"Secret skimping is out, like false bosoms." - Marjorie Hillis, Orchids on Your Budget, 1937.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Decorating Dilemma

Has anyone been able to successfully reconcile the drive to beautify your new apartment with precious goods (like that $300.00 tufted ottoman) with the drive to beg, borrow, and steal (don't steal!) by taking the lime green table and chair that someone put out for the garbage collector, for instance? I'm so conflicted!

My parents are giving us some things, but we don't even have a couch. I'm going to try to rely heavily on craigslist, of course, but even refurbishing gets expensive (e.g. these examples in Sunset Magazine). This one really cuts deep, because nothing gets me going like mirrored side-tables (see before and after below).

I've been scouring decorating-porn for ideas, and frankly, I think it's becoming a problem.


Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

I need a new couch too, Ugh. I hope we both find one.

Super blog!!!


Sarah said...

Check and see if there's a Freecycle in your area: http://www.freecycle.com. It's like Craigslist, but everything is free.