Claudia Jacobs – No Place Like HomeFeb 26th, 2013 | By Claudia Jacobs | Category: Lifestyle
The one thing we can control is our own personal space. Working with clients from all walks of lives has been truly inspiring. Yes I inspire them but they also inspire me.
Whether you have the money or not, most people can’t or don’t want to spend money unnecessarily these days.
There is the single mother trying to create a comfortable home for her children, the young couple living in their first home with champagne taste but not having the money to splurge just yet and the widow who wants an elegant, comfortable home for less. There is the recently divorced dad trying to make his new situation comfortable for his children when they are with him and the couple wanting to update their home so they can enjoy it now and sell in the future.
How do you create the look for less? Find your inspiration. Figure out your style. Look through magazines, the Internet and create a style file. Once you have the inspiration go to consignment shops, shop online, estate sales, auctions, discount stores and yard sales. Watch for sales. Family and friends are a great resource for stuff as well. I’m always writing about getting rid of what you don’t want or need. Purge then splurge. Pass it on, donate it, sell it, and share it.
There used to be a show on HGTV called Sensible Chic. It was one of my favorite shows. There would be a high-end designer inspiration room. They would create the look for a lot less with budget wise alternatives. For example: a designer room costs $75,000 to design and the inspired room would cost $2,000 to create. Now that is a substantial difference.
Loving our personal space, the only thing we do have control over can make all the difference in the world, our own world. We won’t only survive but thrive. There truly is no place like home.
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Claudia Jacobs is a decorator, professional stager, columnist, mom, friend & not in that order. Living life with joy & owner of Claudia Jacobs Designs in Goshen, NY. Voted 2011 RESA Professional Stager of the Year in the Northeast. Claudia can be seen each Tuesday on Hudson Valley Insider. Visit www.claudiajacobsdesigns.com or call 845-294-8993. Send questions and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Facebook & Twitter.