Interiors on a Budget
“Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, simply didn’t know where to go shopping.” Bo Derek
Successful Styling of interiors on a budget comes down to two factors,your personal style and whether you’re willing to hunt down that bargain!If your stacks are abundant or you’ve squandered last week’s paycheck this post is for you.So read on and learn how to curate a collection in a way that works for you and not against you.
Have a Plan
To succeed in life, plans must be made.Likewise when hunting down trophy pieces for styling.From the get go I know I’m not going to leave empty handed when perusing the aisles.
On my Kmart adventures sticking to the homewares department, I rarely go outside this zone which forms the groundwork for my shopping strategy.
Kmart is not your only place to lay your shopping foundations Target too is another.I also find Typo an excellent starting point too .That’s not to say these are the only stops to harvest interior gold.Imo it’s like finding water in the desert with a divining rod ,you’ve got to know where to look and what you’re looking for.Good prep avoids hauling piles of steaming…well you know what I mean.
Engineering a plan to hit the shops is similar to a military operation.But sometimes we can all veer off the”golden decor trail” departing with more than we have budgeted for:)As a safeguard I stick to style neutral pieces or specifically items that synergize well with existing set pieces.
Why are these stores a goldmine?
Because they have great buyers.Keeping up to date with what’s on trend .Example if Rose Quartz is in the coming season the buyers(Kmart etc) will start stocking everything with that particular hue.
Visiting Target and Kmart during a particular season will see near identical reproductions of stock similar to that of the high-end stores.My last trip to Kmart I saw a gorgeous pair of Scandi style wood with concrete top/look-a-like side tables.
So hold back on buying those expensive luxe pieces and check out my top picks for buying on a budget!
Yes add to Cart!
I personally save up for the big ticket items e.g dining table or bed frame and then buy the smaller decor items from these kind of stores .Not only is it cheaper it gives you creative modular leg room to customize, rather than be stuck with a generic store look.
Use the spend vs splurge rule to shop smartly
Splurge on good quality towels and linen Save on throw pillows and candles.
- Buy the expensive candles to burn and the look alike versions to style with.
Whatever your design style you can definitely style on a budget.
- Go in with a game plan and have a list.
Tip:-Use a personal organizer I use a my Kiki K diary to organize myself and my business.
“Kiki k” isn’t cheap and it’s rare I’d purchase stationery there, when similar stuff can be found at Kmart Target and Typo.But in this instance I would splash the cash for the quality and its reusable nature.
Key Items when at…
- styling knickknacks
- throw pillows
- coat hangers/rose gold ones
- outdoor furniture/accessories
- bedside tables/side tables
- faux fur rugs
- organization items laundry & kitchen
- bottles/drinking glasses
- kitchen accessories
- bathroom accessories
- other furniture
- linen Tip:-I avoid buying linen from above, but if you’re on a budget go for it!Buy 1K thread count,your skin will thank you for it trust me it’s worth it,plus it lasts forever.
Never underestimate the power of art.It packs a punch and can push through your story of style.Spending hundreds or thousands on art/prints with limited funds is pure insanity.Perhaps opt to buy art online.(This can be cost effective with added convenience)An added bonus is the plethora of online stores stocking all manner of art/prints.
My top 2 picks
Tip:-Lots of prints to choose from. Great choice for the budget conscious.
Tip:-Seriously great selection of art for all price points and every style.I have a lot on my wish list.
If you prefer the tactile feel of seeing it in person and you’re from Melbourne go check the store out.
Buying directly from the artist is another way to go.I think the support of our local artists is important and always enjoy working with them.I recently collaborated with local Melbourne artist Whilton Design and featured them in my last post.
Or you could go down the custom route and have special pieces made up for you as I have done in my home I got local Melbourne artist Sophie to create low poly portraits of my pet dogs.
Check out what she created for me in my interview with her
Church Street also hosts my favorite Melbourne cafés all within walking distance so grab a piece of cake with your art.
Looking for eye catching Furniture? Church St Richmond is the right destination.
Two must see destinations have to be Coco Republic and Space Furniture.
Invest in those really great basics then work around them with the budget pieces.
This is the perfect choice for linens doonas pillows and throws.They also have a few great decorative pieces.
Stationery lovers rejoice this place is a gold mine for that office inspo desk shot,with every shade your heart desires,new stock weekly.You won’t break the bank shopping here.
- Shop here for Boxing Day sales.
- Buy the Typo coupon calendar at the start of the year for monthly percentages off items all year round.
DFO (factory outlets)
points of notable interest at DFO
Get towels from the Sheridan store and other quality kitchenware like cookware,dinnerware.It’s where you go when you want the brands names but you don’t want to pay full price.I don’t buy much clothes from these places I use DFO for mainly Homewares.Stock up on the basics like porcelain high-end dinnerware that will last you a long time and those 1000 count sheet sets.
I don’t feel like paying $400 for those do you?
The well known treasure trove for all things home
Be wary not everything here is cheap.Such as plant pots that can be found for a lesser price at Kmart nearly 50% difference wowzers but I did purchase picture frames for my art pieces and found they were of great quality and good looking design.Remember not all stores are created equal even if they are known for being cost effective.Keep your eyes open and the bill wont give you a cardiac arrest!
Now that you know all the tips and tricks, go run and gun!Embrace these low price department stores.If you’re lucky there may be a 24 hour one near you.
Happy hunting dears.