A new topic of savings we’ll be working on in 2015 is renovating and decorating for your house! I”m both excited and a little worried about doing this because I have no experience in interior design and I’m not a carpenter. So, it’s research, research, research.
Our living room was past due for some changes! The rug was old, the ceiling beams replicated fingerprints of kids jumping up to see if they were tall enough to touch it. The walls needed patch work, new paint and we were in desperate need for furniture.
Our living room is the room where all the family settles at the end of the day and where company walks first when entering our home. It was time for a full make over!
Minimal changes and cost that makes a difference:
It’s amazing how a fresh couple coats of paint can brighten a room and give it that clean updated look. We also bought new outlet and light covers. I found some nice light switch plates on clearance and the outlet covers only cost change per piece. We also gave the outer hardware plates for the recessed lights a fresh coat of paint.
Finding great furniture deals:
Mr. Professor has always wanted a bar for the living room. We love the look but not the prices of $3000 and that was a clearance price. Last year I came across the site LumiSource , who has a mix of contemporary furnishings; including lighting, kid room furnishings, TV stands, office furniture, bars and bar stools and more.
LumiSourse items are carried at many popular retailers we already shop at such as Kohl’s and Target. There are more online retailers listed HERE.
So, let’s go over the prices now. There was a huge bar at TJ Maxx for $2,998-on clearance and did not include the bar stools for $89 each.
Heading over to LumiSource, I found the Ladder Home Bar and thought it was very classy. Mr. Professor liked it too. Checking on the retailer sites they go for a little over $300. The bar stools ranged in prices and styles but were very reasonable for a set of two.
With two of us putting the set together, it took no time at all. I definitely think the picture on the retailer sites does not do this piece justice.
We’ve received so many compliments on this piece and The Professor family gives it a thumbs up!
On their social media I’ve found many more decorating ideas, check them out too!