Can we talk about something? There's a very real pressure to have a perfect house and the newest, best furnishings. And honestly, I probably don't detract from the pressure. Featuring beautiful homes in Design*Sponge, styling fake spaces for magazines, designing full spaces for interior design clients and showing the latest products that I like or purchased. But I want to be transparent about my home as well: It's a work in progress.
The only large piece of furniture that I ever bought new on my own was my CB2 dining table when I was 26. Otherwise, I built, thrifted, repurposed and inherited all of my other pieces until Austin and I got married. And since then, we've purchased two dining chairs, a media console and an overarching lamp. We also received an accent chair from Target for our wedding. Everything else was either small and cheap from Target, found, or from Craigslist. The thing is, our house has been collected since I've lived on my own.
Are there pieces that if I had extra spending money I'd want to get to replace what I have? Sure. I think a headboard or the remaining 4 dining chairs would be first on my list. Designing slowly doesn't just save money. Personally, it allows me to really consider what I like, what will be timeless and what makes sense for my lifestyle.
Instead of following trends with furniture, I update with art, pillows, accessories and paint colors. It allows larger (old) pieces to get a fresh look and be cohesive.
I'm not against buying lots of things at once for a new house or a remodel but I am against it if the homeowner doesn't have a good sense of their personal style or isn't working with an in-tune designer. Designing slowly gets you in touch with pieces that speak to you instead of pieces you can copy from a Pinterest photo.
Moral of the story? Real homes are the best homes. If you have $100 for a new coffee table, check Craigslist for a solid wood piece in a style you like and can refinish versus buying a particle board option at a discount store. Use your limited budget on things that you truly like and will last until you're able to purchase a more ideal piece. You don't have to spend thousands to have a space that you're proud of. Collect things, replace things, refinish things and rearrange things to get the look you can love before you can afford the rooms you're in love with.