Finding ways to love your loft living for less can be a challenge. Moving into my loft, I knew that I would be sacrificing the space and some extra money each month for a trendy loft in a cool neighborhood. My space is a shotgun apartment with high ceilings and three giant windows at the end. It’s the perfect amount of room for me and is in the ideal location. However, decorating my place on a working girl’s budget called for some creativity. I’m finally happy with the loft living room I have put together and would love to share with all you House of Femme’rs to lend some inspiration…
With some resourcefulness, a good eye for a deal and some creativity I was able to put together a living room space that I am proud of and fits my eclectic style. I was able to find this 7th Dawn vintage movie poster at an antique mall for $14. Antique malls and flea markets have been an excellent way for me to find those one of a kind pieces that pop without spending the extra dough.
When looking for pillows to brighten up my futon, I became very frustrated. Pillows that I looked at were priced at $20 to $24 a pop! Whaaaaa? Ain’t nobody got time for that! To find the perfect pillows, I would suggest sleuthing out those sales and coupons at places like Bed Beth and Beyond, World Market and even Target. I was lucky enough to find these pillows at Target on super sale for $12 each. I was really excited to find a set that matched my antique movie poster and fit my overall style. My advice: don’t pay full price on those pillows! Seek out sales to find something reasonably priced. I took a picture of my living room on my phone and used it to compare to pillows I saw at random sales until I found these.
It’s also a good idea to join the email lists of your favorite stores. They often send out great coupons that may magically come along when you’re looking to acquire that special piece for your place. That’s how I got my World Market lamp pictured below. I received a 50% off coupon in my inbox and snagged this “Kabuki” lamp for $30 instead of $60!
A little bit of creativity can also get you far in putting your loft together. I purchased the Chinese checkerboard table pictured above at a great KC vintage market called Hello Sailor for $10 and then used wood glue to attach it to a once boring (and free) metal table. Now, I have a side table that is conventional and also great for a late night game of Chinese checkers with friends. I also got creative when putting together the mirror pictured above. The mirror was a freebie from my mom’s place. I collected my favorite beer bottle caps over a month or two and then modge podged them to the mirror frame (a how-to post on this is coming at ya soon!).
If you have any hestiation on moving out on your own due to lack of funds for decoration, let me be inspiration that it is worth it! Though it was a project comprised of MANY baby steps, I have thoroughly enjoyed putting my place together. It reflects my personality and style and I’m very proud to have my peeps over!