Budget Trends vs Investment Pieces

Budget Trends vs Investment Pieces

We've all fallen into the lures of Kmart - hey, I have two lamps and a runner sitting proudly in my home. But when it comes to redecorating and styling ones home there aren't many occasions that we have a cash surplus for the project. More often than not there is a pretty stringent budget that needs to be to adhered to. So the conflict modern day style enthusiasts are faced with, is whether to splurge on multiple on trend pieces from affordable retailers or invest in 1 or 2 statement items that are often the creative fruition of local artists and designers.

Pictured left the Kmart Velvet Chair. Right the Beetle Chair by GamFratesi

Pictured left the Kmart Velvet Chair. Right the Beetle Chair by GamFratesi

Generally speaking, when styling a home, each room is addressed individually whilst also ensuring that cohesiveness in style and theme is evident across all the spaces. This is no easy feat! If like me, you have an eclectic taste and are drawn to multiple styles, then you often find yourself with the mighty task of creating a space that represents both your unique taste but also refrains from looking like an over-cluttered homewares store after hurricane toddler has made it's destructive way through.

What has worked for me is investing in 1-2 statement pieces for each room, with the rest comprising of items that I don't mind changing as my style evolves, or as they get damaged. Cushions, throws and vases are the easiest to update. Paying $120+ for a cushion really isn't my thing - hello child, cat, and husband eating, spilling and generally living a little too passionately for my liking. Yes I'm one of those, "Be careful! Don't spill! Ahh the crumbs!" kind of person, and I'm not even sorry...

Another great way to keep up with trends is tableware - have you seen Kmart's latest range? They look good, seriously good! And they're pretty good quality considering how affordable they are. The days of spending 100s of dollars on beautiful table settings is a thing of the past. And for those who don't mind spending a little more, designers like Salt and Pepper Home and Kaz Morton Ceramics create seriously stunning pieces that will be used and cherished for many years to come. 

Kmart Tableware 2017

Kmart Tableware 2017

But when it comes to furniture; couches, coffee tables, dining tables and chairs, I don't like to cut corners. These pieces are used on the daily, and need to withstand the rigours of family life. In the days before #mumlyf (someone please refresh my memory on what that was even like??) I used to own an $80 plywood Ikea coffee table. Aesthetically, it looked great. But realistically, a fan on high speed could probably make it wobble and consequently knock over what ever was resting on top (wine, coffee, generally all stainable liquids...yay). As you can imagine, the coffee table was one of the first items to be replaced before the baby was mobile. We now have a beautiful, solid timber piece that can hold my body weight and then some. Only downside that its slightly too big for our space, but that's a whole other can of worms.

So my takeaway tip when deciding between budget trends or investment pieces, think about how you'll use it. If it's the epicentre of your home, like the sofa in the lounge room, an on-trend budget velvet 2 seater probably won't last. Along with it dating quickly, it will more often than not end up in bulk collection when the stitching frays and a new trend emerges that will cost less to purchase rather than repair the item. If you happen to be purchasing the Camile Sofa upholstered in Atelier Velvet (pictured below) which contains everything you want, style, quality and warranty, well then I say, go for it! And I'll have one in Capri, thanks ;)

Styling perfection from Anaca Studio and Ruth Welsby of the new Camille sofa upholstered in Atelier velvet as featured in The Design Files recently Photography by Gem Mola.

Styling perfection from Anaca Studio and Ruth Welsby of the new Camille sofa upholstered in Atelier velvet as featured in The Design Files recently Photography by Gem Mola.

I'm a strong believer in purchasing items you feel a connection with. If you love it, and I mean LOVE it, then go for it. Even if it's not considered 'on trend' anymore, who really cares! We all have our personal style and it should not be dictated by what's in the latest of Real Living. Disclaimer: I love Real Living! But you know what I mean.

Do you have any examples of when you chose investment over budget trend, or the other way around? I would love to hear your experiences when making purchasing decisions for your space.