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Living Room Tour: Glam on a Budget

January 16, 2018

A few months ago I decided it was time to get rid of all of my living room furniture and start over completely. The goal was to create a space that was both glamorous and inviting without breaking the bank. In order to off set some of the cost, I sold every piece of furniture sitting in my living room all the way down to the mirrored frames on the walls. This cut my overall cost in half so I felt really guilt free as I was bringing it all together.

Most of this room was purchased at a few TJ Maxx HomeGoods stores. The rest of it came from vintage stores, consignment stores and Goodwill. Furnishing any room can get really expensive and I just couldn’t justify spending a huge sum of money to build out this room. THANK GOD for discount stores! I’m a super fan.

How it came together: When I start creating a room, I usually operate off of the vibe of one piece of furniture. The first piece I found for this room was the sofa. The gorgeous gray Chesterfield of my dreams. Actually, it’s what started the whole overhaul in the first place. I found the sofa, then it snowballed from there.

I mean, LOOK AT THIS STUNNER! I can’t even deal with how pretty it is. The price tag was irresistible. $699. Yep, that’s right. A Chesterfield sofa for less than a grand. I Lost-My-Mind and immediately purchased it.

Every great sofa needs an accent chair that doesn’t overpower but isn’t underwhelming either. A few days after I found the sofa, this magical chair showed up in Homegoods, so naturally, I purchased it to accompany the sofa. This one came in at $499.

I wanted to bring a little soft glam to the foot of the chair so I picked up this poof to go along with it. Guess where I found it… TJ Maxx for $49! You’re probably noticing a trend here. I’m definitely a Maxinista. It’s literally one of my favorite places to shop.

The rug fit the room perfectly. It was also a TJ Maxx find and it was only $299.

I also found my TV stand ($499), tall floor lamp ($99), leaning mirror ($149), coasters ($7), floral painting ($79) and some of the miscellaneous decor at TJ Maxx and Homegoods. Scroll down to see the rest of the room.

I’m a lover of all things vintage and nostalgic. Antique malls are one of my weaknesses. I love that there’s a story behind so many of the pieces you can find in stores like that. I always wonder who owned these items prior to me and what they were like.

VINTAGE ROMANCE: I found this vintage piano music box at a flea market. When opened, it plays Frank Sinatra’s “All the Way.” I imagine it was used for a marriage proposal. On the inside, there’s a date penned in the edge. 2-14-72 and someone’s initials. There’s a perfect spot for an engagement ring to sit. Ahhhh it’s so romantic! 

The marble table holding this precious vintage piano was found at the Cobb Antique Mall. I couldn’t believe the deal I got on it! REAL marble with an ornate base for $150. These are definitely a few of my favorite things.

There’s a great little antique mall in Marietta called Queen of Hearts. This is where I found my coffee table for a bargain price of $79. It’s large enough to have friends sitting around playing a lively game of Cards Against Humanity, so it’s time to host girl’s night.

Blankets have to be kept close by at all times, so I found this basket at Target. It’s part of their Project 62 collection. It was perfect for my space and holds my throws quite well.

Ok! Back to nostalgia town we go! I have a record player!! A beautiful white embossed Crosley record player from Urban Outfitters. It was a birthday gift and I kept it on my old tv stand before this living room reboot started up.

I think the coolest part of this setup is the record player stand. Urban also sells it, but I couldn’t bring myself to pay $80 for it. For weeks, I searched for a stand with no luck until Goodwill served it up on silver platter. THE VERY STAND I HAD BEEN SEARCHING FOR! It was even in the color I wanted. Within seconds, I’d scooped up the stand and ran through the store shouting about how God was showing me favor. I called it a God Wink. This $80 stand from Urban Outfitters had a $4.99 price tag on it. It was hard to hold back the tears of joy. So now I have my record player sitting on my record player stand. What a fun moment for me!

We can’t forget the window treatments! My apartment has 12 ft ceilings so I had to search to find curtains that weren’t crazy expensive. The search ultimately led me to West Elm’s website where I found these 108″ blue distressed velvet panels. Blue is a calming color for me, so I gravitate toward it. They ended up costing a little over $200. The white panels came from TJ Maxx and only cost me $24.99. The print on the wall next to the curtains is from a consignment shop and it was $6.

CROWNED JEWEL: Here’s the grand finale for this room. The chandelier. I found this chandelier at Home Depot. It wasn’t too expensive. Only $230. I felt like it was the cherry on the top of the ice cream cone for this room. Pure elegance.

Sophie approves. 🙂

The total cost for this room was just under $3,000 which in the world of decorating is a tiny little baby budget. WINNING!

I hope you enjoyed hanging with me in my living room for a while and maybe you’re feeling inspired to design your own living room. If you are working with a tight budget, you should definitely shop at TJ Maxx Home Goods, thrift shops and vintage shops. It’s the best way I’ve found to create glam design on a budget.

XOXO, Lesa

  • Reply
    Theresa Stone
    January 16, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I feel like we’re cut from the same cloth 😉 …. have been doing the same for my living room all the way from selling off the originals, being a Homegoods addict, Goodwill junkie, & lover of all things with a story! …. your place looks lovely! Great read… oh & we have the same urban outfitters record player & I found my stand at Goodwill 😂

    • Reply
      Lesa Wilson
      January 16, 2018 at 7:50 pm

      Yes ma’am! We are cut from the same cloth. Thank you. I want to see your place when you get it all set up and if you want a shopping partner, you know I’m your girl. xoxoxo

  • Reply
    January 17, 2018 at 2:21 am

    OMG loved this! I am asking for this record player for my b-day in March:) Ive been on the hunt for a cute one for so long! Beautiful room!

    • Reply
      Lesa Wilson
      January 17, 2018 at 3:51 pm

      Awesome!! Thank you so much. It was really fun to build out this room. My office is next!

      I’ve absolutely LOVED having the record player. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. You can find a lot of records at the antique malls or look on Facebook Marketplace. I’ve found some there too. The best ones are vintage, because they have that white noise sound to them.

  • Reply
    Lee Ann
    January 17, 2018 at 2:26 am

    Lesa you know I leave in my family’s bed & breakfast and really only have a room with bath to call “my home”. Almost a year ago, I began transforming my room into a tiny house ( or tiny apartment). Having a friend create a built in bed in a small alcove in the room, I found a great couch in the back room of Haverty’s… it’s their outlet section. Original price $899, but I paid $179!!! Found an accent chair at Haverty’s as well for $599 – it’s the most expensive price in the room. Rug from Tuesday Morning $69. Repurposed a few family items and a few other pieces, I’ve picked over the last couple of years. I have a sleeping area, dressing area, kitchenette, and living room!!!

    • Reply
      Lesa Wilson
      January 17, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Ooohhh I love it!! You found some SERIOUS deals!! Congrats on finding those. I’ll have to check out Haverty’s the next time I furniture shop. That will be when I update my bedroom, but the office is next. I want a nice Tempurpedic bed, so I’ll be saving my pennies. 🙂

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