I’ve always been a fan in the idea of “less is more.” From
personal style or the bumper stickers you put on your car, simplicity has
always been key in my book. I’ve always felt that too much was just, well, too much, and it’s been instrumental in
how I approach interior design as well.
When I was in my senior year of college, my décor was what
could nicely be described as an “exploration in minimalism.” My roommate and I
had two pieces of furniture in the living room of our apartment: a futon from
Wal-Mart and an old coffee table my parents had had since I was a baby. If you
don’t count the stereo speakers from the 1970s (remnants of my dad’s frat house
years) and a lamp my roommate put in the corner, those two pieces of furniture
were all we had to decorate – and they exemplified just exactly how broke we
Even though I now have the funds and time to pay attention
to creating rather than just filling a space, I’m still devoted to the idea of
spending less and getting more. In my research for ways to save money, I’ve
come up with these top five ways to keep your cash in your bank account instead
of organized around your living room:
be afraid to thrift. It’s amazing what you can find in thrift stores.
Almost all of the stuff is gently used, and you can find items from old TV sets
to paintings. I found some gorgeous gold frames in Paws for Cause this past
weekend, each for under $7. The awesome bonus to shopping at Paws for Cause is
that they donate a certain percentage to animal welfare, and even have pets up
for adoption in the store. Another Raleigh favorite of mine is Father and Son.
Located in the heart of downtown, Father and Son has unique furniture and vintage
decorations you can’t find anywhere else.
can be done, do it. I spend a lot of time on Pinterest, and to those who
knock it, I say that you haven’t seen a craft until you’ve seen a Pinterest
craft. Pinterest is an online visual forum that showcases links from all over
the web, from blogs to Martha Stewart’s site, so that if you’re looking to be
crafty, you can find a way to do it. It is amazing what a can of spray paint, a
tube of puffy paint, and a $3 vase from Target can do. Some mod podge and
lace? You can create a beautiful candle votive.
the online classifieds. Craigslist and even some university housing sites
have posts from people who are either looking to buy or selling their stuff for
man’s trash is another man’s loveseat. If you see a sign for a garage or
estate sale, go to it! It’s another great way to find good quality items at a
fraction of the cost.
reuse, recycle. This ties into number 2, and is a great way to
be both environmentally conscious and get a unique piece for your room. A
simple coat of paint and TLC will do wonders for what used to be an outdated
wooden cabinet. If you see a bookcase that is functionally what you need, but
maybe it’s an awful shade of orange, just grab some paint and make it your own.
Author:Brian Hargrove Phone: 919-830-5233 Dated: May 21st 2014 Views: 809 About Brian: ...
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