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September Q&A

Where To Spend, Where To Save: Bedroom

When furnishing a home or apartment, there are so many components that have to be thought about. It is often crucial to stick to a budget when decorating, no matter how big or small the project is and not everything in your room has to break the bank. Just like in my wardrobe, I am a firm believer in investing in quality pieces you will have for a long period of time or on the things you use the most. The trendy items and decorative accents don’t need to cost as much. I have added a new series to Harlowe James, with a breakdown by room of where I splurge and where I save. This week I am starting with the bedroom!

Save: Lamp, Bedside Table, Headboard, Art, Basket, Rug

Splurge: Pillow 1, Pillow 2, Bedding, Mirror

When approaching a room design I like to think about longevity. I personally get bored easily and like to change up different items, so the pieces I like to splurge on should last me a long time.


In the past I have talked about the importance of a great mattress and bedding. These are the two things I like to keep as long as possible and quality matters most here, so I am willing to spend a bit more. Same goes for nice throw pillows on my bed. I love great textiles and change out pillows in other rooms much more than my bedroom so 2-3 well made throw pillows make a big difference and help offset all of the white in my room. Most of my decorative accents are pretty inexpensive, but I did get a nice mirror that works perfectly in my room. It was a bit more than I would normally spend on a mirror, but if it is the exact style you’re looking for and it goes well than I am all for investing.


When it comes to furniture and lighting I am all for saving. Again, this is all relative, but you don’t have to skimp on quality when spending a bit less. I got my headboard for $130, so I won’t feel horrible if I want to replace it in a year or so and it feels extremely well made for the cost. There are also a ton of options for bedside tables and lamps at stores like West Elm, World Market and Target. I definitely like to change out lamps after a few years, as it is an easy style change.

Decorative accents are another area I like to save because those often get shifted around. There is a great market for small affordable artwork at online shops like Minted and Spring. Often I will buy prints unframed and frame them myself to save. I have a huge collection of baskets that I use for storing miscellaneous items and definitely don’t shop designer in this area. I hit up Target, Ikea and Home goods for great picks. Lastly, for a bedroom I don’t like to spend a lot on a rug. I have used a ton of Urban Outfitters flat weaves in the past that work great for a few years. They are thin, easy to move around and pretty cost effective for their larger sizes.


  1. Lauren McLean

    September 23rd, 2016 at 6:21 am

    Love this idea! It can be so hard to decide where to invest and where to save…and it is sooo easy to overspend. Excited to see more in this series!

  2. Lauren McLean

    September 23rd, 2016 at 6:22 am

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  3. Chrissy McDonald

    September 24th, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Thank you Lauren! I always struggle with it, so I will definitely be sharing more soon!

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