Under $100: Summer Sweaters!

I know that with the polar vortex the last thing we want to think about is sweaters but I found these on Lands’ End and had to share them. Aren’t they so cute. They would be great for spring and summer evenings when it gets chilly at night. They are having a 20% off sale on all full price items. I may have to buy one…

Penguin Sweater

Lands' End Penguin Sweater

Black Sheep Sweater

Sheep Sweater

 

Flamingo Sweater

Lands' End Flamingo Sweater

 

Sailboat Sweater

Lands' End Sailboat Sweater

 

Pineapple Sweater

Lands' End Pineapple Sweater

Needlepoint iPad Case

Lands' End iPad Case

Their tote bags are also perfect for weekend trips, the gym, school, or as an everyday purse.

Tips for Decorating on a Budget:

Decorating an apartment on a budget has been a fun challenge. My roommate lived in the apartment before I moved in, so she purchased all of the living room furniture but I decorated my room. These tips work whether you are decorating an entire apartment, or just a bedroom.

decorating on a budget

1. Prioritize: Choose a price limit for decorating. Decide items that you are willing to spend more money on. My room is small and the focal point is my bed so I decided to spend the most on it. I was also willing to spend more on a mattress because I have scoliosis and wanted a good mattress for people with scoliosis. I have always loved the First Impression Lilly Pulitzer Bedding so I bought my duvet cover from Garnett Hill.

2. Shop Flash Sale Sites: I love flash sale shopping sites! My favorite flash sale shopping sites for home decor are Joss & Main, Gilt, One King’s Lane, and Rue La La. You can find furniture, decorative pieces, art, bedding, and more for up to 70% off. In order to avoid impulse buying, I like to wait an hour or two (or even a day if I don’t think the item will sell out quickly) before purchasing anything.

3. Meet Your New Best Friends, Target, Ikea, and The Container Store: You can buy great pieces from Target and Ikea – they have pieces that look similar to more expensive pieces from Jonathan Adler, Pottery Barn, CB2, West Elm, and more. I have a bench from the Target Threshold Collection and I love it. I didn’t buy a dresser because I didn’t want to have a lot of furniture and clutter in my room. I bought under-the-bed storage and shoe and sweater hangers from The Container Store instead. I have a big shelf in my closet and I bought a few storage boxes for the shelf. I keep pajamas and some workout clothes in one, beauty products I don’t use often and knickknacks in another, and the last is my “desk box.” I don’t have a desk in my apartment and I don’t want to clutter the kitchen table so I keep notebooks, pens, paper, stationary, stamps, important paperwork, chargers and other things I might keep on my desk in my “desk box.”

4. Repurpose: I brought my nightstand, curtains, a few pillows, sheets and pillow cases, art, and a towel over from my room at my parent’s house. I made my old nightstand feel new by putting on new hardware from Anthopologie. I love Anthopologie’s doorknobs and drawer pulls!

5. DIY: There are so many DIY projects that you can do to get the look you want… for less. I’m going to put together a blog post with some of my favorite home DIY projects. Search for “Ikea Hacks” and “Anthropologie Hacks” for some ideas.

6. Art: Art does not have to be expensive. Some of my favorite places to buy affordable art are: Etsy, Lara Casey Shop, Charm and Gumption, Amanda Catherine Designs, SS Print Shop, Design Darling, and Emma Kisstina.

7. It’s the Little Things: Less expensive decorative pieces like pillows, fresh (or fake) flowers, a throw, candles, books, and personal photos make a huge difference. You don’t have to spend a lot to fill your apartment with things you love!

Does anyone else have any good tips for decorating on a budget?