Cote de Texas' blog really inspired me this morning. In her recent post, she gives the readers a tour of some of her favorite shopping resources. She also discusses how, if the budget is tight or if the budget has been maxed, she will occasionally use a less expensive source or item until her client can afford a more permanent solution. I love that she is willing to work with clients when the budget has constraints, because not everyone can furnish and entire house all at once (and indeed, it is sometimes desirable to take a little time).
I enjoy those magazine articles that show a room done with two different budgets, one extravagant and one frugal. It is so interesting to see how a look can be accomplished two different ways, and to see what designers will splurge on, and what they will compromise on.
Because I am so familiar with many of the furniture lines, I often see when there are different variations of a similar design. Frequently one is very high end, and one is more reasonably priced. Here are some of my favorites.
Budget: Worlds Away Gold Leaf Iron Lamp