Since we're about to embark on this Luxe For Less adventure together, I have to share the first rule of decorating for less: Compromise. Often, when we think of the word compromise, we interpret it as getting less than what we want in order to make things work out. In decorating, you are going to have to give the word Compromise a new definition.
The decorating definition of the word Compromise:
Compromising this way also requires you to think outside the box...and sometimes to do a little research. It's certainly not as easy as buying something straight off the show room floor or out of a catalog, but, in my opinion at least, it can be a lot more fun.
Let's take the mirrored TV console in my living room, for example.
Here is the mood board I originally worked up for our living room...
Now, for some, $400 is inexpensive. But I knew I could get a similar look for less. My first thought - and it should always be everyone's first thought when it comes to getting a look for less - was to shop my house. But we just didn't have anything that I could turn into a mirrored TV console. So I starting looking on our local classified ads until I found a dresser that I knew would work.
Can't you just see it? My husband couldn't. This is when I pulled out my research photos (similar dressers that I'd seen people use for TV stands on various blogs etc.) and showed him the potential.
Then I had to research how exactly I could turn this ugly piece into a mirrored beauty. You can read all about the process here.
And here's the finished product - for less than half the price of the inspiration piece.
Is it exactly like the mirrored console inspiration? No. It's not actually even very similar with it's angular lines, BUT am I happy with it? ABSOLUTELY!! I love it, in fact. And for less than half the price, I might even say I adore it!
So, my dear readers, let's learn to compromise when it comes to living LUXE FOR LESS. We can do it... and there won't be any buyers remorse.
Do you have any times you've compromised on decor and been happier as a result? I'd love to hear!