You CAN make your home beautiful on a dime! Here are a few tips we've learned along the way!
The couch, ottoman, and chair were floor models purchased at a much discounted price, my husband built the side tables, and all other furniture was found in relative's homes for free!
The owl chair was one of my favorite finds, I found four just alike in my grandmother's antique shop and she was so happy to give them to us! The dog was free too, she found us ;)
The rustic print on the wall was 12$
Fresh Frugal Tip- Visit well priced antique stores and second hand stores on sale days, you will get a hefty percentage off already low prices!
While I adore everything cottage chic to begin with, I also firmly believe if you dress your home in a purposefully distressed style you will get away with hand-me-downs looking chic instead of cheap!
Toss pillows are expensive EVERYWHERE! Toss pillows should be bought only when they are on sale and having a coupon for the store sweetens the deal! The top set were purchased at world market, we had 20% off coupon for being world market explorer members, a 10$ gift card that they give you on your birthday and the pillows were on sale! We got them for 10 dollars each!
Again, sticking to the cottage chic style allowed us to use beautiful second hand mismatched furniture to look completly chic and purposeful. Some one gave us the chairs when they bought a new set which we roughly painted antique white and the antique table was a freebie find in my uncles basement. The lighting we found on the website bellacor which offers lighting for a great price while they are on clearance- The lights we bought are usually $115.00 each but the website had two available for half off! The downfall was that they were non-returnable. We took a chance and they are perfect, they really tie the look together and the best part is the lights are back up to $115 on the website! Well... good for us.
The rug was around $100 at ikea, we shopped around and it was the least expensive of it's kind. We love the rug and it is holding up beautifully. Even if we decide to get another one this rug can be used in many spaces as it is very style versatile. Again since we stuck with the cottage chic theme, we were able to paint our worn out wooden floors for less than $100 and it looks so creatively different! We are a little lack on the wall art but we believe in the gradually added on look that just can't be done quickly. It also gives us opportunities to look for great deals on perfect finds instead of settling or spending too much. The pear painting was $15 on clearance at an upscale antique store, don't be afraid to add contemporary touches to a distressed look, it's where the "chic" comes in! I'm blessed I have a husband that cares about the way our home looks and is willing to help make our dreams a reality.
Also, antique shopping is a fresh frugal date idea if you keep spending limited to great deals on necessities!