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Casa Craving Challenge: Beauty on a Budget

Every Thursday on CasaSugar, I'll give you a decorating challenge and ask you to go Casa Craving for items that fit the look. (Here's a post explaining what a Casa Craving is and how to create one.)

This week's challenge comes from Karazzies, who writes, "My husband (of one month!) and I just bought a new house, fresh off our honeymoon. I'm looking to decorate the family room, on a very restricted budget (we did pay for the wedding and honeymoon ourselves, and then dealt with the whole house-buying deposits and closing costs!). I want a contemporary-but-warm style. We're stuck with a brand-new blue carpet, with no hardwood floors underneath. I'm bringing in my chocolate brown leather couches to put in this room. Should we stick with neutral walls? Light wood, dark wood? Go easy on the wall decor?"

So in this Casa Craving Challenge, I’d like you to design an affordable contemporary, warm family room that's anchored around brown leather sofas and blue carpet. Choose either light or dark wood, the wall decor you think would work, and great wall color. For inspiration, you can look at this month's Dress Your Walls posts. But most importantly, make sure this room is affordable. Look for great sales, unusual online sources, and other ways to keep the pricetag light.

Do this by creating Casa Cravings and tagging your Cravings with the phrase budget beautiful, and I'll feature the results next Wednesday, Oct. 24th. Even better, you can create a list of your bookmarks; TeamSugar has a great tutorial on listmaking if you're not sure how. Please let me know if you have any questions.

For a list of online home stores to try,

Amazon Home
Bed Bath & Beyond
Crate & Barrel
Design Within Reach
Jonathan Adler
Lekker Home
Linens and Things
Macy's Home
Pottery Barn
Restoration Hardware
Room & Board
Urban Outfitters
Unica Home
West Elm

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Join The Conversation
katherynn katherynn 9 years
Great design ideas, everybody! Here's mine!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
My image cut off. That last color would be for one accent wall, the wall with the biggest sofa. I couldn't get an image of the photo framed on, but it would cost $126 and have a dark brown wood frame, very clean and modern.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
nikkeeb nikkeeb 9 years
When it comes to decorating on a budget, you need to go with basic but unique pieces to keep it practical and chic at the same time. That's what I put in my list, unique pieces for a great price that you'll still want to use 20 years from now. I tried to give as many options as possible, so I wouldn't recommend using all these pieces at once, but you get the idea...and along the same lines I'd paint the walls this taupe color b/c it's the most versatile.
nikkeeb nikkeeb 9 years
is it possible to bookmark ikea products? i'm having issues with images...
klynnmorton klynnmorton 9 years
Color Pattern: Blue in Autumn Items...with walls the last color in the color palette...
CocoChic CocoChic 9 years
LauriJon LauriJon 9 years
Here's my suggestion. To make the dark blue rug an asset and not a liability, paint the walls a light blue, then stain (or paint if it's already painted) any wood trim in the room a chocolate brown like your couch. Then add warm and cool accessories like honey beige's, coppers, and even a few dark blue throw pillows or vase accents.
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