2. Go through your list and think of items you own that could be repurposed or moved to complete your project.
3. Give yourself a budget for each item you need to purchase. This helps you to decide where you will splurge and where you will save. Each person is different about where they want to splurge. It goes almost without saying, if you're going to splurge, make sure you LOVE the item enough to keep it forever.
-Tip: Accessories can be expensive but if you look for them at antique malls, thrift stores, Homegoods, and even Tarjay, they won't cost you an arm and a leg.
4. If you're looking to save on furniture pieces, wait for a sale or a Craig's List find. Some of my favorite places to find inexpensive accent pieces are World Market (adorable side chairs), Homegoods (great side tables, mirrors, rugs, and chairs), Ikea (affordable floor length drapes that are good quality), West Elm, and One Kings Lane. A great rug source is Overstock and reading the reviews is super helpful.
5. Finally, stick to your budget. If an item doesn't fit your budget, don't buy it. Seems obvious, but you'd be surprised how much of a difference this can make.