Thanks for all of the comments yesterday about the Guest Room Makeover at #ProjectFamJam. It was tough to bring it all together so fast, and under $1000. When I got the budget, my original thought was going to be tight. So I decided to hunt for the best deals possible to still leave the space looking expensive and layered.
When looking for the best deals possible, I tend to turn to a few special places.
First, we are blessed to have a Ballard Designs Outlet here… I got the Queen Tassel Duvet & two Fringed Pillow Shams for a total of $57.54. Total score. The Duvet is on sale online, just not at that deep of a discount. The blessings/curse of outlets is you never know what will be there. So my goal when walking into a store like this is to have a completely open mind. I didn’t go in looking for bedding, but once I saw it I knew I could not beat the look or the price anywhere else! So be sure to look around your town to see if you have any major brand outlets near you.
I also will hit up eBay. You do have to be cautious here… items can be overpriced here! But if you are willing to dig a bit, major deals can be found. I shared this eBay store a few months back… They sell slightly damaged Safavieh rugs. They clearly state what the defect is, and show you an image of the area in question. I knew I needed an 8×10 rug, but didn’t necessarily have the budget for one. After hunting through the listings from this store, I found the Chunky Textured Natural Fiber Rug for the space for only $125 with Free Shipping. The defect was a small pull in the carpet right in the middle. This wasn’t an issue because I knew the bed would be sitting right on top of the snag and no one would ever see it. Done. Saved about $300. I also scooped up the teal shams here as well. They are a discontinued DwellStudio pattern called Mali… So maybe keep an eye out if you are interested.
I also purchased all of the brass cabinet knobs for their repainted dresser from eBay. Knobs can add up quick! And all of a sudden a little refresh turns into an investment. I like to look for vintage hardware in lots on Ebay first. I will search “brass cabinet knob lot” & filter through the results. I stumbled upon a listing for 25 of these awesome knobs for $29. This made each of the knobs about $0.89! One of my favorite scores & bonus, I have 10 leftover to use on a future project.
My last tip is online shopping. Sites like Target, World Market, West Elm… they always have specials running. And while I do follow them closer than most, I waited out a few of the pieces & grabbed great deals. The nightstands ended up being 40% off one weekend. Done. The sconces, 30% off another week. And usually these sites will offer Free Shipping too, or I’ll have them shipped to store to pick up for free to save even more. When I am on a tight budget, it is worth my time to run up & grab a piece or two.
We also reused a lot of their own pieces, accessories. Important when on a budget.
Our one splurge for the space was the Kilim Pillow. It came from Turkey in record time, and was about $100 including shipping (and yes! $100 was the splurge!!). But this was a piece that really pulled the colors of the space together & at 16×48″ long, it would have taken two square pillows to fill this space. Probably resulting in a similar price tag.
So when working with a budget, don’t feel limited. The budget just makes you think & shop smarter.