Decorating on a Budget (+ Still Achieving a Fabulous Space)

With my college graduation right around the corner, I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to figure out what I’m going to be doing in the next chapter of my life. Still unsure of what exactly I want to do when I grow up, I do know that I can’t wait to have a place of my own. Pinterest has been a life saver when it comes to sparking an inspiration flame of how exactly I want my adult space to be like. But, like most post-grad students, money will most likely be tight and one of the easiest places to save money but still has a fabulous space is home decor.

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Since I lived in off-campus housing since last year, I’ve had some experience with decorating my rented space and with short money. If any of you, or your friends/family, are trying to decorate your small space on a budget, I’ve got you covered. Here are some of my favorite items, as well as some tips and tricks from my experiences!

TIP NUMBER ONE: Keep your options {& your mind} open!

When you’re decorating, it’s good to have an idea of what you want in your home but make sure to keep your mind open for things you weren’t expecting to purchase. I have so many random things that I didn’t think were “me” but I gave them a try and now I love them!

TIP NUMBER TWO: DIY when you can

DIYing some home decor items can save you even more money! One of the easiest DIYs out there is creating your own gallery wall. There are so many free prints out there that you just need to download and print out and if you want to spend a little more you can buy some super cute mis-matched frames from your local craft stores! If you’re not allowed to use nails, try using command strips (I’m guilty of this) or use washi tape!


Tear Drop Lamp | Tassel Garland | Beach Candle | Color Block Pouf | Bar Sign | Birthstone Print | Shell Ring Holder | Blue and White Vase | Gold Jack | Good Vibes Candle | White Cut Out Vases (Set of 2)

TIP NUMBER THREE: Don’t be afraid to mix & match pieces

Having mix and matched pieces in your home can 1. save you money and 2. look super cute. I love mixing different finishes, textures, and paint colors together as well as having a variety of pieces new and old! It adds so much character!

TIP NUMBER FOUR: Shop consignment/second hand stores

Search platforms such as Craigslist, your local consignment shops, and used furniture stores to find some awesome pieces at low prices! eBay and Amazon are always awesome as well. And don’t forget to ask family members and friends if they have any old furniture you can take off their hands! DIYing an older piece can totally transform it (add some texture or a new coat of paint!).

TIP NUMBER FIVE: Pillows are the

Changing out your pillows is one of the easiest decorating hacks! You can instantly change a room but changing out your pillows (or pillow cases). I’m a total sucker for the Crate and Barrel pillows because you can buy the pillow cases separately at a lower price! It allows me to have nice pillows as well as the option to change out the pillow cases to spruce up my apartment for different vibes!


Pom Pom Pillow | Leopard Pillow | San Fran Pillow | Geotech Pillow | Shut Eye Pillow | Striped Tassel Pillow

TIP NUMBER SIX: Decide what you want to spend a majority of your money on

Even though you’re on a budget, decide what things you don’t mind skimping out on and what items you’d rather put more money towards. Maybe you’ve been dying for a brand new coffee table or a vintage vase you saw at a local antique shop. When you decide on those few items you want to spend money on, it makes shopping for the little things just a tad bit easier!

What are your tips for decorating on a budget?
XO, Rachel

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  1. January 15, 2016 / 8:04 PM

    Consignment and thrift stores are my favorite!!! So many good finds there… It’s like a treasure hunt 🙂

  2. January 16, 2016 / 9:29 AM

    This is a perfect post for me! I now have my own house and I still haven’t completely decorated it, which is something I really want to do (but it’s so expensive to do so!) Thanks for sharing your tips! Do you know any online shops that are cute but not too expensive?

    • SSadmin
      January 26, 2016 / 4:47 PM

      Congrats on owning your own home! I love checking out Wayfair, Rue La La, One Kings Lane, Nordstrom has some great home decor and some of it is at great prices, Shoptiques, and Etsy (for prints, fun pillows, etc.)! Let me know what you end up getting! I’d love to see your space!

      XO, R

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