There are some things you should be asking yourself if you are considering bringing new decor and accents into your home. These questions will help you buy, edit, curate and organize your home. And keep you from feeling overwhelmed! Let’s be savvy decorators!
DO YOU LOVE IT?
This is the first question we should all ask ourselves before we dig down into our purses and pull out our wallets! Do you love it? Really, really love it? If the answer is a resounding YES, great! Go right on to question #2. If you like it and it is on super sale and can save tons of money put it back! ONLY BUY WHAT YOU TRULY LOVE!
This advice comes after years of making the “but, it’s on a super-duper, amazing sale and I will grow to love it” mistake! If you don’t love it leave it! Good advice when looking for a mate too. Once you’ve purchased either you are most likely stuck with them. The mate part was not wisdom from experience! LOL!
WHERE WILL I PUT IT?
If you don’t have room for it, don’t buy it! No home furnishing is worth the mental frustration of bringing it (whatever that is) into your home and then having it not work in your house or trying to find a place for it!
UGH! No piece of furniture is worth that!
The bottom line is it must physically fit into your home and have a place!
DOES IT WORK/ ENHANCE/ UPDATE MY HOME?
It’s easy to buy a bunch of little home decor pieces and end up with a bunch of pretty “stuff” that does not work together! This often happens because we don’t know our decorating styles!
Knowing your own unique style will help you immensely! It will help you know what will and won’t work in your home. And it will save so many headaches and lots of money!
And not knowing about your unique style will help you choose and curate beautiful items for your home. I can’t stress this enough!!!!!
Go HERE to see how to find out your decorating style! You will be so glad you did!
4. IS THERE SOMETHING I ALREADY HAVE THAT I CAN SUBSTITUTE
Is there something you have that can be upcycled, refreshed, repainted or repurposed that would work just as well and save tons of money? Blogs are fabulous sources for making old things better than new! Before you buy… think, think, think! Take a mental inventory of what you have and how you could reuse it!
As I’m writing this I am doing a mini refresh of my living room. I have two amazing lamps that I want to keep. The shape and style work perfectly for this room but the color is wrong and the
5. CAN I AFFORD IT
This is the BIG question! So why is it not number 1? Although being able to afford the home-decor-thingy-you-have-found-that-you-love-on-sale-and-must-have-it-now is of the utmost importance, the first 4 questions tend to weed out a whole lot of unnecessary buying! NOW it’s time to answer, “Is this something I can afford”?
This is a question between you and your wallet, and maybe God, and okay, maybe your husband or others living in your home! Don’t buy ANYTHING that will make you house poor! That fancy new _______ (fill in the blank) is not worth your peace of mind! I don’t care how beautiful it is! Even small home decor pretties can add up to be a whole lot of money trouble!
If something is too expensive, it’s a good thing to save for it! We never buy anything unless we can pay cash! This saves us from lots of headaches and sleepless nights! I think having to save for something makes it even more special!
Here is one of my decorating mantras…
THINGS WEAR OUT, GET TIRED, BECOME DATED AND JUST DON’T WORK. EVERYTHING HAS A LIFECYCLE. EVERYTHING HAS AN EXPIRATION DATE!
Memorize this mantra. You will be so glad you did, my friend!
Things change! Everything changes. And so should your decor! I have many clients and family members I help. It’s so sad when they have let their homes
Just like everything else, create a budget for your home decor. THIS IS NOT FRIVOLOUS! It’s your home. It’s where you live! Create a home that is comfortable and beautiful and in your budget. As things change and get dated or get worn and beyond their expiration dates plan to replace them little by little.
It’s so much easier than waiting until a whole room needs a makeover. Believe me, I’ve been there, done that and it is a lot of work!
6. CAN I AFFORD TO LEAVE IT
Once in a blue moon, again, ONCE IN A BLUE MOON something is so special you just can’t afford to leave it behind. This has happened to me on a few occasions! If something is so special, one-of-a-kind, or so better-than-perfect and everything in you
- Read #5 a few times and really think about it!
- Don’t make this a habit!
- Go for it and don’t look back! But know the return policy!
This happened with the armoire in our master bedroom. I saw it and instantly fell in love with it and I knew it would be PERFECT for my master bedroom.
But the price tag caused me a lot of pain, even though it was on sale! So I opted for a more in-my-budget pretty armoire. When it came to live in my bedroom it was not right. Pretty, but not the look I wanted for my bedroom.
So returned the second-choice armoire and got the one I first loved. And it was
So I spent the extra $$ and now have a piece of furniture that looks perfect in my bedroom (after all it was the perfect piece) and it will stand the test of
The moral of this armoire tale is ONCE IN A BLUE MOON… another mantra you should know!
7. CAN I RETURN IT
Being assured of the answer to the question above will give you peace of mind and make decor purchase a whole lot easier!
I don’t sweat purchasing items, especially
And I’ll really have to be sure the thing I am buying is exactly what I NEED… and not just what I might want to make a purchase I can’t return!
Remember if an item can’t be returned you are stuck with it no matter what. Make sure and make sure again it is absolutely perfect before making even a small purchase you cannot return!
BTW: I always ask the return policy at a store I’ve not shopped in before!
8. WILL I LOVE IT IN 5 YEARS
Everything has a life cycle. Styles change. Things get worn out and tired looking. Haven’t we heard that before in this post?
The more I spend for something the longer I am going to have to live with it!
I once bought two 18th century sofas. They were absolutely stunning!!! I saved up 5 years to buy them and they cost a bundle! I lived with those 2 sofas for 27 years! 15 years longer than I would have like to. But, because they cost so much they had a long, long, l-o-n-g life cycle.
Here’s a little StoneGable wisdom…
Think about how long you want something to last in your home and don’t pay a penny more than the years you are willing to live with it! This is a personal
Why spend $$$$ on decor and you only want it to last $$ long?
Be smart! You don’t have to buy the most expensive things that will last generations! You kids probably won’t want you old (but beautiful) stuff! Spend just enough money to get good quality that will last until you get tired of it!
Again, another StoneGable decorating mantra…
THE YEARS I WANT TO LIVE WITH SOMETHING DICTATES HOW MUCH I WILL PAY FOR IT!
9. WHAT SPECIAL CARE DOES IT NEED
If something takes extra work I’ll probably pass it up! I don’t like extra upkeep! If I can’t sit on it without worrying I have a cup of coffee in my hand or I have to be extra careful not I drop and break something for fear of having a nervous breakdown it probably won’t be in my home!
Make sure you have made peace with the items you buy for your home! If the special care you have to give things is giving you a headache they’re probably not bringing you joy! Don’t buy anything you are not willing to take care of.
It’s not worth it no matter how fabulous it is! Believe me on this one!
10. CAN I GET IT CHEAPER SOMEWHERE ELSE
I’m not an impulse buyer! But I sure could be! I have learned over the years to check out all the great places to buy home decor before buying anything!
With the internet at our fingertips and on our phones, we have a vast inventory of stores and sites to buy home decor. And we can often buy really nice decor at discount prices.
When I am shopping for a large ticket item this is part of the hunt! I’ve saved lots of money by doing a little research on the internet to find the best deals! I think it makes the prize all the sweeter!
Remember the armoire we talked about earlier. It was an expensive piece for our budget but the brand was one I LOVE and I knew the great quality of the piece. After doing a bit of digging I found it 33% off the retail price.
I found a site that offered it at a discounted price. Score!
No matter how large or how small our home decor purchases are we should always make them count towards the beauty, appeal, and comfort of our home.
If we are wise with everything we bring into our home, our home will reflect that exacting, thoughtful care!
And, it’s so important to think of decorating as a process not just a once and done thing. Our homes, like us, should evolve!
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