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Reuse & repurpose

Reuse & repurpose

Great design can be expensive. How do you get the most bang for your buck?

I try to reuse or re-purpose as many things as I can. A discerning eye can take almost anything drab and outdated and make it beautiful — be it timeless or on trend.

I also like to make things. My dream would be to work more with wood. Someday I'll be able to make furniture...and that will be so freeing.

If I'm going to spend money, I try to either get it for a killer bargain or save up for the item of my dreams. I definitely see the value in splurging on one or two fabulous designer pieces. These can seriously escalate a room in the way a great bag can make an outfit. We still don't have a coffee table because I've got my eye on a spendy one, and I just can't seem get into anything else. So we'll save...and wait.

Storage in the living room