Tips, Time Savers, & Progress in the Dining Room
Ever feel like you’ve bitten off more than you can chew? That’s how I’m feeling right about now in my parents’ living and dining room project. We have steadily been making progress in the dining room but still have a long way to go in terms of completing the project. All we can do is take it one step at a time, and keep doing little things everyday, and we will get there! The secret to life, right?!
Right now, the paint is done (minus touch ups), our wainscoting project is done and we’ve also set up for a couple of wall features (more on that later).
It’s been a ton of work but so nice to start to see it take shape. We are going for a transitional design style with a rustic elegant touch. Think Z Gallerie meets Restoration Hardware but on a budget!
Be a Savvy Shopper
Today I wanted to share with you some of the items, I plan to put into dining room and tell you a 3 tips that have helped me save a ton money. I spend a lot of time shopping. It’s definitely a huge part of what I do and I have learned some tricks of the trade along the way. *Something to keep in mind: You always have to weigh the option of spending the time it takes to do your due diligence on an item (researching both online and in real life) to find the best possible deal versus paying more but having extra time to do other things.* I usually opt for the former. Either way, here are 3 tips that will save you both!
Tip 1: Compare Pricing
Usually, the first place you see an item is not the cheapest price it’s being sold for. I found these beautiful Baxton Studio Vincent Beige Linen Modern Accent Chairs on Overstock and instantly fell in love with them. I was excited because at the time they were $215 a piece with great reviews.
I thought we could swing that. However, when I went back a week and half later to purchase them, the price jumped from $215 to $277. I just checked Overstock last night and now they’re at $305. Unless these chairs had now been reconfigured to set and clear the table for you, I didn’t see where the jump in price was worth it! Instead of getting irritated (which is what I used to do), I googled the name of the chair and clicked on the shopping icon. It turns out they were being sold on at least 15 other sites including Target, Ebay, Hayneedle, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Houzz. After looking around, Houzz, had the best price at $230 and I ended up saving $94 between the two chairs. Totally worth the extra 10 minutes!
Tip 2: 12% Off Overstock.com Coupons
I signed up to receive coupons with Overstock.com many years ago. I noticed on a pretty regular basis that I received a 12% off coupon in my email always accompanied by the typical “for a limited time” etc. I once called because I missed my coupon by one day and they honored it for me. Then the customer service representative basically said that they’re almost always offering 12% off and even if there is not coupon and you take the time to call and ask you can usually get a discount. This was definitely a nice money saving tip and one I used when I got this Corona Damask rug which will anchor the dining room!
Tip 3: Boscov’s Window Treatments
As with anything you do repetitiously, ‘go-to’ strategies will emerge. I have many ‘go-to’s’ that make the design process a bit easier and one of them as of late has become Boscov’s window treatments . I love them for 3 reasons.
1. They almost always have a sale going on!
And even when they don’t, their curtains a very reasonably priced. I used to check JC Penny, Ikea, and Bed Bath & Beyond first when looking for window treatments but Boscov’s has taken the cake. I have yet to pay full price for a set of drapes from them. I have used their window treatments in our last several projects. They’re definitely worth a second look! I am planning to use these Madision Curtain panels throughout the living room and dining room and got 10 panels for just over $100. C’mon!!!
2. The have a huge selection.
If you want blackout, room darkening, light filtering, sheer, formal, casual, valances, chances are they’ve got it! Colors and styles run the gamut and they have sizes from 63 all the way up to 120 inches! You can’t really ask for more.
3. You can return or exchange them in store with no problem.
I have actually had to do this twice because I couldn’t make up my mind. I ordered online and returned them in store with no hassle and great customer service. It’s been great so far and they will continue to be near the top of my list when looking for window treatments.
Little tips like these keep me sane and allow me to save time and money! Try them out and let me know if they’ve worked for you too!
PS–I am not being paid or compensated in any way for the above recommendations. All of these opinions are mine own and I shared them with you because they worked for me! Best of luck 🙂