I have a do and don’t list in my head. You know, the kind you check off to make sure you are on task. But this is a decor checklist (of course)! It is a list of things I should and should not splurge on. In the left column of this mental list is the DO column and in the right column in the DO NOT one. I thought it might be time to not only write it down but share it with you too! So here it is my list of decor I should and should not splurge on!
Today on the podcast is DECOR YOU SHOULD SPLURGE ON! Great timing, right! You can hear Anita, Kelly and I as we list off the items that we would consider making an investment on and why! We come from very different styles and decorating philosophies and it makes for lively discussion!
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Okay, let’s talk about what I would NOT splurge on…
Lamps come in a gamut of prices and quality. But anymore, you should be able to get a fabulously styled lamp at a reasonable price! Lamps are great accessories and great items to use to make a little decorating splash in a room. If I like to update items they usually go on the DON’T SPLURGE list!
Once upon a time a couple decades ago and beyond many of us bought gorgeous, expensive oriental accent rugs because we thought we would have them forever. And we probably still do! Even if our styles have changed we still have them! I have a few rolled up over the garage because… you guessed it… my taste has changed, a lot!
I now buy rugs at reasonable prices and use them until I get tired of them. You can get fabulous, beautiful rugs that will work with today’s styles and still look as amazing (well, almost) as those rugs we used to pay thousands for!
I have a thing for chairs! I love their shapes, colors, and fabrics. And I don’t spend big bucks for them. I do have a few “foundational chairs” in my home that get lots and lots of use and they are more of a investment. But for the most part, my chairs are very reasonably priced and some are downright cheap!
Don’t overlook buying chairs at thrift and vintage shops, especially if they just have an upholstered seat. You can repaint and upholster them and they are one-of-a-kind treasure!
You can see my favorite accent chairs HERE.
Now, this is totally me and may not apply to you. I love going to museums and appreciate art but I don’t splurge on it. I tend to get tired of most paintings when I live with them. So I prefer using architectural pieces and mirrors and fun, funky art like the one above!
I have a few gorgeous pieces of original art that are so precious to me, but for the most part, I don’t invest in art!
Mirrors go in this category and in don’t splurge too! Gorgeous mirrors are as far away as your local vintage store. I just got two stunning gilded mirrors from family members. Score! They are very good quality! Always look for great quality in the glass too! But if you are a savvy shopper you can get really high quality mirrors at great prices!
COFFEE AND END TABLES
Just like the Don’t Splurges on my list, coffee and end tables come in various prices! I don’t necessarily get cheap coffee and end tables but I look around for great looking pieces or very good pieces on amazing sales. These pieces tend to live longer in my home before I get bored with them or I switch them from room to room.
Our coffee tables are used quite hard and I don’t want to chase after family and friends with coasters etc. because they were such an investment I’m afraid they would get a water ring on them. So no need to spend a fortune!
Now let’s go over to the other side of the mental list and check out splurgable decor items…
A sofa is one of the biggest pieces of furniture in your home and usually gets the most use. Make an investment on a sofa! Did you know, the average sofa is only made to last about seven years? And after years and years of use how much dirt and grime and oh, my goodness who knows what else has been ground into it!
Buy a great sofa. I would suggest a down wrapped foam core sofa. They are my very favorite!!!!!
And I say, go to a brick and mortar store to check them out. Know what you are getting. And make sure your fabric is exactly what you want. I tend to look for the materials that hold up to a lot of wear and are cleanable. That usually makes sofas more expensive. But I am willing to splurge to get a better sofa for our home.
Now, when I say “splurge” it is within reason. I cannot afford a sofa that is $6,000.00! But I will pay around $3,000.00 for one. For me, that is a splurge. And you can get a fabulous sofa in that price range!
A great night’s sleep is worth its weight in gold! We sleep on an average 22 years of our lives. You owe your body a mattress worth sleeping on! Skimp on your bed, not on your mattress! Most mattresses have a 10 to 20 year guarantee. So make the investment and take good care of yourself and get a night of sweet dreams!
I will splurge on a lampshade and not a lamp. I can get a very pretty and stylish lamp at HomeGoods or Wayfair. I usually take off the lampshade and invest on a beautiful shade!
I think you can really tell when a lampshade is cheap. I’ll spend a little extra for a nice lampshade that I can keep for a long, long time! You will never regret buying a lampshade made with a superb fabric and updated shape.
FAUX FLOWERS AND PLANTS
This is my long-time obsession! Very good faux blooms. Don’t poo-poo fakes. Embrace them, but only if they are absolutely real looking! (We are talking about flowers, right?)
Use them in your home, but only if they are fabulous! If you cannot tell if a bloom or plant is real or not when you are within 3 feet then make the investment and buy them.
I look for them at local design and decor shops. And I usually wait until they go on sale. I have been doing this for over a decade and now has a really nice collection.
These are worth the splurge!
You can see my post on Making Faux Blooms Look Fabulous HERE.
Every once in a great while I find something that makes my heart sing! These are usually home decor pieces that I just can’t get off my mind. Mostly they are small accents rather than legitimate pieces of furniture. Mostly, but not always!
Now, I’m not telling you to splurge often but you will know when something is so right that having it would add to your home and every single time you look at it you go weak in the knees!
One of my favorite not-so-guilty guilty splurges was a big huge swan soup tureen! When I saw him over two decades ago I was awestruck! He is utterly magnificent! Almost as big as a swan and hand painted. A truly noble looking fellow! I hemmed and hawed and because of the sticker price left without it. But I could not get this beautiful piece off my mind!
My sister eventually brought him home to StoneGable when he went on sale. Still a splurge back in the day. But I’ve not for one minute regretted buying my beautiful swan tureen.
It’s important as a home decorating enthusiast that we hone and curate our homes. And when it is time to spend our money on decor we should know how to spend very wisely. Knowing what to splurge on and what not to will go a long way in helping your create a beautiful home!
Now, what’s on your splurge or not splurge list? I’d love you to share some with me!
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