I remember once upon a time when I would rather spend my expendable income on clothes or shoes rather than goods for my apartment. It seemed like a daunting task to outfit even a small New York City apartment with furniture and accessories. In my younger years, it was more gratifying to purchase a new blouse for a night out on the town than throw pillows for the sofa.
Enter my thirties and moving into my first apartment without roommates and my priorities changed. I wanted to express my style not only through my wardrobe. Style became something that extended past the clothes I was wearing; I wanted my home to be a reflection of my personal taste as well.
If you’re like me and looking to step up your home decor game without becoming overwhelmed or spending an exorbitant amount of money here are a few suggestions:
Maybe you decide it’s worth it to splurge on a sofa, but find a cool vintage lamp or side table at a flea market. Home decor does not have to be expensive to be beautiful.
Most of us have budgetary constraints (ugh). If you can stand your night stand but hate your lamps, get new lamps now and worry about the night stand later. Decor is best when it unfolds over time and feels collected.
In looking around my home I’m often drawn to the objects that have sentimental value and remind me of a special person, place, or experience. A favorite item of mine is a colorful pitcher from a trip to Barcelona, the colorful piece of pottery transports me back to that amazing trip.
It could be that your overall style is traditional, but you can still mix in other genres. Opt for a modern rug or an abstract piece of art.
Shop some of my favorite home decor picks in the collection below to help spruce up your space!
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