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My family is trying to keep our spending to a minimum and so we have to get creative with our approach to decorating.

Here are a few things that have been helping:

1. Get inspired. I am inspired by the new home itself, but I am also inspired by my neighborhood boutiques, decor magazines, friend’s homes, etc. I have started a pinterest page to capture the styles I love and when I get lost I simply pull up these beautiful images! It makes it easier to part with the duds we have been holding onto and shoot a little higher.

2. Remind myself that less is more. My brilliant + stylish friend, Naomi, recently gave this advice: “Keep the bedroom minimal. All you need is a beautiful rug, a unique light fixture, and a few pretty details like ethnic baskets or antique mirror and you are all set!”

3. We are selling things on Craigslist and then keeping an envelope with the cash to buy a few new things, either on Craigslist or at the Alameda Antique Fair next month. This ensures we will keep spending to a minimum and find truly unique items.

4. I just scored a beautiful antique light at my favorite local boutique just by asking the owner if I could buy it from her! You never know where you will find a great item for your home and it never hurts to ask.

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Please share your tips for decorating on a budget!

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