Most of the decorating I do as a  NJ Decorator who specializes in Home Staging is budget based and we use most of what the client already owns.  But every once in awhile, I do get to design a room from scratch.  For some, the process can be overwhelming but does not need to be.  I’d like to walk you through it and offer some tips.

Budget for the big items first:
Once you’ve determined your redesign budget, plan on picking out the biggest pieces of furniture and decor first–such as a comfortable sofa and timeless rug.  It’s best to splurge on the focal point of the room. Focus on the major pieces first then add in the accessories that determine the look of the room. Paint, side tables, pillows, and other accents don’t have to be super high-quality, since they can be replaced as budget and time allows.
Mitchell Gold

Choose classic pieces that last:

Create a solid base of furniture that you love and everything else will come together after that. Don’t go for a particular look or trend. I suggest you go for a piece that you’ve always been drawn to. Timeless furniture, unlike trendy choices, will give you longevity and stand the test of time.
Ethan Allen


Match moods and looks, not individual items.  
The idea of recreating a room from the pages of House Beautiful may seem intimidating when you’re on a budget. The first step is to pick elements from the inspiration photos you’ve collected—the paint color, the shape and details of the furniture, the pillows and rugs—and aim to find similar items. They don’t have to match exactly but just have a few similarities.
House Beautiful


Reflect the trends through accessories.
To keep your decor contemporary, pick low-cost accents that will bring a pop of style to your home, but will also be easy to swap out when the next hot trend catches your eye. Graphic-printed pillows, new drapes and bold patterned rugs can offer high visual impact at a low cost. With Target, Pier One and  HomeGoods near you, this part should not be difficult.


Bring in your personality:
To keep your home from looking too much like you bought it all at HomeGoods, consider using some items you have on hand and just repurposing them. Reupholster a favorite chair in a contemporary print, paint that garage sale find a bold color (like Pam from Simple Details below) or hang art you or a loved one has created. This will keep costs low and bring in that personal touch that makes your home uniquely yours. This part takes time and patience. Always be on the hunt for something to add to your space, and your home will continue to evolve with your tastes—high end or low.
Simple Details
There you have it! Stick to the process and I promise you will have love your new space! And if you find you need a little help, please email me.  Our E Design services start at $10 for a simple question like a source for lighting, paint color or pillow choices for your existing sofa so you will be able to stay on budget.
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~ Luci ~

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