Where did you shop for the items in your home? Do you prefer new items or antique and flea market finds?
Because we were definitely on a budget when we moved in, buying everything from West Elm was sadly out of the question. With a few exceptions, most of our furniture is grandparent hand-me-downs, Ikea hacks, Target, or resale shop finds. I prefer older pieces because they tend to be better built and more unique. Houston is a big city, so there are many places, including Craigslist, where you can find midcentury furniture without breaking the bank.
Tell us some of the ways you were able to decorate your home on a budget. What items for your home would you say are most important to invest in? What items do you recommend saving on?
We definitely decorated on a budget. Most of our furniture is hand-me-downs, repainted resale-shop finds, and Ikea furniture. Also as a rule, I try not to pay full price for new furniture at stores like Crate and Barrel and West Elm because they always put their furniture on sale eventually. So when we decided to splurge on our couch, bed frame, and living room rug, I waited for sales. Another place I try to save is on textiles. I sewed many of the curtains and throw pillows in the house myself, and I reupholstered our dining chairs and my office chair.
I don't mind splurging on prints and paintings from places like Etsy and Society 6 because the money goes directly to the artist. However, custom framing those prints and paintings can be ridiculously expensive. So to mimic the look of custom framing, I buy ready-made frames from places like Michaels and Ikea and then have a custom mat made to fit the frame and print. Hobby Lobby can cut a mat while you wait for around $15.