Where to Save on Your Home

Dallas interior designers on when it makes sense to be fashionably frugal.

Throw blankets. I love to grab cozy and colorful throws at T.J. Maxx when seasons change to mix it up.
–Abbe Fenimore 

If something is well designed and you love—even if it’s at Target—by all means buy it!
–Alana Villanueva

Go thrifty on fun accessories for kid spaces. Colored pencils in a cool container make a big statement in a playroom.
–Amy Gibbs

Use plain linen or cotton for drapery. They make a better backdrop than an expensive print.
–Cathy Kincaid

Save money on highly trafficked breakfast-room chairs; you’ll be replacing them down the road.
–Cynthia Collins

Jute herringbone rug, $59-$679/West Elm
Kids’ bedspreads.
–Linda Fritschy 

Drapery fabric: You will need yards and yards. Use a well–priced solid and add a glamorous trim.
–John Phifer Marrs 
*Ed note: For an average window, you need approximately 12 yards per window.

Don’t overspend on anything considered trendy to avoid feeling like you have to keep it for years to justify paying too much for something you will soon see everywhere.
–Debra Stewart

Frugal? Never!
– Jason james Jones

Reclaimed wood or industrial objects can be made into  great conversation pieces and can be done inexpensively. Lost Antiques, White Elephant, and LuLa B’s are all great resources.
–Jen Mauldin

If I had to pick, it would be a side table that you are going to place a beautiful lamp on. You’re looking at the lamp, not the table.
–Glen Boudreaux

“Frame canopy king bed by CB2.
-Susan Bednar Long

I recommend carpeting the garage with Home Depot’s felt–like outdoor carpet in slate or charcoal. At about $1 a square foot, it’s a bargain.
–Kim McCue

Find unique vintage items and incorporate style without the price tag.
–Fran DeLeo

Anything that will not stand the test of time.
–Nikki Cramer

I often use wall–to–wall seagrass carpeting in situations where I am working against
a budget.
–James McInroe

These days, I use a matelassé coverlet instead of custom bedding because it can be easily cleaned, and it’s always the first thing to be replaced.
–Margaret Chambers

FLOR tiles for high–traffic areas, kids’ spaces and/or pets.
–Mike Mousel

Anything you can, without compromising quality.
–Paul Draper

Slipcover an existing chair or change out a lampshade.
–Betty Lou Phillips

Sometimes retailers like Pottery Barn and West Elm have affordable, designer knock–off light fixtures that mix well in an upscale space.
–Samantha Fisher

Floral containers.
–Stephen Dunn

As long as you have a few really fabulous pieces, you can go frugal on the surrounding items. Those special pieces will enrich everything around them.
–Sherry Hayslip 


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