If money were no object…
I’d have an apartment in Manhattan, a condo in Destin, and travel Europe.
I’d hire a cleaning lady, a personal assistant (or a lady’s maid if that were an option), and a life coach.
And, of course, I wouldn’t have to choose which home improvement project to do next…
Scenario 1 – French Doors for the Sitting Room
We were talking about how much we love our new wood floors when Matt asked, “What do you want to do next? The french doors?”
“Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking,” I agreed. I’d been daydreaming about it earlier that morning during church.
Scenario 2 – A new fence for the backyard, including extending it for more space.
“Since when did this happen,” my daughter asked as she pulled on the loose fence board.
“Yeah, I know. It’s time to just replace the whole fence,” I answered in defeat.
Scenario 3 – Landscaping the backyard
The flowers are starting to bloom, the weather is warming up, and all I can think about are the plans that the landscaper designed…two years ago, and how nice it would be to be able to call her and say, “Remember me…Judy’s friend that you did the consultation for a couple of years ago. We’re ready to hire you now.”
All three projects: the french doors, the new fence and a beautifully landscaped courtyard, are a part of the grand sitting room plan. But, I am completing the sitting room makeover in the same way I do all of my projects.
Here are my 5 Practical Steps for Decorating on a Budget:
1) Dream Big – Create a design board including products, materials and furniture without regard to price. This may not seem practical, but I think it’s necessary in creating a space you love…and having a space you love should be practical.
2) Repurpose/Reuse – Once the design plan is in place, shop your home to see if you can use things you already have. For example, in my sitting room I used the two hostess chairs from the dining room, and plan to work with the existing breakfast room table.
3) Bargain Hunt – Decide which pieces in your design can be purchased affordably. Then, shop for them at online sales groups and sites, thrift shops and discount stores.
Using the sitting room as an example again, the settee was purchased from an online resale group on Facebook. Even after I have it reupholstered, the total cost will be half of a new settee.
4) DIY – If you can paint, sew, assemble, install or hang something yourself, do. I’ve saved a lot of money this way.
5) Spend – Sometimes your time is better spent by hiring a professional or splurging on a new piece. In my case, I have no desire to try my hand at reupholstery, and I don’t want to sacrifice quality. I’ll leave that job to the pros.
But, most of my design dreams and plans stop short of completion when I get to number five because money is an object.
Not that long ago, I told Matt that it seemed like it would be worth it to get a home improvement loan and tackle all of the projects on our list at once.
He agreed that would be an option IF, that’s a big if, we weren’t paying for his schooling, our daughter’s braces, my growing business expenses, and some other debts.
Some of those expenses won’t be around for much longer, but for now, I’ll have to pick and choose and wait.
See you in class,