Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Budget

Well, it looks like my budget-friendly blog, will be getting even friendlier. For the second time in 2 years, my company is being acquired by a larger company. The actual transition won’t be until later this year, so I will have guaranteed job security until then.

While I’m not overly concerned at this point – I know Brent and I won’t end up in a cardboard box somewhere – it’s time to start thinking a bit more practically about spending habits. Does this mean I’m going to stop doing updates to the house? Ha! Does this mean I’m going to pay $400 to get the chair for the office reupholstered? Yeah, I’ll be passing on that one.

My first budget-friendly redesign will be the office. Sure, my original plan will be altered a bit – but I think I can get the same look for cheap. How cheap? My goal is $150 total. I’ve spent $30 on the paint, so I have $120 left to go.

I think this is possible for several reasons:
1. I was originally planning on using the same key pieces anyway
2. I love a good bargain and rarely splurge on home d├ęcor items

So the new plan for the office armchair that’s no longer being reupholstered? It’s been sent to the man cave, where Brent is thrilled to have an armchair and ottoman to relax on. The former khaki ottoman that was down there has been brought up to the office where throw pillows will accessorize it.

I have $120 left, and I am determined to make it work.


  1. You can DO it! You know I like a budget friendly design. :-D

  2. Sometimes a little financial fear makes us think outside of the box. I know I too am thinking more on how I spend. While I don't want to stop "living" and decorating...I am finding ways to be more resourceful this year. Reusing. Can't wait to see what you do in your office. Mine needs some sprucing. Tonight I was thinking how I could rearrange the room.

  3. Sorry to hear about the compnay buyout. You can do it & will make it look amazing. Good luck. NG

  4. Best of luck to you! I was in a similar situation last year and the not-knowing is the worst part. Can't wait to see what you come up with for your office:)