ReDESIGNS by Ava: Stretch Your Decorating Budget


“Decorating on a budget isn’t about being cheap…. it’s about being smart, making informed decisions and getting the best value for your money.” ~ Kristan Cunningham

Occasionally I receive a phone call asking me where my place of business is located. ReDESIGNS by Ava does not have a storefront, and my answer is, “In my car…have tools; will travel.” ReDESIGNS by Ava provides a service.

Whether it is Interior Redesign, Interior Decorating, Relocation Redesign, Color Consultations, or Shopping, the goal is to help you make wise decisions when it comes to decorating your home.

Decorating my own home is a process and I try to make informed decisions that will be the best value for my money. After I have made a decorating plan, I shop local stores and online to get an idea of how much items cost. This helps me to not only plan my budget but also to know where the best prices are. I do the same for my clients.

Stretch your decorating budget:

Make a plan.

  • Your budget may be just a few $100 or $1,000s. Either way, you need a plan. Stay within your means; don’t max out your credit card.
  • Prioritize your purchases. Spend your ‘big’ money on things you first notice in a space: flooring, paint, built-ins, well-made furniture, etc.
  • Look for accessories that mimic a more expensive style you like.
  • Find pieces that will multi-task, such as an ottoman with built-in storage.
  • “Know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em.” (Kenny Rogers). This works in decorating also. When shopping, you may find an item you really, really love and think you can’t live without it…buy it and make up for it on another piece.
  • Update an old lamp with a new lamp shade and spray paint the lamp.
  • Sew your own pillows, bedding, and window treatments. Home décor sewing is basically measuring correctly and sewing straight seams. There are many YouTube tutorials that can help you with a project.
  • Shop for bargains at estate and yard sales or the many thrift and consignment stores in our area.
  • Update that ‘tired’ piece of furniture by repairing broken hinges, adding new hardware, refreshing the stain, or painting a fun color.
  • Add extra space to your room. You can make a low ceiling look higher by placing a tall piece of furniture in the room and ‘the eye’ will follow the line up. Windows can be made to look taller by mounting draperies higher than the window and closer to the ceiling. By using drapes close to the same color as the wall, the room will look larger.
  • Be a smart shopper and spend your money wisely.

Need help in making wise decorating decisions for your home? Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes to see your home in a new light.

Whether you are working with what you have or starting from scratch, ReDESIGNS by Ava can help.



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