Interior Design: Beauty on a Budget

ITS FINALLY HERE. For the longest time I've posted on multiple platforms of mine talking about my interior design journey with my room! I can happily say after months of searching and antiquing, I finally finished my new space (: Every time I walk into my room it feels like the perfect haven for me to run away and feel like the little vintage gypsy I know I'm meant to be... I've needed a change for a while now and find that my personality yearns for a refreshing place to come home to. With that said, I am so proud of my new space and wanted to share the process I went through to achieve it (: Lets go !

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Yes... let's all take a moment to appreciate my dogs unbelievably photogenic and PERFECT face. I know... I know. FIRST THINGS FIRST, downsize. This concept hands down, helped me achieve all of my goals. I'll tell you why! The less you have, the more space you have to offer. Before changing my room, I had most of my walls plastered with wall art. Don't get me wrong, it was cute... However, It all felt extremity cluttered. For instance, my room is not very large whatsoever - But the wood floor and simple lines, make it appear larger then it actually is. After taking down most of my artwork, I went even farther with this concept haha... This next step is optional. GET RID OF CRAP. I had soooo many clothes, jewelry and accessories just collecting dust in different spots in my closet and room? Don't keep things you'll never use again. I get it, sometimes we hold emotional bonds with certain items like, "Oh no! That shirt I wore on my first date with John at that amazing Mexican restaurant!" or "I wore that to my dad's 43rd birthday!" ! Trust me people, there are many humans out there that could be actually benefiting from that item, rather then it having no use at all besides your emotional attachment ! After you let these things go, you'll feel so much better about yourself and let's not forget, you can now start adding to your closet and new space!!! Your basically winning in every department. Here it is again, 

Downsize,
Get rid of crap
and LET GO. 

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

Starting with the spotlight of the room : My Bed !

Now, I know these iron bed frames are very popular right now... But I did NOT pay the average "popular" price. Believe it or not, I found this bed, my record player holder and another item on craigslist for a bulk deal. I got this bed for 75 dollars y'all !!!!! I think that's pretty rad. Again, if you're a young adult, musician or like the majority of the world, worrying about your next paycheck and if you should pay your water bill or get groceries, sometimes you can't afford to actually purchase nice things ! So, when I was re-working my room, I thought "Gosh... I'm gonna have to purchase new furnishing" or just live with un-coordinated items. We were putting down dark wood floors and all my furniture was white - including my bed! Here is where the beauty on a budget comes in.... SPRAY PAINT. I wanted a black iron bed and boom, just like that I had one. Easy, simple and FREE.

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So, If you were wondering where this absolutely GLORIOUS Macramé wall hanging is from, it is none other then Macramania ! Heidi Martin makes these breathtaking, handmade pieces in East Valley, Arizona. Her work is featured all over interior design blogs and will be making appearances in future films and the notable 'Today Show'. With 11,000 followers and rising on Instagram, she continues to pump out beautifully well-done pieces of art - and I HAVE ONE AGHHHH! Now, I know we are on the topic of interior designs on a budget, but you have to allow yourself to purchase a few items here and there, you might have to skip a couple meals for haha (: and that's just what I did! Now, these are not crazy expensive by any means, but they are more then your typical Target wall art. A Macramé wall hanging is a piece that will last you forever and will always have people continually envying your killer bohemian taste. It's a showstopper nonetheless, and what it really comes down to, is how much you want to spend. I had a budget and since I saved on things like my bed, dresser and most of my wall art, I was able to afford this piece. Thank you Heidi for making this absolute gem! I couldn't be happier (: 

For my bed I went with a simple white bed spread that cost me 50 bucks, and some fluffy pillows I had already pre-owned with the exception of two. The white really pops on the black frame and dark hard wood flooring! With splashes of white and faux fur all over my room, it all tied together effortlessly well. 

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

My dresser ! Or should I say antique pie holder ? 

Indeed, this is an old pie storage holder I bought along with my bed. This is one of my favorite pieces! It originally was this color, but like an idiot I painted it white and distressed it for a shabby chic look. Why you may ask? It was a PHASE! Then I went back sanded it down to its natural color, then re-finihsed it. I know, I'm pretty counter-productive. Regardless, it's really now one of the focal points in my room. I placed some old bottles and a mason jar on top for a vintage feel along with some extremely heavy irons. I have little pops of baby blue in my room, like that cute chicken up yonder! One of my must-haves for the new design was lots of green, AKA plants. My beautiful hanging plant is thriving and I totally didn't kill the first one I had! ..... Moving on!

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

On the topic of plants, this is where I store most of them! 

I found this cute little metal cart at some store in Cool Springs. It was perfect for what I needed. I used to have a standing jewelry box and a butt-load of nicknacks. But, off they went to the garage sale! Now I am left, stress free and little to no upkeep for cleaning or organization. If you wondered where I store my jewelry, all of my rings, bracelets and earrings are in that cute stacked tin box! It's perfect for my situation, because it prevents me from actually having more then I need. It's amazing how simplicity makes you feel so much more easy-going. 

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

This is single handily one of the most relaxing areas for me in my house. The sitting area!

I knew I wanted a velvet chair, but I had no idea how much those crazy things would put you in! Velvet in general isn't cheap, but in chair form, you might as well cut off an arm and leg to afford such a thing haha... That being the case, I set off my long, LONG journey to find a chair that resembled the expensive one I wanted. Spoiler : I did it. And it's pretty ridiculously awesome. I added the faux fur for that trendy blogger ascetic. (I'm that person)

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy
interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

Last but not least, my wall art (: 

Definitely proud of this little wall! One of the most simple, clever design ideas you could do that instantly makes you seem a little more blogger friendly, is hanging your hats ! Item's you need to do this : Hats and nails ! It really is just that simple. I love running our the door and grabbing a hat now more then ever (: Who needs to buy art, when you can hang your accessories ? Ammmiiiright ? For my necklaces, my dad found an old window frame he spray painted black and then placed some chicken wire and hooks under for my necklaces to hang on. Extremely conventional and easy. Plus, it eliminates you from having to buy more storage for your jewelry/accessories. Cute and Conventional! Can it even get any better then that? 

interior design tips on a budget | rustic style | Carmen Brandy

Yes, it actually can.  Because, now there is a Presley sitting on my bed. There is no better piece in the room like his sweet little presence (: All of this took many months to figure out and afford. It may take you years to get where you want things to be - but the process should be fun and exciting. Remember, interior design is DEFINITELY a form of art and you should consider yourself a unique, versatile artist in your own right. Just because I do my room a certain way or theme, doesn't mean that's whats cool or by any means what other people should do. Tap into your artistic roots and go wild, because after all... it is your home  (: !!! 

Have fun exploring Pinterest for new inspiration ! Haha! 

LifeCassie Dulworth