The Chic Décor Professionals Use When They're on a Shoestring Budget
In an ideal world, we'd all have unlimited budgets to buy whatever we want to decorate our dream homes. But even if we did, would our spaces look as polished as we envision? From the myriad of interviews with various decorators over the years, there's one thing we've come to realize: The beauty of a well-designed room is always in the high/low mix. And we've been perfecting that delicate art of pairing high-end items with found pieces picked up at flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, and on the side of the road (or Craigslist) ever since.
Athena Calderone, interior designer and founder of EyeSwoon, agrees. "For me, the design must touch upon a varied mix," she tells MyDomaine. "It's all about the yin and yang, the high and low, grit-meets-glam, and the best part is the hunt for these amazing pieces that will help transform a room." And amazing does not equal expensive. "A successful room must rely on tension," she continues. "The pairing of a sophisticated piece with something playful or unexpected. A room with all antiques or all high-end would fall flat in my opinion." Hear, hear. See below for easy additions you can make to elevate your home's aesthetic.
CB2 Marbleized Planter ($38)
"Greenery is having a moment, but in reality, let's just take a moment to realize it's been here since the earth has, so you can't count it out as a trend. You can't go wrong with any version of greens—ferns, fiddle-leaf fig, cacti—you name it, they're all good. For foolproof design and style, keep the pots simple and white." — Ford