Lets be real. Designing a home, a room, heck, even a corner of a room can be expensive. Whether you're taking on a full blown reno or just refreshing a space with some new furniture & accessories, things add up fast! That's when I like to put everything into perspective. Let's take a living room as an example. There are pieces to invest in, and others that you can skimp out on. "Key pieces" (think, the big ticket items) like your sofa, coffee table, rug. Those are items you'll want to invest in. These are pieces that should be timeless and well made - items that you can see in your life for the next 5 years at least. Accessories and smaller items are easier (and more affordable) to switch out every few months. Pieces like toss cushions, throws, lighting, trays, etc. These items are often the ones that bring the most personality to a room while the bigger pieces act as the foundation.
Now, that being said - it's obvious that different homeowners will be working with different budgets. That's why it's important to understand that you can often get the same look at extremely different price points. High versus Low. One of my favourite parts of design is mixing price points. It also always gives me major joy when I find a piece at half the price of something similar I'd seen somewhere else #designerwin. When you're starting to think about refreshing your home, be sure to shop around (or have your designer present you options). You want to buy quality items - but that doesn't necessarily mean you need to break the bank doing so. Check out a few recent high/low's I found. Happy shopping :)