Part of me agrees that it's ridiculous, but a bigger part of me thinks "I deserve it", and allow myself to become a member of the cult following that "needs" these products. How does this kind of spending come into play when it comes to our own homes? I think its easy to get carried away and think everything needs to be brand new and shiny and perfect, but when we sit back and take stock of what we have, and what it would take to live a modest and less-expensive life and still be over-the-moon happy with our surroundings, I think we would be pleasantly surprised. There are many creative people out there who pinch pennies, spend wisely, and still end up with a beautiful result. I admire these people, and hope to learn from my past splurges and realize that new/expensive isn't always better.
This light fixture just about blew my socks off. Britt at Gus + Lula came up with this beauty, and you can click here for her great tutorial. It looks beautifully expensive, and it only cost her $35. Brilliant.
While you're over there, check out her hand-painted "wallpaper". I've been paging through wallpaper books for months trying to decide what to do for my front entry. I was about to give up and succumb to the fact that I would have to pay at least $75 for a double roll to get what I wanted. Since seeing her beautiful transformation again, I've decided to do something far less expensive, and although it won't be as stunning as this, I'll be happy with my choice.
I've posted here about this kitchen, and the amazing before and after transformation that took it from drab to fab. Although this looks like a major overhaul, the genius homeowner kept all of the existing cabinets, plumbing and appliance locations, etc., which was a huge savings. The end result is outstanding without being an extravagant over-the-top overhaul.
I'm sure you've seen this beauty from Isabella & Max Rooms. Janell is pure genius at well-executed, expensive looking DIY projects. This upholstered headboard is no exception, and I can just imagine what you'd pay in a designer showroom for something like this. See the whole tutorial here.
But don't stop at just the headboard, how about an entire DIY bed!? This was done by Camilla at Effortless Style, and the work her and her husband did to pull this off is nothing short of impressive. Definitely the look for less, and they did a wonderful job creating the high end bedroom retreat they were after. Check it out step by step here.
I could literally spend hours posting all of the projects I've found that have been done by creative people who pinch pennies but still turn out projects that look like a million bucks. To say the least, I'm inspired to look at what I have, and see the beauty and potential in existing items instead of thinking I need to buy new. These photos and projects show that it doesn't have to look "homemade" and cheap to be cost effective and savings-conscious.