Decorating a home or apartment can be an extremely stressful task. For one, not everyone has an eye for style. And of course you have to think about the money — decorating is expensive! Between the furniture and the necessary details, such as paintings and accent bowls, bank accounts will undoubtedly suffer.
Over the years, we have done a number of apartment tours featuring people who have found ways to decorate their homes in a broke and chic way. Some have relied on thrift stores, while others turned to stores like Ikea and Target.
If you want budget decor inspiration from real people, check out our four favorites:
1. Paul and Evi’s Apartment in Amsterdam
Paul and Evi’s beautiful Amsterdam apartment radiates minimalist Dutch design. From the unique white wood floors to their stunning kitchen with rustic wood cabinets.
According to Evi:
Almost everything is from Ikea.
Click here to see the rest of Paul and Evi’s home!
2. Katie’s Eclectic Bedroom in Manhattan
Katie has lived in this Washington Heights apartment for about 2.5 years. Her room reminded us of those cute boutiques in the East Village with artfully displayed vintage jewelry, accessories, and even furniture.
According to Katie:
I’d rather make something myself than pay for it. I hate going into Urban Outfitters and West Elm and seeing things that are $250 dollars that I could easily make myself.
Click here to see the rest of Katie’s room!
3. Sara’s Stylish Salt Lake City Home
Sara is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Chalk White Arrow. We’ve been huge fans of her budget-friendly style, beautiful photos, and her great eye for decor for quite a while.
According to Sara:
We found both our coffee table and foot stool at thrift shops. A few of the wall hangings and light fixtures were thrifted, as well as a bunch of other decorative items. I love mixing new things with old pieces.
Click here to see the rest of Sara’s home.
4. Five Friends, One Amazing Brooklyn Apartment
Meet Zach, Helene, Larry, Erin and CJ. Five creative friends who moved to NYC after graduating from Indiana University.
They landed this loft style apartment in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn — a beautiful neighborhood known for its great food, architecture and community.
According to Erin:
It took us about five days to decorate the apartment to look like this. We didn’t have internet installed during our first week, so we had to find some way to stay productive.
Click here to see the full tour.
Which budget-friendly home tour was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!