One of my guilty pleasures is the Real Housewives franchise, my favorite being Lisa Vanderpump of RH of Beverly Hills. Lisa has a closet to die for and when I’m not wishing I could wake up with her wardrobe, I’m lusting over her magnificent home decor. While I hope to one day have my own house that has its own name, for now I’ll be living it up in my 2 bedroom, 1.5 bathroom apartment. My plan is to make it lust-worthy like Lisa’s, but ya know on my budget.

Drooling over Better Home & Garden magazines, but those prices a little high? Check out my top 3 favorite places for decorating on a budget.

3 Must Shop Places for Decorating on a Budget

The key to affordable home decor is knowing where to shop. I love Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn just as much as the next person, but frankly those prices aren’t always conducive to living life on a budget. The bargain hunter in me is always on the look out for stores that promote decorating on a budget and today I’m sharing my current favorite three with all of you!

  1. Wayfair.com – I very recently discovered the joy that is wayfair.com. They have just about everything you could possible dream of having in your home; from bathtubs to pots and pans, they’ve got you covered. They always include the regular price beside their price, along with the percentage off. Shopping through this site really makes me feel like I’m getting an amazing deal. My only complaint is that you have to pay extra if you want your items (i.e. furniture) brought INSIDE your home, otherwise they will leave your package (no matter how heavy/big it is) at your gate/door. I should also note that you have to construct a lot of the furniture yourself. However, many wayfair.com users report how clear and simple building their furniture is.
  2. Hobby LobbyHobby Lobby is great for trinkets and other decorations. In fact, I got all of our Christmas stuff from Hobby Lobby and maybe spent $50. What was even better…it was all 50% off. Hobby Lobby does an awesome job of offering seasonal 50% off discounts. Hobby Lobby is super affordable, even without the 50% off discount. In addition to all of our Christmas stuff, I’ve gotten picture frames, vases, decorative kitchen stuff, and more at brag worthy prices!
  3. Ikea – Ikea is perfect for the budgetnista with more modern taste. In my opinion, IKEA is the more expensive store out of these three, BUT it’s often cheaper than higher end stores. Similar to wayfair.com, you have to construct majority of the things you buy from Ikea. While most of the furniture at Ikea isn’t my taste, they do have lamps, place mats, and other odds and ends that are great.

Where are your favorite places to shop for home decor? How do you decorate on a budget?


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21 comments on “3 Must Shop Places for Decorating on a Budget”

  1. I love Wayfair! It’s the best. I haven’t bought furniture from them yet, but I’ve gotten a lot of cheap ($, not quality) accents since we bought our home.

  2. Love Wayfair and Ikea! I wish I had an Ikea store near me as a lot of their stuff you can’t get online. Whenever i’m bored I find myself perusing Wayfair. Luckily, i’m a fan of building my own furniture haha

  3. We din’t have IKEA here but we use some concept stores like Japan Store and others. They sell nice organizing containers for wardrobe and other stuffs. All for a cheap price.

  4. I haven’t purchased anything yet from Wayfair. However, I’ve heard wonderful things about the store. I love Ikea even though it’s some ways from my home. We finally have Hobby Lobby in our state which I love. They have pretty much everything I need.

  5. I love all three places! I am a huge fan of Kirkland’s too! It always smells so good in that store, and they have bargains galore. What I love about Wayfair is that you can get some unique items. Sometimes it is about repurposing a stool or dresser too. It is amazing what some paint and new knobs can do. Ikea is just AHHHHH-MAZE-ING! Thanks for sharing

  6. I haven’t decoated in awhile but it’s a dream to redo somethings. I have looked at Wayfair before and they have nice stuff. Hobby Lobby I have also been to and was impressed at the large amount of stuff they had. Ikea though stands out on this list. I went to the store once as the nearest one is a few hours away from me but, was blown away at the endless affordable ideas they have available. I would love to go back here and pick up some items.

  7. Mostly I shop at IKEA or Macy’s/J.C. Penny’s home decor section. I’ve never tried online home decor website. I’ll check Wayfair.com if I need something in the future!

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