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From Start To Furnish

Please enjoy my musings on all things interior design!

Where You Can Save And Where You Should Splurge

Everyone hates to be disappointed by their purchases.  Not long ago, I bought a shirt at a discount store.  I should have known better, but when I got it out to wear it, there was a subtle stain on it.  The stain wasn't terrible, it had been quite awhile since I'd purchased it and it was super cheap, so I didn't bother about returning it.  I just wasted time and detergent attempting to remove the stain.  I wish I had spent that time shopping at Chico's or Ann Taylor and spent more money on another shirt that I could have actually worn.  

Interior design and decorating is the same way.  There are definite times to save and definite times to splurge and I'm going to tell you what they are.


You know how in your wardrobe you can save on jewelry pieces that look good but won't be used often?  Furniture is the same way.

Splurge on the pieces that are most important in the room and that will be used the most often. The living room sofa is a perfect example.  It will probably be one of the most used pieces of furniture in your home, so splurge on a good one with 8-way hand tied springs and upholstered in a quality fabric or leather.  Also, don't go cheapie on your dining room chairs.  I'm sorry, but you can't use Great-Grandma's rickety old chairs.  You, your family and guests will be using these chairs a lot.  You don't want to be embarrassed at your next dinner party when someone breaks one of those delicate, wobbly chairs.  


Save on the fill-in pieces in the family bedrooms.  If you just want something decorative, go here and see my list of places I recommend for reasonably-priced art.  

Splurge on a few statement pieces for the public areas that make your heart sing.  Design around those pieces.  I guarantee those rooms will continue to delight you for years to come and will garner tons of compliments.


Save on utility areas such as laundry room, closets, pantry, and garage.  No one will see these buy you, so it's ok to go for utility here.

Splurge on a fabulous chandelier that MAKES your dining room.  Also, splurge on good lighting in your bathroom.  You want to feel and look good every morning when you look in the mirror.

When you are building or remodeling a home, the bills can add up fast and the builder'llowance is NEVER realistic.  Never fear, however,  with a little strategic planning, you can still come out with a dream result and not break the bank.  


If you need more help, please check out my FREE guide, here.