Monday, March 5, 2012

Designer Look On A Budget

Ever see a room in a magazine and think "I would love my room to look like that but could never afford it!" Well here's proof that you can achieve a designer look on a budget. This room was featured in Lonny Magazine Mar/Apr 2011 issue. Photography by Patrick Cline and Interior Design by Daniel Pafford.
I love the neutral color pallette with pops of blue throughout. It keeps it clean and fresh feeling. I'll show you how to get champagne style on a beer budget. I believe even with a small budget you can afford great design.

Lonny Magazine Room
 



Budget Option


Rug from Overstock $338.29
Sofa from IKEA $399
Lamps from Furniture Row $68
Pouf from Overstock $129.99
Pillows 1,2,3 $28-$39
Chair from Home Decorators $183
Frames from IKEA $9.99-$19.99
Media Console from Home Decorators $599.99
End Tables from Home Decorators $199 each
Mirror from Wisteria $89.00
Grand Total: $2,430.23 (not bad for everything considering how you can easily spend that on a sofa)

Are you thinking that's great but I can't even afford that? Here are some tips to cut costs even further, find a dresser at a thrift store and mirror the front, or add nail head trim. Buy an inexpensive IKEA rug and paint it with a stencil like prudel design did here. Thrift the lamps and spray paint them white. Make your own sunburst mirror, there are a bazillion tutorials out there.  Thrift all the frames they all don't have to match. Buy a used sofa and cover with a slipcover.

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15 comments:

  1. I love all your ideas on how to get the look for less! And then even less with a little work!! Really pretty inspiration room and design board too.

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    1. Thanks, I know sometimes most people don't have a lot of money to spend and with some DIY projects you can costs considerably!

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  2. I love it! Some of my favorite pieces. I'm glad I found your blog!

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  3. Love this look. I really want to incorporate some of these elements as well as some thrifted pieces in our living room. It desperately needs a makeover.
    Ruth

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  4. This is great...I love these "high" "low" examples, it shows you that you don't need to spend a fortune to get a designer look. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love reading your blog and am now your new loyal follower! If you have a chance, swing by and check out my block (and make sure to say hi!). :) Cath

    Home is Where my Heart is
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  5. Love your ideas! The room is calming and has just enough color! I'm following you now. Great blog!

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    1. I know I love that it just has small amounts of color. Thanks for following!

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  6. This room looks great!
    And huge thanks that you are linking to my tutorial;)

    Lovely greetings from Germany...

    http://pudel-design.blogspot.com/

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    1. Your so welcome, I love your rug it turned out great!

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  7. Wow! You are better than Sabrina Soto. You should have your own show too :)

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    1. Oh you're to sweet! I had to look up who Sabrina Soto was. Thanks for such a nice compliment.

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  8. great hints!
    thanks for sharing.
    cheryl xox.

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  9. It's great that you have actually shown your readers HOW they can about achieve the look for less. More, please!

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  10. Awesome! Featuring you tomorrow! XO, Aimee

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    1. Oh thanks Aimee! I love your blog so happy to be featured on it!

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