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!
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.
S P L U R G E
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.
S A V E
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.