Decorating on a Budget

I love searching for budget friendly options for my organizing and decorating clients. If you pair a high-end item with a lower-end find those budget friendly items will have a more expensive look. The real big happy comes when you find top brand names at a discount store and score BIG. It’s like a decorator lottery win.

One of my go-to places is my local HomeGoods store. I check there often for simple styling ideas and containers of all kinds. I always have to give myself more time than planned for those moments when I’ve lost focus.

Take a look at what I came across today. I could decorate an entire room with items at HomeGoods. What fantastic finds have you come across lately?

HomeGoods finds

…and this very cute rug.

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I’d love to help you find the right items for your home. My organizing and decorating services include in-home and virtual options. Take a look here and email me.

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Simply Savvy Styling Inspiration from HouseBeautiful

I recently picked up a book called  House Beautiful Style 101 by Lisa Cregan. It is full of 400 designer secrets and tips. I am such a sponge for all things design, style, and decorating. Reading magazines, books, and online everything is something I really enjoy doing but also need to do as a professional. I love flipping pages of pure pretty–and this little book is full of just that! (…and it fits into my purse for reading during carpool!)

I browse HouseBeautiful.com  for project and space ideas, Pinterest sharing, and for collecting images to add to my idea library. These two spaces caught my eye today:

First, this entry is style simplified! It focuses on the art, includes function, and has the casual elegance I love.

 

 

This casual dining space includes mix and match seating, a rustic and neutral table, and has a focal point with this oversized, contrasting chandelier. Savvy Tip::One way of getting more mileage out of your table is by changing the chairs–matching all chairs is not necessary.

 

 

The table is styled with ease- casual and doable for any home.

 

 

The purpose of sharing designed spaces is so that you can take an idea or a concept and create it in your space- that’s inspiration. Share what has caught your eye lately!

 

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Simply Savvy Inspiration:: A Serene Space

I have a couple of projects coming up that need that calming, serene, and put-together feel. I’m wanting to use a monochromatic look with a variety of textures and patterns–creating a cozy, sophisticated space.  This space from Ballard Designs addresses each of my requirements.

 

Sometimes all you need is a little inspiration. What image has inspired a project for you lately?

 

by Ballard Designs

 

Share your inspiration. I love sharing back!

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Simply Savvy Style:: Elements of a Beach House

I am drawn to the airy, elegant, classic, and resort feel of a beach styled home. Let’s face it, we can’t all have a beach house or an ocean view; however, any home can capture the feel of one.  It’s in the elements of that style that create the feel I enjoy.

What are your beach style elements? It may be adding a soft palette to a space with casual, relaxed furniture. You might even prefer a room with simplicity and vibrant pops of color.

 

image via housebeautiful.com

 

image via coastalliving.com

 

Beach style elements might have you thinking of bright whites and slip covered sofas that you can sink into…

 

image via house beautiful.com

 

Your elements might include beach cottage details that add rustic elegance to a room…

 

image via housebeautiful.com

 

The elements are in the details. Simple accessories make the space.

 

image via bhg.com

 

{Having a beach styled home or elements of one does not have to be so beach-ish}

 

Nantucket island is one of my favorite places to visit–and if you have not been add it  to your list! Take a look at these images from designer Christine Tse and author of the blog  happy lady decorates. The beach elements I love (airy, elegant, comfortable…) are captured perfectly in this Nantucket home.

 

image via Elle Decor

 

image via Elle Decor

 

 

So, now do you want a home with beach elements in it? Or do you just want a beach vacation? Leave a comment!

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Simply Savvy Decorating Finds:: Weekly Product Picks

I often change the feel of a space by moving around decorations, shifting furniture, and reorganizing shelves.  However,  sometimes adding a simple new find is a better solution when you’re feeling that your space needs new life.  If you’re wanting to spruce up a space take a look at these weekly products picks and my recent favorite finds!

 

I love using risers to group items, add interest, and increase table space. These pedestals from Serena & Lily are vibrant and would add an eye-catching pop of color to any space.

 

http://www.serenaandlily.com/

 

Add some spice and splash of color to your dinning table (inside or out) with these colorful options from cb2.com.

 

http://www.cb2.com/

 

http://www.cb2.com/

 

Consider updating your space with new lamp shades — especially when they are this affordable! This geometric shade from Target.com has other color options and can brighten up any space. Target’s decorative line has many favorite finds!

 

target.com mix and match lamp

 

 Do you have a new favorite find you’ve added to your home? Leave a comment. I love sharing back!

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simply savvy…home for the holidays

This is my favorite time of the year and decorating our home for the holidays is the best part.  Anything goes when it comes to holiday decorating. The moment the bins are opened my family digs in and pulls out all of the missed ornaments. We did have a few broken tragedies this year…maybe we’re a little too excited!

 

Simple touches of holiday decorations in all places throughout the home, makes our home feel festive and cohesive. Though I used magnolia leaves, pine cones, branches, and burlap ribbon as my starting point, I still had fun with traditional ornaments and colors. Enjoy peeking at my home today, as it will probably look somewhat different tomorrow.

 

I hope you and your family enjoy a perfectly imperfect holiday!

 

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savvy solutions::you asked I answered

So glad you have stopped by to Ask Simply Savvy! I enjoy sharing readers challenges in organization, time, space, and design. I also love to share your successful spaces. Send your questions and I will review submissions and may detail a solution in a regular post on the Simply Savvy blog. I might share product ideas, mood board designs, or provide a list of how-to’s or tips. I will answer all email, but will selectively post for others to see.

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If I choose your submission for a post, I will email you for permission to use your name, show your question or challenge and share your photo. I may have additional questions for you too. I have a lot to share, so I cannot do this detail for every submission, and I want everyone to benefit.

So, think of your spaces, your current challenges, things that make you feel chaotic, your to-do list that adds stress to your day, or just general questions…I look forward to helping you accomplish your goals and hope to inspire others along the way!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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organization that’s decorative:: product pick of the week

I’ve posted before that I like to group items on trays for an orderly, yet stylish solution. I also love using bowls on bookshelves, side tables, and on my office desk. I chose these two items because they get high marks for being functional and flexible–so many creative uses. They also add pattern, texture, and great accent color to any space.   This leads me to my two products worth sharing this week, both from West Elm:

Pick 1: Lacquer Wood Trays

Pick 2: Modernist Bowls

…and they are affordable!

 

 

Attractive Serving Solution

 

 

All images are from West Elm.

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rustic and elegant

I love a casual elegant room that mixes a variety of finishes and wood tones. I drool a little when the  Restoration Hardware catalog/book arrives. I am on a mission to find a reclaimed console table that is inspired by those I love from Restoration Hardware, but for a price I like. So, I had my local consignment store add this to the wish list–patience is a must!

You can add a rustic element to a space, regardless of the design style.  By adding simple items; such as, aged watering cans, buckets, frames, candle holders, or branches from the outdoors, you add warmth and texture to the space. In addition, you can add an element of architectural interest to your home by mounting wooden shudders or an antique window as wall art. Simply Savvy!

Though my mission is a larger item, yours might be a simple decorative touch. Be creative! Visit my Pinterest page for more ideas and photo credits.

rustic storage solution

bring the outdoors in

rustic shelving adds warmth

loads of interest

fabulous look with a farm table

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