With a vision to one day stay at home with my family while still contributing financially, I started a small Etsy shop from a storage closet in college. Overtime, that small shop grew and evolved into a community for young women looking for practical tools to navigate life with grit, grace, and faith. So around here, you'll find resources and tools to help you steward your home, health, and work well.
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You curl up for a relaxing night and turn on some HGTV or scroll through Pinterest to see all the beautiful homes and their designs. Wow! Look at that kitchen
Before you know it, you’re looking at your own kitchen (and living room and dining room), feeling like you need to spend 8 million dollars to redo everything to finally get your dream home.
Of course, your bank account can’t exactly afford that right now, so you come to terms with the fact that you’re never going to have that HGTV worthy dream home…
If you’ve ever been in that place before (and let’s be honest, we probably all have at one point or another), you know how easy it can be to compare your house to others or to figure out how to furnish and decorate your space when you’re on a budget.
So let me first remind you that a home is made through community and generosity, not perfect decorations.
There is beauty in the imperfections of our homes.
Community is always the goal, not perfection. (BTW, if you need to be reminded of this, make sure to check out episode #142 with Myquillin Smith, “How to Create a Welcoming Home”).
Having said that, many of us do still want to furnish and decorate our home to cultivate a beautiful space that we can raise our family in and invite others into.
So how do we do that in a way that allows us to be a good steward of our resources (AKA without spending millions of dollars on throw pillows)?
That’s what I’m digging into in this episode of SHE as I share four tips for how to furnish your home on a budget.
For those of you who don’t know, my husband and I recently moved into a new home. The house was a new build, which has a lot of advantages, but it also means that it comes with a lot of not-so-fun expenses.
We had to pay for things like a water softener, sod for the yard, shades for the windows, and a sprinkler system.
Would I rather use that money to buy a nice new dining room table or some beautiful artwork? Yes. Yes, I would.
But are those “boring” things necessary? Yes. Yes, they are.
It can be hard when you’ve got a vision for how you want your house to look, but you have to slowly prioritize and focus on the not-so-fun expenses first.
After months of living in our new house, I would say it’s about 60% to my vision of what I want it to be.
The progress is slow, but it’s allowing us to be good stewards of the resources we have.
If you’re wondering how to furnish or decorate your home on a budget, here are my top four tips:
If you’re moving into a new home or just trying to do some redecorating, and you’re working with a budget, this episode will give you some practical and actionable tips to help you steward your home and your resources.
Take a break from HGTV and tune in to learn:
We’d love to hear from you! Let us know in the comments: What other tips do you have for furnishing your home on a budget?