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High-End Decorating On A Budget

Being on a Bravo show or being Married to Medicine does not mean I live in a museum. Yes, I have a very nice home now, but you do not have to spend a fortune to make your home elegant.  Neither does elegance need to be stuffy. My kids are young and we like to be together as a family, so functionality and comfort are important to me.

In fact, I talked about affordable decorating with Tiffany at Doctors’ Wives Living, a website with a philosophy of living “rich with wisdom” dedicated to all women—not just the wives of physicians. I got to thinking a little more after the interview about some ways that I could help you put together high-end looks for less.

It turns out there is a blog with the same name by Barbara Green, who has international design experience and a design business. She believes, as I do, that “million dollar looks can be accomplished with much lower budgets.”  Barbara features homes from celebrities and from television shows like Million Dollar Decorators then suggests more affordable ways to accomplish a similar look.  There is even a fun column at Style at Home Magazine  where readers try to guess which looks are high end purchases and which ones were a bit more reasonable.

So, now maybe you are wondering: fine, but where do I find great decor at a decent price?

I love to shop at Frontgate especially for outdoor furniture and accessories.  If you are art lovers, as Duncan and I are, you can find some unique art at fairs and antique stores.  I love to get to know local artists and then buy from them directly.   And of course, who does not love Pottery Barn and Crate&Barrel.  Then finally, there is Ballard Designs. Besides rugs and a variety of home decor, they offer a little help on their blog with how to arrange your rooms like a designer.

There is so much on television and on the internet that sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. I hope reading this has inspired you. If you do some decorating and do not mind sharing, I would love to hear about your transformations and savings on my Facebook page.





May 18, 2013

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