Monthly Archives: February 2015

Great Make over ideas, & Inspiration inside a limousine

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Hi Everyone, I guess I took another long hiatus from posting. I think this blog has been trying to find its identity for a while. On the bright side, Budget Friendly Decorating is getting a whole new look courtesy of a wonderful Etsy seller in the UK (more on that coming soon). With that said, today’s post is about how to steal a Neiman Marcus look for your home on a budget.

The inspiration for this post came from my recent visit to cool company in Sterling Heights, can you imagine it a budget decorating blogger/slash college student in Neiman Marcus? I couldn’t afford to walk in the door really, but I decided to have fun with it. I wrapped up in a Burberry scarf and marveled at Shoes that cost more than my rent for a month. I couldn’t help feeling a little like Carrie Bradshaw, I’m not going to lie :)

Getting to the point, I decided to put together a Neiman Marcus look and then match it on a much more budget friendly level to prove that you don’t have to own a vacation home or have a bank account in the Cayman Islands to live in luxury. I decided to put together a bedroom look made up entirely of Neiman Marcus items and then match it with much more cost efficient items. One rule I made for my experiment was that luxury could not be compromised.

For your shopping pleasure, you can find all the Neiman Marcus items at their website and I will be providing links to all the items in the budget version.

Every great bedroom starts with great bedding right? So here goes…

Can you pick which bedding side is Neiman Marcus and which is the budget side? Can you?

Okay, I will tell you..the left side is Neiman Marcus and the right side is the budget side.

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Save Cash!

Budget Shopping Guide (Start with the large photo and move clockwise): Headboard set $375.99 LilyKayy on Etsy, Duvet and two pillows $199.99 Very Wang on Overstock, White 400CT sheet set $60.29 Hemstitch on Overstock, Eurosham (1) $80.00 LivyPaigeDesigns on Etsy, White throw pillow (not same as pictured) $29.50 TheHomeCentric on Etsy, Pink abstract pillow $26.36 SYoungPhotography on Etsy.

Total Neiman Marcus bedding: $1604.00, Total Budget: $772.13, Savings: $831.87!!

Up next we compare bedside table accessories.

Once again, the left is Neiman Marcus and the right is the budget side.

Budget Shopping Guide: Mosaic Frame $33.00 GreenStreetMosaics on Etsy, Bunny $12.50 ShopatGeris on Etsy, Nesting cloud $42.00 JDWolfePottery on Etsy, Candle $25.99 Terramae&CO on Etsy, and Mid Century Lamps $149.00 Charliesnest on Etsy.

Total Neiman Marcus accessories: $2250, Total Budget Accessories: $262.49, Savings: $1987.51!!

Up next, we have a comparison for the rugs, curtains, above bed art (mirrors) and wall art.

We have Neiman Marcus on the left again and the budget design on the right.

Budget Shopping Guide: Art $499.00 ArtbyOak1 on Etsy, Mirrors 29.99 Threshold at Target, Curtains $380.00 LittleBurpsnGiggles on Etsy, Rug $205.77 Overstock.

Total Neiman Marcus: $2920, Total Budget: 1114.76, Savings: $1805.24!!

Next up, you got to have some furniture right…

You know the routine, Neiman on the left, Budget on the right.

I also did some limousine designs the other day and I am getting more and more inspiration lately to do more limousine designs as well. So that is a big plus for me to do the interior of a limousine its really fun. Click here for their site.

Your budget shopping guide: glass vanity $349.95 Pier1, glass chest $599.95 Pier1, glass bench $149.95 Pier1, lingerie chest $449.95 Pier1, and (not pictured) antique white chair $199.97 Kirklands.

Total Neiman Marcus: $7553.00, Total Budget: $1749.77, Savings: $5803.23!!

Last but not least the vase collection for the side wall console…

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The left is Neiman Marcus and the right is the budget vases.

Shopping: You can get the budget vase at VioletteGlass on Etsy $68.00 (price is for one). For the look you will need to buy all 5 colors.

The Neiman Marcus total: $4675, Budget Total: $340, Savings: $4335.00

Thats it, the whole do over. If you haven’t been keeping track, allow me to do the math for you…

The complete Neiman Marcus look: $19,002.00

The complete budget look: $4239.15

Total Savings: $14,762.85

I was able to redo the entire room for less than 10% of the Neiman Marcus price tag. Also, you will notice in the “budget” room, you get a Vera Wang bedding set, original art, and lots of handmade and vintage goodies.

Want to save even more: You can go a little lower end than I have with the accessories and even the bedding by shopping discount stores such as TJMaxx, Big Lotts, and even local thrift shops. Also, if you DIY, you can save some big bucks.

I hope you enjoyed the makeover!!

 

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Great Plans Ahead for the Spring

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Hey guys I wanted to write a quick blog post about what me and my family have planned for Spring and some great ideas for Spring time.

For example, my sister has a soccer tournament in Las Vegas and all of our family is taking off going there and setting up camp! It’s going to be a blast and we’re going to be kicking it Las Vegas style.

I’ve never been to Las Vegas but many of my friends have, I have heard some crazy stories to say the least. I hear you can drink on the streets, almost like Mardi Gras. So meant that I need to get a friend out here who will party with me.

Some other ideas for Spring

1. Washing DC cherry blossom festival

2. The Niagara Falls

3. Toronto

4. Chicago

5. NYC

It is without question that I will be visiting most of these places in the next 5 years. I am determined to kill my job, and get my decorating business off the ground. I will do everything in my power to get things together and have the best arsenal of friends and fun things to do where everyday is an adventure.

I will work hard from 5 AM and just bust out content all day long. I will blanket the whole internet space and it will become my great play ground.

Where is the best place to eat in every city? I recommend using something like  yelp because you will be having the great choices with that, there is no chance you will be able to choose a bad restaurant if you go through this route. That’s pretty exciting for me.

Another thing I want to report on is what sort of decoration is great for spring?

I recommend bright colors and designs with floral designs on it. It will really give your house a refreshing feeling which is perfect for Spring.

There is great Home Decoration ideas if you go get some magazines which I constantly browse through also google search is pretty cool as well.

There is amazing fun thing to do even if you go shopping. Stop and smell the roses as they say. There is more beauty that we pass by everyday so I suggest everyone stop from time to time and observe nature you will be glad you did.

Talk to you soon.