This post is part of a 31 day series – “31 days to decorate your home on a budget.” You can read all the posts in this series here.
One way to save money on décor is to figure out what you really want or like in décor so that when you do spend money, you will be spending money on something that you know you will love.
Do you know what your “decorating style” is? Traditional, contemporary, country, rustic, cottage chic, modern, farmhouse, vintage?
For fun, try taking some of these online decorating style quizzes
When I first got married, I had no idea what my “decorating style” was! Our home was a hodge-podge of free stuff, passed down furniture, and a few nice wedding gifts and I had no idea how to bring it all together. More recently, I have finally felt like I found my style. It is mix of vintage and traditional (and I guess maybe a little country/cottage according to those quizzes?) with a little modern thrown in for my hubby.
How did I find my style? I read magazines, took note of things I liked in other people’s homes, looked at lots of pictures and blogs online, and took mental notes of what I loved! Now when I am out shopping at yard sales or Goodwill, I have a good idea of the “style” of what I am looking for and things I would love in our home.
So here are some resources to help you find your style!
1. Sign up for free store magazines
…and enjoy browsing the pages for ideas for décor. Here are some of my favorites.
2. Follow some good home/décor blogs
Here is a quick list of some of my faves:
- Thrifty Décor Chick
- Young House Love
- Beneath My Heart
- My Blessed Life
- Centsational Girl
- Home Stories A to Z
- Southern Hospitality
3. Sign up for Pinterest!
(But not if you are not ready to be instantly addicted and wonder how you ever lived without it! )
As soon as I stop dreaming, eating, and sleeping 31 days posts :) I promise to do a post all about Pinterest, how to use it, why I love it, etc.
In short, Pinterest is an online pin board or bulletin board for all your ideas. Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, wedding planning, home décor, whatever you want!. If you are browsing online and want to remember a recipe or that craft for later, what do you do? Print it out and then have a stack of “recipes/crafts I want to make one day.” I had links and copied pictures saved in drafts of blog posts, MS word, everywhere – and I had no idea how to find them later.
But Pinterest is not just the perfect place for YOU to store everything you like, it is the perfect place to see what everyone else is “pinning” and get even more inspiration! It has literally become my search engine when I am looking for a recipe, craft, “how-to”, home décor, and more.
It is free to join and simple to use! You need an invitation to join so leave your email address in the comment section and I will send you an invite. (If you have any questions once you get in, let me know, and I will answer them as best as I can.)
So enjoy finding your style and finding inspiration! I would love to know if you took any of the above quizzes and if you thought they were accurate – leave your style in the comments.
What inspires you most – magazines, blogs, Pinterest, other people’s homes?