Dream Home or Real Home?

Thursday, February 27, 2014

By: Alyssa

When I was little I thought my grown up house would look like Pee-wee's play house. A house filled with crazy colors and possibly talking chairs. But as I got older, I realized I wanted my home to be serene, calm and chic. The sort of place where I could escape the outside world and kick up my feet. 

My husband and I bought a house 7 months ago and since then many weekends have been dedicated to designing my ever so perfect dream home. But the realities of buying my "dream home" are much more expensive and time consuming than my dreams. Little by little our house is starting to come together, which is both fun and exciting. We have been wanting to decorate our sun room since we moved in, but up until a few weeks ago, it was a beautiful room filled with nothing. I wanted the room to feel like a beach house with a chic, upscale feel and add pops of color to bring some life into the room.

I decided I was just going to jump in and start decorating. I wandered into IKEA — a store I had not stepped in since right after college. To my surprise, I immediately found a simply gorgeous couch that I fell in love with for around $600. I couldn't believe how soft and comfortable it was and decided to purchase it right on the spot. I figured it would be a great piece for  the sunroom and sure enough, it was! Since then, I found several more pieces which included a Turkish-inspired ottoman, accent table, accent pillows, and accessories all for great prices. Aside from my grandmothers  glass side table which was passed down to me, all the other pieces were found at serious mark downs and I was able to furnish the room for around $1000. 

So folks, I have come a long way since my dreams of crazy expensive furniture and realized I can design my house the way I want, without breaking the bank. You just need a little creative bravery and you too can design your home the way you dreamed of. Sometimes the "real home" is even better than the "dream home”.

Ciao for now!

The Deets:
Couch and Slipcover: IKEA | Turkish Ottoman: {HomeGoods, similar} | Red Mirrored Tray: {HomeGoods, similar}|
Chevron Pillows: {Su Casa, similar} | Black and White Striped Blanket: IKEA | White Accent Table: {HomeGoods, similar} |Large Beach Lanterns: {HomeGoods, similar} | Vintage Side Table: {similar}

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