Designer Shopping Tips From Elaine Griffin

Today I’m excited to share some shopping advice from Elaine Griffin, interior designer and author of Design Rules.  Check out my review of Elaine’s ultra-fabulous book here.

Read on to learn Elaine’s tips for shopping stores like Home Goods and TJMaxx, two of my FAVORITES for home decor lovelies.

THE DÉCOR RECESSIONISTA’S TIPS FOR SHOPPING OFF-PRICE RETAILERS:

• Hit the store early and often. It’s true that new merchandise comes almost daily. And dahling, when you see something you like, buy it at once – you can always return what doesn’t work out, but short of robbery, you’ll never get your hands on it again if someone else snags it while you’re making up your mind.

• Hit the road, Jack(ie). If you fall in love with something that you need multiples of but can’t find them in your store, check out the others nearby (or afar, if you’re really smitten). There’s a great chance that its twin is lying in wait for you, since merch tends to be fairly uniformly distributed in the region. And again, time is of the essence.

• Think out of the box and go beyond the obvious. Sure, a seven-drawer chest looks great in a bedroom, but it would also be stunning in a bathroom (maybe with a candlestick lamp on top for a little evening glow) to hold towels, beauty tools, and luxurious lotions and potions. Ditto for a Chinese ceramic garden stool perched next to your tub. Tiny bejeweled enamel doodads destined for dressing tables are divine as elegant dining table objets.

• Overindulge in accessories. At these price points, I encourage it! Change throw pillows seasonally and at your every whim. Switch out your tablescapes at the drop of a hat. Alternate shower curtains weekly. The beauty of budget buying means that you can spend less and get more.

• Fall in love with the lamp, not the shade. After you save a bundle on the lamp base you love, you’ll have $$ left over to splurge on a separate shade for it that better suits your style.

• Don’t just look at style, look for the labels. I love scrutinizing price tags, drawers, stamped details and other discreetly-placed markings to find out all I can about an item. Because sugar, I am speaking from experience when I tell you that some of the high end designer and brand names you can find when you dig a little deeper will simply knock your socks off.

I don’t know about you, but I’m in the mood for some SHOPPING!  Catch you later!

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