When decorating, I use the same philosophy that I do with travel – researched thoroughly to respect the budget without sacrificing the outcome. I believe in never paying full price for an item. I always wait for a sale, look at outlet stores, or buy a sample floor piece to save some cash. I spend a lot of time looking around and collecting pieces to make a room come together. I try to balance a room out by splurging on one or two main pieces to ground the room and add a unique look to it, while filling the room with beautiful yet less expensive price tags items to bring it all together.
I love simple, neutral and soft tones, while mixing patterns and textures. I want my home to feel relaxing and lived in. Anyone who has kids knows everything is a napkin and up for grabs, so it has to be practical too! I love the way my master bedroom has come together and is a perfect example of how you can have the room you desire without breaking the bank.
When it came to my master bedroom, I knew two things: I wanted a gray color scheme and a canopy bed. Not much direction, but it was a start. Once I found the bed on sale at restorationhardware.com, it started to come together.
I hit the Pottery Barn Outlet in Atlanta and found my duvet cover and shams for only $50. I found the round table at World Market for $75. It is actually an outdoor table, but I loved the mosaic tile and the price that I re-purposed it for my room! I am a huge fan of Joss & Main, their low prices and the fact that I don’t have to go to a store, so I turned there for my other end table. The last place I collected my furniture from was Target – which surprised me! I didn’t need “sturdy” pieces for the settees as they are more for appearance than functionality, and these hit the spot on look & budget. Plus, free shipping and if I hated them, just return to the store – couldn’t loose.
My most expensive item in the room is actually the drapes. You could save money here and get some store bought drapes, but I have taller ceilings and needed them to be thick black out drapes for functionality. Here is a perfect example of putting one or two more expensive pieces in a room to help give it that luxurious feel. Not much else in this room is crazy expensive, but in my opinion these drapes make the room feel expensive with their cream piping, french pleats and puddling fabric on the floor. They bring it all together.
Breaking down the master bedroom, here is how I pulled it off for under $4000.
Custom Drapes: $1000
Round End Table: $75
Cream 8×10 Rug from Costco: $150
Linen Chase from Target: $425
Bedding from Pottery Barn: $50
Lamps from Homegoods: $100
Accent Pillows & Decor: $200
TOTAL SPENT: $3850