This week I wanted to talk about different ways to get the look for less. What look, you ask? Well, any look I suppose. It could be a new rustic farm table, an Edison style lamp or even a simple picture ledge. Whatever piece or collection you've been drooling over in the new Pottery Barn catalog, there may be a way to get that same thing for less. These are tips that I use myself when shopping for clients and for ME!
Do your research. The best way to make sure you're making a good purchase is to, well, make sure. Think about the reason you're buying it first. Most high end retailers and shops will have higher quality products, more unique fabrics, etc. But do you need that? If you just like the way something looks then there is a good chance you can find the same thing at say Target or HomeGoods. If you do choose the higher quality, perhaps you don't need it right away. With any store, every season brings a new collection and that brings clearance. Make sure before you invest in something you can't wait a month or two and save some $$.
Pottery Barn $79-$99
Scour and Scavenge. This one may require a bit of your time but if you're up for it, it's so fun! Let's say you have a narrow space in your hallway that needs a certain sized table, or a really long wall in the living room just calling out for a unique find. The best thing to do to fill these areas is go on a hunt. You can of course go to retail stores, especially ones like TJMaxx and HomeGoods that have rotating stock twice a week, but try hitting up an antique or thrift store. I can think of at least 10 places to go right now in my area and I'm sure there are more. You're not going to win the lottery every time you go, but you have to play to win, right? ;) I promise on one of these visits you are going to find something and think, "How did anyone else walk past this and not jump for joy?!" If you can wait until the weather starts turning to something a bit more tolerable, you can check out something like the Allegan Antique Market, it's one of my favorites!
Get Dirty. This might be my favorite tip. You of course have control over exactly how dirty you get but I just want to make sure you're not afraid of it. You may have an old dresser in the basement that has water marks on it, or the paint is chipping or it just doesn't fit your decor at all. Or maybe you found an amazing deal on a mirror but the color is all wrong for where you want it. The possibilities are endless when picking out new paint or stains. The process of cleaning and prepping a surface can take some time but it's definitely doable. There are tons of tutorials and how-to videos on YouTube and Pinterest. I suggest doing a little research first and then tackle that project. I love this dresser redo! It's amazing what a little elbow grease and paint can do.
Bonus Tip #4:
Call ME! I know what you're thinking, "Brooke, I'm not able to spend a lot of money, hence my interest in getting the look for less!" But let me say this, if you're having trouble completing a room, need tips, tricks and suggestions, can't manage to do the work necessary to finish the bargain projects, that's what I can help with. I shop high end stores and flea markets, I'm always looking for a good deal and would love to help you out.
Next time I want to talk about the 5th wall! If you aren't sure what I mean, I'll explain it all then!