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Essential Decorating Advice

If you are just starting out or it's time to refurnish, you are probably wondering how much it will cost.  Take your living room, for example.  One of your biggest expenses can be your sofa.
 At the medium cost range (for about $2000) is this Pottery Barn Carlisle Slipcovered Sofa.

It is similar in style to ours above that I had custom made.  Our first two love seats from Ethan Allan lasted 16 years (being reupholstered once).  Our six foot sofas that we have now are 12 years old…with new slipcovers made six years ago.

So, here is the advice:  
buy the best you can afford so it will last. 
Lauren really spells this out in her post: 
I have sent this post to clients when we are trying to get a feel for their budget.  Check it out.

Here is a case of higher end furnishings, made to last.
I miss sitting in this room, Debbie.

The room below is in a home that is being rented.  With an unusually small family room, a big investment for a sofa was not necessary (since it may not work in the next place).  This is the PB Comfort Sofa.
However, in their living room, their sofa by Drexel Heritage 
was worth the new slipcover investment.
I have clients right now trying to decide between a Crate and Barrel sofa and a higher grade Lee Industries sofa…I know what I think, but ultimately it's their family's decision…kids to send to college some day, I get it.  I'm here to make their budget work best for them.

If you have a small master bedroom 
(or even a small guest room)
 Emily A. Clark' post
has some great advice.

Cindy Hattersley of
 has a comprehensive post on
You will want to bookmark and/or pin this.

Right now, my decorating advice to me is to 
not spend anymore money.
Ah…but I see so many wonderful pillow fabrics EVERYDAY.
And a Lee Industries Settee like one of these would make our dining room more comfortable and multi-purpose (not just a place to eat)…a nice spot to blog, read a book, chat on the telephone.

Or this style,
but I don't think WS Home is making it anymore?
So, yeah perhaps when OUR kid is out of college.

I can't turn off the decorating dreaming
…can you?