lalala decorate.

8 Oct

today’s post is a smorgasbord of affordable decorating tips that i have found to be of the utmost help to me in my apartment decorating endeavors.

craigslist/yard sales. i know this sounds a bit redundant and ridiculous, but if you search long enough you can find a valuable piece of furniture for an invaluable price. for instance, we needed a hutch for our new kitchen. we received so many amazing things as wedding presents, that our kitchen was stocked full with appliances with not one drawer left for food items.

i got this adorable find for $50 from a lady in avondale whose home had outgrown it and then proudly adorned it with my various anthropology plates and bowls. so cheap and cute!

second, we needed a rug. i had scoured target, world market and all the usual places with no luck whatsoever. a target rug for $300…pshhh. redonkulous. one day when i was out shopping, i came across the most adorably cozy rug at urban outfitters….with an adorable price tag of $70:

though this rug is not currently on sale online, there is a plethora of other glorious rugs available on the website. my personal favorite is the 3×5 crochet top rugs!

i tend to stalk sales…and sometimes this helps me, and sometimes this makes me look completely retarded. in this case, it realllly helped me. i had been stalking the anthropology in nyc for quite some time, when i came across this little gem in the sale section. there was no price tag, and to this day i believe it was a miracle because i somehow walked out with a $350 duvet for $45. yesssssuhhh.

as far as wall decorations, i made all of the art pieces showcased except for the two african paintings in the bedroom, which i purchased in Nairobi for a steeping $10 in 2007.

finally, the couch! the one place i love the most in the whole wide world. cody and i knew we needed a good couch. a good slipcover was about $200 which we felt like would be wasted money, and although i am far from a clean freak the idea of laying on a used couch produced within me a gag reflex, so i went out to find a couch for $500 or less. there are many good options for couches that are cheap and nice! we found our lovely sofa on sale for $450 at io metro. though ikea, pier 1 and world market also offer couches for the same amount, i am partial to mine.

for further decorating for cheap: etsy has a remarkably wonderful collection of affordable decorating items that you can’t seem to find anywhere else. i love their knobs! bc anthropology’s are totally outrageous and etsy’s are far more affordable and just as cute. and the blog design sponge gives me about a thousand ideas every single day.

love to all!

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