How cute is Reed?! So excited to finally decorate our Master Bedroom. It’s a space that guests never really see so it was definitely put on the back burner. When JHC and I moved in together it was clear that our styles were very different. I.e. the dreaded black leather recliner that had moved from a man cave in Atlanta to a frat house in Mississippi, a bachelor pad in Houston, and finally our two bedroom apartment here in Fort Worth. After we bought our house, I don’t even think it was a discussion that the recliner wasn’t moving along with us.
Of course, we couldn’t replace everything once we moved so I found some tricks to help blend everything together. I’ve always gravitated towards a “shabby chic” decor style. Almost 90% of our furniture in our home was either handed down by friends and family, thrifted, or picked up off the curb [no shame]. These little changes took our space from a hodge podge to a functional and beautiful space.
Easier said than done, but having patience will save you money in the long run. You will not furnish your home on one trip to HomeGoods. Ask yourself if this is a necessity. Usually, the answer is no. If the answer is yes, can you afford to get the item you want? If the answer is yes, then I would spend the money and get something you know you love. If no, I would find the cheapest alternative you can find(garage sales/bulk trash/etc) while you’re saving up for what you want. Buying something just for the sake of saving money, often leads to me wanting to buy something else in a few months. This ends up costing more in the long run. Did I love the look of the free nightstands? Not at all, but taking the time to find something I loved within my budget was worth it.
Add Distressed Furniture
The nightstands we had before were just free ones that I had planned on painting. I have no experience with painting furniture. After researching all the supplies/time it would take to redo the nightstands didn’t seem worth the hassle or money. When I saw these nightstands at Nadeau I knew they would be perfect for our Master. Adding in a distressed painted piece of furniture can tie in multiple colors from the room. Our dresser has a dark stain, so the accents around the night stands and knobs work perfect for blending them together. The mirrored image helps our smaller Master feel bigger, and the drawers actually hold a lot of stuff. Since they are already distressed, I don’t have to worry about the twins messing them up.
Stick With Neutrals
Most stores carry neutrals, making it easier to find more affordable items. Sticking to a “blank” canvas with your bedding and furniture will give you the freedom to change smaller things. Updating pillow covers or trinkets on your nightstand are more affordable than changing bedding or furniture. We love having a white duvet because we can bleach it. With two toddlers, a dog, and a husband who drinks wine in bed– being able to bleach our bedding has been a lifesaver. We’ve had different colored quilts and over time they were just hard to keep clean. White bedding can be intimidating, but if we can keep it clean, I promise you can too.
Add Color With Pillows and Accessories
Choose things that bring you joy. For me, that was Reese Witherspoon’s book, a jewelry dish, candle, and a fun pillow. This is a fun way to make your space personal, without breaking the bank. Add texture to your space with a faux fur throw. This one was a bit of a splurge, but we are on year 3 and it still looks amazing. We didn’t need big lamps for the size of our Master and nightstands. These are a steal at $10, and I was able to get them delivered with my groceries.
Use Roman Shades Instead of Curtains
Now this kind of depends on what you currently have in your home. Our blinds were new, but they were cheap vinyl blinds. Our home is 60 years old, and every window is a different size. Using roman shades mounted on the outside saved us from buying new blinds, curtain rod, and curtains. Installation was quick and easy (I put them up during nap time). I love that they are cordless so I don’t have to worry about the boys. Mounting on the outside means you don’t have to worry about finding something custom to fit inside. Custom shades and blinds are pricey.
Make a List
Figure out things you’re wanting to add to the room and write them on a note in your phone. Add in measurements of walls or areas you’re looking for. Artwork, frames, and something above the nightstands is on my list. This helps me get an idea of what I’m looking for. This way I can see if it would work before I buy it saving time and money.
Use Discount Stores and Sites
I was so impressed with Nadeau Furniture in Waterside FW. Nadeau was founded on the idea that great furniture should be attainable by everyone. Everything handmade, assembled, solid wood and sold at wholesale prices because they cut out a distribution center. Every month they get new pieces, and rarely the same item twice. You can follow them on here to see when they get new inventory in. We bought our bed here, the assembly wasn’t that bad (I did it myself) and the quality is great. Just make sure to read reviews before you purchase.
I hope these tips help you save some money while you’re decorating! It’s such a fun and daunting task. This update was under $300 and took under an hour to find everything. I can’t wait to share more as we go!