It Only Looks Expensive
by Sonya Weiss
Finding Inspiration For Interior Decorating Ideas
I once heard a woman bragging about how much sheĘd spent on a purse. The amount could have fed a family of four comfortably for two months.
Maybe she had an extra $700 to toss away on a purse, but most of us donĘt. Any extra money I get (is there such an animal?) goes straight into my house.
I guess I'm from the old school where you try to get as much bang for your buck as you can. HereĘs a little secret I use when it comes to clothes shopping.
I take the high end store catalogs and see how the clothing ensembles are put together. In one catalog, the model wore a pair of khaki pants and cute pink and white layered shirt. The total cost for the outfit was well over two-hundred dollars.
I found a pair of khaki pants and the same pink and white layered shirt for a fraction of that amount. You canĘt tell the difference. Mine only looks expensive.
When it comes to decorating your home, the same logic applies. Search the magazines and home decorating books for what you like, then find a less expensive way to get the same look. I don't spend a bundle of money on magazines or decorating books either. I pick most of the recent issues of home decorating magazines up from the local library for a quarter or less a copy.
In one book, I saw a party table decorated with a gorgeous white tablecloth. The tablecloth had scalloped edges and expensive gold ribbon threading. The price was over $100. You can do the same with flat paper and gold ribbon-the kind with the wiring on both ends with the ribbon in between. The paper you want to look for is called paper roll table cover and you can just cut it to fit your table size. Wrap the wired ribbon around the edge of the table and pin into place.
Cost for everything is less than $10.