Decorating On A Budget

by Brandi Savitt – May 27, 2010

Designer Help for DYI Dollars

I have lived in my condo long enough that the wear and tear of time has begun to take it’s toll.    A crack in the wall here, some discoloration there – and a growing disdain for certain pieces of furniture – have quickly escalated into my uncontrollable obsession to give my living room a face lift!  The problem: I have expensive taste but a TEENY BUDGET to get it all done!  And as I look endlessly for color inspiration for the walls, affordable armchairs, and a accent piece to tie the new and the old together, I find myself wanting to…. completely renovate my kitchen too!  I’m all over the place!   I usually can keep my focus on the project at hand, but lately, I find I want all or nothing, and I’m losing sight of my own Fab & Fru belief: that small changes yield BIG results.  For the first time ever, I would love a professional’s opinion and someone to do some of the leg work for me!  Can I dare to dream?

The answer is YES!  In the search for inspiration for my living room re-do, I have discovered some MUST KNOW ABOUT Fab & Fru online resources (free to frugally priced) that will bring ease and delight to anyone looking to change up their decor, hone in on what’s in fashion, and get a professional designer’s help  — for a fraction of the cost.  So, if you want advice like how to save considerable money by purchasing Wooden Flooring online – read on where to find it!

Fast, Affordable Online…Interior Design!

Remote Stylist

The brain child of CEO Kelly Fallis, Remote Stylist is said to be “The Global Hub of Home Decor”.  For as little as $20, you can have the designer of your choice help you select your color palette and brand of paint.  Other ala cart and full on design packages include help finding the right furniture or even create an entire  floor plan for you.  Just pick your package and email them pictures.  A design professional will email you back results and consult with you on the phone all for a Fab & Fru price!

Snap! Interior Design

As mentioned by Apartment Therapy, Snap! fills the void between traditional interior design services and inspirational decorating magazines. Offering similar, but slightly different, virtual design service packages,  and price points as Remote Stylist, Snap! provides affordable assistance for savvy homeowners who want a well-designed home but aren’t sure how to get there!  This simple easy to use site, likes to say they offer- Design Services in a Snap!

Get Inspired for Free!

Apartment Therapy Amazingly cool & useful site!  With the mission of  helping people make their homes more beautiful, organized and healthy by connecting them to a wealth of resources, ideas and community online.  The folks at Apartment Therapy  believe creating a home doesn’t require large amounts of money or space.  It does however require inspiration, connection to resources and motivation to do something about it- that’s where they come in! Apartment Therapy’s offers design information, trends, and ideas for everyone, but they also offer city specific info, virtual house tours, and insider tips on local sales and events!

HGTV- You may watch the shows on TV, but HGTV website is also a fantastic go-to design resource.  Their articles and guides are categorized by room and detail so you can easily find inspiring styles and essential decorating & product information.


iVillage has a surprising wealth of design photo galleries and information to get you inspired.  You can even shop for furniture and accessories right from the site.  My favorite feature is their ‘Design a Room’ section.  Powered by Armstrong flooring, you can select the floors you want and it pair it with a style of room, and then select an endless array of wall colors from several different paint lines to get a sense of the color and texture that you’re going for!

The Budget Decorator
Kathy Wilson Woodward is The Budget Decorator, and her site is an essential resource for more traditional home decorating on a budget! You will learn budget home decorating ideas to design your home interior with style and charm without spending a lot of cash!

My new treasure trove of resources has helped me focus and get inspired!  I can’t wait for my paint picks to come back and to start transforming my space.  After all, big impact through small changes it what Fab & Fru is all about, so stay tuned for the stylish results!

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2 Responses to “Decorating On A Budget”

  1. Diane says:

    Love these sites!!

  2. Amy says:

    I wish there was more decorating a leased condo with two young children. I’m a stay at home mom begining my second bachelors degree and would really love help on kid friendly decorating.

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