We know that decorating a space, a room, or a house can test your finances, but we like to look at limitations as an opportunity to flex your creative muscles. Knowing how to decorate on a budget is the key to any design project, no matter how much you have to begin with. Once you’ve established your vision, it’s time to start mapping it out, ensuring you have the fundamentals in place before finessing with the decorative touches. It’s not always easy to stick to your budget but if you’re willing to hunt down that piece you have your heart set on—yes, we’re talking eBay, Etsy, antique stores, Instagram vendors, and live auctions—then you’ll have a lot of fun in the process. We’re notoriously researching, scouring local boutiques, and inquiring into vendors we follow both online and off to secure those rare oddities, touchable trinkets, and special one-offs that make your house a home with a soul.
Ready to get started? Read on for Athena Calderone’s tips for how to decorate on a budget and shop a few of our favorite affordable pieces from her Crate & Barrel collaboration.