The pandemic brought us home for longer periods than we’ve ever been home before. If you are like me, you are now starting to think about how to make some small changes that will help you feel happier at home. Deep down we know it can look better and more importantly, feel better!
That camp/vacation money is back in your bank account, and I am seeing more and more clients reach out to invest in HOME instead of getting away.
It’s never a bad idea to invest in home. But where? How do I spend my money in a way that I won’t regret? Here are several ways to help you make some smart decisions!
SPLURGE: ON A PLAN
The most expensive thing you can do is start decorating without a plan. It’s like going to the grocery store without a list: you pick what looks good while you are strolling the aisles, but by the time you get home, you don’t have a the ingredients for a wholesome meal! If only there was a list–nothing purchased in excess, everything carefully selected, all working in harmony–just like a delicious recipe. The same mindset can be applied to your living room, or bedroom!
Whether you create a plan yourself, or hire a designer, this step will be the best investment you make, and will help you spend your hard earned money in the smartest way.
Buy what you need: nothing more, nothing less. Same goes for home!
SPLURGE: WHERE YOU SIT AND SLEEP
Here’s the thing: there are a lot of beautiful images out there on the internet. There are pretty sofas and wonderfully layered beds. There are gorgeous sculptural chairs, accenting many of the rooms that you might see on insta or pinterest. But are they comfortable?
Comfortable seating is expensive. When we sit with our clients in the showroom, we have a conversation about cushion construction and sofa materials. We talk about foam vs. springs. We talk about American made. We talk about how long you want your furniture to last. (We prefer springs, and down blend cushions, and will definitely write about how to select a good sofa soon). How much does something of good quality cost? Generally a good quality, American made sofa is going to start at about $4,000, and a sectional will generally run you about double that.
We also recommend that you invest in a good mattress and high quality down comforter/pillows (like these). Sheets are a personal preference. I have slept uncomfortably in very high end, well marketed sheets (that shall remain nameless!), and soundly in these budget sheets. It really is a personal preference. Your bed frame also matters, and good construction will hold you, firmly, which means it should remain silent.
SAVE: ON YOUR ACCESSORIES
After living in eight homes over the last sixteen years, I know a little something about ACCESSORIES. They really are a game changer. You can over do it. You can also under do it. There is a sweet spot there in the middle. BUT–this is a great area to save.
DECOR: We love to shop places like Target, Homegoods, World Market, Tuesday Morning, TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Michaels to save on pieces that help to add life to a space. I also LOVE a good estate sale. Many of my shelfie treasures have come from Estate Sales, or antique shops, for a total steal!
PILLOWS: We have a recipe for saving and splurging on pillows. We like to layer the expensive pillows with some budget options, to get the most bang for your buck. The back layer of pillows (often solids) we like to keep on the budget friendly side. But those front options? That’s where we splurge! We’ve been known to spend a pretty penny on a few custom pillows, and we LOVE when we can do this. They are, after all, like stuffed animals for grown women.
We encourage you to peruse the hashtag #shelfie to get some design inspo. If you are struggling in this area, lean on the experts, and see how they layer, place, and play.
If you’re totally stuck, and live in San Antonio–well, we can help you there, too! Last year we quietly created a service called “Designer for a Day” where we spend the day shopping with you, then go back to your home to style it up! If you need that last layer, and want someone to just do it for you already, we’re your team! We’ll help you buy all the right things, and put them where they look prettiest!
Styleberry Creative Interiors is a Full Service Interior Design Firm based in downtown San Antonio, Texas, specializing in fresh, relaxed design completed in a thoughtful, caring way. With a team & design process you can trust, we’ll create a space and experience that will help you finally exhale.