Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Shopping sources + When to splurge

As promised, here's the links and information on some of the items we used in the master bedroom I shared yesterday! Starting a space from scratch eats through any budget quickly so we had to be smart knowing where to splurge and where to save!

headboard:Wayfair | lamps + shades:Target | nightstands (existing, THESE would work too) | succulent dish (DIY coming soon) | sheets (similar HERE) | duvet (similar HERE)

If you know the look you're going for in a room, I love using flash sale sites to get a good discount. You have to be quick because once it's gone, it's gone.  I used wayfair.com and myhabit.com and gilt.com a fair bit for this project to try and stretch the dollars as much as possible!

sheets: similar HERE | duvet: similar HERE | floral pillows: etsy shop (Aurelia 6311) discontinued, similar style HERE | lumbar, same etsy shop also discontinued, similar style HERE

light fixture: shades of light | budget conscious options HERE and HERE

Can we talk about that light fixture for a minute? So much nicer then the dated fan that was there! And it's a flush mount that in no way resembles the cheap builder grade fixtures slapped into houses all the time. This fixture was a bit of a "splurge" but it really makes the room. When my sister in law's husband installed it, even he was raving about how nice it was and how it gives off a perfect diffused light. And who doesn't want diffused lighting in a bedroom :)

dresser: ikea | chair: vintage | pillow: homegoods | striped throw: target | accessories: target | bamboo shades: homedepot | wallcolor: benjamin moore moonshine | trim: benjamin moore decorators white | frames: homegoods

rug: home depot discontinued similar HERE

Where to splurge and why:

Lighting! Ceiling fixtures, when done right grab your attention and make a statement. Plus they're usually out of reach for little kids meaning they won't get destroyed :)

Pillows: It only takes a few pillows to make the space special. A lot of the nicer fabrics are expensive, so by using them in small amounts you don't have to spend a fortune.

Bedding: You sleep in it every night, so make sure it's soft and breathable. I don't like to spend too much here because after time any brand of sheets will discolor and need to be replaced. Plus, if you keep the duvet classic and simple you won't tire of it.

Rugs: If there's enough money, vintage or antique rugs look beautiful in any room.  They add a little character, pattern, color and age to the space.  If you're on a budget, a natural jute or sisal rug will work fine.  Get one with a little color and subtle pattern for more interest!

Accessories, art, frames, throws, and lamps are an easy way to save money. I keep an eye out thrifting or antiquing for whatever catches my eye and use them to fill out a space.

There you have it! If I've missed something, just let me know!

PS, There's no affiliate links in this post, but the flash sale sites do reward you when you a "refer a friend". I've shared my personal link below if you feel like signing up. I use them all the time since I do love a good deal, you might too!


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