Some Thoughts on Home Decor and Furnishing … Inspired by a Friend

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plates after by eseering on Flickr!When my wife and I purchased our home, we moved from an apartment with roughly 800 square feet of floor space into a house with about 2,000 square feet – and along the way, our biggest piece of furniture (an old, shoddy couch) was unable to make the move. This left us with a blank slate for decorating – but it’s not something I’m particularly good at. Part of our budget for the move allowed for this, allowing us to partially furnish our family room and living room by taking advantage of a furniture outlet store.

Fast forward to our current lives. Our three year old son is beginning to regularly visit his friends – and, naturally, that means that we’re getting to know the parents of some of our child’s friends. One of these couples actually has a story very similar to ours – in the last few years, they moved from a tiny apartment into a much larger home and they didn’t move in the door with adequate resources for decorating or furnishing.

Unlike us, however, they did not budget for such furnishing before the move, meaning that when they did move in, their only decorations and furnishings were what they brought from their apartment.

Their solution? Spartan decorating.

Their front room – the one you would enter as soon as you came into their home – is completely empty. It merely serves as a very pleasant entrance into their home. The other rooms are largely decorated and arranged as they were in their old apartment.

Their plan is to slowly replace and upgrade furniture and decorations as opportunities present themselves and they can afford it, but for now, things work for them.

And it works well. The spartan decoration of their front room sets a clean and open tone for the rest of the house – and, best of all, it saves them money and time (it’s pretty easy to clean a room with no decoration or furniture).

There are several useful decorating and home furnishing lessons to be learned here – some obvious, some not so obvious.

First, don’t worry about empty rooms. Many people feel something of an obligation to fill their home with furniture. Don’t. It’s fine to have very sparse rooms in your home. Consider sparsely decorating the room that people see first when they enter so that they don’t immediately get a “cluttered” sense from your home. Not only will sparse decorating save you money, it will also save you time – and you’ll likely find that the “leap” from an apartment to a home costs you more time than you think.

Also, don’t worry about “starter” furniture and decorations, either. My wife and I made the conscious decision to have a decorating/furnishing budget when we moved, but reflecting back on it, it wasn’t really necessary at all. We could have easily left our front room quite barren and used our old furniture in the family room without skipping a beat, then slowly replaced or upgraded the furniture over time.

If you feel the need to furnish every room, don’t overlook used furniture. Look for consignment options as well as thrift stores before you even begin to look at other options. You might find something you like at a low price right off the bat.

What about decorating? This is one area where I think we did quite well – and we still are. Virtually all of our home decoration was hand-crafted by people close to us. We have a lot of photographs hanging up, the best of the thousands of digital photographs my wife and I have taken. We also have quite a bit of original artwork done by friends and family, including a few original paintings (one of which is stunning – done by a relative who actually paints professionally and we have one of her best works).

This not only saved us quite a bit of money, but it also makes almost every decoration in our home have a very personal feeling. If we see anyone looking closely at a decoration, we always have a nice story associated with it – the opportunity we had to take the photograph, the person who made the decoration for us, and so on.

Also, never be afraid to think way outside the box, particularly when reusing things or using items unexpectedly. I’ve seen a very elegant apartment decorated with framed record covers from a person’s collection. Another person simply decorated much of her home in framed Calvin and Hobbes Sunday strips. The picture above depicts an individual using plates for decorative purposes. Look at everything as a potential resource for decoration and you may find something very unique that costs almost nothing.

The most important lesson of all, though, is this: form your own ideas of what you want for decoration and furnishing – and look at lots of homes through that lens. Look at the homes of all of your family and friends. Figure out what you actually like and don’t like. Doing this thoroughly will help you develop a good concept of what appeals to you – then you can seek to make those ideas happen as inexpensively as possible.

I’ll go even further: the absolute worst place you can go to shop for furniture is a furniture store; similarly, the worst place you can go to shop for decorations is a home decor shop. Such shops only represent a salesman’s idea of what should go into your home, not your own idea. Formulate your own ideas before you ever walk in the door and you can focus on hunting for bargains instead of convincing yourself that this expensive item is perfect for what you want.

Good luck!

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49 thoughts on “Some Thoughts on Home Decor and Furnishing … Inspired by a Friend

  1. I believe that finding ideas online also work well too! Ikea has some great ideas and if you buy it online from them, there aren’t sales people to pressure you. Downside is that it isn’t cheap but I think its reasonably priced.

  2. I loved this post because it felt so personal to me. Five years ago we moved cross-country for my husband’s job and bought our first house. But his job was only guaranteed for a year — so the last thing we wanted to do was buy furniture we couldn’t afford and have to move it a year later if his contract wasn’t renewed. Besides, I had enough books and bookcases to fill a couple of houses, it seemed!

    Five years later, we’re still in our house, still with the few hand-me-down armchairs and lots of put-’em-together yourself bookcases. We haven’t bought any furniture in all that time. First, there are always higher priorities, such as replacing an ancient hot water heater that for some reason was placed in the attic (what a disaster waiting to happen!). Second, we have cats, and I don’t want to buy expensive furniture that they will claw to shreds. Third, we like not having ponderous, heavy furniture because this way, our books and artwork are the focal point.

    We don’t have kids ourselves, so we joke that we don’t have a grown-ups house. It’s almost all hand-me-downs. And we’re very happy with it.

  3. If your work has a bulletin board it’s a great place to find deals. People get married and move in together all the time, and they normally just want to get rid of the stuff. I furnished my guest bedroom (bed, dresser, lamp) and got a sofa for my downstairs living room for cheap.

  4. we have a very spartan home. we moved accross the country a few years ago, and we couldn’t afford much when we put our first apartment together. we recently moved to a place with about double the floor space of the first place we lived in, and we do have a totally empty entry room. it’s supposed to be a dining room, but it’s just bare. the table we eat at is in our main room.

    anyway, i don’t think we’ll get grown-up furniture until we have our own house, and then little by little. i like things bare, even if people who come in ask if we just moved, when really we’ve been here for over a year :)

  5. I am comfortable outfitting our house very slowly. That way we can find deals. We have no pressure to look like a magazine from the very beginning. Also, I think I would feel like I was in someone else’s house if the changes came too suddenly. Filling her up slowly is part of getting a ‘home’ rather than a house.

  6. So glad you wrote about this! After we purchased our home, we had enough furnature for the family room, but the living room furniture that I wanted had to wait until basic other upgrades to our home was done. We had a 5 year old and a 1 year old at the time. I realized quite quickly that it was a wonderful room for my kids to play in and an indoor gym, if you like! We kept no furniture except a room sized rug on the floor, and would occasionally bring in toys or art projects. It was also perfect for the cooperative preschool that rotated homes…lots of space, and nothing to knock over, and we’d bring in dining room chairs if we needed something to sit on besides the floor.
    About 4 years ago,( 6 years after buying the house (kids were 11 and 6 at that point) we ended up gettingthe expensive furniture we preferred, and we really just use the room now for a reading space as it has no TV, computer or any other screen to stare at!
    There are so many rules that society tries to feed you all the time…guess what! We all have the choices of how we do our lives! And it doesn’t always have to do with filling a house with everything “they” say you should have!

  7. Putting the word out for needs is another way to go for “transient furniture.”

    A while back, a temp employed at my work was needing bedroom furniture to house a family member thru post operative recovery in her home.

    She was planning to temporarily convert a den and asked around for whatever anyone had to offer.

    She got enough to re-do the room quite nicely- and for better than she would have ever afforded. Her loved one had a really nice room to recover in.

  8. Excellent post. I moved into an apartment this past fall, and will live there until I graduate in may. I was able to furnish the whole place for under $80 by spending my summer aggressively pursuing garage sales. The highlight of my finds is a big, overstuffed green chair that I got for free – there was a stain on one side of the cushion. I just turned the cushion over, and it’s beautiful.

  9. Great post. My wife really hates clutter, but we live in a small (2br, 2bath) condo and we have waaaaay too much stuff for it. Too much clutter. The condo was full before we moved in together, and we haven’t left it yet. My wife wants to get a bigger place, but I want to stay in the condo as long as we can because we own it outright (of course there are fairly large home owner’s association dues).

  10. We purchased a new, lovely sectional sofa when we moved into our house. It’s great. We got it at a furniture store on a sales tax holiday. It replaced a number of hand-me-down and used couches that we had gotten rid of.

    We also purchased a recliner new, as well. It’s still in good shape and comfy years later.

    However, all the other furniture in the house came used in one form or another. I’ve refinished a number of pieces, and we’ve been wanting to get a “real” bed for years, instead of only the mattress on a frame, but we keep on waiting, knowing that the thing we want (a quality antique or reproduction) is quite expensive to aquire, and buying a “cheap” one wouldn’t get us what we wanted.

    I’d also like to spend more time making furniture as a hobby. It’s certainly something I enjoy, but it does take a considerable amount of time.

    But I totally agree with the spirit of this post — don’t pay full price for furniture!

  11. One word – Craigslist.
    I have gotten some of my favorite furniture there at ridiculous prices from really nice people. I have also gotten rid of stuff there for much more than I would have at a yard sale.

  12. Don’t forget consignment shop when you have a bigger budget, too. You can find some great deals on real, solid wood furniture. I’ve just moved into a lovely new home and I have a nice budget to buy some furniture. I’m shopping at consignment stores because I can get older pieces that are better constructed than today’s pieces at about a third of the cost. I found a Henkel Harris china cabinet for about a third of the price of a new one from Ethan Allen. Plus HH was made in Virginia out of solid wood, new EA made in China out of compressed sawdust.

  13. Every year, I find loads of free and very beautiful posters at ‘books fairs’ or other cultural (commercial) events. Some of them have made it to my walls. A lot better than those kitschy ones you have to pay an awfull lot of money for, if you ask me! I also use some of my self-made beaded necklaces to add some colour. I hung the ballet shoes I don’t use any more but can’t get rid of, above the mirror. There are so many ways you can decorate your home for free!

  14. I can honestly say that we have only bought one piece of furniture brand new. Everything else was either given to us or purchased at Goodwill or garage sales etc. Less than a month ago I got a call from the manager at Goodwill saying they got a sectional in and matching couch. We have a huge living room furnised with several hand me down couches and chairs. We got a huge sectional and matching couch that was like brand new for 100.00. Since we frequent the Goodwill often we just tell the manager what we were looking for and they call if they get something in.

  15. We lived in our first home for nine years and we moved we still had empty rooms. I have very expensive taste in furniture (Stickley is dreamy) but I refuse to go into debt for it. As a result, I had a fantastic furntiture and a couple of empty rooms. That was fine with me : )

  16. We just moved into our house and have one painting from my mom which she painted for our wedding present. She offered me another one of her paintings too. We’ll be putting up some family photos. But most of my wall decorations are pretty decorative papers which I’ve framed (lots of sales/freecycle/etc to find frames). I can always draw something myself and use the pretty paper as a mat, or simply hang the framed papers.

  17. Hand-me-down furniture, curbside pick-up, craigslist, freecycle, thrift stores, rummage sales, estate auctions… A friend of mine told me once, “Why would you want to buy new with all this great free stuff anyway” I always think of that before I buy for our home. And, after 3 years in this house with 6 people it’s all full anyway!

    Thanks for such a great post!

  18. I had the same setup as your friends at my last house – a big “living room” that had the front door open right into it. It was empty for a long time until we finally got 2 small chairs from Ikea and a table to go inbetween them. It was also convenient for parties, since we could easily throw up a couple folding tables and have extra eating space.

  19. Decorating is DIY fun!! When my second daughter was born, someone gave me a bag full of baby stuff, from someone else who was “absolutely convinced” she was having a girl, and found out it was a boy. Anyway, there was this GREAT purple crib set. So, we went with it, for about $50 we painted the room purple, I repainted our old crib white, along with my older daughter’s bed, the rocking chair and dresser. I made a purple quilt for the other bed, and recovered the cushions on the rocker for about $10-15 worth of purple fabric. Wa-La! Great looking nursery for less than $100.

    Now we’re expecting our third and it’s the same story. Instead of buying bunk beds for our girls, we found a free plan online and have the lumber in our garage to build them. We spent about $100 on the wood, and about $15 on the paint. My daughters are older now, and have their own opinions about things, so we went the fabric store together, and with a limit of $3 a yard, we picked out new bedding fabric for them. My father-in-law is building them new dressers as gifts, and I’m hoping to find a small table at a thrift shop with some chairs as a homework space. Total cost, including lumber, wall paint, and fabric? About $200, spaced out over about 4 months. And in the babies room, we’re just painting all the furniture ($10 for spray paint), and I’m making the crib bedding (it’s a boy or we’d just reuse the purple!) and recovering the rocking chair cushions. Including wall paint, a whole new nursery for about $60.

    With just a few DIY skills, you can save tons of money, and get higher quality stuff than you can buy for the same price. I’ll admit, my husband and I are pretty talented at woodworking and sewing, respectively, but the projects I mentioned were definately beginner projects, even the bunk beds!!! And anyone can paint.

    You just have to get out of the mindset that everything you live with has to be commercially made.

  20. After five years of furniture that’s either used or for Walmart, I’m finally saving up for an Ikea couch. I spend a lot of time on the couch, and it’s time for a good one. Based on my experience, they are sturdy, yet comfortable.

  21. Michelle, why can’t you use purple items for a boy? Are they frilly? If it’s a deep purple, not lavender, it shouldn’t matter.

  22. One of my favorite pieces of decor was a painting that hung in my house in college. After getting rid of a toxic roommate, the other three of us decided to “cleanse” the place. We smudged the house with sage and then got out whatever art supplies we had on hand. We found a blank canvas and painted on a silvery-green background and auspicious Chinese characters (which were fun to look up online). We took turns with the brush so we each had a hand in the final piece. Alas, another roommate got custody of it when we went our separate ways. :-)

  23. I was good with this post til the last paragraph. I agree that you should form your own ideas for your own sense of style, but there is nothing wrong with hitting a store. Just because you’re there doesn’t mean you’re required to buy anything. And it’s not a “salesmans” idea of fashion, it’s the designer for that store’s idea of fashion. It doesn’t mean you can play off their ideas or buy something simple there and give it your own twist. Or just form your idea, then target the store that has your style of furniture. Every little bit of inspiration helps.

    I agree with slowly upgrading your furniture. The biggest investment I made for my apt was a used Pottery Barn couch, and a brand new sectional. Those get the absolutely most use out of anything else I own (next to the tv). Everything else is slowly going to get upgraded eventually, when I can afford it.

    For frugal decorating, I purchase nice calendars of photography or art, cut them out after the month or year is done, then buy a frame (coupon + michaels craft store = yay), then frame it. Cheap decorating! The same can be done with postcards or obviously, your own photos.

  24. For the crafty crowd, there’s a blog called IKEA hacker that I love. Most of the stuff is too much work for me, but it is a fun read.

    I go with color and spaciousness. My living/dining room has a maroon area rug and curtains that are an equally vibrant color; my 2-seater couch is a green/blue, and I have a comfy chair covered in a maroon/green/blue pattern that ties it all together. I framed a few digital photos I took, have a shelf full of books, and it looks really colorful yet calm, because it’s a big room with lots of white space and sunlight. I really love it, and people find it very welcoming. I recently had a cd purge and am going to sell/donate books sometime soon, to maintain the open feel of the room.

  25. Of course, every Spartan home must also have a pit which may be used to kick Persian messengers.

    Madness?
    This is SPARTAAAAAAAA!

  26. A Spartan home? MADNESS!!11one

    In all seriousness I hope to have certain themes in my house. I want a retro kitchen. I always have since I was young. Therefore I am welcoming hand-me downs from my mom and grandma as well as yard sale finds.

    The bedroom may be a bit trickier. I want an Asian (particularly Japanese style) bedroom which is simple by nature but not all the furniture and such is so easy to find.

  27. RE: Juliska

    No, it was violet and green with little purple flowers. Not at all suitable for a boy! But very cute for my girls. And soon to be sold at a garage sale, with the funds from the garage sale set aside to pay for the redecorating supplies!

  28. This is good advice. I’ve yet to meet people who were really happy with the decorating choices they made when they bought a bunch of furniture upon moving into a new place. You learn a lot about how you want your life to work by living with what you have, which is what we’ve done.

    We’re urban people and we live in a small space, and people have repeatedly commented on our clutter-free aesthetic. But recently, with another baby coming, we’ve actually gotten rid of even more rather than adding to our furniture. It makes childproofing much easier.

  29. Here are my tips:

    Shop at antique stores! You can get well-built furniture and nifty finds at significantly reduced costs. (But still price-shop – just because it’s old doesn’t mean it’s a good deal).

    Use handmedowns – @Brandon – couldn’t agree more. Most of my stuff has been handed down from when my sister got married. My mom gave me a ton of stuff when she moved, too.

    Watch for sales. We did buy our leather furniture from The Bay but we got 75% off for custom-ordered stuff that wasn’t ever sold.

    Nigella Laweson uses interesting tin cans to hold flowers – I like that idea!

    Frame interesting cards, notes or other little things that might end up hidden away in a memory box. Makes free, uplifting decorations for your walls.

  30. Another wonderful site for furniture is auctions.
    My parents (many years ago) used to go to the
    area auction house many Saturdays to get new
    furnishings for our home. Quite a few of the
    auctions were estate dispersals from very fancy
    homes located in much more upscale areas than
    where we lived. Many lovely pieces came home
    with us over the years.

    More recently I have gone to farm auctions to get
    equipment for our farm business and found that
    the farmer (or his heirs) are frequently selling
    the furniture they won’t need in their smaller
    home (these are usually farm retirement auctions).
    Heirlooms and antiques can be expensive but just
    good usable chairs, couches and beds are often
    very cheap, especially if nobody else came for
    those items.

  31. Auction! Seriously, estate auctions are a goldmine! Check out auctionzip.com and root around. You won’t believe the deals you can get.

  32. Almost everything in my apartment was bought at a trusted aution gallery. I and my mother have bought furniture (1920s Hoosier, 1880s corner cabinet, 1920s secretary, 1920s dining room server I use as a bureau, an 1840s wardrobe unit, a high-quality repro of an antique 4-post cannonball bed), old silver, Wedgwood lamps and decorative items, antique linens and laces, and 1880 dress that wasn’t finished that I converted into a Halloween costume, kitchenware, framed items, coins, jewelry, baseball collectibles, stamps, you name it. All very inexpensive. I think the top price was $200 for the pre-civil war wardrobe unit. You can use items like these in so many ways and frame, drape or convert them into something you can use. (just be careful if you refinish furniture – talk to the auctioneer or an expert as you may destroy the value – both financial and historical – if you change the original finish).

    I too, waited a long time to find a bed. I think about 10-12 years before I found that well-made mahagany cannonball. I only paid about $150 for it and it will last at least 2 more generations. Old furniture was made to last so it’s worth so much more than I’ve paid. I love my antiques!

  33. My rule of thumb is, y’gotta Love it. It’s no use buying cheap furniture if you’re going to replace it, but there’s no point in buying expensive stuff if you hate the way it looks. I often joke to my boyfriend that the Dutch have no taste in furniture, because every single furniture advertisement we get makes us both wince. Our IKEA stuff looks much better than anything else that’s sold.

    Once we were just wandering through a thrift store, and I saw this old pitcher/basin set, the sort of thing that farmers used as sinks in the days pre-running water. We both fell in love with it. It’s now ours. Our entire apartment is more or less the same–we see things we both love, and most of the time they’re not at all expensive. Check out http://small-chicken.livejournal.com/312325.html#cutid1 for a before-and-after shot of our apartment.

  34. One of my financial regrets is buying a new couch when I got my first good job out of school. It was stupidly expensive and didn’t hold up very well.

  35. Go to a real furniture store? Are you kidding? There is SO much great used/vintage furniture out there and most of it MUCH nicer than what you could get today and solid wood, too. Only the oak dining room table and chairs here were bought retail & that was at a much-reduced priced from a store that was going out of business!
    And there are SO many discount home accessories now available at various discount outlets….We recently got a computer desk with hutch for $30!! from a Salvation Army (It’s from Denmark? Ikea quality – which is birch veneer & would have cost $200+ elsewhere).
    We have gotten great upholstered armchairs at thrift shops and for Xmas hubby got me a beautiful new Oriental-style area rug for $60 from a downtown bargain store! And there are so many decorating tips on the net now – check out http://www.pointclickhome for some. Then steal the ideas! There is also DIY – I still have the solid maple dresser I got right out of college and refinished myself by hand! It’s now proudly in the living room near the vintage dropleaf desk.
    And all the art we have has been gotten at thrift shops, too – except for the REAL French 30′s Perrier poster I discovered in a used office supply store for a fraction of its worth! Make sure you have a vehicle for hauling so you can snag your finds! Now we have a truck and in the old days I always had a hatchback.
    (The other thing about vintage furniture is that you can probably SELL it again for as much as you paid for it, making net sum outlay = zero.)
    For more frugal tips check out http://www.myfrugallife.com/blog_pamphyila.html

  36. I’m a big fan of finding nice vintage/antique pieces via Craigslist or mid-level used furntiure shops. The older stuff is usually solid wood – instead of the veneer that is now used in much of the new (affordable) furniture lines.

    Once you have the basics covered (table+chairs, sofa, and a mattress…) and you have a steady income and are no longer moving around too much – I favor a slow acquisition strategy of quality pieces (new or used) to replace or add to what you have.

    I’m hoping this will be the year of the bed. Last year was the year of the new TV. The year before that was the year of the new sofa.

  37. I couldn’t agree more with the Spartan style–I love open spaces and left my formal dining area empty on purpose. I draw the line at echoing, though. If the house, echoes, it’s TOO Spartan!
    Fill it up until the echoes stop–lots of rugs and tapestries if you don’t like furniture!

  38. Not filling your rooms only applies if you don’t have grown kids! If you don’t fill their rooms when they leave they come back. I didn’t fill their rooms the first time, but I learned my lesson we now have a guest bedroom and a yoga room :-)

  39. I recall my Mom telling me that Italians in Toronto in the 1970′s (and presumably earlier) would traditionally put all their money into buying the best home they could get and leaving with only the most essential furnishings, and added gradually as they earned the money to buy them (without credit).

  40. Don’t forget freecycle. We moved this past year into a large old house, and I have been able to pick up some very useful pieces (including bookshelves, dressers, and organizers) by patiently waiting until someone offered up theirs when they moved. It has been a wonderful way to save the earth and be frugal. I’ve also added some fun pieces – a bench for the backyard, and a dining room chandelier- that I wouldn’t have had the budget for at all.

  41. Another vouch for Craigslist. I lost most everything during our 2000 remodel when the contracter went belly up, the roof wasn’t finished and everything got ruined in the rain INSIDE the house…

    Over the last 7 years I have completely (but slowly) outfitted my house with second hand Pottery Barn (and some IKEA for my office). The plus being that it has ALWAYS been fun, too. I’m in San Diego and bought a full set of leather furniture from Hollywood – folks with WAY more money than me who like to redecorate :). A mahogany daybed from an artist couple having a baby. My child’s twin bed from another couple. My fireplace (cast stone – new $4000, Craigslist $250) last weekend was our latest find, sadly from a very sweet couple losing everything in a job loss.

    At any rate, I have a story behind every piece of my furniture and I don’t stress if the kids or animals get a scratch here or there.

    If you wait a while, and have cash – you can most anything you need on Craigslist (assuming you’re in a Metro area)!

  42. Craigslist is the best! As long as you’re not in a hurry you can always find what you want at the price you want to pay. And don’t forget curbside shopping! Some people may turn up their noses but I have a gorgeous set of mahogany (I think)nightstands that look antique that were sitting on the curb alongside the garbage. They are now in my guest room & I always get compliments on them.

  43. Thank you! We have been living in our house for almost four years now, and while we’ve bought some furniture our front room (the largest in the house) is still empty…and I’m ok with that. I’d rather finish our master bedroom and office, and we don’t have any extra cash to spend on furniture anyway. I’m glad there are others out there who feel the same way.

  44. Honestly, I think decorating is only good to a certain extent. I know quite an amount of people who spends too much money on decorating. My mother decorates a lot, and she has a lot of delicate displays and picture frames. I think decorating is a big hassle, considering when I live with her, I already accidentally broke and bumped into many of her decorations. Most items are crystals, glass, ceramic, etc.

    I don’t mind decorating, but to me, it’s kind of a waste of money. Since I don’t enjoy hanging up pictures in my home anyway, all my furniture and utensils for my apartment costs only about $2,800 all together.

  45. A home speaks volumes about its owner and a nice and beautiful home makes a style statement that creates an unforgettable impression on everyone visiting the home. One can either design the interiors
    Decorating a home can be exhausting and if you don’t have the skills and abilities in your back pocket you need some decorating help. Professional interior designers and decorators typically have decorating tips, tricks and ideas to get your end result faster and with less cost and frustration,My house was decorate by Nina . A professional in this regard and in my low budget she did her job very well

  46. I find that you need to live in a place for a while before you rush out to get stuff: natural lighting through the seasons, breezes, spaces you use more than others…a feeling for the place helps.

    To be honest..how long do you really want to look at an object for? Decades/the next fifty years? Can you move it around and put stuff in other rooms…rearrange…recreate…use it in another way…recycle it…?

    If not…is it an add-on rather than an add-ing?

    Do we literally ‘buy’ too much into the concept that furniture and decor and all of that is :”lifestyling”? A good impression is nowhere near as memorable as the thoughts and feelings and events that happen around our decor.

    The energy that happens around them is the real furnishing of our lives.

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