Home Décor on a Budget

Home Décor on a Budget

Economy’s been hit pretty hard and times are crazy and you’ve just moved into a new house. A new, unfurnished house. And you’ve only been married a few months and you’ve got no clue how to decorate this blank canvas of yours. You constantly look at home décor ideas on Pinterest, to the point of obsession. But stuff’s expensive and you want your home to be aesthetically pleasing but by the look of things, that seems impossible. Right?

Fret not, I’ve got you covered.

1. Set a price bracket to work with:

Modular kitchens in India start typically at 2L and can go up to anywhere between 10L and 15L. Wardrobes start at around a Lakh and can go up to 10L. Both the kitchen and the wardrobe are essentials, and sometimes you end up over-paying because you get overwhelmed by what your designer is trying to sell you. The best way to avoid this is to set a budget and tell your interior designer that this is what you are comfortable paying. Be flexible enough to stretch out the budget a little, but at the same time, do NOT go over the top. Get someone who is good at negotiations, someone who can talk prices with your designer without hurting sentiments or messing with the professional relationship.

2. Minimalism:

Less is more, and you do NOT need that expensive teak L-shaped teak couch with the chintzy cushions because – one, that’s going to collect a lot of dust and cleaning said dust is going to give you rhinitis, and two, clutter isn’t cute. Try to keep the space breathable. Plus, minimalism is kind of trending right now. Good for the economy and good for your soul, ha haha.

3. Use good and long-lasting materials:

I just mentioned that you don’t need teakwood furniture, because you can use other hardwood alternatives like acacia instead, for example. Or even shorea or eucalyptus. Acacia has the best price point amongst the three, which makes it the most sensible choice if you’re working on a tight budget. And if you’re getting your furniture custom-built, you can get the wood polished in whatever color you actually like. I don’t recommend mango or rubber wood, because they’re prone to a ton of damage. Don’t be tempted by the sweet prices you see on PepperFry. Nuh uh.

Ensure your kitchen and wardrobe and furniture are really well-made in case you won’t be changing up too frequently.

4. Buy stuff online:

Things like wooden tables for your bedside, accent chairs, garden décor and so on, come at great prices online. Smaller furniture is often cheaper online because it is all produced in bulk, and you can save money just by buying these online rather than having it all custom-built, where you end up paying nearly double in some cases.

5. Consider choosing second-hand furniture, or even thrifting:

Online stores like GoZefo.com sometimes have surprisingly good deals. If you have a thrift store around, you can buy home décor at legit throwaway prices. (I don’t recommend going thrifting given the present situation, but when and if things calm down considerably, this becomes a great option to buy odds and ends like hallway mirrors, throws, cushions, floor rugs and shag carpets.)

6. Go phase-wise:

I cannot begin to tell you about the sheer joy you actually find in doing things one step at a time, with your partner, especially if you’ve both just gotten hitched. Building a home together from scratch – for me, personally – has been such a great exercise because it gave me something to do and I love planning things. Plus, it’s actually helped the SO and me come together as a team.

7. Amazon all the way:

There’s nothing you don’t find on this website. Pick out cute trays, and china and dinner things, plus linens and everything else that you need to put the ALMOST final touches, and all at super good prices. Their contactless delivery system makes life a lot easier too.

8. Fresh scents:

Invest in good home fragrances, burn incense if you must. I recommend the three wick candles that are currently on sale (BOGO) at BathAndBodyWorks.in. Vanilla Bean and Mahogany Coconut are good ones to try.

Do you have any home décor ideas?

Home!

Home!

I’m finally home. Whew. And it’s hotter than ever. How do people live like this?!

I’ve had a super eventful forty-eight-hours, in case anyone was wondering. When we left Pigsty to get hold of the bus, it was pouring buckets. Obviously I couldn’t wear nice shoes, and ended up going to the airport in these flip flops that happened to be more than a million years old.

Oooooh, and my suitcase got wet. Yep, the same suitcase with all my shoes in it. (I think I flipped out enough to give my Mum a nervous tic.)

Speaking of my hypertensive Mum – she’s be SO paranoid about missing flights, we got to the airport five hours early. Three out of which I spent blow drying my suitcase. Changing shoes. Redoing my hair. Stuffing my face with ham (my first time, and boy it was yum). Taking pictures of everything possible.

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These guys have weird and creepy eyebrows.

It’s strange how you go to the airport and they’ve renovated the whole thing, and you can’t find sh*t. And it’s so annoying how they make you walk all over the place trying to find your gate. And even more annoying how every airport in India is starting to look the same. It started with Delhi, I think. Now both the Kolkata and Bangalore airports look like airport twinsies. Gah.

Did I mention that they no longer have the huge Shopper’s Stop (one of India’s biggest retail outlets) in there? All that they have is this poky little section with only Givenchy makeup. Ugh!

Also, right there in the airport, I saw these:

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..like it were a handicrafts expo or something.

Anyway. My phone happened to die a lot and my power bank got discharged and every crappy thing that could have happened, happened. And by the time I got home, I was so tired, I think I might have fallen asleep at dinner. Like this:

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Did anyone know this was called "cat napping"?