When my nose isn't buried in the latest issue of Domino or Dwell, I'm dropping big bucks at a high-end home boutique or haggling over a flea-market find. You're likely to find me redoing my own walls with low-VOC paint while waiting months for a custom-designed couch to arrive. I'm a first-time homeowner, and my husband and I are trying to balance redecorating the house with backpacking trips and garden projects. My home-decorating style is very eclectic. I love mixing cheap Ikea and other chain-store staples with one-of-a-kind pieces.