We have a great guest post today, from the charming and lovely Caitlin. She is one of the sweetest gals you'll meet in the blogosphere and her passion for decorating on a student budget and entrepreneurial spirit reminds me of myself at 22 (which is just how
old young this talented woman is! Enjoy, and be sure to visit her blog!
Hi, guys! I'm Caitlin from Reverie to Reality and am so delighted to be here sharing some of my current favorite budget-friendly pieces for the home.
As a college student, it goes without saying that I don't have a lot of money to spend on furniture and home goods. That's actually probably the understatement of the century. Luckily, there are a few key pieces and sources that come to the rescue for the lady on a budget.
When I first moved into my new apartment, the couch was the first item I was really stressed about purchasing. How on earth would I find something decent that I could afford? Enter the Ikea Ektorp Sofa. This little number is definitely popular amongst twenty somethings, and I know that buying furniture from Ikea when you're on a budget is not groundbreaking news, but I was initially worried that if I did, my apartment would end up looking like a typical college apartment with no character or personality. However, once I mixed in some unique thrift store purchases, my fears were calmed. This sofa is incredibly comfortable, and incredibly durable, and I would purchase it all over again in a heartbeat. I've washed my slipcovers several times since purchasing the couch in the fall, and am amazed by how brand spanking new they come out looking each time. AND the white slipcover is only $50, so having an extra set on hand is completely do-able. Have I sold you on this yet? : )
This Campaign Coffee Table from World Market has always been a good deal at $199, considering a well-designed coffee table can run the gamut from a few hundred to a couple thousand dollars, but now it's on sale for just $99. If I was in the market for a new coffee table, this just might seal the deal. It's a neutral enough piece to work in plenty of decorating schemes for years to come, without boring me to tears. You're welcome.
This 8x10 chevron rug from Overstock is an incredible steal. A large, graphic area rug for under $150? Amazing. And it comes in a variety of basic colors to perfectly suit your space.
Target has really stepped up their game in the home department lately, and has quickly become one of my favorite places to purchase the finishing touches for a room. With open shelving being all the rage these days, it's only natural that you'd want to include a few bright, colorful dishes in your collection. These coral, graphic bowls are only $13.99 for a set of four. And how about this pink and yellow Ikat pillow for just $22.49? I had some serious sticker shock with throw pillows when I first started decorating my most recent apartment, so I'm very appreciative of sources that offer well-designed options that won't put my college tuition money in jeopardy.
A huge thank you to Maggie for having me on the blog today! I hope this collection of inexpensive options inspires you to keep chipping away at your current home, no matter the size of your budget.