Wednesday, November 4, 2009

To splurge or save?

I find myself constantly jumping between two decorating camps. I can’t decide if I am the girl who waits, saves her money, and splurges on one fabulous item at a time; or the girl who can decorate on a dime and finds creative ways to furnish her home without spending a lot of money. I certainly have a ton respect for talented decorators on both sides but I am not really sure where I belong these days.

In the past, I have definitely been the girl who can decorate on a dime. Sometimes there really isn’t a choice.

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Country Living

I have done it all from making my own willow furniture, lamps and frames; sanding furniture down to the bare wood and restraining; scouring yard sales and picking things up off the side of the road; reupholstering - ok really I was stapling fabric; and sewing my own slipcovers.

Certainly, I am not above doing any of those projects and still do many of them today (except stapling or gluing fabric, yikes!) .

I was recently introduced to these fantastic blogs that have tons of inspiration for the girl wants to design on a dime.

Check out the Nesting Place. She says that “it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful” and tells all about her window mistreatments. LOL.

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Check out Our Suburban Cottage for great ideas and inspiration. AnNicole has a lot of good old fashion grit and will stop at nothing to make her home decorating dreams come true.

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Also – don’t miss Clover Lane and how she furnished her house without spending a ton! She painted this dining room set, the walls and reupholstered the chairs all in a week.

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It looks beautiful!

The problem is that even “on a dime” projects cost money and time. You can not decorate for free and I am feeling like sometimes it is better to just wait and put the money you would have spent on a DIY project towards something that you really want.

I guess it is the whole splurge versus save debate and what is the answer???

I am learning that you have to have a little bit of both in your home. The magic is in the mix.

What camp do you belong to: splurge or save?

Any advise?

4 comments:

Danielle @ Transforming Home said...

Although I have a mix of both, I find that I am happiest with the projects I have done on my own. There is an accomplishment that goes along with that, and you also end up with one of a kind pieces. Anyone with money can go out and buy stuff - what makes it so special is what you put into it.

Emily said...

I really think it all depends on what your life situation is. Right now I have no other option but to do the best with what I have. I am grateful for those bloggers out there who give inspiration to people like me who don't have the option or patients to wait and splurge on an item. Plus a house / decorating is such an evolving process. As much as I would love a house 100% finished with all the details figured out, but when I look at my house, my desk has a piece of me, my dresser has a story. That is my kind of living. I now know why people hang on to ugly pieces in their house. They mean something to them or it represents a positive time in their life. But I also think that there are key pieces a home needs to even out the balance, of homemade, and name brand.

AnNicole@Our Suburban Cottage said...

Great post! And thanks for including me.

I think I'm from both camps. Most of the time, I repaint/repurpose because it's less expensive than a particular inspiration piece I want (and there is a certain amount of satisfaction that comes with it). But if it's possible for me to buy that inspiration piece that I looooove, then you bet I'm going to buy it!

Haslems said...

I'm right there with you Bethany. Right now I feel like I'm buying a lot of cheap stuff that I might regret soon. I love feeling like i'm getting something done but in the same breath I hope i like it for a while. I love the new blog look!

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