How to renovate a room on a budget, including best time of year to buy key furniture and decor pieces
First of all, I just have to say thank you for all the love and kind words about the master bedroom refresh reveal. It feels amazing to know that all the patience and decisions that went into it was worthwhile. (In case you missed it, here is the full reveal.)
I also got a lot of questions about the process of refreshing a room overtime instead of all at once. A few of you asked:
- Why did it take you 3 years?
- Didn’t the feeling of not being complete drive you nuts?
- How did you keep it top of mind without forgetting what pieces you wanted to add?
- What if something you wanted went out of stock?
I wanted to spend some time sharing why the room took time and also how to help you do the same!
The reason it took so long is really financial. It’s definitely not inexpensive to buy new furniture and buying it all at once makes it even harder.
Now that being said, what I learned from the process is that the slow transformation made it so much more practical for us. Instead of getting all new furniture, there were pieces that happened to cross our paths over the course of time that were perfect fits for the space but nothing we would have considered previously.
Some were reorganized from other spaces in our house, some were new vendors we discovered and loved, and some were family heirlooms that we blew the dust off of and gave new life. In this way we were able to save money and adjust the design to fit where we were and are in life.
I remember when I originally did my office makeover a few years ago, I bought a bunch of pieces all at once and then a couple months later I realized it wasn’t exactly what I had wanted.
With my bedroom it has been a slow but deeply personal evolution ensuring that the space transforms with us rather than a splash in the pan makeover.
Not only is the function of the space something that has been a great realization but also the deals you find by timing things up. There are times of the year where you can find retailers giving huge discounts on pricey purchases that can keep your budget on track and give you more bang for your buck in the long run.
So to help you guys style your next room overtime, I’ve put together my list of where and when to get some of the best deals for a bedroom (CLICK HERE to download).. It includes the template I like to use to track my wish list items (of course, I use Pinterest for that too). Last year I did similar blog posts and checklists for the living room and outdoor patio.
Now this year I’m starting on another room in the house to style with time. The living room! I’m excited about this transformation and although it will be slow and steady just like the master, I’ll be sharing my design inspiration for the space in a few weeks so stay tuned!
What’s a room in your house that has been needing some love and attention? Join me on the style with time makeover. As you do your room, I’ll work on mine and we can enjoy the fun and frustration together!
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