HOW TO ACHIEVE MORE WITH LESS

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I came across an article from Atlanta Lifestyles and Homes Magazine where they asked local designers for savvy solutions for decorating projects.  One of my favorite questions asked was “How do you achieve more with less?”  Here’s what they had to say (I’ve provided visuals for those of you who may need inspiration images):

1.  Buy that expensive fabric that you love but use it in small doses. Great pillows can make a huge difference; you don’t have to do your whole sofa in that fabric. – Liz Williams

2. Keep your sofa and chairs in solid fabrics. Add a pop of color with pillows. Invest in a fabulous, unique coffee table. Find a simple object for a wall or above your fireplace and you’re done! – Kay Douglass

3. By creating a new plan with pieces a client already owns. Devise a new furniture plan, move rugs and art around. Then finish it off with a new paint color; paint is the least expensive and most effective way to update your look. – Mallory Mathison

4. By simply prioritizing, deciding what will give you more bang. Sometimes one great thing does that more than three or four ordinaries. – Carole Weakes

5. Repetitive use of one object—like a fabric or pattern—creates lots of volume. But beware; too much of a good thing isn’t always a good thing. – Kelly Crago Hanson

In decorating your own home, what have you done to achieve more with less?
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  • i agree…even small change can make a difference.

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  • Chic Modern Vintage
    February 3, 2010 1:32 pm

    Exactly.

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  • Dayka (Life +Style)
    February 3, 2010 2:02 pm

    You know I'm all about painted furniture, and I definitely agree with using the expensive fabric you love in doses.

    I really need a subscription to AH&L. I don't know why I keep sleeping on it!

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  • More for less, great topic! I try and re-ding existing pieces I already own and give them new life. I also shop Craigslist and Thrift stores looking for Gems.
    I also buy nice fabric for a little more in small quantities 1 to 2 yards.

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  • That green credenza is pure love. : )

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  • L.Duncan@home23duncanboys
    February 4, 2010 2:41 am

    Loving this post! and that green campaign chest(s)….Swoon! thanks for the tips!

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  • Excellent tips. Sometimes the most basic tips are the best ones!

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  • Love that green chest, so beautiful (I'm working on the interview questions, they are good)

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  • Destination Seaborn
    February 5, 2010 6:35 am

    I am loving these pics! You have great style! Your newest follower~Lisa

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  • Erika @ BluLabel Bungalow
    February 5, 2010 1:10 pm

    I'm so glad everyone is finding these tips useful, I sure did!

    @ Lisa, THANKS!

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  • Oh my goodness, I think we were destined to be friends. I posted the same ottoman in my round up, but hadn't realized you had too. Shows you I should really stalk your blog more for creative ideas!

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  • I was wondering how the colors would come together for my new bundle of joy's nursery, your last picture with the touches of fuschia definately gave me an awesome visual..Keep up the good work.

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  • wonderful tips… they are great.. really really helpful and they make designing a room way easier infact it answers how to bring it all together.. i learnt so much from it..

    Thankyou so much Erika

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