Set a budget for each room and know what to splurge and save on!
In our old home, we were spending so much on other parts of our living room that our budget only left about $100-150 ish for an 8'x10' rug! And guys that is NOT a lot of money at all. I had doubts I'd find anything that cheap. But I'm here to tell you that a little creative searching led me to a rag rug we love from Overstock (Link HERE - $129! It's out of stock but you can sign up to find out when it's back). Knowing your limitations and sticking to them feels incredibly rewarding! But you know, if you have a dream rug in mind and it's $800, and your room redecoration budget is like $1200 (in other words, that rug takes up most of it) then you buy that rug, dang it, and you get creative with the cost of the rest of the room! You can find a good couch on Craigslist and have it cleaned, or search antique stores or junk shops for your side tables. All I'm saying is, you make your priorities to splurge on, and that's okay! (Side note - the chandelier above was found on Lamps Plus, but also worth checking Lamps Plus Open Box (where we purchased ours, and it arrived in brand new condition) for even deeper discounts.)
GO MEGA BUDGET.
I'd be remiss if I wrote a post on budget decorating and I didn't talk about the value of scouring thrift stores, junk shops and antique malls. Obviously I can't link to sources when it comes to this kind of thing, but mega bargain decorating is of course my favorite! The coffee table above? We found it at a Salvation Army for $5. The large orange lamp to the right of me (it's HUGE and PERFECT) I found at an antique mall for $20. I have a favorite mid-century modern leather chair that we happened to grab from Craiglist for a $15 STEAL. These are the kinds of things you can't link to, and you can't duplicate from a magazine, but that's what makes them the MOST valuable - because they are what makes up your own special and unique style! And instead of letting tales of other people's successful bargain hunting make you feel bummed, let it inspire you to get out there and find something rad of your own, even if it's not what you ever thought you'd look for. I mean, I never set out to the antique mall to find a giant orange-red lamp, (I think that day I went looking for a wooden step stool, which of course I didn't find) but I'm so glad I went!
And I can't believe I'm even giving away my Craigslist bargain search secret, but here goes. If you like mid-century modern furniture and decor, well, never search for the terms "mid-century modern" on Craigslist. If it's labeled as such, then somebody that has it knows the value of what they have and they'll charge you accordingly. That's totally fine if you're looking to find something interesting and pay for it, but if you're looking to find something at a really cheap cost, then try searching for the terms "retro" "60s" etc. Think of the terms your grandparents use when they're describing something as mid-century modern and search for that. ;) I even sometimes search for "vintage" because I think to a lot of people, "vintage" covers a lot of bases. We found a really great MCM vinyl chair set for $10 a chair because they were labeled as "retro chairs" and that was it. Meanwhile, anything labeled "Danish modern" is going to cost you your inheritance, chump. ;)
Just FYI - everything linked in this post was as sincere as it gets! I'm not being sponsored by anybody for this post. This is the real deal, you guys. Happy decor hunting!! And if you have any bargain decorating tips, share below!! xo - Sarah