Written by: Phindile Le Bris Sithole-Spong
As someone who has moved a lot and decorated a few apartments and homes over the years, I’d like to think that I know a thing or two about decorating a space. Mainly because for me, a house is not a home without those few personal touches. It can be as simple as putting some new paint on the walls. Or as complicated as breaking down a wall to allow a better flow. What ever your budget or needs. Knowing when to splurge and when to save is crucial. Here are my tips on knowing when to save and when to splurge in your home.
- Splurge on plumbers, builders and electricians: I know this game all too well. You move into a place and have dreams of making your new space feel more like you. The only issue is that your budget does not allow. This is when you usually start asking friends and family for their advice and contacts of inexpensive plumbers, builders and electricians. Issue is, that more often than not, when you don’t go through a professional, things can go horribly wrong and there is no one to hold accountable. Which is why when it comes to major construction, electrical and plumbing issues, its always best to call in a professional. If you can’t afford one, hold off and save.
- Save on paint and painters: I have probably painted more rooms in my life than I care to admit. But if there is one thing I feel you can save on it is paint and a painter. I like to make a party out of it and blast my music loud while I enjoy a glass of wine. I will admit that it is not the most fun job but it can save you hundreds if not thousands. One thing I will say however is that where possible (especially in places like bedrooms and such) try go for good quality non-toxic paints. Whilst they may cost a bit more, you can rest assured that you are not inhaling toxic chemicals.
- Save on furnishings: As an avid thrifter, I love nothing more than spending my days thrifting for pieces for the home. Whilst trendy new furniture can be appealing. There is no better feeling than finding a unique piece at a steal. Not only that but if you like to switch up your home every few years, you feel better knowing you didn’t spend a fortune on a dining room table that you could have bought second hand.
- Save on cutlery and glasses: Crockery and cutlery can start to cost a pretty penny if you don’t watch our. Which is why buying second hand or on sale for these is a must. Especially as they are so easy to break. Instead save your money for a few unique pieces you can use on special occasions or when entertaining.