Thursday, January 8, 2009

Chic and cheap in 2009

I really pride myself on knowing how to stretch a dollar and I started thinking about my long term goals for my life and my home. I'd like to have a chic home...but I don't want to spend a lot to get it. I started thinking about the compacting/simplicity movement. I thought I'd do a modified version of that for 2009 and use it as a central theme in my decorating pursuits this year.
So what will my decorating compact with myself be? Well first off, not to buy anything new in 2009. I will borrow, barter, or buy used. If it is absolutely necessary to buy new I will try and purchase fair trade and items that minimize the ecological footprint on our environment. Whenever I do need to purchase an item, I will try and buy it used if it is available and it is a safe product to purchase used. I will shop my garage and fabric stash thinking of way to reuse or recycle items. I hope that by thinking in these terms it will not only challenge me to think outside the box decoratively, but also stay within a realistic budget while creating a unique and one of a kind environment.

2 comments:

Heather! said...

blogger isn't cooperating!

I was trying to say that I love Peter Walsh's it's all too much for getting me in a better mindset for what I need to buy and what I don't. We're also known as the ones who will take cast off furniture and if doesn't work, we have a great local thrift store that picks up furniture for free.

Sounds like you're off to a great start this year!

Chi-Chi said...

I agree with Heather! Great start . . . and something I can do too.