How to Save on 8 Decorating Splurges

Experts share their best budget decorating secrets.

Interview by Chandni Jhunjhunwala from
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    Problem: “My battered old couch was a gift from grandma but it’s time for a change. How to take the financial ouch out of buying a new couch?

    Problem: "I’m in the market for a new bed. How can I get a quality mattress for less?"

    Problem: "My bare walls are depressing. How do I decorate with affordable art that doesn’t make my house look like a dorm?"

    Problem: "Help! I can’t afford custom drapes and the ready-made ones are always either the wrong color or fabric."

    Problem: “My bathroom could use a new coat of paint, but I’m short on cash. Where can I find bargain paint?”

    Problem: “I’m remodeling my kitchen but I can’t afford pricey cabinets and countertops. How do I get that state-of-the-art look without breaking the bank?”

    Problem: “I’m dying to splurge on a luxe chandelier for our dining room, but I don’t have a thousand dollars to spend. What’s a good alternative?”

    Problem: "I spotted an expensive antique rug at the market and now I can’t stop thinking about it. Where do I find unique rugs?"