Thursday, July 22, 2010

Guest Post: Interior Designer Stephanie from Moxie Maley!

Good morning blogger friends!  A few days ago, I "met" Stephanie over @ Moxie Maley!  She is an amazing Interior Designer in Mississippi.  Once we connected I couldn't wait to have her guest blog for me!  Here are her top 10 do's for decorating inexpensively!

Hi Design A-Peele readers and fans! I have recently become acquainted with Beth through this amazing design world and am honored to be a guest on her fabulous blog! So thank you, Beth, for giving me this opportunity. You are a doll!

When asked to post about inexpensive ways to decorate, I really had to sit back and think about it. There are so many approaches one can take, but here are my top 10 tips for staying on budget when decorating:

1) Less can be more! Invest in fewer, larger pieces rather than many smaller pieces. Such pieces may include armoires, display cabinets or hutches.



2) Need pattern and color? Wallpaper one wall for an accent and paint the rest!


3) Use expensive materials judiciously. Purchase pre-made drapery panels and bedspreads and use the pricey textiles to add trim, throw pillows, bedskirts and shams to create your custom look! Or try stenciling a pattern onto your favorite textile.



4) Don’t have the money to invest in expensive paintings or artwork? Enlarge special photos and have them printed on canvas, frame unique pieces that you may otherwise hide in the closet, create a collage on the wall with framed magazines or inexpensive artwork or better yet – create your own masterpiece!




5) Make the most of what you have and decorate with old items from your attic – like a suitcase or trunk. Don’t be afraid to go digging. You never know what you may find!



6) Decorate with your books and magazines instead of spending money on new accessories.


7) Reupholster an old piece rather than throwing it out and buying new.

8) Combine simple, inexpensive items to create centerpieces – such as glass vases and fruit or flowers from your garden!

9) Always choose labor over expensive materials. Finery is found in the details!
10) Remember that your ultimate goal is to make every money-saving method count. If you do your own painting and paperhanging, there will be more dollars remaining for the furnishings.

I hope you can use a few of these tips on your next decorating project and even save a few pennies. Most importantly, though, enjoy your journey!

Thanks again, Beth, for allowing me to be a guest on your site! --Stephanie
Thanks Stephanie for guest blogging!!  These are great tips and I know they've helped everyone out!  They definitely helped me to organize myself a little and focus on a few different key areas in my house :)  Happy Thursday everyone!


Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

These are such fabulous tips, Thanks Beth for having Stephanie as your guest today.

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Those pom-pom curtains are A-mazing! What a fun post!

Katie said...

Great tips and what a wonderful guest blogger! I love the tip about investing in larger pieces and using expensive items judiciously. Well done Stephanie!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

Great tips and such gorgeous inspiration photos. And I need to get better about remembering that flowers aren't the only things that can make a centerpiece!

Ashley Buzzy McHugh said...

Absolutely drooling over those red Robert Abbey gourd lamps in the first picture. We have his lamps at the store and I'm seriously considering investing in a pair while I have the wholesale price opportunity!

Julianne Hendrickson said...

I loved this :) always good to hear what you think you already know from a professional! And that is what my mom always taught me: invest in large pieces that make the room!

shari @ little blue deer said...

Fabulous tips here, Stephanie, and Beth, I am so happy to find your beautiful blog through Moxie Maley, and happy to be your newest follower! XO!

twolovelyspaces said...

I love the idea of the fruit floating in water. Also those gourd lamps in that bright color are fab!

abby @ tales and trials said...

Great guest post Beth and Stephanie! I am a big fan of spending more on the larger pieces like couches {since they get a lot of use} I think it's fun to try to find inexpensive home decor and the smaller items that give me more bang for my buck.

Love the image of the pom pom drapes. Those would be so cute in a little girls room!

Dayka (Life +Style) said...

great tips!

and i still haven't forgotten about our meeting--i'm hoping maybe next week, but i've been furiously trying to get to school early to spend extra time on my drafting because i NEED it! :) hopefully i'll be caught up by next week . . . .