example - somthing that would usually cost you a lot of money that you can make on the cheap and to suit your decor.
I hope everyone enjoyed my little piece! My last piece of advice - it’s your house, so fill it with the things you love. If you want a leopard print room, do it! Unless you plan on having your house featured in Vogue or thinking on going on one of those shows where they mock your interiors, it’s all about what you want.
p.s - beautiful image by The Wheat Field!