Designer Tips & Tricks | How To Make Inexpensive Decor Look Expensive

We get that there are certain places where it's good to put money.  For example, furniture.  It's usually a good idea to spend a little more money on furniture, especially if it will be used frequently.  Some furniture, can be inexpensive, but seating and sleeping and eating areas are normally good investments!  There are certain decor items that don't need to be so expensive though.  Art is a great place to save money...even some inexpensive rugs can really be beautiful and functional!  Some of it is knowing how you use your space and some of it is knowing how to spend your money wisely.  Today we're talking about ways you can spend your money wisely and still get a pretty hot looking space!

The foyer is easily a space that can suck up tons of dollars but still just be eye candy.  So we're pretty much calling this room what it is--a design on a budget space.  When selecting the furnishing and accessories for your foyer, you absolutely want it to look finished but you don't need to take out a loan to do it.  Pick key pieces that fill up the space visually and are fun!  For example, pick an interesting rug for your foyer.  It's functional because it's where guests will be entering so it's what will catch the dirt, and it's also good for acoustics--foyers didn't to echo.  However, it's also what's going to fill the space visually without take up the walking space.  Since foyers are traffic pattern areas, they can't be crowded.  So the goal for a rug is a finishing piece that doesn't crowd the space!

The bathroom is the next stop.  This tip can work well in almost any bathroom but may be key for the guest bathrooms, especially.  Yes, we love great tile and stone in a bathroom.  A funky floor and interesting vanity are some of our first loves, but we get that it's expensive.  And we know that a very pretty bathroom can be achieved without it.  How?  With accessories!  Bathrooms are such small spaces that the countertop is really a lot of what people are looking at.  So don't neglect it!  Some interesting, fun accessories will go a long way to finishing off the bathroom.  We even like little lamps on bathroom countertops.  They warm the space up function as a great night light.

This last tip can pretty much work for the entire house.  So many people get stuck on "pops of color" and how to add color in their space.  The common faux pax is to add an "accent wall" that's painted to add color. Where here to tell you that it's just not necessary!  In fact, you can achieve a much more elevated, expensive look by eliminating the color and simply adding texture.  The layering of different textures is a sure fire way to make your home look and feel more expensive.  Now we're not going to lie....sometimes mixing textures is harder than mixing colors because you feel like it's more of the same, but trust us when we say, it all comes together in the end!

What do you think?  Can you work with that? Fluff up your bathroom with accessories, find a good rug for your entry/foyer, and bring in all sorts of texture throughout the house!   You get those items accomplished and you'll feel like your house just jumped up a level in the interior design realm.  So we're glad we could help!

On the Cheap | Outdoor Spaces

I'm not sure about you, but we spent a lovely weekend outside!  The weather was perfect--a cool breeze with temps in the low 80s.  Warm in the sun, cool in the shade.  Doesn't get much better than that!  So it got us thinking about outdoor spaces.  Because now's the time, right?!  Before long, it'll be too hot to do much of anything outside so it's important to have your outdoor spaces ready now!  And we get it.  It's not the time for a major renovation but it may be time for a spruce-up.  So today we're going to talk about some easy ways that you can fluff up your little outdoor area for the Spring without spending a ton of money.

Maybe your outdoor area is small.  There's not a lot of floor space but you want it to have layers and a finished feel.  If this is the case, then you absolutely need to take advantage of your wall space.  So many people try to bring in lots of furniture to make a space feel finished but your eyes may be playing tricks on you and the wall space may be where you need to focus.  The nice thing about outdoor areas is you don't have to be so restricted to what you hang--potted plants are always nice but get creative too.  A wind chime or even some art made from piece of nature just leaning against the wall can be pretty as well.

Depending on where you live, there could be cars or even loud neighbors near your outdoor area.  So sitting outside in your comfy little oasis might not be as relaxing as it should be.  In this case, some white, soothing, background noise would definitely enhance your experience.  What sounds are relaxing to you?  The tinkle of a wind chime?  The sound of running water?  Little fountains are easy to find and could add a lot visually and audibly to your outdoor space.  Or maybe you just want to be surrounded by nature making it's own natural sounds.  In that case, bring in a bird bath and bird feeder and draw the wildlife to you!

We're big fans of lighting whether it's outside or inside.  If you enjoy your outdoor area at night, you'll want to incorporate some sort of additional lighting.  String lights can add a cozy glow but so can flame.  Maybe a gas lantern or even just some good ole' candles!  Or! A fire table.  This may be a little more expensive than you were thinking but a fire table is a great investment for outdoor areas.  They bring people together, add warmth and light, are visually attractive and add value to an outdoor area.  Either way, all of these layer contribute to making your outdoor area feel unique.

Finally, fluff up your outdoor furniture.  If you've got seating, bring in some new toss pillows.  Garden stools are available anywhere and come in all sorts of fun colors and shapes--a couple of these could function as a dozen different things in any outdoor space. Foot rests, side tables to hold drinks, an additional seat, a place for plant...the list goes on and on.  They're great!  Go get one.  Or maybe just bring in a couple of new colorful chairs.  Outdoor spaces can be fun and lively so don't be scared to bring in some color.

We hope we've helped.  We love a great outdoor space and don't see why everyone can't have one to enjoy.