Designer Deals and Steals

Every budget and every project has a limit, so how do you make your budget stretch as far as you can?  Designer steals and deals of course!  Like most things in life, balance is key.  Some great, well made items mixed in with some budget friendly items not only stretches the budget, but gives flexibility over time.  Accents that can be swapped out seasonally, or, in a few years you can change things up a bit because those items didn’t break the bank in the first place.

Great design is accessible at any price point everywhere we turn.  Most retailers even offer multiple brands so there’s something for everyone – think Williams Sonoma Home to West Elm, or Crate and Barrel to CB2.

 Above, a brass and maple Barclay Butera coffee table is adorned with Homegoods accents and Ikea's budget ottomans compliment custom upholstered navy chairs.

Above, a brass and maple Barclay Butera coffee table is adorned with Homegoods accents and Ikea's budget ottomans compliment custom upholstered navy chairs.

My mix, regardless of room or budget is using great quality main pieces like bedroom beds ad storage, then I can round out the design with lower cost accents to really push the budget.  Homegoods for tabletop accents and bedding basics like down comforter inserts for $79 and bath towels at $7, as well as Ikea for fun and easy accents like wall mirrors and most recently fabulous wicker dining chairs for $89.

Here, the homeowner found a great deal on the perfect fabric for her master suite.  So, I purchased a chaise at retail, and had a custom slipcovered created for the perfect fit and compliment.  Retail drapes and a wool rug purchased online help compliment the scheme.

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We’ve become familiar with the term “high low” but how do you achieve it successfully?  Classic items that will stand the test of time as well as mixing in some custom pieces that can be designed to be the perfect fit check the “high” box.  For the "low", accents like throw pillows, wall décor and accents help inject the personality.  Also, give consignment a try.  Before home décor was so disposable, pieces were made to a much higher standard of quality and there are many deals to be had.  Look for tables and dressers.  The quality as well as the price points are great!

Here, consignment store mahogany beds got a paint makeover and were then outfitted with high end Matouk and Restoration Hardware bedding. A vintage rocker and some thrift store wall art were also added for some personality. 

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Mark your calendars!   January and August are great “warehouse sale” months for furniture companies often offering discounts as well as free fabric upgrades.  And with the web at our fingertips, sign up for your favorite retailers email alerts so you can stay up to date on promotions like free shipping and discounts.

Lastly, always keep your trunk empty, just in case a deal (or deals) are too good to pass up!

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