Over the years, I’ve created a kind of guideline for myself for when it’s ok to invest in something (splurge) and when I should spend time searching to save. With each of these comes the caveat that there are always exceptions to the rules! While almost all of the art in my house is inexpensive, I spent more on two large framed prints by an artist I loved because they were perfect for a large wall in our lounge. Similarly, most of our lighting for our entire home was pretty budget-friendly, however we needed something very large for our entry because it’s a large space with 18 foot ceilings. This light came with a discount, but I would still say it ended up being a splurge. Know when it makes sense to break so-called rules you have for yourself, and then make adjustments as needed to other purchasing!
Splurge: SEATING. In particular, seating that’s going to get a lot of daily use (think couches) is something I don’t mind investing in. I like seating that is deep and not too firm that’s constructed of quality materials. With kids and a dog, fabric that’s easy to clean is important too. Even if I splurge on seating, I always wait for a sale! I saved up giftcards for this unique chair- I knew it would make a statement in our living room. Then I waited for it to go on sale!
Save: LIGHTING. While there is definitely stunning lighting at higher price points, there are so many great options these days for unique and beautiful lighting in all price ranges. Splurging isn’t necessary! As long as you have a little bit of time to look, you will find something you love with a less expensive price tag, especially if you shop online. And don’t forget Facebook Marketplace. I’ve seen so many great deals on high-end lighting brands there because people are simply tired of what they have and are wanting to switch out with a different style! We opted to hang one fixture over our island instead of two. I had an inspiration picture from Pinterest to help me, and even though it was larger, it was a steal at a local lighting store!
Splurge: ANTIQUES. If you’re looking for true antiques (most agree that this is a piece that is over a hundred years old), they’re typically worth the splurge when in great condition. So currently, something that’s from the early 1920s or before would be considered an antique. Wanting to create a focal point in a room with a statement piece is a great reason to shop for antiques! While it would be considered vintage and not antique, finding my largest gold mirror many years ago was where the dream started for a future wall of mirrors going up a staircase. Pieces like this you will likely have for a very long time. They can make an entire room and I feel that warrants the investment.
Save: ART. Art is much like lighting. Original art is lovely and a great investment if it’s in your budget and you’re wanting something one of a kind, but there are SO many places to get gorgeous, affordable prints if you’re not ready to commit! Check Etsy, Juniper Print Shop, Minted, and even HomeGoods until you find something that feels right for your space! If you’re looking to fill a large wall on a budget, consider photo gallery walls as well! I purchased the 2 prints below from Minted with a 25% off code, then used frames I already had. “Ha Ha Ha Ha” is a 16×20 and “Open Crazy Late” is an 8×8. Both seemed appropriate for the bar cart!
Splurge: LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES. Most people aren’t able to shop exclusively or regularly at small businesses because of the higher prices associated with many of the goods not being mass-produced. But when you’re able to and wanting something more unique for the home or to gift, consider spending at a local small business. More than half of your money stays in your community when you shop local and small. The store owners are able to employ more people, who in turn spend their earnings in the local economy. The owners spend their earnings locally as well, including supporting local organizations and charities. And you typically receive a higher level of customer service. As long as it’s in the budget, it’s a win all around.