How to Spend Money on Decor

Last week I gave you a little hint about how to spend money on decor and furnishings: spend less on trends, spend more on timeless pieces! Today, I'm going to share my favorite places to shop for both, and what I look for when I do.

Trendy Decor

Trends: What to Look For
Even while you're trying to save money, it's still a great idea to look for things that have some kind of quality. Stay away from anything that screams I'll break/disintegrate the second you bring me home. Even trendy things should last a few seasons, at least until they aren't trendy anymore.

I snagged both of these pillows for a total of $60 from Target! And you can, too! Scoop up the Floral Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Pillow in coral here and the Rizzy Home Cotton Decorative Pillow in Gray here.

I snagged both of these pillows for a total of $60 from Target! And you can, too! Scoop up the Floral Indoor/Outdoor Decorative Pillow in coral here and the Rizzy Home Cotton Decorative Pillow in Gray here.

What I loved about these pillows was the price, the look and the quality. The gray pillow is cotton, which is soft and cozy and washable. The floral pillow is indoor/outdoor which means I can wash it and it will also stand up to lots of use over time. I bet I'll spill some wine on both, eventually, because I'm a klutz.

Trends: Where to Shop
Target, H&M Home, CB2, Etsy, Wayfair, Overstock, Dot & Bo, Home Depot, IkeaModCloth, Zazzle, World Market, Urban Outfitters, HomeGoods

Timeless Decor

Timeless: What to Look For
This kind of item should be high quality; something that can last at least ten years and preferably more. That means it should also be able to stand the test of trends; basically it should be versatile enough that it can pair well with lots of design styles. You want to consider color, style, construction, materials used, and of course, how much you love it. If you don't love something, run away from it!

Check out this sofa by Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams for some timeless inspiration...

It might sound frumpy to some, but to me, antiques are a great alternative to new purchases; the charm of an antique will last through the ages. Plus, they generally pair well with any style! Not every antique is ornate, so don't worry. You can find many that match your taste!

Timeless: Where to Shop
Room and Board, Mitchel Gold + Bob WilliamsEthan Allen, Kravet, 1stdibs.com, Design Within Reach, Ralph Lauren, Etsy

Flea, Thrift and Yard/Barn/Estate Sale

Okay, this is my favorite way to shop for home decor! I'm so excited to start thrifting this year, that I'll be posting too many pics of cool finds, so watch out! Thrifting is such a great way to save money and find trendy and timeless pieces. It takes a bit more time than online or off the shelf shopping, of course, but the money you save makes it worth it. 

This piece is actually a dumpster dive. I know. Why would someone toss this?! Well, it used to be coated in aquamarine green paint, so maybe that's why. You can find this kind of great stuff at flea markets, and it's totally worth all the hours you'll put in, sanding off the paint and giving it new life!

This piece is actually a dumpster dive. I know. Why would someone toss this?! Well, it used to be coated in aquamarine green paint, so maybe that's why. You can find this kind of great stuff at flea markets, and it's totally worth all the hours you'll put in, sanding off the paint and giving it new life!

Thrifting: What To Look For

Furniture: make sure it's sturdy and made out of quality materials. If it's broken and can be fixed, consider the price. Also, please do not buy quality, antique/vintage pieces with the intent to paint them. Please, I beg you not to! It will ruin it's value and integrity, and that piece will be sad. If you want to paint over something, chose less quality pieces that don't have much historic value.
Accessories: oh, you can find anything you could ever want! I especially like looking for quality items by checking the name brand on the bottom. You just never know what you'll find!
Fabric: you can find anything from vintage to modern fabric. Just make sure you clean it well before using it (bed bugs are real, friends).
Lighting: make sure it works, and if not, decide how willing you are to have it rewired for the price.
Art: basically, if you like it, go for it. It doesn't matter what it is, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise! If you're unsure about pieces that claim to be valuable, be careful and do your research before purchasing, especially if it's got a large price tag.
Things Not to Buy Secondhand: Medical or hygienic equipment, including foot spas, anything that can't be cleaned properly, cheap plastic dishware (unless it is brand new or in excellent condition), anything you know you won't fix or work on in the next 6 months, and plain ol' junk. Totally. Not. Worth it.

More to Come...

Spring and summer are approaching, loves! Soon, I'll be posting more details on how to get the most out of shopping flea, thrift, yard/barn/estate sales. Stay up to date with my latest posts by following me on Facebook and Instagram!

As always, thanks for stopping by! You are seriously the biggest reason I write in this little notebook, so just know how much I love ya! xoCarole