I know a lot of people feel that good design cant be achieved if you’re working with a budget but I couldn’t disagree more.
Having bottoms to your pockets does mean being more resourceful, digging a tad bit deeper and working through some DIY projects but there is absolutely no reason you can’t live in a space you really love.
And trust me – I know this better than most. Even though I design spaces for a living, I’m always working to a budget. Whether that’s a client’s budget or my own – I’ve honed in on how to maximise on the style while minimising the spend.
So just for fun – I put together the below design plan for a hypothetical client and a full ‘Shop the look’ so you can see just what’s possible with a bit of creativity.
Client: Fresh to California from the South – my client’s a little bit boho but a lot more glam and loves to entertain. They’re looking to create a space that feels more vibrant and alive – nothing like the current white box dining room in their city rental. They love color and their current favorites are Millennial Pink (duh) and Kelly Green.
CONCEPT BOARD //
Just because your dining room might be small, that doesn’t mean it can’t also be fun & punchy. I love the idea of creating a staggered black striped feature wall and bringing in tones of green, pink and gold through the tableware and other pieces of furniture. If stripes are a bit scary in a rental – you can always paint a single dusty pink shade on a feature wall. Always a super easy cover up when your ready to move out!
SHOP THE LOOK //
This whole room top to bottom – including painting and a few fun DIY projects is coming in under $1800. Obviously, this can be even more value focused if you have some of these items already or other pieces that could work just as well!
The point is to be creative with what you have and shop smartly for the pieces you don’t.
I’ve put all the links below so you can get ta shoppin!
COWHIDE $170 // DISH $13 // PLATE $13 // BOWL $10 // CUP $10 // WINE GLASSES $30 // CUTLERY $35 // CURTAINS $25 // CURTAIN RODS & FINIAL $30 // FAUX MONSTERA $130 // WIRE BAR CART $99 // STARBURST MIRROR $35 // BEADED CHANDELIER $199 // BLACK CHAIR WITH ARMS $119 // VELVET FABRIC $14 // CHAIR TO PAINT $29 // ROUND TABLE $229