When we first bought our home we scrolled through Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel, Restoration Hardware and Elle Design for inspiration. I wanted to buy everything! When we purchased our home we paid the full 20% down payment (which you should totally do!) but that left us a tight budget for renovations and furniture. We sat down and set a strict budget for ourselves and it became fun hunting for similar items we saw at furniture stores but for much less. I always say to our friends its bad when you start to believe Target is expensive! We searched the aisles of Home Goods and Target and found some amazing items. Once you have the inspiration in your head it is incredible how you instinctively find items that go together.
We did let ourselves splurge on what we call forever items such as a Pottery Barn sofa and dining room table but then paired those expensive items with lower priced pieces. I think my favorite is to pair an expensive table with inexpensive chairs. Similar to pairing that LBD you found at H&M with expensive shoes. We love Target’s black X chairs and Ikea’s parson’s chair’s. Maybe someday we can upgrade our chairs but for now they look fantastic in our home!